Tutor Jobs how to | Start Your Own Tutoring Company or Business Making as much as $100 an Hour

How to become a tutor

tutoring jobs make extra income as a tutor
tutoring jobs make extra income as a tutor

Jobs in tutoring- Where do I begin?

Are you an expert in a particular field, love kids, and need extra income? Consider tutoring as a way to fill your budget gap.

There are many avenues available for tutoring-- from local tutoring companies to tutoring online...or if you are the entrepreneurial type, you can own your own tutoring business.

Tutors can be a vital part of the learning process for students, especially if they find themselves struggling in a particular subject. Tutoring allows you to help the student succeed in areas they may have found difficult, and frustrating in the past.

You will need to put together engaging lessons to share with students every week, preparing for your time with them much like a teacher would. If you make the lessons fun, learning will become a surprising pleasure for your student. This will make their time with you doubly satisfying! They are not only getting the help they need, but they discover learning can be enjoyable.

One of the great aspects of jobs in tutoring is the flexibility it provides. If you are already employed, you can often supplement it with a part-time tutor position. The times of day you will most likely need to be available will be afternoon, evenings, and weekends. Most tutoring clients will need to have at least one session a week, for one hour each session. You can see that you only need a few clients to have a successful part-time income..

What do I need to do to become a tutor?

Becoming a tutor can require one or more of the following:

  • A degree in the field you want to tutor
  • Enrollment in college in the field you want to tutor (this allows peer tutoring)
  • Recommendations from others
  • List of references
  • Professional expertise in the area you want to tutor
  • Successful completion of coursework
  • Completion of a tutor certification program (best)
  • Specialty courses and certification for tutoring children with learning disabilities such as dyslexia (highest hourly rate typically).
  • Fingerprinting, background checks, and TB testing may also required
  • Access to contracts for your clients if you are self employed, along with other small business needs such as tax advice, advertising, etc.
  • Liability insurance if you are self employed and it held at your location


How much can I earn as a Tutor?

There are three general levels of tutoring, each with varying pay scales.

  • Level One- Minimum wage to $10 an hour. At this level, you probably won't need any formal certifications or degrees. You will need to have completed a course in the area you want to tutor in, and have gotten a "B" or better for a grade. This will show proficiency in the subject.Often you will find this kind of tutoring on school campuses and offered by a peer.
  • Level Two- $10 to $40 an hour. here is where you will find the majority of your tutoring jobs. These are typically found at local tutoring centers or online tutoring companies. They will have higher degrees of requirements and may offer a certification program to qualify you. This is an excellent place to start.
  • Level Three- $40 to $175. In this range, you will participate in one-on-one tutoring. Your expertise will be greater than the other two levels. Many people tutoring in this category are self employed and hold degrees in their field. Often the subjects are in higher demand or are more specialized.

Subjects to tutor

There are many subjects where a tutor is needed. There are, of course, the typical school courses, but there are other areas too. Some students will hire a tutor to help them pass tests. Others will want to get extra help in order to excel in a particular specialty course. Adults may need help with computer programs, or learning how to take on a new skill. Expand your thinking to come up with other creative possibilities. Here are some of the standards:

  • Trigonometry, calculus, physics and chemistry, algebra, geometry
  • English and grammar
  • Writing
  • Standardized test preparation, such as the SATs.
  • Learning a language
  • Reading


How do I find tutoring jobs?

As we have seen, tutoring can be a rich and rewarding way to earn a living. Starting out part-time may even lead into full-time employment. Your income from tutoring can be above average, and the work hours flexible. The best part about tutoring, however, is the knowledge that you have taken a struggling child, and helped them to discover they can be successful in school.

Start exploring your options by looking at some of the online tutoring sites, and then visit a few local tutoring centers. starting out in an established venue will allow you to build up a reputation. In just a short while, you may find yourself to be a highly sought after tutor in your community. Once this happens, you can start your own tiutoring business making over $100 an hour!

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GusTheRedneck 7 years ago from USA

Good Afternoon, "BAGT"--

Nice article, Good Friend! I'll be looking for that next article you promised. For your consideration: Think about the usefulness of these Hubs in a tutoring program. You could provide lessons here that your students could access and that also would earn you $$$ from the Adsense (etc.) stuff... and they would be well checked out by other Hubbers. Further to that sort of thing, your students could use their own Hubs as practice in various subjects (that you could check to determine progress, if any) and lookups for "research" of subjects, etc. Hubpages could be a tutor's handy-dandy tool at zero extra cost to the student or to the tutor. Regards to you, BAGT! Gus


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bayareagreatthing 7 years ago from Bay Area California Author

wow- that is such great advice! That will require more thought for sure- thanks GusTR.


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Rubes 7 years ago from Somwhere up high

It seems like a lot of work to become a tutor. lol. It's definitely worth it though for the huge payout. Thanks for the great advice!


lyricsingray 7 years ago

Great Hub Girl!!!!!!!! Smart, thanks, Kimberly


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bayareagreatthing 7 years ago from Bay Area California Author

Rubes- actually, there is one system that pays well and requires NO education, only a certification from the program to get referred. I am working on writing that article today. You are welcome on the advice! Thank you for stopping by and sharing it with me.


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bayareagreatthing 7 years ago from Bay Area California Author

Thanks Kimberly!


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stars439 7 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

Educational and Informative. God Bless You.


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bayareagreatthing 7 years ago from Bay Area California Author

Thank you star439!


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Purple Perl 7 years ago from Bangalore,India

Great hub! Perhaps this would add to it! How To Make Money Online As A tutor

http://hubpages.com/business/How-To-Make-Money-As-...


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bayareagreatthing 6 years ago from Bay Area California Author

Thanks Purple Perl for your comments! I also appreciate you giving us more info- great hub!


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kimberlyfujioka 5 years ago from Honolulu, HI

Nice Hub! Great Advice!

Check out my Hubs.

Kimberly Fujioka


Math Tutor 5 years ago

I think that $100 an hour is a bit of a stretch for a private tutor. Some of the bigger companies can get away charging that much to clients, but as a private tutor one can expect to make $20-$30 and hour


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bayareagreatthing 5 years ago from Bay Area California Author

Math Tutor- These are specially trained tutors. Regular tutors make less, but still can get a reasonable fee. Some of it also depends on where you live. The tutors I gave as an example in level 3 both live in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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