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Please could you advise on how to do Tutoring..

Discussion in 'Private tutors' started by slingshotsally, Sep 19, 2016.

  1. slingshotsally

    slingshotsally Star commenter

    Hi All,

    I'd really appreciate your collective advice on how to do tutoring. I find myself without a teaching post, and while I am getting interviews, I am just not getting the jobs.

    As a result, I'd like to tutor but I need advice on several matters:

    1. Advertising-
    Do you think creating cards or leaflets is best and posting through letter boxes?
    Would you advise gum tree?

    2. Contracts-
    Where would I download an editable one?
    Would I need to have a slightly different one for each child according to their needs?

    3. Terms and conditions-
    Regarding payments etc is there a place I could get one to download?

    4. Status- Self employed, sole trader, ltd? Which would be most appropriate?

    5. DBS
    How can I make it clear that I have one and then keep it updated as tutor?

    Any advice on any of these matters would be appreciated. If I have left anything off, please let me know.

    I find myself in a difficult postion, as I need to be available to take my youngest to hospital appointments during the week, and so I can only work in evenings and weekends. I have sought work outside of teaching, but I realise I need to use the skills I have as effectively as possible.

    I thank you all in advance.

  2. mathsmutt

    mathsmutt Star commenter

    Hi @slingshotsally ,

    1. Leaflets will get you out there, but may not be the most cost effect method. Is it possible for you to put up notices in local library, community centres, shops, Tesco, Asda etc ? These are sometimes free. I haven't used GumTree, but it may be worth a look. Also, take out adverts in any free local papers. Also, depending on your situation, could you contact ex-colleagues or arrange for local schools to take a flyer ? Placing an advert on a website and using social media may help.

    2 & 3 I will PM you a (sanitised) copy of mine. It is in PDF format, since I can't appear to be able to upload the Word file. It may be what you want, if not - please dump.

    4. I would strongly urge self employed as a sole trader. Although you will probably have to fill out self assessment returns, you can claim legitimate business expenses.

    Good luck!
  3. slingshotsally

    slingshotsally Star commenter

    Thanks for you advice @mathsmutt

    It's very kind of you to message me with the contract.
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  4. langteacher

    langteacher Occasional commenter

    Best of luck with finding your first student

    here goes

    I have never created leaflets or paid to advertise. I used to have a website but there were costs involved and I have recently let it go because my Facebook page costs nothing and brings me in a fair amount of work. Get your friends and family to share the page, share it on local selling sites on facebook which are also free. Share hints and tips for your subject or news articles as well as adverts themselves. People scroll through adverts unless they are looking for something specific.

    Get yourself a profile on Tutor Hunt / First Tutors / UK tutors. It is free. Do a search and see what others in your area are offering and charging. Don't undersell yourself. Be realistic about how far you are prepared to travel. 15 mins each way ,makes an hour long lesson an hour and a half
  5. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    I joined an agency - I've had a steady stream of students ever since (far more than I can take on)
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  6. slingshotsally

    slingshotsally Star commenter

    Please could you give an indication of the agency.
  7. Ian1983

    Ian1983 New commenter

    Look at vehicle graphics for advertising. Best £60 I ever spent was getting my business name and website address on the back windscreen of my car
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  8. needabreak

    needabreak Star commenter

    If I had to advertise businesses on my car I'd get a magnetic sign that could be taken off.
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  9. needabreak

    needabreak Star commenter

    Is it a tutoring business? I've never really noticed one of those, only manual trades, estate agents and tutoring franchises *not on cars though, just banners and billboards.
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  10. Ian1983

    Ian1983 New commenter

    Is it a tutoring business?

    Yes. Back windscreen says:

    "(my name) Maths Tuition
    All Levels Covered from Year 6 SATs to A-Levels
    (my website address)"
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  11. needabreak

    needabreak Star commenter

    That is interesting, as I guess if they see the car then you are prepared to work in that area.
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  12. Ian1983

    Ian1983 New commenter

    Generally yes. It says on my website what areas I cover and on what days anyway so they'll soon find out if I don't.
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  13. slingshotsally

    slingshotsally Star commenter

    I just want to thank you for posting on this thread.

    I am following up on the suggestions, one by one.

    Facebook- that's next and perhaps the car graphics (which is a great idea).
  14. hhhh

    hhhh Lead commenter

    Which area are you in, if you don't mind me asking? A friend tutors and I thought of doing so some years ago, but she found agencies useless.
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  15. Apple101

    Apple101 Occasional commenter

    It may suit you to work permanently at a tutoring place. There are some around and you could try and get a job at one of those.

    I find with tutoring it all depends on your subject! Some people do well others don't. If you have a high demand subject that requires exams and lots do it then you will be fine.

    Once you have one student and if you do a good job they will just come to you.
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  16. tom_mccormick

    tom_mccormick New commenter

    Yeah I joined TM Tutors and did it via them...waaaaaaay easier than doing your own searching and marketing etc and you've got someone you can ask for advice too
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  17. needabreak

    needabreak Star commenter

    There have been threads like this before and the key advice is not to pay for an agency, as @Apple101 pointed out you will be fine if there is demand for your subject and apart from anything else there are agencies where the tutors do not have to pay for the contacts. Tutorhunt is just one and other people may know of others.

    I would not pay an agency if I didn't have to if I were you.
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  18. bevdex

    bevdex Star commenter

    Good luck SSS. Here's hoping you get your first tutees very soon!
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  19. slingshotsally

    slingshotsally Star commenter

    Just to update this thread.

    I have been approached to teach English, Maths and Science to GCSE level to one student who has been very ill, but is now able to resume study but is unable to attend school as convalescence will take sometime.

    Many thanks for all your kind advice as it has helped me so much.
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  20. delenn

    delenn New commenter

    I have just started advertising and got 2 students after 1 day of creating my fb page. There's some great advice on this thread. Thanks.
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