As I continue to work my way out of debt, I’m not above trying almost any side hustle at least once. I mean, even putting just a few extra dollars toward debt each month can really add up when you factor in the future cost of interest.
Anyway, like I said, I’ve tried LOTS of different side hustles to help speed up my debt progress and one of my most recent side hustle endeavors is tutoring.
Tutoring is a great side hustle idea because it’s something anyone can do.
Now I know what you are thinking, “How can I tutor someone if I’m not good at math/science/English/history?” or “How can I tutor someone if it’s been nearly 100 years since I was in school?” Well not to worry, instead of thinking about tutoring in only the traditional sense you should consider any and all skills you have that could be taught to others.
Working as a tutor should not be limited to teaching traditional school subjects. You can tutor people in lots of different skills, like sewing, crafting, gardening, budgeting, food preservation, food preparation, and anything and everything else.
With that in mind, here are a few tips to help you get started with tutoring as a side hustle today.
Identity a Need
Do you have a skill that is in demand in your community? It could be any of the skills we discussed earlier, or even something completely different. For instance, in my community technology skills are in high demand so a monthly class is being offered at our community college to teach our aging population how to use modern technology to their advantage.
Find Some Clients
It may seem difficult to attract clients to your tutoring business when you are first getting started. But if you have a valuable skill to offer, you should try advertising it via fliers put up in public places, or on free online forums. From there, word-of-mouth can be a powerful tool as your first satisfied clients share your services with friends and family.
Consider Your Schedule
As any freelancer can tell you, once your skills are in demand, you will quickly need to decide how much time and effort you want to put into operating your side business. If you aren’t careful it can quickly take over your other life activities. Setting a schedule for when you want to work and when you don’t will help you determine how many clients you can successfully maintain without sacrificing quality of work.
Put Your Money to Good Use
If you are already financial independent with no debt and adequate savings, it’s perfectly okay to use your side hustle money in any way that you choose. But if that’s not the case, you should use your side hustle money to help you reach that point more quickly. It can be tempting to increase your spending or upgrade your lifestyle once you start earning more money, but a better use of your tutoring funds is to pay off existing debt or increase your savings.
Do you have any tips for those who will use tutoring as a side hustle?