Hello friends, new visitors and everyone else in between. We hope your having a great October even though in many parts of the world temperatures are starting to cool down. Brrrr…. Well, as you’ve probably noticed (or maybe you actually have real things to worry about) the focus of this blog is shifting slightly. From the beginning of this little blog we tried to share our story of moving to another country including the good, the bad and the ugly. We really enjoyed sharing our experiences and appreciated the feedback that we received from many of our readers.
However all good things must come to an end (OK, not really but anyways…). You may have noticed more topics and resources focusing on helping others to simplify their lives and move abroad or just think outside the box when it comes to supporting themselves financially. When we were living back in the states (WOW, it seems so long ago now…) and we were in the middle of planning how in the world we were going to support ourselves and move abroad we would have loved to have found a resource that could have pointed us in the right direction. This is (among other reasons) why we are going to try to focus more and more on helping you to be able to travel more, work smarter and live simply. What will this look like exactly. We’re not 100% sure but time will tell. We’ve been tinkering with the categories over the past few weeks trying to dial in our focus.
This will no doubt continue. We’ll no doubt continue to have a strong focus on obtaining or creating work for yourself that is location-independent (that means that you can work anywhere in the world) as well as a focus on saving money in general and while traveling. In line with that we’ve partnered with Udemy and will be profiling specific courses on their platform that we feel would be useful to our readers. Since this blog is not only about lifestyle but also about travel we will continue to profile different awesome locations in Spain and throughout Europe. We have several trips planned for the remainder of the year that we want to write about with a focus on top places to visit and see. We’re also going to be moving into the how-to’s of blogging for those that are looking for info on that. This will include how to make money from blogging as well as how to get started. Whew! That was a lot. Are you still with me? OK, good. So we hope you like the new direction that the blog is taking and we look forward to providing value with each post that we write.
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What is a Tutor?
OK, so you probably came here to read something about tutoring I’m assuming or maybe on how to become smart. Don’t worry we haven’t forgotten but unfortunately we can’t help you with the latter. OK, let’s get to it. So what on earth does a tutor actually do? They do lots of stuff but mainly they help people to understand some sort of subject better. For example, they could help students to get better grades, understand difficult ideas, prepare for college or get ready for a standardized test such as the SAT. Tutors also help adults with a range of things which could include occupational skills or even foreign languages. Now that we’re clear on what a tutor is let’s talk about why you should consider becoming one.
Why become a tutor?
Tutoring is a growing industry and it is not showing any signs of slowing down. According to a report it is expected that by 2024 employed tutors will exceed 1.3 million in the United States. So aside from job growth it can be rewarding. Hopefully you are interested in the subject that you teach and you like talking about it. If that is the case then it can be rewarding to help someone else who is struggling with your area of expertise to finally ‘get it.’ On top of that tutoring provides incredible flexibility. You can work when it is convenient for you especially if you work for yourself. You will have a lot of freedom in setting your terms and your rates. Wow, that sounds great you may be thinking. Good! So now how do you become a tutor in real-life. Read on my dear friend.
How do I become a Tutor?
1. Identify Expertise – Unless you are an incredibly gifted individual you probably only have one or two areas that you are a true expert in. Identify whatever that area is for you personally and then continue to develop it. This will set you up as an authority on the subject and will build your confidence in being able to teach it.
2. Graduate High school – In general it is recommended that tutors have a high school diploma in order to work with students. This will make it easier if you want to supplement your knowledge of a specific area with continuing education.
3. Learn, learn, learn – Now that you know what you want to teach and you have your diploma it’s time to really hit the books! Learn everything that you can about your subject. Get training, join tutoring associations, look into certificates, read books. All of this will help set you apart as a tutor who knows their stuff.
What Subjects can I Teach?
OK, that’s great your thinking but I can’t think of a subject to tutor to save my life. Yes, it’s true this can be a challenging one. It’s best to identify what you love and what your good at. But in case you don’t feel like doing that here are a few ideas:
- Algebra I
- Algebra II
- Anatomy & Physiology
- Essay Writing
- U.S. History
- World History
- Microsoft Excel
- Exam Prep (SAT, PSAT, ACT, ect.)
How do I find Clients?
This part is kind of important, I’m sure you would agree. Without clients then what’s the point. We’ll focus on the low-cost ways to market yourself since you probably aren’t going to be running TV commercials for your new found tutoring side job any time soon. The first thing that you can do is create a simple brochure, flyer or business cards. You can place these on bulletin boards, at community centers, libraries and other places where you think people would see them. Check every so often to replenish your stock as people take them.
You also want to network with family friends and neighbors. Tell them what you are doing and they are bound to know someone who may be looking for a tutor. If not now then when the subject comes up down the road they’ll think of you. It would also be a good idea to have a website which advertises your services. This way people can easily find you and see what your all about.
Top Online Tutor Companies
Since we are partial to online work since it’s what we do and we feel that it is best suited for you to design your lifestyle in the way that you want we have compiled a list of the top online tutoring companies that will let you work from home in your pajamas (well… don’t quote us on that last part). These are in no particular order by the way.
1. Chegg Tutors They send you students and you get paid each week. Oh yeah and you can work anywhere you have internet. Sounds pretty good right?
2. Presto Experts Set up your own fees and accept only the clients you want. Sweet!
3. E-Tutor Great platform with many possible subjects to teach! High fives all around!
4. Tutor.com They have a great reputation and their website is easy to remember. Bonus points!
5. Growing Stars You will have the same student over time so you can build on what their learning. Excellente!
OK, well if you made it this far congratulations. I don’t have any prizes for you but kudos nonetheless. So you probably know a lot more about tutoring then you did before reading this article (I hope). Maybe tutoring would be a good fit for you or maybe it won’t. Maybe you don’t really like academics or business or even children for that matter. In that case the good news is that there are plenty of other ways to support yourself especially if you are looking to work location independently, perhaps online so that you can focus on your true passions and the things that you care about most. If you thought this information was helpful you may be interested in this course that deep dives into building your own profitable online tutoring business.
Check out our Resources page for other services and helpful products that we use and recommend. Also browse our partner Udemy for courses on everything under the sun that you can take from the comfort of your own home anytime you want. We hope that you enjoyed this article. Are you currently tutoring? Would you recommend it to others? What other companies would you add to the list we mentioned? Let us know in the comments below.
Antoine & Kanicia