If you are exploring ways to augment your income through a home based business, home tutoring could be your best bet, provided you have what it takes to be successful in this service. The basic pre-requisites are appropriate education and the right attitude to be a teacher. Possibly you are already bringing some teaching experience to the table or have the ability to employ good teachers and manage the business. On that ground, let us examine how you can be successful as a tuition centre owner in Melbourne or elsewhere in Australia.
Do you qualify yourself or would you hire the teacher/s
Depending on your personal circumstances and ability to manage, you can start a tuition centre where you manage everything yourself or have other qualified people chipping in with help. However, experience has shown that most people start off as a one person enterprise and grow the business on the go. However, this requires that you are personally qualified and can manage all aspects of the business yourself.
What classes level should you offer tutoring?
Teaching younger children can be fun and relatively less stressful. Maybe, you have your kids of similar age. Thus, it is easier and might be more productive for you and engaging for your kids. But, when you decide to offer tuition for the higher classes, the demands concerning your ability to deliver, and manage grown up children are significantly different. At the higher levels, most children who seek tuition are low achievers, and some of them may even have typical difficulties. When you decide to offer your services for this segment of students, you should carefully evaluate your strengths and weaknesses before taking the plunge.
Choosing the subjects
Choosing subjects that you are fully qualified, confident and familiar with is the easiest way to decide what subjects you should offer for tutoring. For instance, if you are qualified in humanities, you will be more comfortable offering classes for English or social studies. Similarly, if you have a background in maths and science, you can tune into those areas. Also, if you have a postgraduate qualification, you can consider providing tuitions for college students and get them prepared for exams. While this is potentially high paying area, you should be tuned to work in a highly involved and competitive environment. Another way to look at this is finding highly competent professionals who can devote particular time across the day or week and compensate them appropriately. If you find this more convenient and prudent, you should be able to get an adequate number of students and take care of the administrative and management side of the business.
Starting on a lower scale and growing
Ideally, anyone starting a tutoring business or home tuition should aim at starting low and expanding gradually. This way, the entrepreneur can showcase his/ her skills and also test the waters with a lean strength. Some people may assume that they can handle the additional demand on time without impacting other tasks that they are engaged in. For instance, if you are already a teacher and set aside a time slot for tuitions, only to find that two months down under, your school/employers demand more time from you, or you face other hurdles. When you start with a lean strength, you will enjoy the leg room to manoeuvre such situations minimising the inconvenience to the students and for yourself. Anticipating such difficulties and creating a good network with other tutors in your local area will be a bright idea.
The size matters
As we said earlier, starting small is the ideal way for a beginner in this profession. Another advantage when you initiate on a low-key is that you could most probably use your home as the tuition centre saving a considerable amount of money in hiring a place. However, you must be able to set apart at least one room, free from all distractions like television, pets, sound from traffic, and interruption by other members of your family. Remember that you will have just about half a dozen children in the room, and you are expected to intimately evaluate their needs and guide them through the subjects for which you are tutoring.
Apart from this, you should have comfortable furniture for yourself and the kids. If you are using digital aids for the tuition, then you would need the necessary set up for that too. But, always remember to keep a pack of pens and other essential stationery close at hand since you will need it all the time.
Large scale centres
If you plan a large-scale centre right away, the whole plan changes radically, and the first thing you need is an appropriate space. If you have an additional property, you may be able to create the required space at an affordable cost since you can be a minimalist when it comes to the interiors. But, you will also have to include adequate washroom area and consider local regulations regarding the building structure as well as permissions required from local bodies to operate your centre. These requirements may differ from one place to the another.
Spreading the word and building your reputation
Once your home tutoring is set up, irrespective of the size, you need to spread the word around and get the students to enrol. Your connections with schools in your neighbourhood can play a crucial role, and if you also have affiliations with the teaching community, this can be another source of huge help. Good tutors are always in demand, and Australia or Melbourne is no exception. However, it is important that you have the adequate patience to build your business up and building your reputation to achieve that goal. Word of mouth advertisement is the best way to promote this business, and that should come from your students and their parents.
Remember – Punctuality is your biggest asset.