A great way to make money from home is by offering private lessons. You can use your skills and experience to provide instruction to your community. Here are a few tips to start.
1. Finding a venue. This, along with getting your making your business legal, can be the most important thing. Finding a place to offer your lessons is what really attracts students. Offering lessons in a affluent and populous city, can yield a large amount of students, whereas a small, undeveloped town may not. Also, it affects the amount that you will need to charge. Expensive venues may not yield students or profit for you, if you have to charge for hefty rental fees.
2. Scheduling. When it comes to offering lessons, either to one student or groups, structure is important. Students and parents will feel confident in your professionalism if you can organize your class. This may include setting times that are convenient for students such as evening or weekend hours. Also, this helps price your classes. Many instructors don’t allow drop-ins, for example, because of the lack of structure and the unpredictability of payments and attendees.
3. What to teach. While venues and scheduling are a high priority, an even higher priority is finding out what to teach. Keep in mind that you may be good at many things but if it’s not a popular subject, it may not garner you any students. Weekend nursing school or math prep lessons may be more in demand than weekend art lessons. So, you must choose your teaching areas wisely. Also, you may decide to teach a particular age demographic. Some people prefer and are experienced with teaching just school students while others prefer adults.
4. Supplies. Remember that you are a business. You will want to keep your supplies requirements low. Most subject areas shouldn’t require a hefty amount of supplies. However, specific job training and vocational lessons can require that students be trained with proper equipment. This is important to remember and keep up-to-date as law regarding training and certification changes. Know what you need to charge for and remember to include these into your fees.
5. Instructor education. So, you want to offer private lessons but you just don’t know what to provide. You don’t have to go based on your prior knowledge and experiences. It may be wise to get certified in an area of training. With this, you can offer students certified training which can allow them to become certified in a specific area. This has proven the most lucrative because students have to take your course, in order to become certified for jobs and institutional programs.
6. Advertising. Advertising may seem hard because you are out on your own and aren’t linked with an institution. This doesn’t mean that you can’t find ways around that. Many institutions contract their services with private instructors. You can contact these institutions to find out ways to become an independent contractor with their institution to provide services to their students for a fee.