Monday, 17 November 2008

How to Get Private Students

Updated 2 April 2014

Before you start looking for private students you're going to have to decide if it's something you'd like to do. Private classes are a great way to supplement your income, but one important thing to remember is that some countries and some contract prohibit teaching private students. If you get caught, you could get a warning, a fine, or even deported. Look at the advantages and disadvantages to teaching private students and see if it's worth it.

Advantages
  • You can set your own schedule.
  • You can choose your own materials.
  • You can teach as much or as little as you'd like.
  • You can choose how much to charge. 

Disadvantages
  • It may take a while to get students.
  • You might have to travel a lot.
  • It may be illegal depending on your visa.
  • People cancel so your salary may vary. 

Advertising
Here are some ways to advertise to get private students.
  1. Word of mouth
  2. Craigslist
  3. Facebook groups for the country where you're living in
  4. Forums for the country you're living in
  5. Tell schools that you're an English tutor
  6. Make flyers
  7. Create a website
  8. Hand out business cards
  9. Tell everyone you know that you teach lessons
  10. Post on AngloInfo
  11. If you know other people who teach, let them know that you're also available in case they are unable to accept a student
  12. Create a youtube video of you teaching
  13. Use other SNS methods, such as Twitter, Instagram, or Tumblr
  14. Put a poster up in your window at home or where you teach your classes
  15. Advertise in the local newspaper
Contracts
Having a contract can help both you and your students. It can be simple and just state when the classes are and how much they are. Be sure to have a cancellation policy. I prefer to have people pay in advance until I know they're trustworthy.

Remember the little things
Giving your students something to drink, such as tea or water when they come to class is nice. Plants also make the environment better. Remember their birthdays. Have extra pens and pencils available as 


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