Becoming a tutor is an way to earn some extra part time cash as a college student. In addition to being a satisfying part time job, it can be lucrative and offers considerable flexibility. You could tutor fellow college students, local high schoolers, or even middle schoolers too. But along with the positives, there are a few negatives that you should be aware of so you can make an informed decision if you considering acting as a tutor.
PRO: There will always be a demand for tutors
With increasing competition for places in schools and colleges, there is no shortage of students looking for individual tutoring to help them rise to the challenge. The growth of online tutoring has opened up yet another well-paying avenue for tutors.
PRO: You get to be your own boss
As a private tutor, you are not bound by school rules, school timings and other restrictions. You can set your own daily and weekly tutoring hours and can choose to work only as many hours as you want to. You can also set your own hourly fees, so you are in full control of how much you earn.
PRO: There is no limit to what you can teach as a tutor
As a private tutor, you can choose to teach students just about anything that you have sufficient expertise in, whether it is math, a foreign language, or a musical instrument. You can even specialize in helping students prepare for their exams or even the standardized tests. Every year, there is a new batch of college bound high-schoolers looking for help with exam prep. If you have a specialization, you can focus on that and fill the tutoring niche.
PRO: There are no start-up costs involved
Unlike most home businesses, there is zero cost to get started as a tutor. All you need to get started is sufficient knowledge in a particular field and a love for teaching. You can get started by word of mouth or just by putting up a few flyers around town.
CON: It takes patience and persistence to be successful
Working one-on-one with students requires immense patience. You have to learn to adapt your classes to suit different learning styles and different curriculum. You will need to spend some of your off-hours preparing for the upcoming classes.
CON: The working hours can take a toll on your social life
Most tuition classes are held in the evenings or during the weekends when the kids are not in school. You will have to balance your social life and tutoring.
CON: Getting started
As with any venture, it can be hard getting the ball rolling. Registering a website (or on a website), circulating flyers, word of mouth advertising, establishing credibility, it can be a lot of work.
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