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Weâ€™ve been busy over the past week or so catching up on some projects. Also I finally am now done with jury duty. Itâ€™s kind of funny though I still want to call the number to see if I show up the next day. I guess habits are hard to break.
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Today weâ€™re going to continue talking about getting students, and weâ€™re going to talk about getting started with nothing.
Tutor Business Tips â€“ Finding Leads
Finding students is the lifeblood of any tutor business. Over the next few weeks weâ€™ll be talking about some ways you can get students. Weâ€™re starting with ways that have worked best for me.
We talked last time about finding schools that you want to target. Weâ€™ll pretend that Iâ€™m a junior high Math tutor and my first target school is a school my child attends. If you donâ€™t have a child attending the school then youâ€™ll have to work on tweaking things a bit and weâ€™ll talk about that next week.
Youâ€™ll want to become â€˜friendsâ€™ of the school. The goal of course is to become friends with the staff. Then youâ€™ll bring in the bit youâ€™re tutoring Math. There are many different ways you can do this. The way Iâ€™ve found easiest is to volunteer at the school. Youâ€™ll usually need to have a background check and will need to fill out some paperwork. You also donâ€™t have to volunteer during the school daysâ€¦ you could volunteer for events in the evening. Remember youâ€™re building long term relationships with people. If you focus just on selling your tutor services, you wonâ€™t do very well.
Make sure you attend all of the school functions. Where we live itâ€™s called the PTA â€“ youâ€™ll want to make sure you attend those, sporting events, etc.
As youâ€™re meeting teachers and staff youâ€™ll want to make sure you keep some notes about them. As you do this youâ€™ll begin to figure out whose friendly, who isnâ€™t.Â Youâ€™ll want to cultivate the relationships with those who are friendly. Youâ€™ll also want to talk to the children within the school. Knowing where they hang out with their parents can help when thinking about where and how to advertise.
In some cases this process can be time consuming. In otherâ€™s youâ€™ll be able to get on a tutor list, speak with a guidance counselor, or you may already know all of the Math teachers. If it looks like it will be time consuming it will be worth it. One thing Iâ€™ve also found that works well is to volunteer to tutor kids for the school.
Next time weâ€™ll talk about if you donâ€™t have a child at the school, and some other ways you can get some students quickly.
Starting your tutoring business with nothing.
One of the things we found from our survey is one of the barriers for starting a tutor business is the cost. We created a 7 day email series that will help you do just thatâ€¦ start with nothing.
If you havenâ€™t had a chance to check out our 7 day tutor tips then youâ€™ll want to check them out. This series helps you get your first tutor student for nothing. You can check it out at the following url â€“
Next time â€“ building your blog â€“ posting things (it will help people find you).
Now that you have your blog set up. Youâ€™ll want to start posting things on your blog. A great place to start is thinking about questions you get from your students or people youâ€™re speaking to.
Youâ€™ll want to create a list of these topics. For two months youâ€™ll want to post something every day.
Here is an idea of posts you could do for a week.
Monday â€“ wrap up of schools youâ€™re targeting sports scores for the weekend. Remember we want people to come to your blog for information about things happening at school.
Tuesday â€“ an article from your ideas above.
Weds â€“ school news / happening. Is prom coming up etc.
Thursday â€“ an article
Friday â€“ things to do in your town this weekend.
Weâ€™ll talk next time about how to put the blog posts on blog and how to use that content for other things.
Hope you have a wonderful week.