Tutors are always in demand. They're needed to help students keep up with material presented in class as well as stimulate the minds of gifted students. Sometimes people even need tutors to help them pass important examinations or prepare for advanced education. Starting a private tutoring business will take planning, but you can typically start out on a budget and gradually expand your business over time. You may eventually get so much business you have to hire other tutors to help you meet the demand.
List the subjects you will offer in your tutoring business. You should be experienced and skilled in the subjects you will offer.
Decide the age groups you will tutor. Sometimes elementary and middle school subjects are easier to teach, but tutoring older children, college students and adults as well may make it easier to meet your income goals.
Determine where you will tutor your clients. You may tutor in your home or offer to visit clients' homes instead. You may also set up tutoring sessions in public places that include libraries and local coffee shops. In addition, you may rent or purchase commercial space for your tutoring business, ask a community center to allow you to tutor children in one of its rooms or even offer online tutoring services.
Write a business plan for your private tutoring business. Include plans for attracting and retaining clients as well expanding your business.
Purchase tutoring supplies. While you may not need a lot of supplies to get started, a supply of pens, pencils and paper may prove helpful. You may also purchase study guides and visual aids for your business. In addition, you may download worksheets and lesson plans online at sites that include Lesson Tutor and Lesson Pathways (See Resource).
Contact your local department of department of licensing and inspections or the county clerk's office to learn whether you will need a business license. Some jurisdictions require licensing, even if you are starting a home-based business.
Ask an insurance agent whether you will need business insurance. If you will tutor in your home or commercial property, you may need liability insurance.
Seek tutoring clients for your new business. Post fliers in libraries, community centers, grocery stores, laundromats, and other places students and parents are likely to frequent. Place ads in local newspapers, college newspapers and phone directories as well. You may also ask schools to refer clients to you or at least allow you to post fliers on their bulletin boards.
Create a business website for your tutoring business. Potential clients may find your business on the Internet.