School is in session! As long as math is taught, there will be a need for math tutoring. Math is a notoriously challenging subject for many students, so math tutor help is in high demand. Now that you have decided to begin a math tutoring business, how can you take advantage of the Internet to advertise? Here are some ideas to get you started.
Since most of your math tutoring will probably be local, Craigslist.org is an excellent place to being advertising online. Once you are at the site, click on your state, then your city, and then lessons and tutoring under services. Within minutes, you'll be able to list your math tutoring services, as well as your rates, areas of expertise and availability. Best of all, listings on Craigslist are free, so you won't be adding to your overhead costs. Listings do expire in 2 months, so remember to renew your posting.
Search for Homeschool Groups
The growth of homeschooling has led to an increased need for math tutors. Do an online search for homeschooling groups in your area, and contact the person in charge. You may be able to advertise your math tutor help services on homeschool groups' website. Your contact person may be able to recommend additional homeschool websites for you to explore as advertising possibilities.
Create a Website
Your math tutoring business will gain credibility if you take the time to create a website. The site can tell about your math background, your rates, testimonials from satisfied customers and more. You can post a photo and list specifics, such as whether you specialize in elementary math, calculus, AP test preparation, etc.
You may want to purchase an online domain name from a site such as godaddy.com or register.com. Another option is to set up a website through a blog platform such as blogger or wordpress. An advantage of a blogging platform is its cost - free!
Superpages.com is another online advertising resource you can use to market your math tutoring business. Superpages is the online equivalent of the yellow pages section of the phone book. You can list your business there for no cost. Customers can also rate your business, thereby helping you build a positive reputation.
Social Networking Sites
Don't forget about social networking sites as an advertising source. You can post your math tutoring availability on Facebook, tweet about it on Twitter, mention it on your MySpace page or even make an informational video to post on YouTube. The advantage of all these sites is the large audience they can reach, and the fact that they are free.
Beginning a new tutoring business takes effort, and the hardest part is often finding the first customers. By using these tips, you can advertise your math tutoring business online for no (or minimal) cost, and soon you will have a successful business up and running.
Susan Braun is a freelance writer living with her husband, three daughters, 2 rabbits, 2 gerbils and hedgehog in Indiana. She writes at girlsinwhitedresses.wordpress.com and Associated Content.