I started in September 2013 with the aim of getting 6 students a week to keep my head above water (not being the main wage earner). I've advertised with a couple of tuition websites, through childcare.co.uk and gumtree and I also registered with an agency that takes a cut of everything I earn (thought they charge a higher fee to clients than I advertise on the websites so I get the same from their lessons as I do from the ones I pick up myself). I've now picked up 22 hours of teaching a week, at £25 an hour (on average - I offer discounts for people who book multiple hours per week). Location has played a massive part in this, I'm sure. I'm lucky to be in a relatively affluent part of London, with a number of selective schools local to me. I'd say the breakdown of pupils I have now is as follows: 50% sitting entrance exams this September 30% children who need help to reach a level 4 in their Yr6 Sats 15% children in lower years who are generally falling behind at school and need a bit of a push 5% EAL children whose parents do not speak English well and want their child to have support from a native English speaker to ensure they don't fall behind. So far, the agency has provided me with about 6 hours work, but the rest has come from the websites or from flyers that I've handed out at local clubs (I made friends with my son's football and tennis coaches and they hand out flyers periodically for me, as do my friends who run dance and drama schools). Just 2 were personal referrals so far but I'm hoping that as time goes on I'll start to get more recommendations and build up a client base that way. It's not the wage I was on when I was teaching in a school, but the lifestyle suits me and my family better. The hours are definitely unsociable, but with a young child it means I don't have to pay for childcare during the day now. A definite bonus! I'm not sure I could support the family alone on this wage, if it ever came to that, but the fact that I've still got my days free to do supply on top of the tuition means that I've got the ability to earn a very good wage if I needed to - and this is something I'll probably do when my youngest is at school full time.