There’s a lot to like about being a professional tutor:
Finally, you can live and work anywhere while accepting clients from around the country, or even the world. Imagine helping a student with algebra homework while you sit on the beach. Or, maybe you relocate to another state but are still able to offer remote graphic design lessons to recent college grads from your hometown. Already sold on the idea of starting a tutoring business? Let’s dive in.
Follow the steps below to help get your private tutoring business off the ground.
Most tutors have specific subjects or grade levels in which they specialize. Thus, the first step involves finding a ready market for whatever it is you wish to teach.
Just a few factors to keep in mind:
Business plans are often required when seeking outside funding from investors or banks. Fortunately, the startup costs for tutoring are quite low. This means you may be able to finance the launch entirely out of pocket.
Even still, having a written business plan is a good idea. This roadmap allows you to prioritize limited resources so that you can scale your operations more quickly. For tips on the writing process, read our guide on how to start a small business.
Even if you’re a one-person operation, you’ll need to choose a legal structure for your tutoring business and register in your home state.
If you’re like most private tutors who are just starting, you’ll probably want to look into your state’s requirements for sole proprietorships or LLCs.
Permits and licenses may not be a legal requirement in the tutoring world. Depending on the field you choose and the state in which your business is registered, having some type of accreditation or certification from a recognized authority may help you secure more clients. Because the entry barrier is so low for tutoring, having credentials is a good way to distinguish yourself from the rest of the competition.
We have an entire article about how to write a marketing plan – including everything from launching social media campaigns to using online ads. Though if you’re targeting tutoring clients, you’ll also need to go wherever they congregate – whether this means PTA meetings, social media groups, or networking events.
However, you also need engagement tools to help keep those clients coming back. These could include everything from promotions to referral rewards to loyalty points.
The final step involves setting up payment processing. Many professional tutors choose Clover for our comprehensive offering of point of sale (POS) solutions.
In addition, all of our POS solutions come with built-in customer engagement tools, which help you to transform first-time students into long-time clients.
We hope this guide has helped demystify the process of how to start tutoring. When you’re ready to accept payments, don’t hesitate to contact us. Thanks to third-party apps in the Clover App Market, you can expand your POS system with any number of scheduling and booking software plug-ins.
To request a live demo of our POS solutions, contact a Clover Business Consultant today.CONTACT US
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