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How to start as private tutor????

Discussion in 'Private tutors' started by Steph2002, Sep 12, 2017.

  1. Steph2002

    Steph2002 New commenter

    hi,I have 20 odd years experience teaching A level Psychology. Outstanding results. Masters degree. Also taught Sociology A level.
    I don,t want to really go into other academic areas.
    I,m nearing 60. Thinking going part time at work.
    Could I make this work while still full time ??
    What do I do about tax??
    Total newbie
  2. Matt-Thompson

    Matt-Thompson New commenter


    Have you considered tutoring online? The flexibility and convenience of working online would make it easier to fit some private tutoring around your full time (or part time) role.

    As for tax, here's a good article about registering with HMRC and completing a self-assessment tax return if you become self-employed (even if it's only on a part time basis):

    As well as tutoring full time online, I also write a blog for anyone interested in starting and running a successful online tutoring business so feel free to ask any more questions and I'll do my best to answer them.

  3. RWorld1

    RWorld1 New commenter

    Hey steph, just wanted to come by and say good luck. I've just started looking for students to tutor, so in the same boat. Best of luck.
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  4. Steph2002

    Steph2002 New commenter

    Thanks so much..I.ve got to get foot in door..
    Matt you are doing English tutoring though..that is a quite popular area.
    I teach Psychology A level.
    How would that work..not so many students!??
    Could include Sociology, but prefer specialism which is Psychology!
  5. Matt-Thompson

    Matt-Thompson New commenter

    Sorry Steph, I just saw your reply.

    Yes I teach English as a foreign language, which is a popular subject. There might not be as many A level Psychology students but when it comes to tutoring online, a common mistake is to offer too many subjects. It seems like an obvious way to get more students by covering more bases (like Sociology) so that anyone who visits your site or profile will be more likely to find the subject they are looking for. It seems counterintuitive to offer less subjects but by doing this, you can actually increase the number of students you get. This is because if you position yourself as an expert in one area of tutoring, you can build your online reputation as being the best at that one subject. This will lead to a greater online presence when potential students are searching for a tutor.

    Here's an article I wrote about how to find your online tutoring niche:


    Let me know if you have any more questions and hopefully I'll see the notification this time and respond quicker.
  6. Steph2002

    Steph2002 New commenter

    Thanks that's useful! Yes I don,t want to have loads of students..just to supplement my income a bit and slowly build up, so when I retire I have a small job to fall back on!
  7. homeworkminutesablog

    homeworkminutesablog New commenter

    I am a tutor too. In which way you want to start? Online tutoring and in house tutoring?
  8. Steph2002

    Steph2002 New commenter

    Hi I really want to do both. On line and in my own home. I don,t want to go travelling door to door. Cause still teaching full time.

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