Tutoring Business Basics

Learn How To Start A Successful Tutoring, Lessons, or Coaching Business

Ready to work for yourself and make some extra cash?

Wondering how long it will take and how expensive it will be to set up a tutoring business? You can take the course in a weekend and be ready to work as soon as you finish the paperwork! The course is affordable and the suggested start up costs are minimal (My local and state fees were under $200.) Plus you get many cost and time saving tips! (Should you use a Google Doc or set up a website? Should you tutor in person or online?)

Ready to cut out the middleman and make the hourly wage you deserve? It is easier and cheaper than you think to start your own tutoring business. Tutoring one or two students now but want to take it to the next level? This is the Business Basics course for you! I started with a couple of students a week and simultaneously started doing the paperwork to make my business official. 

Ready to earn some extra cash? I was! Business Basics can get you there! This course is for tutors, teachers, parents, college students, grandparents, coaches, or people who want to start a successful tutoring business. I did it, and so can you. I love my private tutoring job and the income and freedom it provides. Are you ready to love your job? Enroll now.

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How to start a successful tutoring business

Build your own business, set your own hours, and work a job you love! Many people fail at starting their own business because they don’t care to invest the time and work it takes to set it up well. Many are scared they lack the business skills to start a business. Sound familiar? It isn’t as complicated as you think, especially if you have a plan. Business Basics – How to Start Your Own Tutoring Business walks you through the key steps to building your own business. If you are a teacher or parent without business training, I wrote this course for you! I want you to be able to make educated decisions and set your business up well, not just follow a free checklist you found online.

I quit my teaching job to take care of my aging parents and started tutoring to earn some extra cash. Soon I realized I could make a good income doing a job I love and officially created my tutoring business. I researched how to start a business, took good notes along the way, and made checklists of the steps I needed to complete. I am a certified elementary teacher, but I tutor all ages in reading, writing, and study skills, plus elementary math and business coaching. Happy clients keep telling their friends and my successful tutoring business keeps growing! I often have a waitlist!

Friends and teachers began emailing me asking how I got started. I sent long emails detailing all the steps and decisions to think through. As a result, I wrote this course to save YOU time and money and help you think through all the steps necessary to start a successful tutoring business. The cost of this course, affordable to teachers, retirees, and stay at home parents alike, can easily be recouped when you start your business. In addition, a typical tutoring business has low start up costs.

Want to know how many steps it takes to build your own business? Over 200 big and little steps! Want a checklist to streamline the process and track what you’ve completed? I’ve got a customizable one for you! 

 How long does it take? The course can be completed in a weekend (but I recommend spreading it across a few days so you can think through your action steps). In most areas, it just takes a few weeks to process the business paperwork to form a business. You will be ready to start earning cash in no time!

Check out the testimonials below to see what others are saying, too. They had these same challenges, fears, and questions!

What they are saying...

"Without this course, it would have taken me many, many hours just to think about all of the components to starting a business, much less to complete them! This course was hands-on, practical, and offers all the tools you need to start your own tutoring or coaching business. All of the material included in the Business Basics course, from videos to checklists, will aid you in the process of starting your own small business. Jennifer has spent lots of time and energy learning all that goes into starting a tutoring business and has compiled all of that information in an organized, easy-to-follow 12-module course. I would recommend this course to anyone who has thought about the possibility of tutoring or coaching, whether you just want to explore the idea, or you are ready to start your business."
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"This course was so helpful! So thankful for Jennifer's willingness to share all she has learned in creating her own business to help others! I highly recommend Business Basics for anyone wanting to start up their own tutoring business. Jennifer gives very clear steps on how to get started from the forms you need, how to market your business and what to include in your sessions. It was helpful that the lessons were broken into manageable pieces. She told us if the lesson would take extra time and took pressure off to finish at a certain pace. Very encouraging videos and I loved how she shared from her own experiences. My favorite action step was the one on marketing myself and putting together an "elevator pitch." It was super helpful. It also encouraged me to create a logo which I used on my business cards and website!"
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"Jennifer’s Business Basics Course was the exact tool I needed to help me finally launch my health coach business. For several years I was in the contemplation stage of wanting to start this coaching business and I was overwhelmed by the myriad of tasks needed to begin. Jennifer met with me regularly to give me the confidence and tools necessary to accomplish one task at a time. This course helped me organize my time and resources. As I accomplished one task at a time I gained the confidence needed to finally open my health coach business! This course is not just for those considering a tutoring business, but covers pertinent information and skills needed for launching a business of any type. I highly recommend Business Basics to anyone who wants to start a business and is struggling with where to begin."
health coach
"When my family suggested I open my own business tutoring students I thought they were crazy. I didn’t know the first thing about starting a business let alone marketing it. However, as I completed each of the Business Basics step-by-step modules the process seemed straightforward as each topic built on the previous one. Every question I had was answered before I could even ask it. It was obvious Jennifer brings years of experience to this topic and she opened up an opportunity for me that I thought would never be possible. By the end of the course I felt I had all the tools I needed to start and run a successful business. If I can do this then anyone can!"
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I am Jennifer Donaldson, founder and educator at Tailor Joy LLC

With almost 30 years of teaching and tutoring expertise, I have taught in traditional classrooms, at kitchen tables, summer camps, online, and even at schools without electricity. As a certified teacher, I currently can be found tutoring virtually from my home in Apex, North Carolina, and creating new educational tools and courses while caregiving for my mom who lives with us. Working online also allows for trips to visit family who live out of town and adventures across the globe. Starting my own successful tutoring business was one of the best things I have ever done!

With the growing need to learn online being present everywhere, it is my mission to provide students and adults with the skills to master educational challenges, add tools to their current resources, and even start their own tutoring or coaching business. May you smile more and sigh less! 

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From start to finish, you will learn how to set up and grow a successful tutoring business that brings you joy, freedom, and income.

Business Basics is an online course with a step-by-step checklist to keep you on track and moving forward. This course has 12 lessons with action steps, a detailed checklist, customizable forms, and a ready-to-use Asana template. You can read more in the course outline below.

Haven’t used Asana, the online work management platform? Don’t worry! It’s free and easy to use or you can use the printable pdf checklist.

Many free generic checklists are available on how to start a business, but there are not many step-by-step tutorials on how to start a private tutoring, lessons, or coaching business that lay out all the systems and strategies you want to consider using. Join this course and this fast-growing occupation. The need for private tutors and lessons has become more important than ever to personalize learning and help students be successful in and out of the classroom. 

In the course Business Basics – How to Start Your Own Tutoring Business:

I lay out key tasks to starting your business with tips and systems along the way. You get a behind-the-scenes look at my own tutoring business and learn from my years in and out of the classroom.

Like me, you probably have many questions about setting rates, legal considerations, marketing, advertising, qualifications, technology options, building a client base, and more. Building Basics covers all these questions and some you probably have not even thought of yet. 

You have action steps for each area where you customize your own business plan. 

The master checklist keeps you on track. The simple templates help you craft your business plan, your sales pitch, and more. 

Each resource is customizable to your business and applicable to tutoring, lessons, or coaching businesses.

What do I get with the course?

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Immediate access to 12 short online lessons with 4-9 action steps per lesson to help you set up and grow a successful business that's personalized just for you

(value $900)
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Ready-to-use Asana template with over 200 big and little steps to keep you on track (or a pdf printable version if you prefer) saving you many hours and countless sticky notes

(value $50)
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Course workbook pdf, Simple Business Plan template, Simple Pitch Template, Client Forms (customizable), Simple Business Health Check Up template, and more

(value $150)
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Mini coaching session*, Personalized Business Plan suggestions*, Session Plan template (customizable), and a 30 Day Marketing Challenges to help you grow your new business
*2024 guarantees

(value $100)

Total Value $1,200 but you can get all this

for only $399

What will I learn?

Lesson 1: Introduction

Before we start the course, I outline the content, show the lesson format, and give you access to the course material. You are set up for success right from the start!

Lesson 2: Why Start a Tutoring Business

We look at the reasons to start your own business and the joy and freedom that comes with it. Everyone is capable of tutoring something, let’s figure out what your expertise is!

Lesson 3: Set Up to Tutor 

From physical space to subject expertise, you learn the steps to set up your tutoring space whether you plan to tutor in person or online.

Lesson 4: Set Up a Business – Internal

An overview of the important steps to setting up a business including requirements, start-up costs, choosing a name, and writing a mission statement. Checklists and templates included.

Lesson 5: Set Up a Business – External 

An overview of the important steps to setting up a business on the client side including scheduling, client management, and professionalism.

Lesson 6: Branding Development 

This is the fun part! Design a logo and choose a look for your new business! Do the work yourself or hire a graphic designer to help.

Lesson 7: Set Up a Website 

Learn about setting up your website or business page from the easy versions to the totally customizable. If you don’t know what SEO is, you will learn!

Lesson 8: Marketing 

From considering what type of clients you want, to advertising, to building an email list, I walk you through marketing strategies to help build and grow your business.

Lesson 9: Financial Accounting 

I share with you the billing and bookkeeping strategies I have used over the years with tips for setting up the financial side of your business.

Lesson 10: Session Plans 

Having a session plan makes tutoring so much easier. In this lesson you get many customizable ideas for remediation, extending learning, and building rapport with your clients.

Lesson 11: Forms and Templates 

Create forms and templates for your new business with explanations on how to use them and how to customize them to fit your business needs.

Lesson 12: What Happens Next 

You are almost there! This lesson helps you make a plan and set a launch date. Plus learn about business health checkups to grow your business and celebrate milestones.

Why Purchase These Courses from Jennifer?

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Affordable Prices

Learn new skills and valuable content through well organized classes that are worth the investment of your time and money.

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Trusted Knowledge

Created by a certified teacher with almost 30 years of experience as a teacher, tutor, and educational writer.

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Anytime, Anywhere

Digital learning is compatible with any schedule, and available anywhere you have an internet connection.

Why Should You Purchase this Course?

You’ve dreamed about starting your own business and the freedom it brings. You have been tutoring but you want to take it to the next level. You’ve worried about all the steps it takes to start your own business. You want a checklist to keep you on track with all the big and little tasks.

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Why Shouldn't You Purchase this Course?

You are looking to avoid hard work. You are looking to get rich quick and think this might be the answer. You do not care about being professional or building a good reputation. You hate talking one on one with people or helping them problem solve.

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Still have questions? Email me at hello@tailorjoy.com and I will help you decide if this course is right for you.


Is this tutoring business course right for me?

This course is perfect for those who want to start their own tutoring, lessons, or coaching business even if you have no past experience teaching. 

How long do I have access to the Business Basics course content?

One year for the online content and forever for the downloaded materials and checklists.

When does the course start and finish?

The course is self paced and immediately available after purchase. Each lesson takes about 15-30 minutes plus the action steps that you do on your own time. 

What if I am not a teacher? Can I still tutor?

Absolutely! Everyone can teach or tutor something. This course helps you narrow your subject expertise (lesson 3) and walks you through planning out an hour long session (lesson 10). 

Nervous about tutoring or writing lesson plans? Tutor Toolkit, my free one lesson workshop, is the place to start. Tutor Toolkit workshop helps you set up a session. Business Basics course helps you set up a business. 

How long will it take me to start my own business?

That depends on you and your situation. Staying organized and putting in the work necessary to start your business depends also on how motivated you are to get it up and running and how much time you are willing to commit to doing that.  

Do I have to use Asana? Is it easy?

Asana is an online work management program that’s super easy to use. You don’t have to use it, but it’s a total game changer! Did I mention it’s free? I walk you through how to get it set up in Lesson 1.

Do I have to have a brand logo and a website to start a tutoring business? 

No, you do not, but you will be more professional and organized if you do! Lessons 6 and 7 will help with that!

Can I get a refund?

No. Due to the digital nature of the program and immediate access, we are unable to offer refunds. We are more than happy to answer questions prior to purchase. Just email us at hello@www.tailorjoy.com

There has never been a better time to start your own tutoring, lessons, or coaching business!

Imagine the joy, freedom, and income owning your own business can bring!

Enroll now in Business Basics and get started building something you love!

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