HOW TO START ONLINE TUITION AT HOME
As Stephen Hawking rightly said, we are all connected to the internet, like neurons in a giant brain. We can do almost everything virtually now. We shop, sell, earn, get entertain, or entertain and most importantly learn. Similarly, our classroom teaching is replaced by internet tuitions and it seems like there is no going back. We have a global pandemic to take the responsibility for all the change as it has restricted people’s movement and has locked them inside. Amidst this, one cannot take risks of being careless about their kid’s education, and to solve this problem, many teachers who were concerned about their student’s education, took a step to start online tuitions. There are various educational organizations and coaching institutes who put up videos on the online portal and charge high fees just to get access to those pre-recorded videos. Children hardly understand the concept, after a time it becomes monotonous and there is no one to solve their doubts. Thus, many parents have moved to the local tuitions that are taken online to ensure that their child learns from teachers who value education and learning more than profit earning and there is a two-way exchange of information and they get regular updates about their child’s progress. Online tuition is not a very demanding enterprise. All you need is a good understanding of the subject, great tactical and communication skills, and knowledge of technology and the internet.
You will require a plan and here are few tips that will help you start an online tuition at home:
Create a Plan
When you want to start an online tuition, you must have a platform on which you will take your classes that will be glitch-free and safe for students. Make a plan for what is going to your reach at first. How will you generate the fund for the given size of your business? Do you have the necessary equipment to start online tuition? The growth will only follow if you thrive in the market and the online tuition business needs great communication skills along with having optimum knowledge of the subjects you will be teaching. You must manage time and should have the ability to arrange resources on time. You will require a lot of practice if you have not been in front of a camera before.
Understand the field of online tuitions
To start online tuition, you must know how the online interface for education works. What are the already available online tuitions around you and what age groups are enrolled in them. Have a conversation with parents and students to learn about their expectations with an online tuition. This research will help you understand the market size, strata, variety, and help you build a vision for your online tuition business. You can also classify and have a decided niche for the tuitions you are going to have in your online tuition business. This way you can be more focused and the knitted to your business.
Increase your expertise
Although it is an online tuition but you must know everything about the subject you are teaching and should be able to solve and give the answer to all the problems and doubts students must be facing. You should be an expert. Try to make your class interactive by adding slides and using examples from the real-world rather than sticking to theory. This will help students grasp the concept better even when they are taking a class from home. Make yourself comfortable in front of the camera and be precise with your words. It often happens that people are camera shy and get nervous in front of it. Along with that, learn to use technology. There should be a smooth interface and the possibility of glitches should be minimum. You should also regularly interact with parents of your students to share with them the progress report of their child.
Find Your Niche
When you have knowledge about various subjects, you must have understood an arena that you would enjoy the most when teaching. Decide on a subject which you like and are interested in the most. It will also help you to be more precise with the lesson plan and your comfort level will be high which will boost your confidence. Finding a niche will help you find a direction for your business before setting up. You can start with your area of expertise and expand and be open to more projects once you set your feet in the market.
Beware of competition
To start an online tuition is sure not an easy task. There is a huge competition and people are diving in this big pool every day. As easy as people make it look like, is sure a big deal. The online tuition along with your understanding and expertise of the subject requires skills in marketing and presentation. Do thorough research about your competitors in the market and develop a strategy to advance them and gain better audience attraction. You need to have great conversational and consulting skills to attract students to your online tuitions.
Understand your students
Since students are used to classroom teaching and there can be times when they are just unable to grasp a concept. There are also other issues such as eyesight problems because of continuous screen exposure or lack of interest due to distance learning. Thus, try to make the class more interactive and use creative methods of teaching. If your students are not satisfied with your work, your hard work is bound to fail. Take their reviews sincerely and ask them where they are facing difficulties and how they would like you to improve. Focusing on the learning and growth of students is very important as they are the real brand ambassador of your online tuition.
Set a Business Model
Plan how you are going to earn profit through your online tuition, how you will charge for your services, and what will be the mode of payments. Have a set of rules and regulations and make them clear to the parents to avoid any problem in the future regarding fee defaulter, etc. Ensure that all the students have paid the fees before the starting of every month.
Create a website.
To open an online tuition business online, you need to set up a user-friendly glitch-free website or an app or you must use a video communication service such as Zoom or Google meet so you can take your classes efficiently. You can also create a website that is easy to use as it’ll have all the information and improvement results of students who have taken tuition from you. Put all the contact details on your website and make sure that it is prevalent on the google search engine.
Marketing and Social Media
Nowadays, marketing holds one of the prime spots if we think of important things required to start any business. To open an online tuition business, you must know the people who can make a good customer base, a network of enthusiasts who can help you with marketing your business. Along with propagating your online tuition business on different platforms, set up their Instagram and Facebook page so that idea reaches a diverse audience of that medium. Market your website as much as you can. It is an investment that never fails. You can go for on-page and off-page SEO of your site. Put your education qualifications and the meritorious result of your past students to attract the audience and take proper feedback from the customers who have enrolled for tuition with you and if they would recommend your service to their friends.
Starting any business takes a good amount of planning. If you want your online tuition to succeed, you must work hard to develop your skills in the field of teaching and education. For your online tuition business, you must be ready to work hard and show a lot of perseverance and determination. Any business will have good and bad days but it depends on the owner how they want to go about it. All the best!