Many teachers desire to escape the classroom, but when they do, they miss the children and opportunity to inspire and support them to grown with their education. Therefore, you may wish to open a tuition centre – the best of both worlds in some people’s opinions.
If that idea appeals, here are some essential considerations before you embark on your tuition centre enterprise.
Unlike 1:1 private tuition where a tutor may visit a child’s home or vice versa, a tuition centre needs a physical location. Ensure you take your time and find a location that is just right. While a reasonably priced rental commercial property might appeal, think about whether it is in a good area. Many parents will understandably be put off dropping their children off in an undesirable neighbourhood. On the flip side, however, it is vital that you choose somewhere you can afford in order to make a profit.
Making the move from being a single private tutor to owning a tuition centre, whether a franchise or your own from scratch, you will need to consider the equipment your definitely need to create a unique learning environment. No longer can you rely on a lightweight printer to handle all your worksheets. Consider managed print services to enable you to have both reliable hardware and consumables as well as someone to ring if something goes wrong. Basic classroom items, such as table, chairs and a whiteboard are imperative, too. If you will have small group tuition, you may wish to invest in a set of computers or laptops along with headphones.
A tuition centre cannot rely on just one tutor, so it is essential that you think about employing some other tutors. Take time to read people’s references and find out about their employment history and university qualifications. Furthermore, it would be worthwhile watching them teach a lesson to see if they fit with your ethos. Making sure that you have a variety of expertise within your team is useful. For example, having solely English specialists may mean that you must refer your parents to other tutors when their children reach a certain age and are looking for continued maths support.
The amount you decide to charge per hour and parents will be willing to pay depends on several factors. For example, the area you live in can dictate a higher, or lower, than average price per hour. Some tutors in more expensive areas charge a considerable proportion more per hour. Likewise, those tutors instructing older students or more specialised subject areas tend to charge more, too. Do some research before setting fees, though, as it is important to suss out the competition and not end up setting yourself up to fail. Some tuition centres also consider supporting families whose funds will not stretch to paying for private tuition and offer scholarships. If this appeals, consider talking to your local schools and finding out if anyone meets your criteria. However, this is perhaps something to decide to do once you are making a profit.