Become A Full-Time Tutor

Become A Full-Time Tutor in 7 Easy Steps

Most people recognize that becoming a tutor is a great way to earn extra money. But few realize how easy it is to become a full-time tutor. All you need are good people skills and mastery of a broad knowledge base.

Depending on your location, you can make anywhere from $25,000 to $50,000 per year as a full time tutor. And you only need to work about 20 hours per week. It’s actually not possible to work many more hours than this, because students are only available after school and on weekends. This gives you freedom to pursue your own interests on the side, or to take on a second job for even more income.

If you’re seeking independence from your day job, or are tired of waiting for the perfect job to come your way, then follow these 7 steps to becoming a full-time tutor. These steps will also go a long way in making you a better part-time tutor, so read on even if you don’t have ambitions of self-employment.

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1. Know It All

Breadth of expertise is vital in building a robust clientele. But it has to be the right kind of expertise. You need to know things that others actually need to learn in school, like math, writing, and science.

The importance of the SAT can not be overstated. Depending on your location, SAT prep can constitute up to a third of all tutoring demand. And the subjects covered on the test (algebra, geometry, essay writing, reading comprehension, etc.) are also some of the most popular subjects for academic tutoring.

Here is a list of some other high-demand topics. If you add several of these subjects to your repertoire then you’ll be one step closer to becoming a full-time tutor.

  • Pre-Calculus
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Calculus
  • Statistics
  • Computers/Programming
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Special Needs/IEP
  • Elementary Ed
  • 2. Crack The Books

    Chances are, you’ll need a refresher before you start tutoring. This is especially true for the SAT. Taking a practice test is a great place to start.

    3. Get In The Game

    To become a full-time tutor you need to throw your name in as many hats as possible. Start by registering on our site. Our site is 100% free for you and students, and you are free to set your own hourly rate.

    But there are a lot of tutoring companies out there. If you’re serious about going full-time then you’ll want to join 3 to 5. It’s important to have a diverse and steady flow of student leads.

    Searching for tutoring gigs? Try our jobs search engine!
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    4. Go The Extra Mile

    When you get your first student you need to go above and beyond. If everything goes right, they will give you a glowing recommendation and potentially continue working with you indefinitely.

    Here’s why its so important to nail this first assignment. That parent is going to spread the good word about you in 3 vital ways. First, they will tell the manager of the tutoring company how great you are. The more they rave, the more likely that manager is to send you the next student in your area.

    Second, they will tell all their friends about how great you are. And when those friends come directly to you for tutoring, you have no obligation to work through the company. Most companies offer incentives to bring students in, but I don’t know of any incentives that come close to being worth it.

    Third, that parent can be used as a reference. You might decide to use this reference to apply to more tutoring companies. Or, once you’re ready to advertise on your own, you can use it for prospective students.

    5. Take One For The Team

    To become a full-time tutor, the focus must be on building relationships. Be prepared to deal with assignments for which the circumstances are less than ideal. Sometimes you’ll have to travel a bit farther than you’d like, commit additional prep time, or even reduce your hourly rate. But in the early days, the value of that relationship is far greater than these costs.

    Learn how to set a fair market price for your tutoring.
    →How Much To Charge For Tutoring

    6. Establish Yourself

    It all leads to this. It should be your goal to not only build clientele, but build reputation. The primary reason that reputation is more important than clientele is that individual tutoring assignments are by nature transient. Students learn what they need to, then no longer require your help. Reputation is vital in maintaining a continuous flow of new students.

    Your reputation is established by building relationships first and foremost, but this is not enough. You also need a local and online presence that will allow new students to find you. Call local schools and have your name put on their tutor list. Post flyers around town. Network.

    It’s also necessary to make yourself visible online. Some tutoring companies, including ours, allow you to maintain a publicly displayed online profile. Such a profile can demonstrate your reputation, as it allows testimonials and other credentials to be displayed. Consider actively blogging from your profile, too. Blogging is a great way to establish yourself as a thought leader, further building reputation.

    There are also countless advantages to taking it a step further and establishing your own website or business. Obviously, that was the route I took, and it turned out pretty well. Outlining all of the steps to do so, however, is beyond the scope of this article. Ultimately, you do not need your own tutoring business in order to be a full-time tutor. A website, on the other hand, is a huge asset with minimal costs. Our partner Coach offers a free website builder tailored specifically to the needs of tutors, so check them out.

    7. Embrace The Future

    Technology plays a significantly role in education today, and that role will only expand in the future. Don’t get left behind by neglecting the computerized educational tools already on the market. Offer your students the best tools their money can buy.

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    About Jared R

    Jared, founder of The Knowledge Roundtable, is passionate about the advancement of knowledge. He has a B.S. in astronomy and physics from UMass and an MBA in Advanced Financial Analytics, also from UMass. He has a day job as a Data Scientist in Boston. He has over 500 hours of tutoring experience in everything from algebra to writing. He taught our SAT prep group courses for two years in NH, and before that developed educational content for math, stats, and finance textbooks for two years. His teaching style is hands-on with a focus on problem-solving and critical thinking.

    1. Sean H 05/24/2014, 9:06 pm Reply

      Jared… I think this is great. The company…how you have made the website appear to me, as well as I find your degrees interesting. I have a wide variety of knowledge in many subjects & hope to tutor some of them, Thanks!!

    2. Christina 02/15/2016, 4:43 pm Reply

      I am currently a part time tutor and loving it!! I am moving in June and looking to do it full time. This is a very helpful article! Thanks!!

      • Jared R 02/15/2016, 4:59 pm Reply

        Glad you found it helpful, Christina! Here is a new resource I’ve made available since first writing this article:
        You can use this tutoring jobs search engine to search all tutoring jobs throughout the country, plus some good training resources and teaching materials.

    3. Nishia 09/26/2016, 10:46 pm Reply

      Hi, How can I get more traffic. I have a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, and I am very excited about tutoring children PK-5th grade depending on the subject area.

    4. maryam 10/06/2016, 7:34 am Reply

      I have got math master and I am a math teacher more than 8 years.
      I am interested in cooperating with you.

    5. JOAN C MULCAHY THOMPSON,MA 03/16/2017, 12:24 pm Reply

      I am a retired Senior Citizen with a BA degree from SMU and MA from Teacher’s College, Columbia University where I ,also, lived and trained at the famous Lexington School for the Deaf to teach ‘the Natural Language ; approach. I was a full scholarship student at both universities and one of thirteen across the United States to teach the deaf to speak. I am a Speech Pathologist ,Audiologist, Special Education teacher-dyslexic, Administrator, Researcher-Harvard Medical School, Curriculum writer, and part time tutor. I have been an administrator in a medical clinic, with an institution, schools-public,private, charter, and overseas -Japan and Germany with the Air Force and Army- overseas schools are the best.

      • Monique 03/24/2017, 4:53 am Reply

        Actually, I would consider 20 hours a week of tutoring full time. There is lag time between students whether you are driving to them or not, prep time, talking on the phone with parents, marketing, purchasing supplies, researching, etc.

        • Jared R 03/24/2017, 7:51 am Reply

          I agree, when I worked full time as a tutor I only did between 10 and 20 hours per week. The driving time and the limited number of after-school hours puts a cap on the number of possible billable hours.

          • Dianne LeBlanc 05/08/2017, 9:56 am Reply

            This is exactly what I’m searching for. Thank you for the encouraging posts.

    6. Dianne LeBlanc 05/08/2017, 9:54 am Reply

      This is exactly what I dreamed might be out there for me!!!! I live in beautiful Colorado Springs, Colorado and reside on the Air Force Academy. I’ve been a resident of Colorado since I was 11 years old. I spent 20 years promoting Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region and have also tutored and mentored throughout the decades. My passion is teaching, as well as art, music, and of course, the Great Outdoors.