Sure You Can!!!
Tutoring is one of those unique industries that there is room for just about everyone.
Does the idea of starting a business overwhelm you? Fortunately tutoring can be started slowly as a side business while you get your feet wet, build your reputation, and establish a solid client base.
Essentially, there are three foundational elements that every successful tutor must have in order to present themselves as a credible tutor. You might be surprised how basic they are!
3 Skills Every Tutor Must Have:
1. You need to have a base of knowledge.
This is something you probably have and may not even know it. Has anyone ever said to you, “OH! I wish I could do that!!!!”? Quite likely someone has. Think about what you admire in others that you wish you could do. Perhaps you wish you could speak a foreign language or play an instrument.
So, what skills, talents or abilities do you have? Do you have a passion? A hobby? Do you like to read? Do you speak a foreign language? These skills can be used to tutor others. They are marketable skills that others want to learn. Consider the vast array of subjects that employee Tutors: do you have the passion,? A hobby? Do you like to read? Do you speak a foreign language? These skills can be used to tutor others. They are marketable skills that others want to learn. Consider the vast array of subjects that employed tutors:
- Reading Comprehension
- SAT/ACT Prep
- Flower Arranging
- Computer Programming
It’s amazing that the list of possible subjects that you can tutor is endless. This is an exciting time in which people want to better themselves, learn and develop new skill sets; the perfect time to tutor!
2. Tutors like to help people.
Do you? If you think back to some of the most impactful times of your life it’s quite likely that those times occurred when you touched someone’s life in a very personal way – or someone touched yours. This can happen during each and every tutoring session. Not only are you teaching your students, you are mentoring and cheerleading as well. The one-on-one environment of a tutoring session allows you to feed into your students and virtually spur them on, potentially changing the trajectory of their lives. It is a precious moment when your student realizes that he/she is capable of much more than they thought they could do…because of your tutelage.
3. Tutors must have confidence to take a leadership position and teach their students.
This is perhaps the tallest hurdle in beginning a tutoring business for some people. As a tutor, you will need confidence. You don’t have to be an absolute guru/expert in the subject you are tutoring in order to tutor. However, you must stay ahead of your students and often times that requires you studying and preparing prior to tutoring sessions. Thankfully, you don’t have to know EVERYTHING. But it is important to portray an air of confidence with your client and your students. Tutors are considered professionals and should maintain a professional demeanor.
If you’re still interested in tutoring, but unsure – reach out to us and take advantage of our free 20 minute consultation. We can help you see if tutoring is the right path for you. You might be surprised!
Remember, there is always someone who would love to have your knowledge and abilities.