If you have a particular knowledge base that can be translated into a teaching model, you can easily become a tutor. Even if you are a retired or soon-to-retire teacher you can extend your career with tutoring. The hook here is that the tutoring you would be doing would be online, via a computer, from the comfort of your home. So, if you have expertise in English, science, social studies or math you can easily make money tutoring.
Essentially you would be expected to work with students of any age – but most tutoring online ages range between grade four and college. If you can handle the extra work required to explain thoroughly what you are trying to teach through the use of a keyboard instead of in person, then you could make money tutoring as a part-time or full-time extra income opportunity.
Finding tutoring jobs
To find online tutoring jobs just search “online tutor” in your preferred search engine and then weed through the results. All you will require is practical knowledge on the subject you choose to tutor and the desire to help someone better understand math or science (or whatever) through online interaction.
According to Tutor.com, online tutoring jobs pay starting from $12.00 per hour and can run from a few hours up to 30 hours per week. Remember, all of this can be done from home which means no travelling to homes or school libraries to meet with students and weather would not be a factor.
How to get premium tutoring rates
The rates are even better if you have a higher level of educational knowledge and students seeking tutoring from you for that. For example, students preparing to enter college are a good choice for increased earnings. SAT tutoring can earn $125 per session and rates can go up from there depending on the demand for your services. But you can make money tutoring a number of different ‘common’ subjects as well including Algebra, Calculus, Statistics, English literature, world history, earth science, essay writing, proofreading, German, accounting plus more.
Online tutors are also in demand for what would be considered ‘uncommon’ subjects including chess, sports, business, singing, piano and cooking. Yes, all of these have been taught online by ‘internet tutors’ and they are each earning extra income as a result. If you are not as computer savvy as you’d like to be, you can still make money tutoring from home.
There are many job opportunities for teaching students over the telephone. It won’t be the same as online, but at least with a phone connection it will be more personal and interaction will be quicker than talking through a computer keyboard. All of this will have an effect on what you can charge for your tutor services and depending on that rate you will either be very busy, or just busy enough to stay actively involved in the teaching of something to someone else.
Where to find students
To start as a new tutor a reasonable rate would be $25 per hour (online) and you can start right away as you do not require any special certification to become a tutor. In order to find students you can list your services at one of many online tutoring websites, on any of the online free classified advertising websites, in a local newspaper or with posters. See if local schools will refer students in need of assistance to you or if they will put one of your posters in a high traffic location.
Once you start to gain clients, you should see some extra income rolling your way. Some online tutoring websites will find you students and take a percentage of your rate so if you choose to do this you will have to adjust your rates to factor this in. The bonus here is that you won’t have to put a lot of effort into searching for clients.
Essentially you will need to put together a comprehensive online profile and the tutoring site will take care of the rest. Whatever route you take, you will be able to make money tutoring and that is the bottom line.
To get you started, here are four established and well-regarded online tutoring companies: