10 Ways to Make Extra Money as a Tutor


tutoringLooking for extra ways to make money? Have you tried being a tutor? You might give it some thought. When most people think of tutors they immediately think about providing extra help to students for coursework or for high stakes test preparation. While there’s a great deal of work in that area, tutoring extends well beyond academia.

Just as school kids need help with their coursework, adults also need help. Life has gotten much more complicated than it used to be and people now need help with understanding and learning in a wide range of areas. Think about some of the following.

English (or any other language) as a second language

There are millions of people coming to the country who need help leaning English. As a native English speaker you can help, even if your not a formally trained language teacher. Some states have regulations as to teaching English as a second language, but they’re usually minimal. And what many people need is help with conversational English, not book English.

There are also many people who need help learning a language other than English, and once again, they need it for conversational purposes. What ever language you speak, there’s a potential market of people out there who want to learn it. Find a few who are willing to pay you to teach them, and you’ll have a nice side business.

Computer applications

There are hundreds of computer applications out there and many people who need help learning how to use them. Sure, most of them have tutorials, but no small number of people need more hands on help, and might be willing to pay you to provide it.

There are common computer applications, like Word, Excel, Power Point, Quickbooks, Photoshopâ”you name itâ”and if you’re proficient in them, you can teach what you know to others. Since new applications are coming out all the time, business will never slow up.

Selling

Do you know of any universities that have a degree program in sales? I don’t. Everyone is looking for sales people, but no one trains any. And with more people starting businesses than ever before, you might have a market for students if you are good at selling.

This doesn’t have to be limited to training for sales jobs either. Do you know how to sell profitably on Ebay, Amazon or Craigslist? People might be willing to pay you to teach them. Offering tutoring in sales could also be a step into a new career as a sales trainerâ”take it as far as you can!

Business writing

Some people need help with writing business letters, sales material and client proposals; if you’re good in this area, offer to teach others.

Cooking

Yes there are plenty of cooking shows and a range of cookbooks that could stretch around the world, but none of that squares with the fact that more people are eating more meals in restaurants than ever before. Personally, I think a lot of people are intimidated by cooking, and might welcome some side by side instruction. If you’re a good cook, and especially if you cook on the frugal side, there may be a willing market.

Basic car repair

Car repairs are expensive, and one of the best ways to minimize this cost is by preventative maintenance. Do you change your own belts, hoses, spark plugs, filters and oil? Do you rotate your own tires? Others may be willing to pay you to teach them what you know.

Typing

Typewriters may be gone, but only because they’ve been replaced by computer keyboards. Typing is more important now than ever, but a lot of people have never moved beyond advanced hunt-and-peck. If you’re a skilled typist, you might be able to teach them how to become better and faster at it, and in many job capacities that can be a real asset.

Musical instruments

There are music schools with formal lesson programs, but they’re expensive and time consuming. Many adults who have never played an instrument want to learn, but would do better with a private instructor who will provide close training at a more relaxed pace. If you play an instrument, this could be your niche.

Art

Much like playing an instrument, many adults are drawn to art often upon retirement. If you are a proficient painter, sculptor or any other type of artist, you may be able to sell your services as an art tutor.

Anything you can do better than most people

For the most part, being a tutor is possible for just about any skill you have that you can do better than most people. Identify what that skill (or skills) might be, and which you like best and think about how to market your skills. You could do this by word of mouth, advertising in a community or neighborhood newspaper, soliciting groups of interest (like senior citizens groups), setting up a simple website or any way you can think of that will offer an opportunity to get the word out.

Once you have a few clients, you can grow your business by referrals and you’ll be on your way to a new businessâ”just because you knew a little more about a certain skill than most others.

Have you ever been a tutor before? Can you think of any other skills that would lend themselves well to tutoring?

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With backgrounds in both accounting and the mortgage industry, Kevin Mercadante is professional personal finance blogger, and the owner of OutOfYourRut.com, a website about careers, business ideas, money and more. A committed Christian, he lives in Atlanta with his wife and two teenage kids.

Kevin

With backgrounds in both accounting and the mortgage industry, Kevin Mercadante is professional personal finance blogger, and the owner of OutOfYourRut.com, a website about careers, business ideas, money and more. A committed Christian, he lives in Atlanta with his wife and two teenage kids.

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