Are you a tutor looking at ways to teach students online? Here’s a full guide on how to start online tuition at home.
It is 2021. The pandemic is spreading and more and more businesses are moving to work from home mode.
Movie theaters have closed. Schools are closed. Startups, companies, and even hotels are closed. Every business, every organization is struggling to work from home.
Not all news is depressing though. Amidst all this chaos, opportunities have arisen.
Home-based businesses have begun to sprout up. Teachers have started to go with online classes. Even entire startups have begun.
The opportunity is huge. But how to start?
Let’s find out.
How to Start Online Tuition at Home
To start an online tuition business, you need the following.
- Expertise in any topic or teaching experience.
- A laptop/mobile phone
- An online meeting platform.
- A way to accept payment from anyone, anywhere.
- A list of tuition packages/slots.
With just the above-mentioned requirements, anyone can start an online tuition business. We shall get into details of each requirement, in this article.
1. Tools You Need To Start An Online Tuition
The main tool you need to start an online tuition business is online meeting software.
Worry not. There is everything from free to paid software available today to choose from.
For example, here are some of the best online meeting tools you can choose from.
As you can see, different tools have different features and values.
But considering the popularity and features, we recommend using Zoom for online tuitions.
The reasons are that Zoom’s video and audio quality is superior to any other online meeting tool out there. It offers a free 40-minute session, beyond which you’ll need to re-login. If you do not want to go through the hassle of logging in again, you can buy their premium version at around Rs.3,500 per month.
There are many tuition coaches in India who are running online tuitions with Zoom’s free service. So, you can imagine why. But don’t take our word for it. Explore and find out a meeting tool that works for you.
How to choose an online meeting software for online tuitions?
- Make sure that it can allow enough participants (students).
- Make sure the time limits are within your expectations.
- When buying paid versions of the product, you compare monthly v/s yearly prices.
- Ensure that there are no regional restrictions to participate for students.
- Take a free demo and check the video/audio quality.
- If you need note-taking/whiteboard features, try them.
- Ensure that students can participate from mobile as well as laptops.
2. Create Tuition Packages
Once you have the tools you need, you need to figure out what tuition packages will you be selling.
This could be based on your availability, your student’s preferences and other such factors.
If you are planning to take tuition for one subject, create a timetable for it.
If you are planning to take tuition for several subjects, create a timetable accordingly.
For example, Maths (Morning 9 – 10), Biology (Afternoon 4 -5).
Ideally, students should be able to choose their desired tuition packages. This is where you will need a website.
3. Create a Website or Start With Dukaan
A website becomes a necessary evil at this point.
Why evil? Because a website comes with a lot of expenses. Hosting, web design services, plugins, maintenance charges, and what not?
This is a bottleneck for many folks. Especially those who are technically challenged.
This is why we recommend starting your own store on Dukaan.
Many folks have this wrong assumption that Dukaan is only for physical products. It is not.
Although most of our customers use it for selling physical products, it is also for digital products.
Instead of creating an expensive website and having to deal with all the pain that comes with it, on Dukaan, you can get your online coaching class ready in perhaps under one minute.
How? In 4 simple steps.
Just give your mobile number, verify OTP and you’re in.
Step 2 – Choose your store name and category.
Step 3 – Upload your products.
Step 4 – Promote your Dukaan store.
Simple! Isn’t it?
For Example –
4. How To Take Payments From Students
Now that you have your online tuition packages and fees available for anyone to buy, what happens if they buy?
Give your bank details within Dukaan. Either give your bank UPI id or give your account number, IFSC code and bank details.
And start taking payment instantly! That is right. No waiting whatsoever.
In most eCommerce platforms, the payment part is a problem.
You need to wait for weeks together to get your bank account verified, and once done, there will be commissions and fees that apply.
In Dukaan, none of that.
- Quick and instant verification of bank account.
- Start accepting payments to the bank immediately.
- No commissions or fee structure.
- Your money, your bank.
So, once a student buys your tuition package, the money comes directly to your bank account.
And more than one student can buy your tuition classes. You can share your store link via WhatsApp to anyone who wants to join your tuition classes.
5. Start Promoting/sharing Your Tuition Classes
Once you have your tuition packages and bank account details ready, start sharing your store link with anyone on social media.
On Dukaan, you can use pre-built marketing templates and designs like WhatsApp stories, QR codes, business cards and the like.
If you’d like, you can also create a custom domain name for your tuition class on Dukaan (ex: yourtuitionclass.com.)
6. How Much Does it Cost to Start Your Own Online Tuition Classes?
It would cost you zero to just five thousand Rupees to start your own online tuition classes.
Here’s a sample split up.
- Online meeting software – Free (Google Meet – for 1 hour)
- Website – Rs. 10,000 (minimum)
- Hosting – Rs. 25,000 (minimum)
- Web designer – Rs. 5,000 (minimum)
Total – Rs. 40,000 + Minimum investment.
- Online meeting software – Free (Google Meet – for 1 hour)
- Website & Hosting – Free
- Custom Domain – Free
- Online Payments Integration – Free
- Own App and other premium features- Free
Total – Rs. 4,999 (Dukaan Premium/Yearly)
Whoa! Isn’t that a lot of value?
How Go Get Students For Tuition?
As it turns out, you actually need to get students to be able to conduct tuition classes successfully. But, how do you do that?
Thanks to the internet and social media, there are a bunch of ways you can reach out and get students to sign up for
1. Word Of Mouth
You can do it the good old fashioned way and tell everybody you know that you are running tuition classes and ask them to spread the word. You can do this in real life or DM people on social media platforms.
2. Organic Social Media Marketing
Get on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and every other social media platform you can think of and put up posts telling your friends and followers about your new tuition class venture. On Facebook, you can post on your own wall or head to the Facebook Marketplace and do the same.
On Instagram, put up posts on your feed and stories, and DM people. These people could be friends, potential collaborators, or potential students.
You can do the same on LinkedIn. Besides this, be sure to create educational content on all the aforementioned and let them know you take tuition classes.
3. Paid Social Media Marketing
Paid ads are an excellent way to market your personal brand. You can run ads on your posts and get to a wide audience and generate leads in the process. Again, make sure your content is educational and valuable.
Today, everything is online, which means that most of your expenses have been nullified, leaving the need for a full-fledged website the only possible issue you might have. And we’ve taken care of that in two ways. Firstly, you no longer need to burn a hole in your wallet to run and maintain your website. All you have to do is pay a nominal amount every year.
Secondly, you can set up your store in a matter of minutes and run it like a pro without a shred of technical web design or development experience. With us on your side, you really have no excuse to start your online course or tuition classes you’ve always wanted.
So, what are you waiting for? Start your own online tuition class at home today, with Dukaan.