It’s easy for you to say. More time doesn’t mean more money.
I started talking about making money in some of my articles recently, and some of you are wondering whether you can do the same. Today, I’d like to introduce one of the reader to you who started making a side income tutoring. Just like you, he’s a regular guy who has a regular job but unlike most people, he decided to make more money.
It can be done. Don’t just listen to me, listen to him.
With the holiday gift-giving season here, and the economy continuing to struggle towards a recovery, many people are looking for ways to supplement their income. One of the most rewarding ways I’ve discovered to earn some extra money is by tutoring.
First and foremost, you’ll need to have a strong working knowledge in a subject area. But if you don’t have a PhD in mathematics, don’t worry, because there are many elementary and middle school students out there who need tutoring at a level that won’t require you to dig through your old textbooks from college. I have two friends, both a few years out of college, who live in Chicago and use tutoring as a way to supplement their primary income from their regular job. They both agree that you don’t need a lot of in-depth knowledge, especially if you’ll be helping out a student who is not at an advanced level in your subject area.
Tutoring is Rewarding
Tutoring can also be a very rewarding experience, more so than any other part-time job I’ve ever worked for. In college, I worked with a 7th grader to help with his reading and writing skills, and I felt just as much a sense of accomplishment as he did when he got an English assignment back with “Great Job!” written across the top from the teacher. You have a strong sense of giving back to the community, no matter how small your contribution may be, and you really feel a sense of pride in that.
My dad has worked as a mentor and tutor to two disadvantaged kids for the past three years, and the relationship and bond he has forged with them has enriched his life. When you tutor, their successes become your successes. There are few better feelings I have experienced in my life than helping someone else achieve a goal that first seemed out of reach.
Your Own Hours
Another benefit to being a tutor is the ability to set your own hours. Only want to work 5 hours a week? You can do that. Don’t want to work on weeknights? You can arrange to meet your pupil only on the weekends. I can’t think of another part-time job that allows for this level of flexibility. You are also free to set your own rates – and with typical hourly rates falling between $30 to $60, you can make a good amount of money each week.
Where to Look for Students
If you are interested in becoming a tutor, I encourage you to do so. Recently, I have found new tutoring opportunities through WyzAnt Tutoring
Once you have a few satisfied students, and I think you’ll find tutoring to be an enriching experience, both for your wallet and your sense of well-being.