India has one of the most competitive and examination-oriented education system in the world. Even though the quality of teaching in schools and colleges can be brought into question, the demands for private tuition and tutors are becoming more and more as the years go by. Academically bright students and ambitious teachers who are already excelling at their jobs, but want a little more out of the profession they love so much, are taking up home tutor jobs in India.

Little wonder private tutoring has become a highly remunerative vocation in India, recording growth rates of 40-45 percent during the past five years, according to a recent study conducted by Assocham.

The salary for teachers in India is also a matter of much debate. While teachers in government-aided schools can hope to receive reasonable salaries at the end of the month, many private schools have been criticized for their unwillingness to pay worthy salaries to their teachers. No wonder that school teachers are taking up jobs as private tutors, either full-time or part-time.

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Apart from the issue of salary for private teachers in Indian schools, there is also the consideration that most teachers love interacting with their students - learning about various facets of their personalities. Indeed, many students look up to their teachers as role models - be it in primary school, high school, or university. Home tutor jobs give teachers the opportunity to interact with their students beyond the classroom.

A majority of Indias 40 million middle-class households are ready, willing, and able to spend up to one-third of their monthly income on private tuitions for their children.

Parents are also keen to invest in private tutors for their wards as they hope that it will boost their chances of accomplishing better examination results and enable them to enroll in the best arts, science, commerce, or professional education colleges. According to the latest figures, an estimated 3 million children in India's 5 metros have signed up for private tuitions, particularly in such subjects as maths, chemistry, English, and physics.

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With your knowledge of a particular academic subject, and your experience as an academic or a teacher, along with your communication skills, you are all set to make money as a private tutor. In India, if you search 'how to become an online teacher' on the Internet, you will notice that it does not require a formal qualification. In fact, private tutoring is one of the easiest vocations to get into, provided you are passionate about your subject and about the art of teaching. Private tutors can also use their experience to boost their professional CV.

Demand for Private Tutoring in a Subject

Be it Maths, English, or Music lessons that you are keen to give out - do thorough research on the demand for your particular subject. In India, for example, the demand for English and Maths tutors is very high. This is the first rule to abide by if you are considering how to make money in private tutoring. home tutor jobs have now grown into a full-fledged industry which is set to further become a multi-million dollar domain in the next decade. Although Maths and English lead the charts in the demand for private lessons, there is also considerable demand for niche lessons in English grammar, spoken English, foreign languages, dance lessons, and so on.

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How Much to Charge as a Tutor

In India, most private tutors work part-time, although full-time private teachers are slowly on the rise, whether as self-employed individuals, in limited companies (expressly created for rendering private tuition services), or on a contractual basis with schools. Consider these factors that influence how much you can earn as a tutor:

  • Location of the lesson: The metros are right up there when you consider the concentration of demand for private tutors in India.
  • Travel: Decide if you are willing to travel to the student's home or work from home (online classes).
  • Experience: Higher your experience, the higher tuition fees you can demand, based on your track record.
  • Working hours: Most tutoring takes place after school, in the evenings, on weekends, or during the holidays.
  • Advertising yourself: Make yourself visible. But, for this, you might have to pay advertising fees to the learning platform you have signed up with. Consider these fees when quoting your tuition rate to prospective students.

Tutor In-Person or Online?

One-on-one private lessons are as much in demand as online tutoring. Weigh the pros and cons of both in your particular area and subject. For example, if you decide to tutor in-person, check what the demand is like in your local area. One way of doing this is by considering the number of schools or colleges in your area of interest. You could also look up the number of other tutors teaching your subject in your chosen area.

Demanding — and getting — between Rs.300-800 per hour per student on a one-to-one basis, and Rs.500-1,500 per capita for group tuition, private tutors across the country are raking in big money.

We live in a digital age. Therefore, it is not surprising that online education, especially online private classes have really captured the imagination of middle-class India. It is convenient for both students and teachers, as well as parents. You can connect with your students, no matter where they are located in the world, by simply using your laptop and a headset, from the comfort of your home!

Financial Considerations

One of the perks of becoming a private tutor is that there are very few financial overheads to consider and invest in. All you need to start tutoring are the Board-specified textbooks, access to past and sample question papers, a few lesson plans to guide you, and your computer. Of course, if you are the traveling type, you will have to consider travel expenses and factor those in while deciding your tuition fees.

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Tips for Making Money as a Private Tutor

As already mentioned earlier, private tutoring jobs offer more flexibility than teaching positions at schools in terms of working hours or days and the place you wish to teach from. These make online teaching more lucrative than school teaching jobs. Private tutors, in fact, have reportedly made more money than full-time teachers in recent years. Moreover, the flexibility of home tutoring enables some to supplement their full-0time teaching with private tutoring.

To summarize, here are the advantages of private tutoring as a means to make money:

  • Set your own rates for tutoring.
  • Set your own hours or days of the week to teach/ In-person private tutoring allows tutors to teach for 2-5 hours per week, or even 1-2 days per week, depending on their work schedule. It all depends on how much money you want to make private tutoring.
  • Online tutoring usually costs less for students. However, it all works out well for the teachers as they don’t have to pay for travel costs nor do they lose time traveling. The popularity of online tutoring can also be attributed to the fact that digital platforms allow for the sharing of teaching materials, including books and worksheets, question papers, and sample answers. All these make private online tutoring a great way to make money
  • Teachers can upload their teaching resources for all subjects and levels of learning. You have the choice to make your resource downloads chargeable, thereby, giving yourself the extra option to make money out of them.

There is no doubt that teachers have an impact on their students, in varying degrees. Private tuitions allow teachers to double the positive influence while enabling them to reap monetary rewards for their hard work.

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Shreyanjana is an archaeologist who ironically finds the written word to be the most powerful means of storytelling. A travel buff and a photography enthusiast, she has been writing and sharing stories of all sorts ever since she can remember.