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How much to charge for longer session

Discussion in 'Private tutors' started by Mermaid7, Aug 28, 2019.

  1. Mermaid7

    Mermaid7 Occasional commenter

    I currently charge £21 for an hour and have been asked the price for 90 minutes. What would be reasonable? I’m there already for the hour but obviously it’s an extra 30 minutes. Any advice welcome.
  2. gainly

    gainly Star commenter

    I usually charge a slightly lower rate for a longer lesson. Based on your rate of £21 for one hour, £30 would seem reasonable. Your rates do seem quite low but I guess it depends where you live.
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  3. langteacher

    langteacher Occasional commenter

    30 is reasonable
    I work at home and if it was me I'd just halve my hourly rate and add it on
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  4. Mermaid7

    Mermaid7 Occasional commenter

    Thanks - I suggested 30 but they want to pay less. I hate this haggling aspect.
  5. saluki

    saluki Lead commenter

    Let them go elsewhere and get it cheaper then. You are a teacher not someone selling a carpet in a far eastern bazaar.
  6. gainly

    gainly Star commenter

    I never haggle. If they don't want to pay the rate I tell them to find another tutor.
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  7. langteacher

    langteacher Occasional commenter

    If you weren't doing the extra half hour that would free up a space.
    You are doing that extra half hour therefore it needs paying for
  8. bramblesarah

    bramblesarah Occasional commenter

    I would get rid! I always tell parents I have a waiting list and it makes them less likely to ask for rate reductions. £21 is very reasonable and £30 for 90 mins is more than fair. I would go back to them and say I will do it for £31 (and then keep going up). I charge £30 for an hour and £45 for an hour and a half.
    You need to think about how much an hour and a half of your time is? What would you pay a hair dresser or plumber?
  9. briancant

    briancant Occasional commenter

    £30 is very reasonable and fair. At that rate you should get lots of work. All businesses have the same dilemma about what to charge, too much and you lose work too little and you cheat yourself. I err on the side of cheapness as I've explained on other threads. It means I'm always busy and am making contacts. There is no point in charging too much and having no work particularly if you are new. I think if you are established and highly regarded you can charge more (and I will when I'm in that position).
  10. adamcreen

    adamcreen Occasional commenter

    Tell them that some tutors (ie ME) charge £50 an hour and £70 for 90 minutes. They are lucky to have you, and should pay up without haggling.
  11. cwilson1983

    cwilson1983 Occasional commenter

    I would raise your hourly rate and then charge it as follows:

    60 minutes £30
    90 minutes £45

    I wouldn't offer a discount because, as others have mentioned, you may be giving up another hour slot to accommodate the extra 30 minutes.

    Any client who attempts to haggle does not respect you as a professional. You are better off holding firm and inviting them to seek a cheaper tutor.

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