How to Start a Home-Based Tutoring Business: *Get paid to help kids succeed *Make parents your ally *Build trust with students *Set your own schedule *Market your expertise *Become the tutor everybody wants!

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Everything you need to know to run a successful tutoring business from your home. American parents spend four billion dollars a year on tutoring millions of children, and this figure is expected to grow by more than twelve percent annually. Why not make the most of this trend? Whether you are an educator or otherwise have expertise in a particular field, How to Start a Home-Based Tutoring Business gives you all the tools and success strategies you need to launch and grow your business. A longtime teacher and ...
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Overview

Everything you need to know to run a successful tutoring business from your home. American parents spend four billion dollars a year on tutoring millions of children, and this figure is expected to grow by more than twelve percent annually. Why not make the most of this trend? Whether you are an educator or otherwise have expertise in a particular field, How to Start a Home-Based Tutoring Business gives you all the tools and success strategies you need to launch and grow your business. A longtime teacher and tutor shares her experiences and advice on every aspect of the field. Beth A. Lewis covers everything from writing a business plan, setting your rate, organizing your workspace, and marketing, to keeping clients happy and monitoring student progress to show results. She also provides indispensable guidance on legal and ethical issues, on cutting costs for textbooks, and on becoming and staying profitable—as well as how to use the Internet to develop your business. The book is packed with tips and FAQs, as well as forms and checklists, including: Session preparation checklist Sample tutor-parent contractTutor’s memo and student’s notesSample invoiceBudget template
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762754328
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/6/2010
  • Series: Home-Based Business Series
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 796,651
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Beth A. Lewis has worked in the education field for ten years, as both a classroom teacher and as a home-based tutor. The About.com Guide to Elementary Education, she has taught third grade in an award-winning Title I elementary school as well as high school English, journalism, and SAT preparation at a private institution. Lewis now tutors students in a wide range of subjects and on several grade levels.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction x

01 So You Want to Start a Home-Based Turtoring Business 1

Classroom Teaching vs. Home-Based Tutoring 2

If You've Never Taught Before 4

Reflecting on Your Potential for Home-Based Tutoring Success 5

The Realities of Self-Employment 7

Enlisting Household Support 11

02 Envisioning the Business 13

What You Need to Get Started 13

Defining Your Work Style 14

Ways to Meet Your Clients' Needs 22

03 What You Need in Your Workspace 27

Setting Up Your Home Office 27

Setting Up Your Tutoring Workspace 34

Merging Workspace and Personal Space 36

Achieving Work-Life Balance 38

Creating a Mobile Workspace 39

A Final Word on Workspaces 40

04 Writing Business Plan 41

Why Create a Business Plan? 41

Elements of the Business Plan 41

How Will You Define Business Success? 46

05 Getting Started 51

Setting Up Your Small Business 51

Steps to Starting Your Business 52

Consulting Professionals 57

Printed Materials 60

Building a Business Web Site 62

Ready to Tutor! 63

06 Home-Based Tutoring in Practice 64

The Successful Initial Parent Phone Call 64

The Initial Parent-Student-Tutor Meeting 65

Supplementary Materials for the Initial Meeting 77

Setting Up a Scheduling System 80

Establishing a Rapport with Your Students 81

Session Notes 83

Real-Life Example: A Typical Tutoring Session 87

Ongoing Client Updates 89

Keeping Clients Happy 91

07 Financial Planning and Management 93

Factors to Consider When Setting Your Hourly Rate 93

Designing and Enforcing Your Cancellation Policy 96

Weathering Seasonal Ebbs and Flows 97

Invoicing 98

Budgets 102

08 RecordKeeping and Taxes 105

Recordkeeping105

Taxes 108

09 Ethical Issues 110

Confidentiality Issues 110

Maintaining Neutrality on Sensitive Subjects 112

Ethical Communications with the Classroom Teacher 114

Business Ethics 115

To Sum Up 116

10 Marketing Your Tutoring Services 117

Marketing Research 117

Marketing Factors 118

Creating a Market for "Off-Season" Tutoring 127

11 The Internet and Home-based Tutoring 130

Building a Business Web Site 131

Web Design Tips 132

Search-Engine Optimization 134

Offering Online Support Between Sessions 136

Expanding Your Business into Online Tutoring 140

12 Business Endgame 142

Visualizing the Evolution 142

Ways to Grow Your Business 144

The Benefits of Staying Small 146

13 Training and Certification 148

Staying Connected to Educational Trends and Tools 148

Ways to Grow Professionally 149

Above All, Keep It Practical 152

Appendix 153

Recommended Reading List 153

Recommended Web Sites 154

Recommended Software and Sources 155

Frequently Asked Questions 156

Index 159

About the Author 164

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  • Posted March 20, 2012

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    This book took the guess work out of how to actual set up a successful tutoring business. I was impressed by the amount of information that was given about the tutoring business from the contracts to initial meetings with parents. The depth of detail that this book provided. I know will allow me to be successful.

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