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How To Make Money As An OnlineTutor

Updated on February 10, 2011

To Be Or Not To Be-An Online Tutor?

Today,due to the global recession,job layoffs,inflation,people are looking for alternate sources of income.Some are looking to supplement their income.Let me introduce you to a truly rewarding profession.

You may wonder at all the statements you normally hear that teachers are not well payed,etc.,but that is if you are working for a tutorial or an institution.If you want to be an entrepreneur tutor,you set your own rules and earn accordingly.

You may even wonder at what you would like to teach.Let me assure you that whatever knowledge or skill you possess can be taught to anyone willing to learn.Having been a tutor myself,I feel qualified to talk about the subject of tutoring.

There are several ways to tutor-you can choose to be a home tutor, a tutor that commutes to a mutual place,such as a library,or the office of the learner.If you wish to make more use of your spare time,and do not want to commute,you can take up online tutoring.

Virtual education or e-learning as it is referred to is a learning environment where the tutor and student are separated by space and time,or both.Use of technology today has enabled teachers and students to connect over the internet in real time and engage in profitable imparting of knowledge.

So what would you like to teach?If you are comfortable with school subjects and a particular age group,you can specifically target that group. School could mean K-12,High school,home schooler,or college.Some students need teachers for aparticular subject only,or a particular exam they are appearing for, such as SAT.

Or if you can tutor a particular language such as English,or French,or Spanish,you can find learners for that and specify whether you wish to take up beginner level,or conversational classes only,for travel purposes.Even Business English is being offered by many tutors.

Imparting skills that you have acquired or hobbies that you are passionate about,could also be taught since you have the desired expertise. Art,cookery,baking,computer tutorials,playing a musical instrument, name it, and you can teach it.

There is no dearth of students for any subject,any level or any age group. There is always someone wanting to learn what you already know.

Using Wiziq In E-learning

What Do I Need To Be An Online Tutor?

All you need is a computer with a broadband internet connection.A good headset with a microphone is a must.A webcam is optional.

You may need to sign up for VOIP services or IM services such as Yahoo Messenger,Google Talk or MSN Messenger.You can also teach via Skype.You may have an audio only class,or give an audio-video class.There are also several virtual whiteboards which the teacher and student can share in real time for the class.In short,video conferencing is used in education as well.

Wiziq is one such FREE platform for teachers anywhere in the world.It is a virtual classroom equipped with shared whiteboard,text chat,and live audio and video.Engaging online students with the use of multimedia is necessary as the teacher is not physically present as in the classroom.You can also promote your profile online.

If you do not have resources for your particular subject,there are several FREE websites from which you can find engaging pictures,interactive videos,powerpoint presentations,to support your subject matter.Or you can create your own.

You can also sign up for services such as Paypal for students to pay you online.

Benefits Of Online Tutoring

  • You can be an entrepreneur tutor or join an online tutoring company.
  • You can work in your spare time.
  • You can schedule as many sessions in a week as you are comfortable with.
  • You can teach 101,or have several students from different parts of the globe at the scheduled time.
  • You do not have to commute,so you can schedule more classes.
  • You can work from anywhere,home,library or internet cafe.
  • You can teach students from any city in the world,after setting up a mutual time.
  • You can set your own fees and payment terms.
  • You build an online reputation.
  • You can also learn that which you have also wanted to learn.
  • You make friends among the online tutor community.

Do You Want To Tutor Online?

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    • PDXKaraokeGuy profile image

      Justin W Price 

      7 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      very good hub. thanks for sharing!

    • VirginiaLynne profile image

      Virginia Kearney 

      7 years ago from United States

      Good ideas. I would add that there are some companies like smartthinking which hire online tutors. Although you will work for a set fee rather than your own price, these offer the advantage of getting clients for you and letting you set your own hours and taking time off if you need to do so. Great job giving people ideas!

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      Glenn Stok 

      7 years ago from Long Island, NY

      This looks like a valuable resource for people who want to make some extra money teaching online. I bookmarked your hub for future reference or when I come across a friend who might like to look into it. You did a very thorough job writing about this. I voted up.

    • obamaskills profile image


      7 years ago from India


      I have been an online tutor for quite some time. Practically, everything is possible to be done. Many people have been tutoring around the world.

      It is really very nice and useful hub.


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      7 years ago

      very useful hub i must bookmark it...thanks

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      8 years ago

      A good way to earn money....thanks for sharing this information...

    • SUSIE405 profile image


      8 years ago from Delray Beach, Florida

      Good Hub, This is valuable information that I will refer to ofter.

    • Purple Perl profile imageAUTHOR

      Purple Perl 

      8 years ago from Bangalore,India

      Virtual Doctor, thanks for the visit.

      Les Trois Chenes, glad this hub is of use to you in setting up your art courses.

      vocalcoach, you are an inspiration to the many who desire to teach online! Skype is a great platform to use in coaching/tutoring.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      8 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Good hub with excellent information. I have been teaching people how to sing all over the world. I use Skype and have been successful for 5 years. Thanks

    • Les Trois Chenes profile image

      Les Trois Chenes 

      8 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France

      I am thinking of setting up art courses on the web so your article has arrived at a good time. Will be back for more advice once I've gone far enough to know what I need to know. Thanks.

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      Funom Theophilus Makama 

      8 years ago from Europe

      really beuatiful. A great hub...

    • Purple Perl profile imageAUTHOR

      Purple Perl 

      8 years ago from Bangalore,India

      sporn, tutoring -online or offline is a choice that every tutor makes when beginning to accept students. And for some tutors, like myself, are comfortable with different age groups and both 101 and online.And depends on the time available and the distance to travel and of course, your students can be from across the globe.Which can turn out to be very interesting. After all, tutors are meant to keep abreast of technology as well as their subject.

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      Barbara Bethard 

      8 years ago from Tucson, Az

      if you go to a library is it volunteer or can you still charge? this was most nformative and many thanks!! bb

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      8 years ago from Philippines

      Nice article, actually I was persuaded to join the program to become an online tutor.

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      8 years ago from Australia

      It's better to tutor in person if you can manage it but i guess online tutoring is good for people who live in remote areas or need specialised help.

    • Purple Perl profile imageAUTHOR

      Purple Perl 

      8 years ago from Bangalore,India

      Super Chef, glad you found your calling for your retired life. I am sure you have much to give because of your experience to your students.

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      Super Chef 

      8 years ago from Around the world

      Nice to know, I have been a chef for over 16 years and am looking to retire in about 8 years so it could be something I could look into.

    • Purple Perl profile imageAUTHOR

      Purple Perl 

      9 years ago from Bangalore,India

      Thanks bayareagreatthing. You are welcome!

    • bayareagreatthing profile image


      9 years ago from Bay Area California

      Great hub! I do think this is valuable info and added to! I really appreciate your comments and all the great advice here.

    • Purple Perl profile imageAUTHOR

      Purple Perl 

      9 years ago from Bangalore,India

      Yes,yt55500900, being resourceful pays off online!

      You are very welcome,cluense.

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      Katie Luense 

      9 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      I was looking for a Hub like this and boy am I glad I stumbled upon this one. Thank You!

    • yt55500900 profile image


      9 years ago

      nice unique hub. actually, if you're resourceful enough then there a lot of ways you could find an extra income. online tutoring is one good example. there are actually people from other countries who seek online tutor overseas, to learn english language for example

    • Purple Perl profile imageAUTHOR

      Purple Perl 

      9 years ago from Bangalore,India

      You are welcome,Lady_E.

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      9 years ago from London, UK

      This is really interesting. I'll bookmark it and have another read. Thanks :)

    • Purple Perl profile imageAUTHOR

      Purple Perl 

      9 years ago from Bangalore,India

      You are welcome,Ronnie!

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      9 years ago from Athens, GA

      Something I didn't know about. Thanks for the useful info.

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      10 years ago

      well written we need to make our educator aware that he need not be technical to take up a job as an online tutor and more so he can run his own business to Today online tutoring is an excellent business to make extra incomes. Online tutoring can be done in many ways . you can coach online and also offer content , assessmnets to studnets. this can be done for all age groups from kindergarden to corporate training beleieve me . You just need to think and implement it. We at guide you on the numerous opportunities available today in online education , training, content writing .....

    • Purple Perl profile imageAUTHOR

      Purple Perl 

      10 years ago from Bangalore,India

      Thanks gwyn estember! You are right.I myself am a tutor,both offline and online.

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      gwyn estember 

      10 years ago

      nice unique hub. actually, if you're resourceful enough then there a lot of ways you could find an extra income. online tutoring is one good example. there are actually people from other countries who seek online tutor overseas, to learn english language for example.


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