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Find A Tutor: Should I Hire A Tutor From A Sole Proprietor Website


In the previous two posts, “Tutor Websites: Should I Hire A Tutor Directly Through One For My Child?” and “Need A Tutor? Should I Go With A Franchise Tutor For My Child?“, we discussed possible solutions to the problem of how to find a tutor for your child to help them earn the grade they desire in their courses. We looked at the advantages and disadvantages of enrolling your child in a franchise tutoring centre so that they can receive tuition. And we also discussed how to find a tutor for your child by hiring a tutor from a tutoring website where for a fee you can download the contact details of teachers who want to tutor in order to earn a supplemental income.

In this post, we conclude the three-part series and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of hiring a tutor from a sole proprietor business which owned and operated by the tutor. In your search results from the internet, you may have noticed websites that are not owned by the large tutoring companies but which offer bespoke tuition in various niche markets such as maths, English or science? In complete transparency, EmPowerMind is a sole proprietor business that offers online tuition in A-level chemistry, A-level conversion courses and AP Chemistry. 

Are you interested in a more personalised approach to your tutoring needs than sending your child to a franchise tutoring centre? Are you interested in a more convenient and professional approach to tutoring than having a teacher show up at your home in the evening and on the weekends? Are you interested in how to find a tutor who has a vested interest in your child’s academic success because their livelihood depends on it?

Find A Tutor: Three Advantages To Directly Hiring A Tutor

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The first advantage is that the tutor has a vested interest in your child’s academic success. This is because tutoring franchises are primarily interested in making sure that they meet their monthly franchise fees and mortgage payments for their centres. And teachers that advertise their services on tutoring websites are primarily working for a supplemental income. However, if a tutor has a sole proprietor business then they don’t have a loan against their home like owners of franchise tutoring centres in order to even out the cash flow and they need repeat business month after month in order to be profitable. So you can expect a higher level of professionalism and quality of tutoring for your child.

The second advantage is that the tutor works in a specialised niche market so you are getting quality tuition in one subject area rather than working with a tutor that tutors in several areas. For a tutor to run a sustainable tutoring company they only have time to market themselves and work with students in a given niche market. They only have time to be specialists and not generalists. This is why you see websites for sole proprietor tutoring businesses that are geared towards maths or English tuition rather than the franchise tutoring websites that can afford to market themselves to a more general population. The third advantage is that the tutor can specialise in a specific delivery of instruction that works with your child. For example, the tutor may specialise in maths tuition in a certain geographical area and be willing to work with your child in your home. Or they may specialise in English tuition and work in an online format. As a parent, you have the option to choose which method of delivery you want for your child. Three advantages to directly hiring a tutor:

  • The tutor has a vested interest in your child’s academic success.
  • Your child is getting quality tuition in one subject area.
  • The tutor can specialise in a specific delivery of instruction that works with your child.

Find A Tutor: Three Disadvantages To Directly Hiring A Tutor

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The first disadvantage of hiring a tutor directly is that it is more expensive than hiring a tutor from a tutoring website although it is normally less expensive than having your child tutored by a teacher who works for a franchise tutoring company. This is because the tutor who owns a sole proprietor business have their own business and personal expenses that they need to meet each month and their client fees are their sole source of income. And since they are running a business and are not competing with other teachers they do not need to be competitive in their tutoring fees in order to match or undercut the fees of other teachers in order to get clients.

The second disadvantage of hiring a tutor directly is that as a parent you need to verify that the tutor is background checked and is qualified to teach in their chosen subject area. If you work with a teacher that works at a large tutoring franchise or if you hire a tutor through a tutoring website then as part of your fees you are paying for a background check and a credential check to be completed on the teacher. Anyone can create a website and profess to be credentialed to teach in a given subject area so you need to make sure that you have checked the background and credentials of the tutor before you allow them to work with your child.

The third disadvantage of hiring a tutor directly is that they may not have access to quality resources to use in their tutoring sessions. Although franchise tutoring centres are an expensive option and are not the best return on your financial investment one advantage they do have is access to resources to use in their tutoring sessions with your child. The same applies to teachers you hire through a tutoring website as they normally use the resources that they use in the classroom. So, make sure that if you chose to hire a tutor directly through their business website that you check that they have access to resources they can use in their tutoring session with your child such as worksheets, past paper questions, mark schemes and course specifications.

Three disadvantages to directly hiring a tutor:

  • Hiring a tutor directly is that it is more expensive.
  • You need to verify that the tutor is background checked and is qualified to teach in their chosen subject area.
  • They may not have access to quality resources to use in their tutoring sessions.

Conclusion

The private tuition business is a growing market with the global market expected to reach $177,621 by 2026 according to Zion market research. Having to find a tutor for your child can be an emotional process because as a parent you are concerned about the academic progress your child is making in school. And as a parent, you are rightfully concerned about your child’s academic future and whether they will get into the university of their choice. And like most parents, you have probably started a search on the internet for a solution to your problem and clicked on a couple of websites or made a couple of telephone calls.

Hopefully, this three-part blog series has allowed you to explore the three possible solutions when you want to find a tutor to help your child be more academically successful: franchise tutoring centres, hiring a tutor through a tutoring website and hiring a tutor directly through their business website. Each solution has its own advantages and disadvantages which are summarised below:

Advantages

Hiring a tutor through a franchise agency

  • You bring your child to the centre to be tutored which means that you don’t have to tidy up your home for a home visit from a private tutor.
  • Tutoring centres only hire teachers that have passed a background check and are qualified teachers in their subject fields.
  • Tutoring centres tend to follow a systematic program of instruction when tutoring your child.
  • The tutoring centre will give your child progress tests so that you can see the progress that they are making in their studies.
  • Children who attend franchise tutoring centres do make academic progress throughout the academic year.

Hiring a tutor through a tutoring website

  • The teachers have had their background checked and their credentials verified.
  • You get to choose who you want your child to work with.
  • Parents can post reviews regarding their experience working with the tutor or the tutor can ask the parents to post referral to the website.
  • It is a lot cheaper to work with tutors directly rather than working with a franchise tutoring company.
  • The teachers who offer their services as a tutor on tutor referral websites often rely on the extra income in order to meet their financial obligations.

Hiring a tutor directly through their business website

The tutor has a vested interest in your child’s academic success.

  • Your child is getting quality tuition in one subject area.
  • The tutor can specialise in a specific delivery of instruction that works with your child.

Disadvantages

Hiring a tutor through a franchise agency

  • You have to bring your child to the tutoring centre several times a week.
  • The teachers who work at the tutoring centre are paid minimum wage or just above minimum wage for their time.
  • Franchise tutoring companies follow a pre-programmed system of tuition.
  • The cost of the lesson itself.
  • The owner of the franchise is not required to be a teacher and often does not have an educational background. 

Hiring a tutor through a tutoring website

  • The tutor will be making a home visit in order to tutor your child which means that you will have to prepare your home for a visitor and tidy up the common areas of your home.
  • You need to pay the tutor when they are leaving your home after they have taught your child.
  • Although the tutor may have an interest in seeing your child be successful in their studies most of the teachers on the tutor referral websites tutor on a part-time basis with an ulterior motive.
  • You need to consider the quality of the tutoring that you are receiving from the tutor.
  • You need to consider the mindset and professionalism of the tutor.

Hiring a tutor directly through their business website

  • Hiring a tutor directly is that it is more expensive.
  • You need to verify that the tutor is background checked and is qualified to teach in their chosen subject area.
  • They may not have access to quality resources to use in their tutoring sessions.

I hope that you find the information in the blog post useful and that it helps your son or daughter earn an A* in A-level or AP chemistry. Click on the button to schedule a free 30 minute discovery call to see if working with EmPowerMind is a good fit for your child.

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