I am a certified teacher and have been tutoring young children for more than 30 years. I am sharing my experience in the tutorial business.
How I learned to tutor:
Tutoring has been my job since I moved here in the city. After only a year of teaching in my hometown once I graduated from college; I decided to come to the city.
It was here where I learned to tutor kids one on one. After a few years tutoring kids in their homes; I decided to tutor instead at home.
It is a better choice since I can tutor two to four kids at a time.
The good thing about tutoring is that you can easily put up a tutorial center in your own home.
It’s not so hard to put up a tutorial business in the Philippines. The success lies in how you manage the business.
Now that you have some tips; you can start now while the market is not yet full. Tutorial centers are growing like mushrooms so better hurry.
Set your goals first
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Here are some reminders when you decide to do your tutoring job at home.
- Planning includes considering your budget. Your question should be; how can I manage my expenses while waiting for students to come? Of course, you don’t expect an immediate income. You should have at least set aside some money to spend before money from your tutorial job starts coming
.2. SET GOALS
- Setting goals are always part of a person’s life. Once you decide to go into business, you have to set your own goals to achieve. While setting goals is exciting; it may turn out a frustration once you don’t achieve your set goals.
So what should you do with your goal setting?
Simple, just set goals that are achievable. Make sure that you are setting goals that you know you can handle and thus achieve.
Next, set short-term and long-term goals. Your short-term goal is to have an immediate income once the end of the month arrives. Your long-term goal is how to maintain a good number of students.
3. KEEP YOUR STANDARD HIGH
- You are set to go into business so you aim for a high standard of teaching and other tutorial services. This is not easy to achieve being that, there are several tutorial centers popping like mushrooms. Your edge is when you are able to establish a standard that people will start to seek.
- The key is, know your students and your clients.
- MY friend who owns a pre-school does not advertise her business. Her reason is that people around know her and she has many relatives around.
- Yes, that may work but how about if her relatives will all grow up? How about if all her friends have gotten tired recommending or it is possible that when they have no more youngsters at home they easily forget the pre-school?
- Advertising your business helps. This method has been practiced since the beginning of time and has been proven to be the most effective way of going into good business.
- You can advertise formally by giving away flyers, leaflets or calling cards. You can even have someone make a nice colorful streamer to display in front of your tutorial center or somewhere else that people can easily see.
- You can also make a blog and blog about your tutorial center. Either way, advertising your business always helps.
- A good place also to advertise now is on Facebook, Google+, Linked-In, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.
All these types of advertising are good and will help you promote your tutorial business.
5. MAKE YOUR BUSINESS LEGITIMATE
- First, you have to get a barangay permit. This is easy to get especially because the people in the barangay office knows you. It is cheap and you can get it in less than thirty minutes.
- Next, secure your DTI (Department of Trade and Industry) permit to operate so that you will have a legitimate name for your business. The name of your business will then be registered in the DTI and nobody can use it.
- The key when naming your business is to find a name that will catch the attention of prospects or clients. Of course, when choosing a name for a tutorial center, it should ring with the type of business you are building.
Reminder: Before going to DTI to apply for a Business Name Certificate, prepare at least four business names so that in case the name you wanted for your business was already used, you can have other choices to make.
When I first applied for a DTI certificate, I didn't know that the names I wanted to use were already being used. The fourth name that I thought sounded funny because I cannot think of any other name already. The office clerk even repeated the name I gave two times sounding like he didn't approve but I just said it was a fine name for my business. But when I went home and my sister read the business name written on the certificate, she smiled. She thought that the name was funny.
Anyway, that's what will happen if you aren't prepared.
6. MAKE FRIENDS WITH YOUR NEIGHBORS AND THE COMMUNITY
- Having friends is good in business. Remember that when people around you are your friends, they can help promote your business. Your friends will recommend your business to their friends and family and that becomes a chain when taken care of.
The more friends you gain, the more people who will pass on the word that you have a tutorial center.
There are three types of students that are enrolled in my tutorial business.
- The fast learners – you would think that fast learners do not need tutors but yes they also come for tutorial services. The reason is that their parents are too busy working and they need someone like us to help their children with their school works.These are the best students to handle because you just give them their worksheets and they just answer. They only ask questions once in a while.But take note because they could also be the students who could give you a headache because they are mischievous and naughty.
- The average learners – these are also easy to handle. Give them their worksheet, explain the lesson and then let them answer the worksheet. They often ask questions but they can cope and they understand what they are doing.
- The slow learners – they are the students who need the most help so make sure that you are at their side. These students can cope if you give them more time. I usually extend the time of this type of student with no additional payment.
You started a tutorial business already so what now?
The first thing of course is to wait for students to come. Your students are your basis when proceeding to your next plan.
Always take into consideration the ability of your students.
When I started tutoring, I experienced teaching a child who doesn’t know how to read and also doesn’t listen. This could be the most daunting part of teaching because how can you teach someone who doesn’t or refuses to listen?
I learned to handle this type of student early in life in my first year of teaching. One way of handling them is to be stern. Tell the child that you will not teach a child who doesn’t like to listen. Tell the child that you are being paid to teach and if he doesn’t like to listen then the money is all yours all the same.
I usually tell this to my students who think they can go without doing their worksheets. Sometimes if the child doesn’t listen, I put the worksheet in front of him them say; “Alright, if you don’t want to work then you have to stay here until you finish all the worksheets.” It always works because no child would want to be left alone in the classroom.
As years go by, more and more children are difficult to handle so you have to think of ways to make them work without hurting their ego and without physically hurting them. This can be a long learning process in your part as a tutor because if your business is tutoring, there will always be new students to come; and new students mean new character traits, new behaviors and new adjustments to make.
Determine if you can tutor the students in groups or one on one.
During my first years of teaching, I usually tutored one on one. When I decided to tutor at home, I found it a better choice because I can do group tutoring.
I usually do one on one tutorial when the child needs special attention; that is if the student could hardly cope with his or her lessons and needs more time for his home work and worksheets. This is a case to case basis and depends on how you gauge the student.
Tutoring is not like the regular school where students all enroll then start school at the same time so every time a student comes, I set the first day as assessment day in order to determine if the child needs more time to study or no.
In our case, we don’t do one on one tutoring now since our students come from the same school with the same schedules. So, we do it by groups. The first session is for grade 1, then the next is grade 2, then grade 3 and the last session is for grades 4-5. We don’t get so many higher grades. Usually, parents do not let their grades 5 and 6 have tutor because they already know how to study on their own.
How much should you charge the students?
In the Philippines, tutorial services have different rates. It sometimes depends on the geographical setting and the family status of the students. If you are tutoring in the countryside, the fee is cheaper than in the city.
If you are tutoring the children of those in the upper-class families you can charge higher but if you are tutoring students who belong to the middle class then you have to adjust the payment.
Some tutors charge per hour, some daily, some weekly and some monthly.
Some tutors charge as high as Php600 or Php500 per hour.
We only charge Php200 per hour and Php3000 monthly. This is so far one of the cheapest fees in our area.
I know a teacher who charges her student only Php1500 per month because it is only her part-time job after her class in school.
Fees differ from one teacher to another but if you are putting up a tutorial business, ask around your area how much they are charging so that you can arrange for the best offer.
Our fee in our tutorial center is very cheap compared to other tutorial centers.
Felisa Daskeo (author) from Manila, Philippines on August 22, 2020:
May Fajardo thank you for appreciating my tips for putting up a tutorial center. Good luck on your journey.
May Fajardo on August 22, 2020:
I Suddenly thought of putting up a tutorial center after finishing college and this is the first site I found for some advice and it actually convinced me more! thank you dear teacher!
p.s.:online class is gong on! hahaha
Felisa Daskeo on August 04, 2020:
May, yes, you can for as long as you know how to teach.
May on August 04, 2020:
Hello, ma'am. Thank you for your post. It encouraged me. I just want to clarify something. You see I'm an undergraduate. I finished the course but wasn't able to graduate due to unfortunate circumstances. What I have is an Advanced TESOL diploma (took the course because I originally planned on teaching English online). My question is can I set up a tutorial center even if I don't have college credentials? Thank you in advance. :)
Felisa Daskeo (author) from Manila, Philippines on June 21, 2020:
Maria Teresa there is no accreditation from DEPED if you start a tutorial business. Just secure a barangay permit.
Maria Teresa on June 17, 2020:
Is there any accreditation from DepED that is necessary before one can start a tutorial business?
Felisa Daskeo (author) from Manila, Philippines on June 03, 2020:
Ailyn no. As long as you know how to tutor, there is no problem about that. Good luck.
Ailyn on June 02, 2020:
Ma'am, good day. Is there a qualifications regarding the educational background of the tutor maam? Is ut necessary that the tutor should be licensed and an education graduate? Thank you.
Felisa Daskeo (author) from Manila, Philippines on May 26, 2020:
Rianne, no. Just secure a Barangay permit to start.
Rianne on May 24, 2020:
Hi maam. May I ask if you still need to be accredited by DepEd when you started putting up a tutorial center?
Felisa Daskeo (author) from Manila, Philippines on May 12, 2020:
It's very hard to take the risk. But of course with proper PPE or if the parents of the students agree, then you can go for home tutorial business. The good thing about home tutorial is, the payment is good. You can arrange for per hour payment or monthly. I've been there before and I love going to my student's homes. Go for it.
Sittie nor R. Benito on May 12, 2020:
Hi mam. Since the children couldn't go out now because of the virus, as an owner of a tutorial center, what could you advice to me? Should I go for Home Tutorial Service? Thank you in advance.
Felisa Daskeo (author) from Manila, Philippines on April 24, 2020:
Vhie Bautista. We only charge Php300 per hour. This is very cheap. If it is elementary grades, it is cheaper but when it is a specialized subject, it is PHP500 or up.
Vhie Bautista on April 21, 2020:
Hi, how much is the rate per hour? Thank you.
ALLEN AWIL on April 11, 2020:
I am sorry- I hope i am intruding- I am seeking someone to tutor my kids with ZOOM- I am based out of the USA-
Felisa Daskeo (author) from Manila, Philippines on March 11, 2020:
Jun, this depends upon what materials you want to use. When we opened our tutorial center that we closed again because it didn't materialize, we spent at least Php150,000 that included 3 months advanced rental plus the rubber mats, the aircon and painting the walls. But if you own the place, I guess Php20,000 is already a good investment. Thanks.
Jun on March 10, 2020:
Good day po, do you bother giving me an idea on how much capital do I need to start this business? Let say about a 1/2 size of a typical public classroom (rental). Thanks a lot.
Felisa Daskeo (author) from Manila, Philippines on March 06, 2020:
Ray-ann it doesn't matter if you are a teacher or not. The important thing is you know how to teach children.
Ray-ann on March 06, 2020:
I want to start a tutorial center in our barangay but I am not a Certified teacher...how can I???thanks
Felisa Daskeo (author) from Manila, Philippines on January 14, 2020:
Emma Montales thanks for asking. Those are special cases so you can charge more than regular students. Maybe you can charge PHP500/hour since therapists charge as much as PHP700 - PHP800/hour. But as Filipinos we always have that "usapan". So it depends on what price you agree with the parents. It is up to you to decide. Good luck.
emma montales on January 14, 2020:
Good day ma'am, What if I tutor kids with special needs like child with autism or with Down syndrome, how much will I charge them?
Louiji on September 30, 2019:
Hello, I would like to ask if the tutor needs to be a college graduate? I was thinking of a computer-intensive learning center and want to know if I would need IT graduates for tutors
Felisa Daskeo (author) from Manila, Philippines on July 28, 2019:
Jelyne Jala, yes you need a business permit and BIR if you are hiring teachers to work for you because your teachers need benefits for their services. I don't know how to go about the paper works so you need to ask information at the BIR office.
Jelyne Jala on July 07, 2019:
Hi, do I need to get BIR and mayor's permit if i want to set it as a business? Like I will hire some tutor teacher like me, rent a location and the like.
Felisa Daskeo (author) from Manila, Philippines on July 01, 2019:
emerald gomez romano thanks for visiting my article. No, anybody can be a tutor for as long as she knows how to teach and handle children.
emerald gomez romano on May 06, 2019:
i will be very happy to have one of your Ebooks as soon as it will be launch..thanks for the very informative tips about tutorial business.God bless and more power.
emerald gomez romano on May 06, 2019:
Mam Is it required that only graduate of educational course is allowed to be a tutor?
Marichar on May 05, 2019:
Mam Is it required that only graduate of educational course is allowed to be a tutor.?
Felisa Daskeo (author) from Manila, Philippines on March 11, 2019:
Hi, a tutorial center does not need much money. Just start with a table and some chairs and you can start your business. Your capital is your knowledge to teach the children. Good luck.
Jen on March 11, 2019:
Hi po. I would just like to ask how much capital would i need if i want to put up my own tutorial center. Thank you
Felisa Daskeo (author) from Manila, Philippines on February 22, 2019:
Hello Ayie Cubol, no you don't need to be a teacher or Let passer. Anyone can have a tutorial center for as long as you know how to teach. Secure a barangay permit for a start to make your business legitimate. Good luck.
Felisa Daskeo on February 22, 2019:
Ayie Cubol no, you don't need to be a teacher or a LET passer. You just need to know how to teach and that's all. Remember to secure a permit if you want a legitimate business. A barangay permit can do for a start. Good luck.
Ayie Cubol on February 22, 2019:
Hello Ma'am, your words are truly helpful! But, are there some other requirements like needs to be a LET Passer, having ECE and MaEd units in putting up a tutorial business? Thank you in advance! God bless you!
Felisa Daskeo (author) from Manila, Philippines on January 10, 2019:
Hello Josephine. I am still in the process of making my tutorial ebooks and they will soon be published but it will take some time. Perhaps you can read some of my articles. They are all about tutoring beginner children.
Josephine on January 09, 2019:
Hi, where can i normally get materials for teaching like i want to tutor non readers where can i get material or training for this kind of tutoring . I am a unit earner and let passer for secondary education but i want to target elementary schools for my tutoring business thanks
Felisa Daskeo (author) from Manila, Philippines on November 11, 2018:
Yes, Claire Roque, you can hire anyone for as long as she knows how to teach. Actually, anybody can teach. The most important thing is, she should know how to mentor and know how to handle students.
claire roque on November 10, 2018:
thank you for information it is a big help to us....can i have question ma'm ? it is ok to hire a instructor how not education graduate ?
joanna on September 08, 2018:
Thanks for your tips Ma'am. Your tips are very helpful. I hope I can talk to you so I can ask more questions on how to put up a tutorial center. I really want to put up a center but I don't know where and when to start.
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joanna on September 08, 2018:
Thanks for the tips ma'am. Your tips are very helpful. I hope I can talk to you. So I can ask more questions because I really want to put up a tutorial center but I don't know where or when to start.
Marvin on December 30, 2017:
Hi, We are planning to put up a small tutorial center. Where can we possibly get the materials needed like the worksheets? I wish to get in touch with you maam. We are planning to start the business June 2018. Hope to hear from you. Thanks
Anita Hasch from Port Elizabeth on December 30, 2017:
Thank you for sharing. Such an interesting hub.
Jethro Ocampo on December 30, 2017:
Very informative. Thank you.
Cora R. Espino on October 09, 2017:
I am now confident and assured to continue my tutorial job...Thank You So Much...
Aubrey's tutorial on September 27, 2017:
Thank you for sharing, I'm glad I'm on the right track. Your a big help.
Valerie on September 07, 2017:
How do I put up a tutorial center?
Cherry on June 03, 2017:
I really want to up tutorial center in our place but i dont know how. Please give me a sort of advice thank you so much....heres my email add firstname.lastname@example.org
jeanne on May 27, 2017:
I admired and now ready to start mine. thanks for the information. God bless
geraldine on May 22, 2017:
hi. I'm a registered nurse. I want to start up a business like yours. I Love to teach toddlers or pre school student. I also had an experience teaching grade school before. Do I need to apply it on deped? or just business permit and other common business requirements to start this tutorial center?
Kim Estrada on January 10, 2017:
Is it ok to offer making of assignments in a tutorial center?
Anita Hasch from Port Elizabeth on December 23, 2016:
Thanks for sharing. Very interesting hub.
coni on November 11, 2016:
hello! can you give an idea regarding part time teachers or full time for a tutorial center
Bella on September 18, 2016:
Hi. Thank you for your informative post. I have a homebase tutorial in quezon city, i want to legalize it. Are Brgy Permit and DTI permit would be enough? How about BIR Permit & receipts? Looking forward to your reply. God bless
paupau8 on July 18, 2016:
hello.. is advisable to hire part time teachers or full time for a tutorial centre and usually what would be the rates? :) im doing some research and business planning if I would be able to put up one. :) any advise would be greatly appreciated!
Felisa Daskeo (author) from Manila, Philippines on June 16, 2016:
It is only P300 when i applied for one. Registration is now available online
Kathy on June 14, 2016:
hi, may i know how much i should pay for the DTI permit? Thanks
Felisa Daskeo (author) from Manila, Philippines on June 07, 2016:
Hi, Vivian. We are in Las Piñas city. Yes, you need a permit if you want a legitimate business. Good luck.
emilio on May 05, 2016:
starting a tutorial school how much do you think is the starting capital?
thank you i learned some things to open a business.
vivian on April 22, 2016:
Hi where is your location? I have students can you teach them. Do i still need a permit for 2 weeks?
JULIET CABATUAN on April 16, 2016:
I DON'T HAVE IDEA FOR BUSINESS... WHAT I LEARN HOW TO MAKE OR HANDLE THE BUSINESS? TEACH ME HOW?
Felisa Daskeo (author) from Manila, Philippines on November 21, 2015:
Jmee sorry, I only saw this comment this morning. Anyway, a baranggay permit is all you need. Some even do not have permits yet until the business is going fine. If you are only tutoring at home, a permit is not needed but so as not to make people snoop then just secure a baranggay permit. it is very easy and is only worth Php500. Thanks for asking and good luck in your new venture.
Jmee on November 16, 2015:
Aside from DTI permit, did you also secure other business permits such as Mayor's permit and BIR for home-based tutorial? I used to have a home-based travel agency company and I secured all these permits. I wanted to try a language tutorial at home (teaching Japanese and English) but I am not sure if I want to go through all these processes of securing a permit again ...
Felisa Daskeo (author) from Manila, Philippines on November 04, 2015:
Joia, no you don't need that. As long as you can teach, you can start a tutorial business. In the Philippines, putting up a tutorial business is very easy. You can start at home.
Joia on November 04, 2015:
Very informative. I just want to know if do I still need to have Tesol certificates for example? I teach business English online for a long time now and I have also taught one-on-one with foreign students.
Mina on September 16, 2015:
Felisa Daskeo (author) from Manila, Philippines on July 25, 2015:
You're welcome @amy . I hope you learned something from my article.
amy on July 25, 2015: