As a classroom teacher, I knew my strengths: teaching, assessment, and curriculum design, oh and most importantly developing relationships with student and families. Over the years these relationships became so strong that when the students left my classroom, they would request me to tutor them in other classes. Being a tutor was not part of my career plan, but I soon figured out that it was a fantastic way to make additional money (much needed in the teaching profession) and it provided me an opportunity to grow as an educator. I also learned that if I found the right price point and the right community, I could end up being quite successful.

One of the significant challenges I found in this initial transition was deciding how much to charge families.It  Something that is always important to keep in mind knows your worth as a tutor. Whether you are a full-time teacher looking for additional income or a stay-at-home parent, your time is valuable. Putting a price on your time can be difficult. I spent some time shopping with other tutors to see what they were charging in the area and looking at the differences between high school, middle school, and elementary price points. There are also other ways, such as tutoring a group instead of individuals, to help you maximize the money you can make per hour.

The most important hurdle to overcome when beginning to tutor is to find a network of parents who are looking for the type of teaching service you can provide. After years of teaching and tutoring, I had to move to a new city. Starting to develop a new network of families from scratch in a new city is daunting. As a measure to explore new opportunities, there is two viable option. The first and foremost option is by capitalizing online space. It is worth researching online communities to help develop those relationships. Another strategy that I used was to go to local community events that where I would help meet people in my neighborhood. I even began exploring the option of substitute teaching in the area so that the families in the area would soon get to know me. Remember that it takes time to develop your reputation. However, once you can find those families and establish a healthy relationship and rapport, other opportunities will quickly come your way. I wish you all the best of luck From one teacher tutor to another, I wish you all the best of luck!


Happy tutoring!

Danielle MacDonell 


About the author

Danielle MacDonell is a decade-long veteran teacher and tutor. Her personal mission is to help students grow in the wonder of learning. She is a lifelong learner herself. She first obtained her B.A. in Humanities at San Diego State, then studied for her teaching credential at St. Mary’s College in Moraga. She pursued her teaching passion by getting her M.A. in Teaching from the University of San Francisco. Throughout her career, she continued her professional development through different programs at schools such as Stanford and Mindful Schools in Berkeley. She now works as a consultant for education companies that help further her mission to create a world of well-informed and excited learners. 

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