Quaking a bit as I ask that question.... I have been a private tutor for a while, after qualifying as a Modern Language teacher and teaching both French and Spanish to A Level. I now teach various levels, including adult learners. Each year I have a couple of A Level students. I find it challenging as the syllabus is quite wide and includes a range of literature and cultural stuff. But I enjoy it. I'll say this bit as it is, as I'm a bit confused. A year 13 student contacted me over the summer and began tuition via one of the reputable tutor sites often mentioned on here. I explained my terms and conditions. He didn't turn up for the second lesson. I texted after 10 minutes to check he was on his way, but only an hour or so after the lesson did I receive a text to say there had been a family emergency and they were very sorry but could he come another day. To cut a long story short, I made them pay for this lesson, and up front for the next. I'm not sure of the emergency as I had conflicting stories from another family member. They weren't too happy about paying though. After that, I explained again that I've set aside the time each week and would expect attendance and/or payment, unless they give me 24 hours notice. But what they do... each week, a day or two before the lesson, usually late at night, they text to confirm that they are coming. I think you tutors will see the problem here. They are basically saying they are booking on a week to week basis, to avoid payment if they cancel. Or am I being too harsh? The third problem is that I am finding the preparation I have to do for these lessons is very onerous. The student wants a lot of help with A Level literature. I have studied and taught A Level literature, and have the relevant books and cribs etc, but I'm finding I need to do more and more in depth preparation. This week, with his "confirmation" email, he has asked for in depth word analysis, so I feel I need to look at whole chunks of text in preparation. Actually, this is for a lesson tomorrow, and I've decided to write on here, rather than do that work. I'm wondering if I should try and lose this student and how I should approach this, if I do. I also know, because they have told me, that he had at least one tutor earlier in the year, who presumably didn't survive. This makes me feel entitled to lose him, but also a bit guilty, as I might be his last chance. Any thoughts here appreciated. The lovely students and parents are just lovely, but when there are problems you can feel a bit isolated when you are freelancing.