Hi everyone!! My name is Faraz and I started tutoring 7 months ago. I have another business selling used laboratory equipment but business had gotten really slow. Prior to this, I was working full time. I was laid off and that was fine because I was doing well in my business selling used lab equipment. Anyway with the down economy, I just didn't have the sales I used to have and money was running thin. I have always worked full time and kept the part time business so was doing OK for myself.
I got the idea to start tutoring. Initially I started applying at different tutoring companies. They all paid about 20-22/hour. I would do all the work they were getting all the money. I knew this wasn't going to work. I have always been somewhat independent. I have always enjoyed making something out of nothing. I did that with my lab equipment business. I thought I would try it here as well. Anyway what did I have to lose. If I wasn't good at it, I wouldn't do it again.
Anyway my first job was with this kid who was failing Calculus. He was failing BAD. He scored a 39 on his test and his mother didn't know what to do. I had tutored my friends in college which was about 10 years ago, and I had forgotten most of the calculus I had learned. I went the first day, and I was almost lost. I couldn't believe how much I had forgotten. I was kind of ashamed at myself. I went home and studied it. It didn't take long to come back. I went back the next day and helped him out quite a bit. His mother then asked me to come everyday for 2 hours a day. This was my first job tutoring. In the end, this student scored a B in the final 6 weeks. You may say a B is not that great and yes it was just OK. What he did accomplish was that he scored a 4 out of 5 on the AP Calculus AB exam. He received college credit for the course. He ended up with a C as the final grade because of his previous 2 6 weeks grade was about a D average.
I couldn't believe I helped him get college credit. I was kind of shocked. His mother was so happy with the C and the 4 out of 5 on the AP exam. :) We still keep in touch and he was probably one of my most favorite students.
Anyway, enough about me. I would like to offer my advice about how you can be a good tutor yourself. A good tutor can charge whatever he wants and people will pay whatever he asks. I currently charge 75.00/hour. I get about 3 emails a day from new students who are asking me to tutor them or their kids. I don't have the time because I have so many regulars getting me on a recurring basis.
This is what I did to get students like this as well as charge basically whatever I want. I have people begging me to come at 75.00/hr and I am even considering raising my rate.
1. First I wrote a long profile. I told every thing about myself. I said where I was from. I was born here, etc etc.
2. I then listed my accomplishments. I listed the 4 out of 5 on the AP exam. I listed some of the top private schools in Houston who use me as a tutor. I listed how I have taught both college and high school students.
3. Everyone I see I ask them to leave me a review of the session. I have them write out what they thought about it.
4. I also listed when I was low on hours that my rate was negotiable. I let people negotiate. I tried not to turn anyone down. If it wasn't far I would even take a lower rate if I didn't have to travel far. Many people sent me a price that they could afford to pay. Being low on hours, I rarely ever said no.
This is basically how I did it. I know it may not work for everyone, but this is what worked for me. I chose a low rate initially and worked it up as necessary.