Having a specific set of skills and being able to teach others is a special and valuable quality.
In recent years, there has been a demand for specialist subject teachers, personal tutors and private tutors that are able to extend their teaching hours, in order to offer their expertise to those who could benefit from one-to-one tuition in certain educational areas.
Particularly popular with children and teenagers who are about to undertake core exams such as their year 6 SATS, GCSEs and A-levels, offering your skills is a great way to earn extra cash, particularly if you are a retired teacher or are a current teacher with some spare time on your hands (if that is at all possible!).
With the average private tutor charging around £25 per hour, becoming a private tutor can be a great way of finding those extra funds for a summer holiday, home improvements, or simply extra cash for life’s luxuries.
But how can you become a tutor
Anyone can become a personal tutor. If you have the necessary skill sets and expertise, solid communication skills, and the ability to adapt your teaching skills to meet the learning needs of a wide range of abilities, then this could be a great cash earner for you.
If you have a passion for teaching and a limited amount of experience, or at least able to demonstrate a passion for teaching (a student teacher perhaps), becoming a private tutor like those on First Tutors is definitely worth considering.
But before you start advertising your services, it’s important to create a checklist of things you must do first, and make sure you do them all. These include:
Register for tax – You don’t want to have Mr Taxman on your back. Personal tutoring is classed as being self-employed, even if you also have a full-time job. If you decide that becoming a tutor is something you would like to explore further, it’s important to register with the HMRC – this is nothing to be scared of, it’s purely for tax purposes.
CRB Checks – If you are working with young adults and children who are under the age of 18, investing in a CRB check is a compulsory requirement. This is the first thing that many parents and schools will ask for.
What are the benefits?
As well as being a fail-safe cash earner, becoming a private tutor will also allow you to develop your teaching skills and your ability to interact and engage with students effectively on a one-to-one basis.
You can also work hours that suit you and your lifestyle. Whether that’s during the evenings, in the school holidays, or even at weekends, you can pick the hours that fit around your lifestyle.
Are you a student and want to earn extra cash?
You don’t even have to be officially qualified to become a private tutor. Many students who are studying to become teachers, set themselves up as private tutors as a means of funding their studies.
If you’re a student teacher looking to gain practical, hands on experience, becoming a personal tutor can also be a great way to put into practise what you have learnt on your course – it looks great on your CV and highlights your passion and desire to teach. Of course, it also gives you something to talk about when you start going to those dreaded interviews. And you don’t even need to leave the comfort of your own home!
How much should I charge?
That’s entirely up to you. Charges vary massively within the industry depending on the market and the subjects you are able to provide services for.
The value of your services tends to depend how much experience you have. If you already work in a school, it’s also important that you make them aware that you are also offering your services as a personal tutor. It’s often not a problem but if you are working with a student who you teach in mainstream education, a contract between you, the school and the parent needs to be drawn up.