Tutoring has come a long way from posting a flier that offers your educational services in the school library. While that is still an effective method to market yourself, with multiple online avenues available, you may as well broaden your reach. Check out the following websites for some options to help get yourself more business and make more money!
1. Craigslist (www.craigslist.org)
On Craigslist you can create an ad to market yourself as a tutor. Ads are easy to create and involve creating a title and a description of the educational services you offer. Making the title pertinent to your specialty subjects will give you a better chance of showing up for relevant searches. After creating a Craigslist account, you’ll need to click on the create posting link, and then create your ad under the lessons & tutoring category. Because ads are shown based on the date posted, in order to remain visible, you should periodically delete and re-post your listing.
2. Tutor.com (www.tutor.com)
To become a tutor for Tutor.com, you will need to go through the application process, which begins at http://www.tutor.com/apply/application-process. There are no fees involved in applying, but be prepared to wait up to three weeks to get through the screening process. According to their site, the ability to tutor multiple subjects will give you a better chance of being accepted.
3. TutorVista (www.tutorvista.com)
Applying to TutorVista is the same as applying to any standard job. They require that you submit a resume and cover letter explaining your interests and qualifications for the position. For more information and to search for available openings, visit: http://www.tutorvista.com/teaching-jobs. While this could lead to a semi-permanent position, it is most likely going to be difficult to be accepted and you will not see any money until completing the hiring process.
4. Elance (www.elance.com)
Elance is a service for freelancers across multiple industries, one of which is tutoring. They give a great explanation of the process involved in creating a profile and more importantly, getting work! Check it out at http://www.elance.com/p/tour/service_providers.html. The basics involve creating a profile listing your skills, searching potential jobs, and then submitting a proposal for your work. From there, an employer can hire you, and Elance offers a platform to deliver status reports and show results. Of course, there is the matter of getting paid; Elance offers the ability to send invoices and then collect funds through their system. Lastly, similar to Ebay, with Elance you can leave and receive feedback to help grow your reputation.
5. Fiverr (www.fiverr.com)
If you’re looking to make a buck, $5 to be exact, check out fiverr. You can post pretty much any service you’re willing to provide for $5. Fiverr takes a $1 cut, so you’ll actually end up with $4 for each job you complete. If you help with 5 homework assignments, that’s a quick $20. With fiverr, you create a “gig” and then share it. If someone orders your gig, fiverr will notify you, and after you complete your work, they credit your PayPal account with $4. Visit the home page to join and learn more about how the site works.
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