How to be an online tutor!
For a successful career as an online tutor you will need:
A skill that other people want to learn. This could be as simple as speaking English, or as specialist as neurobiology – if you have in-depth knowledge you have the ability to share that knowledge with others as an online tutor.
You’ll also need a fast internet connection and a computer with skype capabilities.
In all academic subjects, you’ll need at minimum an undergraduate degree in the subject you wish to tutor – and ideally a masters. If you’re qualified to PhD level you can expect to command much higher rates. If you don’t have any formal qualifications, several years specialist experience in the field may be enough.
If you hope to tutor English, then simply being a native speaker may be enough initially – however a good understanding of grammar and vocabulary is essential.
For more vocational subjects such as art, design, music etc, significant experience may be enough depending on your student’s expectations. For example, if you play guitar well and have been doing it for a while, you’re probably qualified to teach a beginner the basics – but a grade 7 classical guitarist looking for help with their grade 8 exam will probably want someone with formal qualifications and the ability to teach theory as well as technique.
A laptop with skype capabilites and a very fast internet connection – you don’t want to get cut off in the middle of a lesson with a paying student!
There is a huge choice of websites where you can set up a profile for potential students to view – look for one that is relevant to your subject. Word of mouth is also a strong factor in determining your success, along with social media. Ideally, you should also have a website detailing your services for potential students.
How much can I earn?
This will vary wildly depending on your subject, your teaching skills, and the demand for your skills. As a specialist graduate tutor in say, maths or science, with a thorough understanding of current curriculum and a strong base of students, you could earn a very decent living.
How well does it suit the digital nomad lifestyle?
This is a difficult one – it really depends on what type of digital nomad you are. If you change locations every few days and don’t like to plan too much, it’s probably not for you as you’ll have to commit to a set time every few days/every week to tutor your students. However, if you’re a slow travelling digital nomad, online tutoring could be a great option.