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How do you start a tutoring business?

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To start a tutoring business, choose a business name, find a location for the business, create a service menu, develop policies and procedures, and hire qualified tutors. A graphic designer can help to create a website, brochure, logo and business cards to promote the business.

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Choose a business name, and contact the local chamber of commerce to find out the requirements to register a tutoring business. Requirements may include licenses and special permits.

Find a location to tutor students. The location may be their home, your home or office or a local library. Meeting students off-site and handling day-to-day tasks from home can help to reduce start-up costs.

Determine the subjects and grade levels to tutor. Outline the services to offer and the cost of each service. Services may include online tutoring, group sessions and in-person sessions. Decide the hours and days of the week to offer tutoring services. Create a schedule for employees, and use it to make and keep up with appointments.

Come up with policies and procedures such as cancellation policies, payment terms, pre-evaluation and post evaluation, and rescheduling.

Hire qualified tutors with the relevant educational background and experience, and train them. Develop a comprehensive policies and procedures employee handbook detailing rules, regulations and procedures.

Lastly, advertise the business in areas that students and their parents frequent including community centers, libraries, school supply stores and day care centers. Advertise the business on local websites, blogs, and educational and parenting publications to reach a wider audience.

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