In the fast paced world of information technology and global communication systems, the education industry has also evolved with the creation of virtual universities, online tuition centers and skill building courses.
Students can now complete their degrees online with virtual universities, and can improve skills in just about any area of their lives using a vast array of courses – from cake decorating and dog training to accounting and astrophysics, it’s all just a click away.
This change has also created a huge opportunity for online tutors.
Communication tools such as Skype have made online tutoring accessible to everyone. People looking for self-employment opportunities can easily start their own business teaching others any skills they may have.
To make it easier for you to grab a piece of this lucrative pie, we’ve created a quick checklist – inspired by the Businessmem Skype tutoring guide – to help you set up your online tutoring business using Skype:
Get the Basics
In order to start an online tutoring business, you don’t need to spend extravagantly, you can just jump on your computer, plug in your headphone and load up your webcam.
If your laptop has all the above features already and you know what you want to teach you’re good to go.
Talk about low cost setup!
Who said starting a business had to be expensive?
Skype is a great way to communicate with your students in real time, by showing your video and seeing them online.
They can not only hear your voice but can also see you, so all you need to do is download Skype, logon to the system and start teaching.
Need a Whiteboard? Use Skype Again
Another great thing about Skype is you can also use the screen sharing option to use paint and use it as a white board. In addition there are add-ons and applications like Idroo that can be integrated with Skype for effective tutoring.
Well now that you have gotten your online classroom and a white board, how can you share assignments and important reference material in the document form?
Yep…you guessed it. Skype’s your friend yet again! In addition to using tools like google docs for real time editing you can use Skype to share files and your students can use Skype to share files with you.
Now you might be thinking, but what about payment? Does skype allow you to do that, too?
Unfortunately not, but services such as Paypal, Payoneer, Stripe or Skill are all good ways for your students can pay you.
It’s advisable to charge lessons in advance or take partial payments so you ensure you get paid for all your great work (the last thing you want is someone doing a runner!).
With technology if you have skills there are no limits to what you can achieve. With options such as Skype you can set up your online tutoring business easily and add to your earnings or open up your own business if you are looking for self-employment opportunities.