If you are looking for a way to earn money that can fit around your other commitments, then private tutoring is a good choice. There are several benefits to becoming a private tutor as a side hustle and these are described in more detail below.
Benefits Of Becoming A Private Tutor…
- The Pay Is Good
The exact amount that you can earn as a private tutor will depend on a number of factors including your level of experience and the area that you will be working in. However, it is unusual for tutors to earn below £20 per hour.
- It Is Good For Your CV
Even if you do not normally work in education, then private tutoring will still look great on your CV. If you get enough clients, then you will essentially be running your own business. This shows that you have initiative and that you are prepared to take responsibility for your own work. These are both skills that employers look out for.
- It Is Very Flexible
You are able to choose the hours that you want to work as a private tutor and you can fit these around your existing commitments. You need to be aware that your clients might prefer your sessions to be held on an evening or at the weekend.
What Skills Do You Need To Become A Private Tutor?…
You will be most successful as a private tutor if you possess the following skills. This will also mean that you could potentially earn more money.
- Excellent Subject Knowledge
It is not enough to just think that you are really good at a particular subject, you also need to have proof of this. This can be in the form of good exam grades, or references from people that you have tutored before.
- Good Communication
Communication is a really important skill to have because you will need to have a good level of engagement with the students you are tutoring. There may also be times when your session takes place over video call and so this is something that you will need to be comfortable with. If you are working with children of school age, then their parents are also likely to want updates.
- Knowledge Of Revision Techniques
There are a wide range of revision techniques that are in use today, and you will need a good working knowledge of all of these. Not all students will respond in the same way to the techniques that you prefer to use, and so it is a good idea to have others that you can fall back on.
- Time Management
You need to make sure that you schedule your sessions with enough time to get to and from the various locations you will be visiting. If you start turning up late for sessions it looks unprofessional so make sure you take travelling time into account. You will also need to make sure you are fully prepared for each session.
The whole reason that people hire a tutor for themselves or their children is that they are struggling with the subject that you are tutoring. It might take them a while to get up to speed and this will require some patience on your part.
Do You Need Any Qualifications To Become A Private Tutor?
You do not need any specific qualifications to become a private tutor in the UK. It can be helpful if you have A-Levels or a degree in the subject you are tutoring as this will give clients confidence in your subject knowledge.
If you will be working with children under the age of eighteen, then it is probably a good idea to get a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check. Some parents may ask to see your DBS anyway so it is a good idea to be prepared.
You can apply for a DBS check via the government website and it will cost £23.
What Responsibilities Will You Have As A Tutor?…
The key responsibilities of a private tutor are listed below.
- Assess the skills of the student and what their needs are. These needs will be different for each client and so you will need to adapt your tutoring to suit them.
- Plan each session before you start. You need to make sure that all relevant material is covered and that your teaching remains engaging.
- Research exactly what the curriculum requires. If your client is studying for exams, then you will need to know what is covered on the syllabus that they are studying.
- Produce progress reports for your students. These reports will show students and their parents how they are progressing and it will also show the impact that your tutoring is having.
- Decide how you want to receive payment. The most popular ways to get paid are by cash or bank transfer. However, it may help you to gain more clients if you accept more than one method of payment.
- Keep up with promoting your services. Until you reach the point where you are fully booked you need to keep promoting your services because nobody is going to remain your client forever.
How Much Money Can Be Made As A Private Tutor?
On average a private tutor will earn between £20 and £40 per session. It is unusual for these sessions to last more than an hour as this is when concentration starts to wane. Even doing two or three sessions a week can bring in a fair amount of income.
It is generally accepted that if you offer sessions online, then this will cost less than delivering a session in person.
When you are setting your hourly rate, you need to make sure you are covering all of your expenses. This will include travel expenses as well as the cost of any materials that you use in your teaching.
How Do You Find Jobs As A Private Tutor?…
In order to give yourself the best chance of finding work as a private tutor, the following tips are a great place to get started.
- Ensure You Have A Strong CV
Your CV is what potential clients are going to be looking at when they decide whether they want to hire you. Therefore it is important that all the relevant details can be found on it. You may also want to include some character references.
- Choose A Skill Level That You Will Focus On
Tutoring can be required for children at both primary and secondary school. It is probably a good idea to choose one of these age groups to focus on so that you can really hone your skills for that specific group, rather than trying to learn a bit of everything.
- Create A Pitch
Your pitch will tell people the skills you have that will make you a great tutor and why they should consider hiring you. You should include all of your relevant experience and testimonials from satisfied clients.
- Start Advertising
You can use some of the selling points from your pitch to begin to write adverts for your services. Local selling pages on Facebook is a good place to start as well as noticeboards in local shops.
Which Sites Are The Best To Sign Up With?…
If you are finding it difficult to source your own work, then you could sign up with a tutoring website that will match you with clients in your area. However, these sites will charge a fee and so you will need to take this into account when deciding on your pricing. Some of the best sites that offer this service are listed below…
You can publish your own ads on Superprof and clients will be able to get in touch with you if they are interested. You are also able to set your own rates.
You need to have a student review before you can start charging for services and so you may have to offer your first session for free.
First Tutors allow you to offer sessions online or face to face. You will receive an email when a client wants to book with you and you will need to log in to your account to accept this job.
When you open your account you will have to go through an ID check and also submit two references.
If you receive a booking through MyTutors, then the client will pay the site directly. You will be paid for the sessions you have held every two weeks. The site will take their charges before you are paid.
In order to sign up you will need to have a video interview with a member of the team. You can also refer a friend and you will receive £10 when they get their first booking.