What's the first thing you think of when you hear the word Skype? Making a long distance call to a friend or family member in another country? A free way to talk on the Internet (if you don't lose the connection)? Most people have heard of Skype so when talking about my job, I usually say I teach English online using Skype. The reality is, most of the time, I don't use it. Why? Because there's something much better. I've found the best tool for online tutoring.
This week I'm in Switzerland doing examining work for a specialist business English exam. It's not every day that I get paid to be an examiner in another country but if you can find your online tutoring niche like I have, the possibilities are endless.
I recently wrote about how I use Google Slides to create and share lesson materials with my online students and I think this works very well. But this week I'm testing out a popular virtual whiteboard that allows a voice call and online collaboration in real time. Read on to find out how to tutor online with Scribblar.
Social media can be a great way to reach out to potential online students. There are currently 313 million people on Twitter, LinkedIn has 450 million members and there's a whopping 1.7 billion monthly active users on Facebook! If you want to do social media marketing like a pro and save yourself a bunch of time, keep reading.
You've heard the expression, 'a picture is worth a thousand words'. This is extra important when marketing your online tutoring business. Whether it's on your website, social media or other places online, images are vital. Do you need to hire an expensive graphic designer or spend hours learning how to use complicated graphic design software to achieve this? Nope! Let me show you how you can market your online tutoring business for $1 or less.
I'm on holiday this week, which reminded me about why I chose to become an online tutor and the reasons why it's such a great way to earn a living. To take time off, I didn't have to fill in a holiday request form or ask my manager or even book the holiday 6 months in advance. Because I'm my own boss, I have the flexibility to work when I want and so taking a break is on my terms.
The number of search queries Google processes every day is bonkers! According to recent figures, Google processes 3.5 billion searches every single day. That's 40,000 every second! That means if you want to get your online tutoring business in front of potential students, then Google is an excellent place to focus on. Check out how I managed to market my online tutoring business in 5 places on a single Google search result:
It's no secret that Google is the king of search engines and most people will start with a Google search when they're looking for information. This includes people looking for online tutoring. So, getting your business to be ranked in Google's search results is important and a great way to find more students to teach.
If you're a tutor based in the UK, start with Part 1 to find out how I just saved £200 on my tutoring insurance by becoming a member of the Tutors' Association. If you're outside of the UK, jump to part 2 to learn about why getting tutoring insurance could save you a lot more than a couple of hundred bucks.