Tutoring has become a popular career path for many professionals because of the flexibility and freedom that comes with it. As tutors, you will be able to choose the clients you want to work with, create and work around your own schedule, and generally be your own boss so to speak. Aside from the benefits of flexibility that tutoring offers, there’s also the satisfaction of being able to help students who are struggling or those who want to become better at their studies. You will see your students reach their academic goals and know that you were there to help with the process.
However, nothing is ever easy and tutoring is the same. While it may sound fairly laid-back, there are also some factors that many people don’t consider about this career choice. Tutoring is basically a freelancing job, and in every freelancing job, you will have to pitch your services to prospective clients in hopes they hire you. And of course, it’s not always that they hire you.
Rejection is a word that many are already familiar with and almost everyone has already experienced. It’s not a pleasant experience either. If you are a home tutor, you may come across parents who are willing to give you a chance (especially if you’re only starting out). However, there are also those who will reject your pitch even if you have the right qualifications and credentials.
Now, some parents may offer a reason why they rejected your services while others may not. The latter can leave you feeling uncertain as to why your services have been rejected. It’s common for home tutors to feel down when they are rejected by clients, even experienced tutors feel it too. However, if you are a new home tutor and you’ve met your first rejection, don’t let it dissuade you from continuing this career.
With that being said, there are some ways for tutors to help deal with rejections and get past client rejections in order to help you move forward in this industry and also grow as a home tutor.
There are many factors that can impress clients and at the same time, there are also many factors why clients wouldn’t hire you. Sometimes, it can be your profile and it’s not enough for them. Other times, it can be your experiences or credentials. With that being said, check your home tutor profile and take a critical look at it. As you look at it, you may see some errors you may have not seen before such as typographical errors or incorrect dates. Maybe you can also amp it up and revise it to make it more eye-catching.
Aside from looking at your profile yourself, you can also ask for feedback from your potential clients. Sometimes, when you have already seen it too many times, you may miss out on details that someone else may catch. Additionally, you can also ask them ways on how to make it sound more convincing.
A suggestion when looking to revise your profile would be to pick out the subjects you specialize in. You can list them down and add the techniques you use to teach this certain subject and according to different learning needs and styles. This way, parents and other clients can easily see the expertise you can offer them. While it may sound good to say that you can teach for all levels, having a certain area of specialization will narrow it down for parents looking for help for their children in those certain areas. A parent will look more for a tutor specializing in teaching Algebra than those tutors who claim to be able to teach Maths from primary to secondary school.
Tutors will have different rates based on many factors such as experience, qualifications, credentials, and even references. Some tutors may also charge more for the cost of food, transportation, and even their specialist subject areas. While some may charge higher, you also have those home tutors that charge cheaper.
Budget for rate also plays as one of the factors why the parents may reject a tutor. Some parents will refuse a home tutor because of the price range for their services. At times, you have to understand that tutoring is also a very competitive industry, and with that many parents will opt not to hire a tutor with a higher price rate if they are still relatively unknown.
As a home tutor, you should be able to research the current rates of most home tutors in the area you wish to gain clients from. Additionally, you shouldn’t also forget to consider all the extra fees that you may encounter in tutoring such as transportation fare going from your student’s house to another, especially if one student’s house is farther away from your other students. Credentials and experiences also are huge factors in adjusting your rates whether to go higher or lower.
As an example, in FamilyTutor, there are three categories of tutors parents can choose from: part-time, full-time, and NIE-trained. All of our tutors are familiar with the MOE curriculum and syllabus; however, they are different in experience, flexibility, and rate. Part-timers are mostly consisting of students who are still studying to complete their undergraduate degree or even some professionals from different fields who want to share their expertise with students. Full-timers are those who have made tutoring their career and are committed to developing their skills to better teach students. NIE-trained tutors are those that are or have previously taught in a MOE school. Obviously, part-timers will charge lower than full-time and NIE-trained tutors because of the experience and qualifications the latter can offer more.
Now, it may come off as confusing at times if you should price your services higher or lower. To make things easier for you, consider signing up for a home tuition agency. This way, the agency will be helping you to manage your profile and rates for you. It can also be helpful especially if you’re just starting out in home tuition so you can focus more on developing your skills in tutoring rather than spend more time marketing yourself to get new students.
Of course, when one gets rejected feelings such as sadness and disappointment may prevail. However, once your head is clearer, it also helps to take the time to analyze the rejection and see what may have caused it. This may be the time for you to ask yourself some questions. Are your rates too high? Are you in an area where there is too much competition? Are your qualifications and credentials attractive enough to get clients or not? What are the subjects you specialize in that you can use as a niche or are there too many home tutors also offering the same subject? Is the special subject you’re offering in demand?
As mentioned before, getting feedback from the parents themselves will help you better market yourself. You can also narrow down the list of your selling points and what makes you a good home tutor fit for their sons and daughters. Once you have gone over why you may have been rejected, it will help you make the changes to help you get the clients the next time.
Facing rejections is hard but it is part of the job and your first rejection may not be your last. So, our final tip is for you to not take the rejection personally. Who knows? Maybe the rejection happened for a reason. Maybe the student wasn’t the right one for you or there may be a better offer waiting for you from the next client.
It’s understandable to feel sad after a rejection but you shouldn’t be disheartened by it and immediately quit tutoring. Instead, use the rejection as a learning experience. Use it to guide you and review your profile and make changes when necessary. No one is immune to rejections and even experienced tutors have also gone through them, but it did not stop them from pursuing tutoring. Instead of sulking and feeling sorry for yourself, look for different ways for you to develop and improve your teaching skills like maybe by signing up for different classes and programs.
Starting your career in home tuition, or in any other career, will not always be easy. If you are still starting, you will have to find ways to prove to the parents and students you wish to work with that they should hire you. Some parents will probably hire you while others may reject you, but that doesn’t mean that you should stop. Remember to persevere and keep at it in order for you to succeed in your chosen career path. With hard work and a lot of patience, you will surely be able to get students and show them, and their parents, that you have what it takes to be the best home tutor out there. Keep trying your best!
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