Times are tough, especially for those going through college, or for those who have just graduated and are looking for work. One of the best ways to get through these times is to find work on the side that can help supplement what you already have coming in. If you are in college, you have a great opportunity to offer tutoring services to make some extra cash. You can work with other students your age that may be struggling in a subject that you do well in, or you can offer services to local elementary, middle, and high school students.
There are many subjects through which you could offer tutoring services. One of the most common areas for help is math. Many children struggle with math at a rather young age. Some children also need help with reading so that they can have a successful run through middle and high school. If you can offer tutoring services in these two things, you can earn extra money in your spare time. This is great work for weekends and weeknights when you are typically not taking classes of your own.
Some parents and schools automatically call local colleges to see if there are students that want to offer tutoring services for local children. Contact someone in your school to see if your school has such a program and then sign up. If they do not, you can always go out on your own by placing local advertisements stating that you offer tutoring services in specific subjects. The best way to offer this is to go to the home of the child, which is what most parents will prefer, so make sure you have transportation before you get going. Buses are okay if you have them at your disposal, but they are not available at all times or in all areas.
You can also offer tutoring services for adults. Most adults that want help are those that still have problems with reading. Many of these adults have some type of learning disability, but found a way to get through school, or most of the way through school, with poor reading skills. It should not happen, but it does. Most communities have reading programs through which you can offer your tutoring services. You can advertise for individual tutoring sessions for those that want to pay for your help.
One thing that you may run into when offering tutoring services is that some people are going to be asking you for background information and may run a background check on you before they allow you to work with their child. This is common and you should not be offended by this. Parents have worries about who spends time with their children and they know that even though most people are trustworthy and upfront, there are the random few that ruin it for everyone. This may be a routine part of offering tutoring services in your local community. You may even want to run your own check to make sure nothing comes up in your history that simply should not be there. Paperwork errors are common, so find out before you start.