Becoming a private tutor- all questions here

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  • therivierakidtherivierakid Forumite
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    I've recently signed up to SearchTutors and TurtleTutors, both free to advertise on. I'm also still signed up with FirstTutors, Fleet Tutors, UK Tutors, Tutor Hunt, Vivastreet, Tutors4Me and MathsTutors4Me.

    And thetutorwebsite
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  • TrixiTrixi Forumite
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    Thanks therivierakid, that's what I was thinking. Tbh, I though that as the child is so young I could work from books (like the Letts Magical type ones - with stickers), reading together etc. but was still worried about being creative enough with games and activities.

    I haven't heard back from them at all so I guess I don't need to worry about it. They were a bit further away than I wanted to drive anyway!
  • lucky_me_2lucky_me_2 Forumite
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    Hi all,

    Just looking for some advice and I'm hoping that I have posted in the right area, please re-direct if not :-)

    I am looking into what you might call tutoring but I was hoping to tutor adults in use of computers and internet, I work in an environment where 80% of the workforce have no computer skills whatsoever and find myself giving them tuition daily, I also have many years work experience in administration and office based work along with various qualifications in the field.

    As it is not children what formal qualifications do I really need to get started? I'm not looking at earning lots of money from this just a little bit of extra income would do nicely, I would like to feel as if I am helping people too. I'd like to teach the basics such as setting up a computer, creating an email address, setting up an ebay account, writing letters and managing finances via Excel etc, the kind of things that would be covered in a 'computers for dummies' book but also more advanced and specialised if the client wished.

    I need to do some market research first as this is something that I would like to make a go of and do not wish to rush into but was looking for some pointers and advice on what I need to get started both legally and practically.

    Am I allowed to just advertise my services without any formal qualifications in teaching? I don't want to be breaking any laws/rules I just want to make some honest extra part time income.

    I am CRB checked due to the nature of the work I do at present so this would be a bonus I guess.

    I would be really interested to hear from someone who already does this or has tried this and been successful/unsuccessful.

    Many thanks in advance
  • leftieMleftieM Forumite
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    I'm starting tutoring in September. I'd like to become more legit than I have been and want to pay tax on my income etc. Do I have to allow for VAT? I haven't seen that mentioned.
    I saw a mention of public liability insurance. How much is that likely to be for, say, 4 hours a week? I have a day job as a teacher.

    Thanks
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    Hi leftieM,

    You only need to pay VAT if your turnover for the previous 12 months has been more than £77,000 (2012/13 figures). If you only tutor for 4 hours a week you should be fine. However, you can make voluntary contributions towards VAT if you think you'll be earning towards the threshold fairly soon.

    I don't have public liability insurance myself but from what I've heard, it normally costs between £80 - £150 per year. I know that Endsleigh and other companies provide insurance especially for tutors.

    Hope that helps.
  • kendall17kendall17 Forumite
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    Morning all,

    My mum put the thought of me being a tutor in my head and its been nagging for the last week or so.

    I'm 21, a trainee accountant and always had a flare for Maths.

    I have no experience working with children but feel I could quite easily do so.

    At first, I was thinking of going into my primary school and doing a few hours a week, switching between classes (and using my holiday up at work that never seems to get used!) to build my experience, so I dropped an email to my 2 favourite teachers at primary to see what their thoughts were.

    What i'm on here for is general advice. I've obviously read the thread but was just wondering if there were any books/websites etc that you would recommend for me to use.

    Also, any general advice will be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks in advance!
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    To those secondary tutors looking to tutor ks1, you will need to have phonic knowledge, know the l&s phases and how to yeah handwriting-it's not just about writing words.
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  • Are there any other CELTA qualified teachers on here? How do you go about advertising your skills and how much do you charge? Is it successful?
  • Hi
    I am in the process of going through my notice period before redundancy at the beginning of December, after working for an online education website for 3 years. I am a very experienced primary teacher with a maths degree, but don't want to go back to the classroom and want to use this opportunity (hopefully?!) to have a complete change. For a while I have been using open learning to train in a completely different career area, but am nowhere near finished, so need to produce some income in the meantime. It seems like private tuition would be a good idea for this, especially as in my last job I also worked on materials for Maths to GCSE level, so my knowledge and experience now cover KS1 through to GCSE for maths and primary for anything (well almost!).

    My question is this: would I be better to join tutor websites and would there be any particular that existing tutors recommend? Or would I be better to set up my own website? (I have free family expertise that I could use.) If it makes any difference, I now live near the Somerset/Wilts border.

    Thank you in advance - any advice will be very gratefully received!

    Wendy
  • therivierakidtherivierakid Forumite
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    Wendy,

    I would do both. Get your website up and running as soon as possible and work on the SEO to get it up the Google search results.

    But register on tutoring websites too (especially free ones like searchtutors and firsttutors) and on classifieds sites like Gumtree and Vivastreet. You'll need to build up your list of students so get your name out there as much as you can. Ads in the local paper/newsagents are worth a shot too if you're willing to pay for them.

    HTH

    SimonWilliamsTutor
    Wendy3 wrote: »
    Hi
    I am in the process of going through my notice period before redundancy at the beginning of December, after working for an online education website for 3 years. I am a very experienced primary teacher with a maths degree, but don't want to go back to the classroom and want to use this opportunity (hopefully?!) to have a complete change. For a while I have been using open learning to train in a completely different career area, but am nowhere near finished, so need to produce some income in the meantime. It seems like private tuition would be a good idea for this, especially as in my last job I also worked on materials for Maths to GCSE level, so my knowledge and experience now cover KS1 through to GCSE for maths and primary for anything (well almost!).

    My question is this: would I be better to join tutor websites and would there be any particular that existing tutors recommend? Or would I be better to set up my own website? (I have free family expertise that I could use.) If it makes any difference, I now live near the Somerset/Wilts border.

    Thank you in advance - any advice will be very gratefully received!

    Wendy
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