Coaching for my Tutoring Business

January 26, 2022
It's 2022, and I've decided I'm ready for Big Changes in Big Ways!  I've set my intentions to expand my tutoring business to include more than just 1 on 1 tutoring, which has been my specialty for years.  I've enlisted the help of a tutoring business coach to help me find what direction I want to go in and pinpoint how to execute my plan.

Here are some options I've considered:
-Group lessons (most obvious one)
-Teaching short classes through Outschool (25% fee)
-Finding and hiring employees while acquiring more students to give to them
-Creating a complete course cirriculum to begin offering at a set time during school hours for homeschool families
-Offering a workshop to tutors just starting out or people interested in getting started to begin coaching

There's so much to look into!  I need to start researching CRM platforms to organize and automate admin tasks.  I'm manifesting that the right people will be put in my path to help me in my journey to achieve my goals.

My first homework assignment is to start a Google Doc outlining 10 goals I have for coaching, with the Top 3 being priorities I want to focus on daily.  Other topics to work on include decide what qualities I would look for when hiring another tutor, explore and Google Forms, blog about where I have found my students from early on, think of topics to discuss in a 1 hour workshop for new tutors, and create a post inviting 3 people to build their tutor business with me.  My coach is full of soooo many good ideas!  This year is going to be so exciting!

How it all started:
I have a 3 year old and a 7 year old.  I knew once my kids were school-aged that I didn't want my entire evening filled with tutoring; for instance, today (Wednesday) I'm tutoring from 4-9pm.  So for the past year or two I've been contemplating ideas for working during school hours while making more than I currently do.  But that's as far as it ever went---thinking about it.  Originally I thought about switching to a different career altogether, but those efforts never panned out.  I truly feel like my gift in life is the ability to explain things well, and I just so happen to like high school math.  The Universe has been consistently pushing me towards tutoring since I was in 9th grade, and I keep coming back to it when attempts at other things fall apart.

I learned of a manifestation Facebook group for women from the women's networking group I created called Triangle Women's Network (currently 5k strong).  The group inspired me to consider coaching of some sort to focus my goals and take steps to achieve them.  One coach in the group gave me the idea of joining tutor related groups to get examples and ideas of how to branch out from other tutors.  I also google searched the topic to find related articles.  I found an article on a Side Hustle site about getting started with online tutoring and started reading the comments at the end.  I found someone who had commented years ago about expanding her business and happened to include her email.  I reached out to see if she would chat with me.  She set up a one on one Zoom and told me all the benefits she could offer as a tutoring coach.  I had so many questions, and she was super helpful with addressing them.  It felt so exciting to tap into a resource that was executing the business I wanted to create, so I signed up for 3 months of tutoring with her for a monthly fee.  Mind you, I contacted several other people around the same time.  One of them got back to me, but was too busy to chat.  Even more didn't respond at all.  I believe things happen for a reason, and the right person came along at the right time.  I can't wait to see where I'll be this time next year.  


Zoom Tutoring since COVID

March 28, 2021
Prior to March of 2020, I had looked into starting online tutoring, but I didn't know where to begin.  What software would I use?  What equipment would I need?  How would I need to adjust my tutoring style?  Turns out all I needed to get started was a Wacom writing tablet with stylus and a free Zoom account.
I've spent the past year navigating the ins and outs of one-on-one online tutoring, and I'm happy to say I may never go back to in-person again. [OK, never say never.]  I can tutor anywhe...
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I MOVED!! Pricing Update

September 27, 2017
Hey parents and students!  So, lots of new things going on!  I'm excited to announce that I have recently moved to N. Raleigh.  I am still meeting several of my long-time students at the Eva Perry Library in Apex on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but I'm trying to transition my student base to my new area near 540 and Creedmoor Rd.  I will also be offering tutoring in my home! This will allow me to help more students back-to-back and be efficient with my time.  I'm trying online tutoring for the fir...
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ALEKS Online Math Program

August 14, 2014
This summer (2014) I got the privilege of revamping the math curriculum at the Dr. Frances A. Karnes Summer Gifted Studies Program for Academically Talented Youth on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg,MS.  This was my 4th consecutive year as a math instructor for the program, and it was the first time the format of the math program has changed since before I was a student of the program in 1997.  The textbooks and paper tests were replaced with computers and o...
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Cancellation and Rescheduling Policy

December 11, 2012
Part of why parents and students use my service is my flexibility in scheduling.  Many parents even request same-day service with only a few hours notice, which I try to accommodate whenever possible.  I would like to keep that as a core part of my business, but I have found it necesssary to develop a stated cancellation and rescheduling policy to keep my schedule and time optimized.

In conjunction with my new pricing packages, my cancellation and rescheduling policy is as follows:

I request th...
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New Pricing Packages!

December 11, 2012
The holidays are here and the end of the semester is near!  I'd like to take this time to thank all of my parents and students who have helped me grow my business this school semester.  I have been wildly successful increasing my client base, regularly tutoring 3-4 students a day, 5 days a week.  With this growth it has become necessary to add more structure.

Next semester, starting in January, I will be introducing pricing packages designed to save money by buying more of my time at once.  It...
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Update: My Experience in Raleigh. I can't believe it has been a year!

September 22, 2012
I have been in Raleigh for over a year now.  My professional experience has grown by leaps and bounds.  I started tutoring with Sylvan's Ace-It Program, a free after-school program for Title I schools.  I had students from 4th-6th grades in groups of 6 reviewing basic phonics and reading.  I began getting 2-3 regular private students that I visited weekly for algebra.

From there I got a contract with Wake County Schools to tutor at Wilburn Year-Round Elementary School as an in-class 5th grade ...
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I Have Moved to Raleigh, NC

August 24, 2011
I am so excited to announce that I am following my dream and have finally moved to Raleigh, NC.  I've only been here 5 days, but I love it so far.  I realize many of my former students are sad to see me leave, but I hope to help even more people here in the Raleigh area.

I plan to spend time touring nearby college campuses soon so I can follow my passion for tutoring college level algebra.

Wish me luck everyone!  And thanks for all your support.
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Facebook Page gets a Username:

April 30, 2011
I finally reached enough "Likes" to be able to create a username!  Hooray!  I created a survey on the page to let others who visited my page help me decide on which username to choose.  With only one vote (besides myself), we decided on Tutor4me.  Now it is infinitely easier to direct people to my business page by giving them the URL:  (instead of making them search for my page using the entire title).

I encourage any students I have tutored before to visit my Facebo...
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Check out my new Facebook page "Hattiesburg Tutor: Math and ACT Prep with Michelle Myers"!

April 6, 2011
Yesterday I finally decided to harness the power of Facebook.  I've been needing a better method of getting the word out, but with all the possible avenues to try, I wasn't sure which would be the most effective.  After looking at all the ridiculous things that have pages and get "Likes" on Facebook, I thought surely I could figure that out and get some benefit from creating a page for my tutoring. 

I created a page specificly for advertising my tutoring services.  I named it "Hattiesburg Tut...
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