Hi All, This email dropped into my inbox this afternoon from a popular tutoring site that I'm with today. (Called Tut*rf*l). "A lot has changed since we started ---- in 2015. We’ve grown from being a small, Sheffield based tutoring company to one of the UK’s leading tutoring providers. More recently, we’ve shifted our focus from providing mostly local tutoring to supporting the fast-growing demand for online tuition. We firmly believe that the future of tutoring is online. For parents and students, it offers a much more convenient way to access the best tutors in the country, and we’ve heard from countless tutors that online tutoring allows you to earn substantially more than from local tutoring, without the added burden of travel. One aspect of ---- that hasn’t changed much since we started has been our platform fee, which has been a tiered fee based on the number of hours each tutor has taught. However, as more of our tutors have moved to lower platform fees, this has become unsustainable for us as a business. What’s changing? Starting from 3rd August 2020, we will be changing to a new 25%/20% platform fee for all tutors on ---, with the platform fee falling after you have taught more than 250 hours with ---: 25% - Up to 250 hours taught 20% - More than 250 hours taught This will only apply to new students - future lessons with all your existing students will continue to be charged at your current rate. Why are these changes being made? Our goal is to be your entire back office, marketing team, and technology provider so that you can focus on what you do best - teaching. To achieve this, we need to invest heavily in our website and mobile apps, which we believe to be the best in the industry; in marketing to bring in new students; and in our customer service team, so that we can continually provide you with the best support for your business. We have always invested all of our revenue back into ---, but our current platform fee has made it difficult to continue with this level of investment. This is especially true with the move towards online tutoring, where we are making large investments into both marketing and our technology platform, and where the majority of students are taught by our most established tutors on our lowest platform fee. How does this change affect me? We recognise this is a significant change, and we’ve not made it lightly. Our belief is that you will benefit by being part of a stronger, more sustainable --- with greater opportunities to build your own tutoring business and help more students. To mitigate the impact of the increase in platform fee, we recommend increasing your rate slightly to offset the fee increase for new students. Once you have a good number of positive reviews, a few pounds difference in rate shouldn’t affect your ability to attract new students. If you haven’t already done so, we also highly recommend that you switch to online tutoring where possible, and to take advantage of the new best-in-class tools that we will be launching over the next few months. The majority of parents and students are now requesting online tutoring, which we expect to continue, and teaching online is a great way for you to grow your business by accessing a national pool of students and eliminating travel time and costs. I’m incredibly grateful that --- has such a strong, passionate community of tutors such as yourself. I hope that over the coming months and years, the changes we’ve made will mean we’ll be able to help even more of you build a successful tutoring business." Is anyone with this tutoring site? I can't say I'm surprised! How many more tutoring sites are going to find a way of profiting from tutors like myself that has given them three years service and effectively been kicked in the teeth when we can least afford it! They're going to take 25% commission for every new student I get from them. (If I'm honest I've got nada students from them for so long anyway and I'm getting more work on my own merits. I'm just pis*ed off that they should decide to do this now! Shame on you T*ful!