An Online Tutoring Business From Home Means More Than Algebra

by WorkFromHome on November 18, 2011

The Internet has created the perfect opportunity for people to share their skills and knowledge. People from every walk of life, from any place in the world, can connect on the Internet. Online tutoring has created a way for people to share their skills in all aspects of education and business. Tutoring on the Internet is not just for algebra anymore.

Tutoring and Mentoring

Tutoring on the Internet has evolved from offering basic services for high school chemistry to a broad range of topics. CEO’s of major corporations can teach business skills to small business owners and stay at home moms can share their knowledge on everything from school work to financial planning. If you have a skill, a specialized knowledge and the desire to teach, you can start an online tutoring business.

Getting Started

You will need a personal website that promotes your business if you wish to be an online tutor. Your site must introduce yourself to the potential client. It must state what subject(s) you tutor in, and it should list your credentials. You do not need to have a teaching degree to be a tutor. However, you should disclose this information on your site.

Once you have established a presence on the internet, you will need to make sure that you have all the necessary equipment in your home office to start the business. This will include a computer with high-speed connection, word processing software that is current and compatible with most brands on the market, and a teleconferencing system like Skype.

Once you are ready to start teaching, you will need to promote your services and drive potential clients to your site.

Online Marketing Plan

You can market your business in several ways on the Internet. One of the easiest ways is through article marketing. Writing articles about a subject that you are familiar with and lends authority to your site will help generate clients.

Create a blog and participate on other educational blogs. The power of the blogosphere is incredible. Actively blogging will keep you current on Internet trends and introduce you to clients.

There are many classified ad sites that you can post introductions to your services upon. These sites may or may not charge for your postings. It is advisable, however, to refrain from using less-than-legitimate looking sites. You do not want to tarnish your reputation.

Joining forums and social networking groups that center around mentoring or tutoring will also provide you with many opportunities. These sites also provide great information about the industry.

Become a member of one of the many tutoring societies that are on the Internet. Much like a Chamber of Commerce, these sites are the “go-to” sites for people looking for tutors.

Finally, post messages on school message boards that you offer tutoring services if your services are based around what that school teaches. Most colleges have online message boards specifically for this purpose.

Offline Marketing

You should have business cards and brochures printed that match your website. Hand these out whenever possible, and post business cards on community bulletin boards. Your business will grow as more people in the community recognize you as a tutor.

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