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Your tutoring business is growing.
So much so that you’re having a hard time keeping up with the demand. The most common questions I receive about scaling a tutoring business are about building a team. How do I hire new tutors? Should I hire employees or independent contractors? How much should I pay my tutors? How do I develop a contract?
I’ll answer all of these questions and more in this five-part series about onboarding new tutors.
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Below are the most common questions we receive about owning a tutoring center.
While you can offer 30-minute tutoring sessions, I don’t recommend it. As soon as you get started and you’re deep into an instructional task or activity, it’s already time for the session to end. Most tutors want to offer this option for younger students. However, if a student is highly engaged in developmentally-appropriate activities, then this shouldn’t be an issue.
This is the most commonly asked question. There are some hard fast rules about this, but the truth is that it will be different for everyone. Your location plays a big part in determining how much to charge. Check your competitor’s prices. When you’re first starting out, you don’t want to be the most expensive or the cheapest. Situation yourself somewhere in the middle.
However, do not underprice yourself. Think about the value of your time. What are you worth? Take this into consideration when determining your pricing structure.
Do you ever feel like advertising is a guessing game? I know I did when I first started out. Below are some of the most popular marketing options for tutoring centers:
- Parent referrals
- SEO rankings on Google
- Social media
- Facebook ads
- Teacher, principals, and school counselors
When it comes to building your team, one of the most important decisions you’ll have to make is whether you should hire employees or independent contractors. Good thing for us, the IRS has created some guidelines to help us out. The bad thing is we have to interpret all of their jargon to see what actually applies to us.
Here’s what it comes down to — CONTROL!
As the business owner, do you direct and control the work of the worker? For example:
- When and where they work
- The tools they use to complete the job
- How they are evaluated
If you answered yes to any of the above, then most likely you have employees. Check out the guidelines set forth by the IRS. Then, talk to your accountant to get their professional guidance.