Online tutoring - Becoming Part of Today’s Information Economy

As you look back on your many years of working, you might be considering scaling back on your high-pressure 9-5 job?
Chances are you’ve built up the wealth of life and professional experience that only time can provide - but that you can share.

Then maybe have a look into one of the fastest-growing yet most overlooked opportunities. In January this year, there were 4.66 billion active internet users worldwide - 59.5 percent of the global population. And the thing they are all beginning to discover is that the internet can deliver answers to fast-track their skills and knowledge and to improve their lives or businesses.

This opens up an extraordinary opportunity. Many people are now finding that online tutoring can be a very profitable enterprise. It’s an industry that is developing rapidly with new innovations, technologies, and the accelerating global internet usage.
What is Online Tutoring?

Online tutors work from home and educate people of all ages on many different subjects.
Of course, if you have previously been a teacher, you’d be simply transitioning a role that you’re familiar with into an online environment.

But tutors can come from many backgrounds. Coaches and mentors can offer their expertise across a huge variety of possibilities such as:

Running a business – How to start a retail business from florist to coffee shop, whatever…
Trade skills – Carpenters, Landscape Gardeners all have knowledge eagerly sought by an online audience.

Workplace skills – Writing a resume, negotiating pay rises, team management – anyone starting out in an office environment will value this wisdom.

Domestic finance skills – setting up a family budget, children's education funds, income from renting out your house – your experience will be a boon to those just starting out.

Creative skills – Sewing, knitting, drawing, photography – Bilingual? Tutor a language. The list is endless.

What are Some Advantages of Online Tutoring?

While it’s a highly viable income option, online tutors enjoy not just financial rewards but the rewards of contribution. Sharing your knowledge helps others reach the top of their game and helps you stay on top of yours.

It’s an opportunity to start Telecommuting – which really means saying ‘pass’ on battling the stressful daily peak-hour traffic and simply working from home. Almost ironically, you’d now be reaching people from various cultural backgrounds and geographic territories.

It helps you stay connected and maintain mental alertness – having a network of contacts from all age groups is a major contributor to a fulfilling life.

Maybe you’re looking further ahead - according to a Merrill Lynch study, 47% of retirees have worked or plan to work in retirement.

And, according to a recent survey by Wyzant, an online tutoring company, 35% of full-time, independent workers were age 53 or over.

OK, How Do I Start?

Once you’ve defined the unique knowledge you can bring to the world, you’ll need to think about how you can best package it. One-on-one video tutorials? Video lectures? Downloadable audio? Whitepapers? Powerpoints?

You’re effectively creating a brand of yourself. So, think about how you can present that to the audience you want to reach.

There are subscription software services like Ispringsolutions, or look through our list of blog posts – you’ll find a wide range of tips to help you set up and manage your own online business site.

Creating an online course is a great way to capitalise on your expertise, give back to the community, and have a source of passive income. There are many ways to teach almost anything online if you set your mind to it.

We're also offering you the chance to get your journey started on the right foot with a FREE guide. Simply click on the button below. 

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