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Teacher turns Private Tutor....???

Discussion in 'Private tutors' started by paigefenech, May 5, 2020.

  1. paigefenech

    paigefenech New commenter

    Hi all!!

    I am curious to find out your experience moving from teaching to private tutoring.... I have tried to get my name out there myself but having difficulties reaching students.... I have seen a few agencies online and not too sure if this is the same as a supply teaching agency, i.e are we employed by them or will it be a self-employed position?

    Have any of you had a good experience with tutoring agencies? What is the sign up process like? I noticed one particular agency isn't accepting applications at all right now, which is a clear indication of the influx of teachers looking to do this...... looking for advice and personal experience really!!

    The following questions spring to mind

    1- What is the sign up process like with tutoring agencies? is it as strict as a regular teaching supply agency?
    2- What type of personal information would I need to provide a tutoring agency?
    3- Will i be self-employed? Do i get to set my own rates and timetable?
    4- do i have to pay the tutoring agency and if so, how much?
    5- what kind of money have you made on average / month tutoring?
    6- is there only 1-1 tutoring with these agencies?


    Any support and advice is going to be really useful!! thanks in advance :)
     
  2. gainly

    gainly Star commenter

    This is a very bad time to try to start tutoring. Closing schools and particularly cancelling exams has made getting students very hard.
     
  3. CloudsTES

    CloudsTES New commenter

    Do you think it's an influx of supply teachers flooding the tutoring market currently, or employed teachers? If employed teachers, surely they have other fish to fry at the moment (i.e. teaching their existing pupils)?
     
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  4. doctoryes

    doctoryes Occasional commenter

    If you are currently employed as a teacher in a school, I would recommend that you check your employment contract to find out whether you would be in breach of it if you set up as a private tutor. There could well be restrictions e.g. not tutoring pupils from your current school (or academy trust) for example. I would advise that the best time to start would be September but doing some research now would be beneficial.
    It isn't possible to answer your questions directly as different agencies set their own policies. It is likely that you would be self employed which would mean you signing up with HMRC as self-employed and completing a tax return.
    It's not just teachers that are attempting to join the tutoring market, to be honest.
    There are also university students and lecturers attempting this as well. I have even seen adverts from students in Y11 and Y13.
    If you live in a university city there is likely to be competition from students all year round but some of these will be unlikely to continue when their own teaching restarts.
     
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  5. suzette

    suzette Occasional commenter

    QUOTE="paigefenech, post: 13116254, member: 22606862"]Hi all!!

    I am curious to find out your experience moving from teaching to private tutoring.... I have tried to get my name out there myself but having difficulties reaching students.... I have seen a few agencies online and not too sure if this is the same as a supply teaching agency, i.e are we employed by them or will it be a self-employed position?

    Have any of you had a good experience with tutoring agencies? What is the sign up process like? I noticed one particular agency isn't accepting applications at all right now, which is a clear indication of the influx of teachers looking to do this...... looking for advice and personal experience really!!

    The following questions spring to mind

    1- What is the sign up process like with tutoring agencies? is it as strict as a regular teaching supply agency?
    2- What type of personal information would I need to provide a tutoring agency?
    3- Will i be self-employed? Do i get to set my own rates and timetable?
    4- do i have to pay the tutoring agency and if so, how much?
    5- what kind of money have you made on average / month tutoring?
    6- is there only 1-1 tutoring with these agencies?


    Any support and advice is going to be really useful!! thanks in advance :)[/QUOTE]

    There are loads of postings on here with 'teachers and people in different professions' suddenly wanting to tutor, so I would suggest you read them, rather than everyone having to regurgitate the same answers to the same queries.

    As a tutor who has been one for pretty much the best part of ten years (and not just for covid), I feel like others that have posted, it is a difficult time for you to consider tutoring.

    If you really are in it for the long haul; perhaps it's worth considering the following:

    Are you prepared to be earning very little money while you set up and get clients? (In this business a lot of your clients can be through reputation, recommendation and hard graft). I was often having to go out (pre-covid) with flyers; outside school gates, supermarket etc, in fact anywhere to find potential clients during a quiet period around summer, New Year or Xmas.

    - What do you do if lockdown continues? Or finishes? (Go back to teaching? Or stay with it, because at the moment, it's hard for us tutors that have been doing this for a long time).

    If you are genuinely considering doing this, good luck to you. It is a fantastic job I enjoy and I feel it is my vocation in life and if anyone wants genuinely wants to do it, I say go for it. :)

    However it really isn't an easy thing to do or an alternative to try and earn some quick money during covid/lockdown and I believe it's going to be even harder to do after covid/lockdown.
     
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  6. Ian1983

    Ian1983 Occasional commenter

    I wouldn't ever bother with an agency. Just advertise yourself and keep 100% of the lesson fees (minus tax obviously)
     
  7. Abitofeverything

    Abitofeverything Occasional commenter

    I have made the switch from teacher to tutor, but was tutoring on the side as well as teaching for about 7 years. It was when I realised I had made enough of a name for myself to have 15-20 clients a week that I switched to purely tutoring. It also helps that I live in an 11+ area and I was an experienced teacher of that age group.
    I would say being able to earn a living from being a tutor is helped by a few things: a strong reputation in your area so your details are passed on through word of mouth, a specialist area, whether its a subject or 11+ type specialism, and a reasonably affluent area where people can afford to pay a good rate for tuition.
    I would say that going through agencies who have lots of other tutors on their books and really only have their own best interests at heart, or living in an area where people struggle to pay for tuition would make it really hard.
    Good luck. I do feel lucky to earn more in 3-4 hours a day than I used to doing a 10-hour day at school, with a lot less stress. I miss having colleagues but overall it's well worth it.
     
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  8. Nealswife

    Nealswife Occasional commenter

    It is a great way to teach and get results for pupils - but parents compare tutors and reputation is paramount, plus accessibility. I lived in a small village, close to towns but travelling to my house, parking and waiting, caused issues. Parents want to go home and come back to pick up...not always feasible. Some hung around for ages, asking questions and you only get paid for tutoring, not the chat time....difficult if you are trying to build a business. My students came through word of mouth but once they're done, you need to get more! Some elan times too - and you need lots of resources at your finger tips, be master of almost everything, if necessary. Lovely way to work though. I am moving to centre of town close to giant supermarket - drop off, shop and pick up, no parking, quick get away! Notices up for tutoring outside schools, locally and in supermarket. Way to go - good luck. :) PS - I have taught everything form maths, science, English, SEN and behaviour management for better focus and confidence building.
     
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  9. shakes1616

    shakes1616 Established commenter

    I signed up to some online agencies ages ago and have never had anyone contact me ever. Forget it!
     
  10. LWa7

    LWa7 New commenter

  11. Abitofeverything

    Abitofeverything Occasional commenter

    This is what I mean about how not to do it. Why would anyone choose you and pay you a high hourly rate, if no one has recommended you and you are competing against lots of other tutors? Can you advertise locally and go through word of mouth, even if it takes a bit more time to build contacts?
     
  12. SUPER.SUPPLY

    SUPER.SUPPLY Occasional commenter

    Ok here is my opinion and situation. I left teaching last year and went into becoming a nanny/governess. I was in several private households gaining experience through a couple of reputable agencies. When covid struck everyone who could afford it wanted a private tutor. Go on to nannyjob where several nanny agencies and individual parents post and look for nannies with teaching experience. Parents are crying out for tutors at the moment and I have just been able to name my price. It is not easy, I have had to wait a long time. So here is what you do. Get your C.V all nice and sparkly as a teacher.
    You need an up to date DBS registered with an update service and if you haven't got one, get one through an agency.
    Have a decent cover letter for teaching ready too.
    Photocopy of passport, driving license, qualifications (teaching ones that is) and anything else relevant.
    Profile picture, can be a passport one but make yourself smiley
    Proof of NI number
    Proof of address
    Picture of driving license photo card.
    I have pictures of all of these in one folder on my computer and i'm ready to get them off to an agency when they ask for it. Have several referees ready for a phone call too.

    Hope this helps
     

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