Tutoring Business Startup Guide
Home Business Magazine|Spring 2020
Jump into the World of Education and Teach Students
Shelbi Wescott

Thinking of starting a tutoring business? Former or retired educators, college students, people with a specific skill set or ability, or even fast learners with an appetite for helping others can jump into the world of education with a home tutoring business. School children and their parents have more demands than ever and large class sizes often leave students of all ages (elementary through college) struggling with key concepts. If you have a basic knowledge of the sciences, mathematics, or humanities (or if you are resourceful and know how to study and brush up on concepts), tutoring could be a viable and profitable business, even if you have no prior teaching experience. Even better: your tutoring business might start with just you at the helm, but it’s a business that even offers growth and expansion.

“Business plans should include potential roadblocks and brainstorm possible solutions.”

Five Steps for Starting a Tutoring Business

1. Decide your niche

Maybe you excel in several subjects or maybe you have a specific skill that you can teach. Before you start your business, decide what type of tutoring you will offer. There are myriad topics to explore in the world of tutoring. You could offer tutoring for organization/ study skills; autoCAD; a second language; a core subject; high school or college test prep; professional certifications, etc. As a tutor, you are a guide to help a student grow a new skill, so the key is to think about what you would enjoy tutoring and develop a brand/market for that niche. You do not need to be an expert in all subjects; teaching is about fostering growth and helping students learn how to tackle hard things. It’s easy to brush up on concepts prior to a lesson, but it’s much harder to know when to let a student struggle with an answer and when to assist; when to take a break and when to push. No matter what, you should be competent and confident to tutor any niche you choose.

2. Explore the competition

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