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How to get started as a private tutor

A job as a private tutor can be an excellent way to make a living, not to mention that it's a great opportunity to become self-employed and be your own boss. As more and more pressure is being put on school children of all ages to get good grades in order to prepare them for college and their future careers, an increasing number of parents are looking for private tutors in order to give their children some extra help and support. The private tuition industry is growing at a rapid pace, so here's everything that you need to know in order to get started.
How to get started as a private tutor

Make sure you’re qualified

When it comes to private tuition, it’s helpful to have a bunch of relevant qualifications. Although it’s generally up to students or parents to decide whether or not they think a tutor is suitably qualified, it helps that you at least have your Bachelor’s degree. Many private tutors also work to get extra qualifications in education to boost their resume. You can take many different classes online to ensure that you are fully qualified to become a private tutor, or enroll in classes at a local school.

Marketing your services

Once you’re happy with the level of qualifications that you have and have undergone any relevant background checks, you’re all set up to start marketing yourself as a private tutor to prospective students and their parents. When it comes to advertising your services there are a range of different ways to do so. Many tutors set up their own website and social media pages, and you could benefit from setting up a profile for math tutoring and other subjects on designated tutor websites. Don’t forget offline methods of marketing, too – posting flyers and handing out business cards at kids’ sports groups etc. could bring in a lot of business!

Insuring yourself

Although it is not required by law, it’s a good idea for private tutors to make sure that they have relevant insurance in order to cover themselves in the event of something going wrong. Having insurance means that you’re protected if anything happens whilst you’re tutoring a child, and you won’t lose loads of money if parents decide to sue you if their child has an accident and is hurt whilst under your supervision, for example – it might not happen often, but it’s always good to be safe!

Personal qualities

Along with all the standard stuff such as qualifications, background checks, insurance and marketing materials, it’s also important that you have a number of personal qualities in order to be a successful personal tutor. You’ll need to have good people skills, be friendly and approachable, and be great at communicating with others – especially younger people. You’ll also need to have heaps of patience, and a creative outlook – sometimes it might be necessary to come up with creative and innovative new ways to aid learning.

Becoming a private tutor can be a rewarding and interesting profession with the potential to grow a thriving business.

27 May 2016 11:48


About Boris Dzhingarov

Boris Dzhingarov graduated UNWE with a major in marketing. He is the CEO of ESBO ltd brand mentioning agency. He writes for several online sites such as,,, Boris is the founder of and