just improved. Many of you know I am retired, not on a very tight budget, but miss my teaching...A friend recommended me for tutoring, and I got a very nice call from the would-be tutee's husband. I explained that I always give a free hour's meeting first, to find out what the student needs and wants, and to see if the student will feel comfortable with me. I always explain the potential student will have NO obligation to hire me as a tutor, and I will be glad to recommend different colleagues if I think one of them will be a better match....We set up the first meeting. The husband sat in on the whole hour ( a first for me) but I found the wife bright, receptive and enthusiastic.They wanted 5 hours a week. I cannot do that much ( family obligations) but was thrilled to offer 3 hours. I'd been expecting one hour's work.So we had the first REAL lesson Friday. Imagine my amazement when I found in the envelope not only the payment for the first real lesson, but payment for the freebie too! I had verbally declined that payment 3 times on the day itself, but they smuggled it into the week's fee. Very generous of them, and a first for me....Besides the fun of teaching again, my means for gift-giving, for my grandkids, my favorite charities (and also a manicure now and then) just increased like crazy. 12 hours a month? Woohoo! My DH has never, ever grudged me a penny, but I love earning something.For any of you who have a credential, and an hour or two a week to spare, don't forget that tutoring can be a great way to save for special treats.Big MommaFeeling rich.
Hooray for you, Big Momma!What subject do you tutor?Wendy
Big Momma,Great story....don't forget that tutoring can be a great way to save for special treats.I've thought about tutoring myself now and then, but have no idea what to charge. What fee structure or rate schedule do you use?Thanks,Pete
I tutor math and my fee schedule is here: http://www.awesummath.com/p/rates-and-policies.htmlI didn't start there.When I started, I had no reputation or qualifications other than being a parent and a math major.As my reputation grew, I upped my rates a bit. After I graduated, I upped them a bit more. After I got my credential, I upped them again.I started by looking at ads on craigslist, seeing what other people charged, tried to be near the lowest rate I saw offered in my area. Ishtar
Dear Ishtar, I replied privately to Pete about my fees and the local fees here...but I thought you did a great job of presenting your fee schedule. Rates in the Bay Area seem much higher, even for elementary school kids...$60 -65 an hour. I have no idea how parents can possibly pay that...I tutor Business Execs from Silicon Valley and my rates are less than the going local ones above. I don't have your worries about checks bouncing either...these guys are usually management.Hope you get some good jobs this semester...Big Momma
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