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  1. momon121

    momon121 UKBF Regular Free Member

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    A friend of mine is a qualified teacher and has taught over 10 years regionally and internationally.

    Due to the current crisis she is looking to set up her own teaching classes, teaching young children between 11-16.

    As it’s not my field could any of your Ladies or Gents kindly advice what they would need to get started.

    thanks
     
    Posted: Oct 10, 2020 By: momon121 Member since: Mar 30, 2010
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  2. fisicx

    fisicx It's Major Clanger! Staff Member

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    Get signed up with a tutoring agency. They do all the hard work (finding students), all your friend has to do is teach.

    I used these for years: https://www.personal-tutors.co.uk/
     
    Posted: Oct 10, 2020 By: fisicx Member since: Sep 12, 2006
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  3. momon121

    momon121 UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Thank you so much. By the Graham check your WhatsApp
     
    Posted: Oct 10, 2020 By: momon121 Member since: Mar 30, 2010
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  4. paulears

    paulears UKBF Big Shot Full Member

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    Think Covid - my music teacher friend has had his private lessons and the ones he ran at a local college chopped badly by close contact/small room issues.
     
    Posted: Oct 10, 2020 By: paulears Member since: Jan 7, 2015
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  5. momon121

    momon121 UKBF Regular Free Member

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    They were actually looking into a hiring a small room making it Covid compliance and with fully sanitised and advertising through social media. As you highlighted the issue with close contact is making this trade very difficult to operate
     
    Posted: Oct 10, 2020 By: momon121 Member since: Mar 30, 2010
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  6. MY OFFICE IN CHINA

    MY OFFICE IN CHINA UKBF Legend Full Member

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    Teaching online is probably the way to go for the next year or two.
     
    Posted: Oct 11, 2020 By: MY OFFICE IN CHINA Member since: Nov 16, 2011
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  7. fisicx

    fisicx It's Major Clanger! Staff Member

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    Nope. Use a tutor service and teach one to one. You go to their home, they are then responsible for your safety.

    I was tutoring about 20 students each week. Back then it was £28/hour. Zero costs other than petrol.
     
    Posted: Oct 11, 2020 By: fisicx Member since: Sep 12, 2006
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  8. ethical PR

    ethical PR UKBF Legend Free Member

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    Why do they feel social media would be the best channel to use to reach parents who they have identified would want tuition?

    Why are they looking at setting up by themselves rather than joining an established tutorial company?
     
    Posted: Oct 11, 2020 By: ethical PR Member since: Apr 19, 2009
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  9. momon121

    momon121 UKBF Regular Free Member

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    As Ron highlight they want to set up on their own to capitalise on the current trend of teaching via zoom by initially have a physical outlet and then switching online .
    Also the idea to use social media to advertise is too reach the audience. Obviously that will be difficult if it’s not paid and targeted audience
     
    Posted: Oct 11, 2020 By: momon121 Member since: Mar 30, 2010
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  10. Mr D

    Mr D UKBF Legend Free Member

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    Only works on social media if the customers you are selling to will look there for the services.
    Otherwise target where the customers will look.

    Switching online means thousands more competitors. Locally there won't be many competitors in most fields. Online its worldwide.
     
    Posted: Oct 11, 2020 By: Mr D Member since: Feb 12, 2017
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  11. fisicx

    fisicx It's Major Clanger! Staff Member

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    Parents want tutors. They look online and choose a tutoring supplier.

    What they don’t do is search Facebook for tutors. They may ask their friends but that’s mitt he same thing.

    Don’t try to go it alone. Join a tutoring business. They will find the students for you.
     
    Posted: Oct 11, 2020 By: fisicx Member since: Sep 12, 2006
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  12. Mark T Jones

    Mark T Jones UKBF Big Shot Free Member

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    It really does depend what the plan is - Are they hoping to create a job for themselves in teaching, or build a teaching business, for example?

    My sister bouht a franchise running after-school French classes. Demand wasn't a problem - getting reliable teachers was nigh on impossible.

    She now acts as a private tutor. By accident rather than design she has fallen into a niche of teaching Russians and Indians - and can have pretty much all the work she wants. It's still a job though - if she doesn't work, nothing happens.

    Demographics are important.
     
    Posted: Oct 12, 2020 By: Mark T Jones Member since: Nov 4, 2015
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  13. momon121

    momon121 UKBF Regular Free Member

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    I think it’s a bit of both really, creating a job and building a possible business as they have couple of teachers on standby should the plan move towards as a business. They will be primarily teaching children from the Asian heritage although that wouldn’t stop them for teaching anyone but the demographic that they located is predominantly Asian.
     
    Posted: Oct 12, 2020 By: momon121 Member since: Mar 30, 2010
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  14. Mark T Jones

    Mark T Jones UKBF Big Shot Free Member

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    It's too vague to give meaningful advice - recruiting and retaining teachers is a very different skillset from turning up & teaching.

    The big upside of asians is that they value education very highly - right down to sacrificing posessions to obtain it.

    I'd suggest that you friend really should take time to think through their model
     
    Posted: Oct 12, 2020 By: Mark T Jones Member since: Nov 4, 2015
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  15. momon121

    momon121 UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Hi Mark

    After reading your last post and I discussed it with my friend and she believes she wants to go self employed more to create a job for themselves as oppose to creating a viable business.

    There is a demand for teaching where they are located but as the fees are so competitive she doesn’t want undersell her experience and quality
     
    Posted: Oct 12, 2020 By: momon121 Member since: Mar 30, 2010
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  16. paulears

    paulears UKBF Big Shot Full Member

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    There's quite a wait for DBS checking now, I'm told.
     
    Posted: Oct 12, 2020 By: paulears Member since: Jan 7, 2015
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  17. ethical PR

    ethical PR UKBF Legend Free Member

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    So it sounds like your friend needs to develop a business and marketing plan to see if they have a feasible model.

    Why should parents use your friend/her business which is a new/unknown model and pay higher fees than use an established model which might charge less?
     
    Posted: Oct 13, 2020 at 10:47 AM By: ethical PR Member since: Apr 19, 2009
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  18. Bob Morgan

    Bob Morgan UKBF Ace Free Member

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    Spelling and Grammar?
     
    Posted: Oct 13, 2020 at 11:28 AM By: Bob Morgan Member since: Apr 15, 2018
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  19. momon121

    momon121 UKBF Regular Free Member

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    She has lots of experiences both in the UK and abroad. Did Masters few years ago in child psychology in education if I remember correctly
    You mean to focus on these two areas ?
     
    Posted: Oct 15, 2020 at 3:34 PM By: momon121 Member since: Mar 30, 2010
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  20. fisicx

    fisicx It's Major Clanger! Staff Member

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    Nobody cares. All parents want to know is: can she help their child in the subjects in which they are struggling. Nothing else matters.
     
    Posted: Oct 15, 2020 at 4:22 PM By: fisicx Member since: Sep 12, 2006
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