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How to Start a Tutorial Business in the Philippines

Updated on May 21, 2015
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I am a certified teacher and had been teaching for more than 30 years. My hubs sum up all my knowledge about education. See you around.

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How I learned to tutor:

After a long time; I finally came back to blog again. I have been meaning to do some tutorials online through writing. I even started a new blog for free tutorials.

Tutoring has been my job since I moved here in the city. After only a year of teaching in my hometown once I graduated from college; I decided to come to the city.

It was here where I learned to tutor kids one on one. After a few years tutoring kids in their homes; I decided to tutor instead at home.

It is a better choice since I can tutor two to four kids at a time.

It’s not so hard to put up a tutorial business in the Philippines. The success lies in how you manage the business.

Now that you have some tips; you can start now while the market is not yet full. Tutorial centers are growing like mushrooms so better hurry.

Set your goals first

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Here are some reminders when you decide to do your tutoring job at home.

1. PLAN

- Planning includes considering your budget. Your question should be; how can I manage my expenses while waiting for students to come? Of course you don’t expect an immediate income. You should have at least set aside some money to spend before money from your tutorial job starts coming

.2. SET GOALS

- Setting goals is always part of a person’s life. Once you decide to go into business, you have to set your own goals to achieve. While setting goals is exciting; it may turn out a frustration once you don’t achieve your set goals.

So what should you do about your goal setting?

Simple, just set goals that are achievable. Make sure that you are setting goals that you know you can handle and thus achieve.

Next, set short term and long term goals. Your short term goal is to have immediate income once the end of the month arrives. Your long term goal is how to maintain a good number of students.

3. KEEP YOUR STANDARD HIGH

- You are set to go into business so you aim for high standard of teaching and other tutorial services. This is not easy to achieve being that there are several tutorial centers popping like mushrooms. Your edge is when you are able to establish a standard that people will start to seek.

- The key is, know your students and your clients.

4. ADVERTISE

- MY friend who owns a pre-school does not advertise her business. Her reason is that people around know her and she has many relatives around.

- Yes, that may work but how about if her relatives will all grow up? How about if all her friends have gotten tired recommending or it is possible that when they have no more youngsters at home they easily forget the pre-school?

- Advertising your business helps. This method has been practiced since the beginning of time and has been proven to be the most effective way of going into good business.

- You can advertise formally by giving away flyers, leaflets or calling cards. You can even have someone make a nice colorful streamer to display in front of your tutorial center or somewhere else that people can easily see.

- You can also make a blog and blog about your tutorial center. Either way, advertising your business always helps.

5. MAKE YOUR BUSINESS LEGITIMATE

- First, you have to get a baranggay permit. This is easy to get especially because the people in the baranggay office knows you. It is cheap and you can get it in less than thirty minutes.

- Next, secure your DTI (Department of Trade and Industry) permit to operate so that you will have a legitimate name for your business. The name of your business will then be registered in the DTI and nobody can use it.

- The key when naming your business is to find a name that will catch the attention of prospects or clients. Of course when choosing a name for a tutorial center, it should ring with the type of business you are building.

6. MAKE FRIENDS WITH YOUR NEIGHBORS AND THE COMMUNITY

- Having friends is good in business. Remember that when people around you are your friends, they can help promote your business. Your friends will recommend your business to their friends and family and that becomes a chain when taken care of.

There are three types of students that are enrolled in my tutorial business.

  • The fast learners – you would think that fast learners do not need tutors but yes they also come for tutorial services. The reason is that their parents are too busy working and they need someone like us to help their children with their school works.These are the best students to handle because you just give them their worksheets and they just answer. They only ask questions once in a while.But take note because they could also be the students who could give you a headache because they are mischievous and naughty.
  • The average learners – these are also easy to handle. Give them their worksheet, explain the lesson and then let them answer the worksheet. They often ask questions but they can cope and they understand what they are doing.
  • The slow learners – they are the students who need the most help so make sure that you are at their side. These students can cope if you give them more time. I usually extend the time of this type of student with no additional payment.

You started a tutorial business already so what now?

The first thing of course is to wait for students to come. Your students are your basis when proceeding to your next plan.

Always take into consideration the ability of your students.

When I started tutoring, I experienced teaching a child who doesn’t know how to read and also doesn’t listen. This could be the most daunting part of teaching because how can you teach someone who doesn’t or refuses to listen?

I learned to handle this type of student early in life in my first year of teaching. One way of handling them is to be stern. Tell the child that you will not teach a child who doesn’t like to listen. Tell the child that you are being paid to teach and if he doesn’t like to listen then the money is all yours all the same.

I usually tell this to my students who think they can go without doing their worksheets. Sometimes if the child doesn’t listen, I put the worksheet in front of him them say; “Alright, if you don’t want to work then you have to stay here until you finish all the worksheets.” It always works because no child would want to be left alone in the classroom.

As years go by, more and more children are difficult to handle so you have to think of ways to make them work without hurting their ego and without physically hurting them. This can be a long learning process in your part as a tutor because if your business is tutoring, there will always be new students to come; and new students mean new character traits, new behaviors and new adjustments to make.

Determine if you can tutor the students in groups or one on one.

During my first years of teaching, I usually tutored one on one. When I decided to tutor at home, I found it a better choice because I can do group tutoring.

I usually do one on one tutorial when the child needs special attention; that is if the student could hardly cope with his or her lessons and needs more time for his home work and worksheets. This is a case to case basis and depends on how you gauge the student.

Tutoring is not like the regular school where students all enroll then start school at the same time so every time a student comes, I set the first day as assessment day in order to determine if the child needs more time to study or no.

In our case, we don’t do one on one tutoring now since our students come from the same school with the same schedules. So, we do it by groups. The first session is for grade 1, then the next is grade 2, then grade 3 and the last session is for grades 4-5. We don’t get so many higher grades. Usually, parents do not let their grades 5 and 6 have tutor because they already know how to study on their own.

How much should you charge the students?

In the Philippines, tutorial services have different rates. It sometimes depends on the geographical setting and the family status of the students. If you are tutoring in the countryside, the fee is cheaper than in the city.

If you are tutoring the children of those in the upper class families you can charge higher but if you are tutoring students who belong to the middle class then you have to adjust the payment.

Some tutors charge per hour, some daily, some weekly and some monthly.

Some tutors charge as high as Php600 or Php500 per hour.

We only charge Php150 per hour and Php2500 monthly. This is so far one of the cheapest fees in our area.

I know a teacher who charges her student only Php1500 per month because it is only her part time job after her class in school.

Fees differ from one teacher to another but if you are putting up a tutorial business, ask around your area how much they are charging so that you can arrange for the best offer.

Our fee in our tutorial center is very cheap compared to other tutorial centers.

Read more next time.

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      Cora R. Espino 6 weeks ago

      I am now confident and assured to continue my tutorial job...Thank You So Much...

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      Aubrey's tutorial 8 weeks ago

      Thank you for sharing, I'm glad I'm on the right track. Your a big help.

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      Valerie 2 months ago

      How do I put up a tutorial center?

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      Cherry 5 months ago

      Greetings

      I really want to up tutorial center in our place but i dont know how. Please give me a sort of advice thank you so much....heres my email add reyescherry86@yahoo.com

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      jeanne 5 months ago

      I admired and now ready to start mine. thanks for the information. God bless

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      geraldine 6 months ago

      hi. I'm a registered nurse. I want to start up a business like yours. I Love to teach toddlers or pre school student. I also had an experience teaching grade school before. Do I need to apply it on deped? or just business permit and other common business requirements to start this tutorial center?

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      Kim Estrada 10 months ago

      Is it ok to offer making of assignments in a tutorial center?

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      Anita Hasch 11 months ago from Port Elizabeth

      Thanks for sharing. Very interesting hub.

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      coni 12 months ago

      hello! can you give an idea regarding part time teachers or full time for a tutorial center

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      Bella 14 months ago

      Hi. Thank you for your informative post. I have a homebase tutorial in quezon city, i want to legalize it. Are Brgy Permit and DTI permit would be enough? How about BIR Permit & receipts? Looking forward to your reply. God bless

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      paupau8 16 months ago

      hello.. is advisable to hire part time teachers or full time for a tutorial centre and usually what would be the rates? :) im doing some research and business planning if I would be able to put up one. :) any advise would be greatly appreciated!

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      Felisa Daskeo 17 months ago from Manila, Philippines

      It is only P300 when i applied for one. Registration is now available online

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      Kathy 17 months ago

      hi, may i know how much i should pay for the DTI permit? Thanks

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      Felisa Daskeo 17 months ago from Manila, Philippines

      Hi, Vivian. We are in Las Piñas city. Yes, you need a permit if you want a legitimate business. Good luck.

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      emilio 18 months ago

      starting a tutorial school how much do you think is the starting capital?

      thank you i learned some things to open a business.

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      vivian 19 months ago

      Hi where is your location? I have students can you teach them. Do i still need a permit for 2 weeks?

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      JULIET CABATUAN 19 months ago

      I DON'T HAVE IDEA FOR BUSINESS... WHAT I LEARN HOW TO MAKE OR HANDLE THE BUSINESS? TEACH ME HOW?

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      Felisa Daskeo 2 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Jmee sorry, I only saw this comment this morning. Anyway, a baranggay permit is all you need. Some even do not have permits yet until the business is going fine. If you are only tutoring at home, a permit is not needed but so as not to make people snoop then just secure a baranggay permit. it is very easy and is only worth Php500. Thanks for asking and good luck in your new venture.

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      Jmee 2 years ago

      Aside from DTI permit, did you also secure other business permits such as Mayor's permit and BIR for home-based tutorial? I used to have a home-based travel agency company and I secured all these permits. I wanted to try a language tutorial at home (teaching Japanese and English) but I am not sure if I want to go through all these processes of securing a permit again ...

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      Felisa Daskeo 2 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Joia, no you don't need that. As long as you can teach, you can start a tutorial business. In the Philippines, putting up a tutorial business is very easy. You can start at home.

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      Joia 2 years ago

      Very informative. I just want to know if do I still need to have Tesol certificates for example? I teach business English online for a long time now and I have also taught one-on-one with foreign students.

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      Mina 2 years ago

      informative..

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      Felisa Daskeo 2 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      You're welcome @amy . I hope you learned something from my article.

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      amy 2 years ago

      thank you...