I’m trying to earn a bit more dough these days by expanding my tutoring clientele. I placed an ad on Craigslist advertising as a writing tutor an hour ago – no replies yet, but that’s probably to be expected. This is my first Craigslist experience, actually.
Anyway, has anyone here ever successfully gotten a paid tutoring gig off Craigslist? Or hired a tutor on there? Or would you consider it? I want to know if this actually works or if I should stick to ye olde fashioned flyering.
I once tried looking for a short-term place to live by placing an ad on craigslist; while I got a couple legit people interested, they both ended up falling through, and I also got at least one creepy-reply… as in, “yeah, you can live here….for certain favors…” So yeah, there definitely is creepers out there. Not sure how/if they would contact a tutor with a similar proposition!
Are there any local schools in the area that you could advertise with? I would be really, really hesitant to meet up with a tutor on Craigslist (and I do a lot of CLing myself). By networking with area schools, you could perhaps get a good client base! Community organizations also sometimes need help with teaching English as a second language or groups like the YMCA might be able to use someone with your skills.
I had a tutoring ‘company’ contact me. It was like 5 months later and the guy seemed really shady on the phone so I never pursued it. Not shady in the I want to rape and kill you way, but shady in the I’m never going to pay you way.
I am a teacher and advertise tutoring services on craigslist. I have had mostly good experiences, but I have had a few “flakes” who never end up following through (only via email, never have they left me waiting in public), and a couple of responses that were clearly scams (never accept overpayment, set anything up with someone overseas who claims that their son/daughter is coming to the united states, money orders, cashiers checks, or even paypal… If they can’t give you cash you can’t do it).
I’ve actually met some really interesting students via CL (one guy is a semi-famous and on the up and up singer — an older man who is illiterate) and another was a Spaniard visiting NYC who wanted English lessons while he was here. It can be very rewarding, but definitely be cautious.
Also, *always* meet your students in public places… even after you’ve established a relationship with them.
You might try WyzAnt as I see tons of ads for tutoring on there. Also, try similar sites.
You could ask local schools if you could post a flyer of your services. Also, many area stores and supermarkets have community boards where people post their local business info. Try posting in a local community center, too.
Also, professional learning centers like Sylvan often post jobs. Maybe you could apply there?
I tutor with a tutoring agency, they charge the family 50/hour and I make 30/hour. I tried posting ads before this, and never got any bites. Now that i’m with an agency, I have so many students I can’t handle it.
What are you wanting to tutor? I tutor calculus, math, sciences. My tutoring agency is math and science focused so it works well.
Well, I got a hit! A student wants help with her paper that’s due Monday, so hopefully I’ll be making some $ this weekend. Thanks for the tips everyone!
To be more specific, I’m a grad student and college writing teacher, and I volunteer as a tutor already, but I would like to earn some more money in the next few months so I can help pay for Darling Husband to take the Bar (DO YOU KNOW THAT ISH COSTS LIKE $1000? WTF?).