Welcome to December, it’s almost time when most of your students (if you tutor children / adults who are in school) to take some time off. You can choose to take some time off, or you can continue to work. You can also do a little bit of both. We’ll be talking some about that in this issue of our newsletter.
We want to welcome all the new folks that purchased our original tutor guide and the recently launched online tutor guide.
The original tutor guide can be found here (for $49) – we’re working this month on some changes to the guide, you’ll get the new revised version free in January.
The online tutor guide is here – prices for it start at $29/month. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to send us a note.
Now is also the time to think about your yearend taxes. Ask your accountant or if you do them, take a look. Are you making a profit or a loss? One huge mistake I made when beginning my business almost 20 years ago was not to do this and I had to scrape the bottom of the barrel when April 15th rolled around and I owed a big payment from the previous year and had to pay the first payment for estimated taxes. Learn from my mistakes.
End of Semester things to make sure you’re doing for your student
Final Exams – you should have a good idea of how well your student needs to perform on finals to receive the grade they want. Figure out what your students are having trouble with and focus on those areas. Many students have test anxiety (we talked about that in a recent newspaper), work on combating that. Speak to the parents to, let them know how their child is doing (you should be doing this anyway).
Papers and Projects –
You should know any projects that are coming due and have an outline / plan of how you’re going to help them complete the assignment well before the due date. If your students need a little bit of encouragement, don’t hesitate to remind them that pretty soon they’ll be having some time off. If they tell you they have something due soon that you didn’t know about, you may want to schedule some extra tutor sessions with them to make sure that it gets done.
Promoting your business
Now is a good time to lock in your current students for the next term. Again talk with the parents, make sure they’ll be coming back next semester. Get a firm commitment, doing that will help you figure out how many students you need to get between now and when the next semester or term starts.
Speak to the parents about letting their friends now about the services you provide. You can offer them incentive to do this. An idea we’ve used before is to offer them a tutor session free for each new student they bring to you. You don’t have to do the math; you’ll come out the winner in the long run.
After the semester / term is over is a great time to advertise.
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Extra Revenue Ideas
Find out how long the school break will last. You should have a school calendar. If you tutor college folks, you have a nice long break. Grade school and high school breaks may only last a couple of weeks. That still gives you some time to do something. Here are some ideas – take them, tweak them to something that will fit whatever you’re tutoring.
Readers camp – a morning or afternoon camp that lasts three or four days. Your target audience is helping someone improve their reading skills. You can also have a morning camp for one age group, an afternoon camp for another.
Star Wars is coming up. You can use that movie and integrate it with just about anything you want to teach. Use your imagination.
Weekend camps – like the reader’s camp but lasts either one or two Saturdays.
Use these as ways to introduce yourself to new prospective students, so don’t charge too much. It can be an added bonus (clients love bonuses) for your current students.
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