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The Ultimate Guide for Starting Tutorial Business in the Philippines

Updated on January 9, 2020
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I am a certified teacher and have been tutoring young children for more than 30 years. I am sharing my experience in the tutorial business.

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Introduction

I have been in this tutorial business for more than thirty years so I am equipped with enough experiences and knowledge about the tutorial business in the Philippines.

It doesn’t matter if you are a new graduate, a mom who wants additional income, a full-time teacher who wants a part time job or a retiree who just wants to be busy.

The things I am going to share to you are all simple ways to go into the tutorial business and earn some money.

Of course, it is not a get rich scheme and you cannot get rich by just tutoring or mentoring children but I can assure you that tutoring could be a good business that you can have for life.

This is true. Unlike stores that anyone can easily put up, tutorial business is not for everybody.

So, to start with, I am going to share to you how to start your tutorial business.

Tips on How to Start a Tutorial Business in the Philippines

Display a banner outside your gate.

This is important because you have to let people know what business you are offering. People always look at what is written and by displaying a banner outside your gate; you are attracting clients to come to you.

Choose a comfortable place for tutoring.

Your clients are parents who care about their children’s comfort. You have to show them that their child is being taken care of and will feel comfortable while studying.

Prepare a small table for a start and some chairs.

Of course, this is only for a start. You can add some more if your students multiply.

Advertise by word of mouth.

Your friends, neighbors and relatives are your best prospect for your business. They may not all be your clients but a few of them will always be your clients. Let them know that you are putting up a tutorial business.

Be ready with your tools.

Yes, it is very important to have pencils, ball pens, crayons and papers that you can use when you start tutoring.

How much to charge

It is also important to know what price you are going to charge your students.

You can refer to this list of suggestions:

  • Per hour – you can charge as low as Php100 to as high as Php300.
  • Monthly - Php1500 to as high as Php6000
  • Per lesson – Php200 to as high as Php300

The prices are only suggestions. In the community where I live, most tutors charge Php3000 monthly. There are students who only have tutorial services during exams which we charge Php250 per day.

In some exclusive schools that I know, tutors charge Php6000 monthly. But the tutor goes to the place of the student and it is usually one on one.

By the way, we do group tutorials so each student pays Php3000 monthly.

In cases where you tutor one on one; you can charge higher prices

When you are all set to go into business, make yourself always available at home in order to serve clients who want to inquire.

Remember that if you are always missing when people come looking for you, they will not come back anymore to you. They will look elsewhere.

Impress your clients by dressing up properly and making yourself always available when they need you.

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How to Grow Your Tutorial Business

Whether you are planning to expand your tutorial business in the future or you are just tutoring as a part-time job, it always pays to learn from others. You have to have a good mindset before starting.

Tutoring could be a lucrative business for as long as you give it enough time. While you are tutoring part-time, start writing your journal and listing all important tips and guides that you find useful. You will never know if you will soon be the owner of a reputable tutorial center. Many big companies started small and gradually expanded. It’s always good to dream and strive hard to achieve it.

  1. Understand Your Business

Before plunging into the tutorial business, you should first understand what you are going into. Even a teacher cannot just start a tutorial business and expects it to be a success.

No. The art of tutoring is a learned skill. Yes, anyone can teach if it is only teaching that we are talking about, the truth is, it is easy to teach. Anybody can do it. But what does tutoring really mean? Is it just teaching?

When you decide to start a tutorial business, teaching will only be a small part of your job; the bigger part is mentoring and communicating with your students, parents and also their teachers in school.

Tutorial business is a big job. You don’t only teach but you learn to be a mentor to your students. Mentoring includes imparting knowledge, moulding the children to become better children, patching up flaws and straightening mistakes.

Although people think that tutoring is teaching academic subjects as follow up lessons to the student’s lesson in school, part of being a tutor is developing good values in the children and connecting with them successfully in order for you to become an effective mentor.

Tutoring is giving service so make sure that you are rendering good service.

2. Know Your Students

Your students are your best assets. They are what make your business. Without your students, you have no business. This is why you should know your students.

Knowing your students means understanding their individuality. No two children are the same. Children always differ, not only in their intellectual capabilities but also their characteristics. As you tutor more students, you will encounter different personalities. This experience is what will make you a better mentor. Be more considerate to those who most need it and appreciate those who deserve it.

Strive to adapt to these different personalities so that you will succeed in your tutorial business. It can be cumbersome at first but once you develop your own technique in handling different types of kids, mentoring becomes fun and interesting.

Sometimes, the child that you think is slow could become an achiever when tutored properly. All children are capable. They only need someone to guide them through and smooth away the difficulties in their journey.

3. Socialize with Parents

You are not only dealing with students but more especially you deal with the student’s parents. The parents are your clients; they own the purse that nurtures your business and they decide for their children. It is important that you have good communication with them.

If the parents like you, it is more likely that they will bring their children for tutorial lessons to you. If they like your job, they will recommend your tutorial services to other parents. It is a give and take process. The better the tutor you are, the more students you gain.

We get most of our students through referrals. Only a few are walk-in.

4. Know Your Competitors

There’s something good in knowing your competitors. You have to find out what your competitors are doing. If you want to succeed, do what your competitors aren’t doing. If they charge high; charge your students lower. If they charge fees for overtime, don’t charge additional fees for an extended time. These and many more will be plus points on your part.

Parents always compare things. They compare fees. They compare the programs. They compare the type of place where the children have tutorial lessons, etc. You need to find something that your competitors do not have that you can offer.

In our case, we have one of the lowest fees in our area. We don’t bill extended time and we provide our own activity sheets.

We also offer our own reading program for beginners.

5. Keep Learning

Don’t stop learning new things. The learning process has no end. You always have new things to learn especially in this computer age where technology keeps advancing. Learn from your students. They can teach you many lessons as you interact with them. You will learn also from parents as they coordinate with you. Learn as you go.

The internet world is also a great place to learn a variety of new things. Keep learning so that you will not be left behind.

The new generation is a techno-savvy group of youngsters. They can ask you questions that are out of this world. You will be surprised by how smart they are when it comes to the new technology. Join them and have fun with the discussions.

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Choosing Between One-on-One or Group Tutoring

One on one or group tutoring?

Which one is better?

Whether you are still planning to tutor or you have already started tutoring, deciding which type of tutoring you are going to follow is important.

You have to decide if you are going to tutor one on one or do group tutoring.

Or you can do both.

Well, it depends on what you want.

Let me explain how one on one is done.

One on One Tutoring

When you decide to tutor one on one, you will be tutoring one student at a time. This is done either in your place or the student’s place.

When you tutor one on one, you have to charge higher since you have to take into consideration the travel time and your fare.

The same is true when your student goes to your place. You have to charge higher because you are tutoring only one student.

The price of your tutorial service will depend also on your student’s social status. You should be considerate when tutoring because there are parents who could hardly afford the cost of tutorial services but they do all means just to have their child tutored

The common problem is that the child has special educational needs that need to be addressed, but the student cannot be included in a group tutoring class so the only option is one on one tutoring.

Sometimes, the teacher in school recommends tutoring because the child cannot cope with the class. In this case, the parents are forced to have their child tutored even if they cannot afford.

This is the time to be generous and charge a little lower than the normal price.

Group Tutoring

As the word implies, group tutoring means you are going to tutor at least four students at a time which is done in your tutorial place and not in your student’s place.

Let us now compare the two types of tutoring.

Pros of one on one tutoring

- There is less stress since you have only one student.

- You don’t have to prepare worksheet beforehand because you only have one student to attend to.

- The pay is higher.

Cons of one on one tutoring

- You have to spend for your fare.

- You waste your time travelling.

- Less earning.

Pros of group tutoring

- You can earn more with more students at a time.

- Your time will be well spent.

- No need to travel so you don’t have extra expenses for the fare.

Cons of group tutoring

- More work and more stress.

- You have to prepare the worksheets beforehand.

- More students to take care and discipline.

Now that I have laid out the pros and cons of one on one tutoring and group tutoring; it’s up to you to choose which type you are going to apply in your tutorial business.

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What to Invest in a Tutorial Business

Personality investment

  • Capital I’s – I stands for Interest, initiative, intellect and insight. These I’s will guide you through as you trudge along in your tutorial business. You need to have that interest to initiate intelligent action; thus leading you to an insightful decision.
  • Capital P’s – P stands for patience, perseverance, productivity and positivity. These personality traits serve as your starting capital if you want to become really productive. Patience keeps you working no matter the situation. Perseverance is your determination to keep going; thus leading you to better products that will give positive results.
  • Capital L’s – L stands for love and leader. Love is crucial and when I say love, I mean love for your work and the children you are teaching. Be a good leader to them also because it is in your good leadership that the children will finally learn better.
  • Capital M’s – M stands for mentor and mother. Instead of being just a teacher, be a mentor to your students especially those who most need your help. Being a second mother to your students brings about better learning results. Remember what they about failed learning? Failed learning is failed teaching.
  • Capital C's - C stands for communication, consideration, coordination and camaraderie. Communication is very important since you and your students need this in order to understand each other. Coordination plays a great role in the teaching and learning process too. Both student and teacher, including the parents, should coordinate with each other regularly to achieve a better relationship. Being the tutor, you must also be considerate to your students. There are times when you have to adjust for the sake of your students. If there is good communication, coordination and consideration then there is likely a strong camaraderie build within the classroom. This is what will make the tutorial business materialize.

Material Investment

  • Money – Money, of course, is needed in every business you put up. So, this is impossible to set aside. Although you don’t need a big capital for home tutorial business, you still need money to move around and keep you in business.
  • School Supplies – Yes, you need school supplies to keep your business going. You need to invest in writing papers, pens and pencils, notebooks, crayons, coloring pens, sharpeners, erasers, clips, stapler and staple wires, paste, glue and scissors. You don’t always need these things but sometimes the children have assignments where they need these things. Some tutorial centers just do the follow-up of the lessons in school but in our case, we also do some extra job in doing the assigned tasks of children. Sometimes we even help with the projects. It all depends on you. But this would be a plus in your part.
  • Small Machines – As your business grows, you need a computer and a printer. When we first started our tutorial business; we did the paper works manually. We made the activity sheets hand-written with carbon paper to duplicate. When our students became more and we had the money to buy a computer and printer, we invested in a good computer and a 3 in 1 printer that can print, scan and Xerox copy papers. This made things easier for us.
  • Text Books – Books are a must because you want to have some references. Books are good investments when tutoring because you will use them for several years. Even if the schools change books, the contents are still similar.
  • Other – Of course, you need other materials such as electric fans, air conditioners, additional chairs and tables and storage boxes for your school materials.

These are all very necessary when you plan to maintain a tutorial business. As your students grow more, you need additional materials.

Time Investment

  • Set a Time but Don't Limit- Time is crucial in the tutorial business. You need to devote time to your business if you want it to grow. In our case, we don’t count the time. We don’t set a limit because some students are fast and some are slow. We give them the worksheets then let them answer until they finish them. Some students can answer the worksheets for thirty minutes and some can finish them in over an hour. This is one good asset that parents love in our tutorial center.
  • Give More Time to Those Who Need It - Children are individuals with different intellectual capabilities. You have to give more time to those who need it most. In our case, we let the slow learners work with more time without extra charge. It is your option though if you charge more for them. But, I guess the more consideration you give to your clients, the more clients you will gain.

As you go on with your business, you will learn more and more useful things that will help you become more productive. Never mind if t here are problems that come your way; the important thing is, you are learning as you go.

When I started my tutorial business, I started with only two students. That time I was teaching in a preschool in the morning. So in the afternoon, I tutor two children. But after a month, more students came, until I cannot accommodate them anymore and I had to ask the help of my elder sister.

I learned as I went into business and learned from the children too.

Your best investment is your time with the children and the way you deal with them. If you are good, parents will come and bring their kids to you.

Tutorial business in the Philippines is getting better since people are already adopting the trend. With the busy schedules of parents, even with yayas at home, some parents prefer to put their children to tutorial centers for follow-up lessons.

Now is the right time to start your own tutorial business.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Felisa Daskeo

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