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Closing Time for Tutor Coach

The time has come, after a decade of taking care of this website I've decided I can no longer keep up with it! This website has been such a great community and I've met some amazing people who just blow me away with their talent for teaching and knack for business.

As Made for Math continues to take off and grow, I find myself filled with guilt as I can't update and share on this site as I did in the past. I've learned to focus your energy is what truly grows a business. I simplified so many things at Made for Math and we only provide one service: one-one tutoring.

It's time for me to follow my intuition that sunsetting the entire website of Tutor Coach is in the best interest of the continued success at Made for Math. Following us on social is one way to keep in touch with me! I hope you'll do so.

As of July 1, 2022, this website will go inactive, including access to courses.

If you've purchased access to a course recently, you have 90 days to finish the content before it's gone as well.

Keep in touch:

Website: MadeforMath.com

Social: @madeformath

Thank you for 10 years of tutoring fun and business coaching!

 

 

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How to Recession-Proof Yourself as a Tutor https://thetutorcoach.com/recession/ Tue, 17 Mar 2020 10:00:22 +0000 https://thetutorcoach.com/?p=48543 The post How to Recession-Proof Yourself as a Tutor appeared first on The Tutor Coach.

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Hey Friends!

Earlier this fall, I started thinking about a potential recession as we've had 10+ solid years in our economy. Thankfully, I have experience with the devastating recession of 2008. Now that I run a team of 15+ people, I have way more responsibility than ever before to do my job bringing in the income necessary to stay afloat.

At first, I thought this recession would happen gradually and take about one year to start feeling its effects.

Enter COVID-19.

Have you noticed the hysteria over this virus? (This is the part where we pretend to be shocked but then laugh hysterically together…) The TP shortage alone makes me roll my eyes but what I'm really watching is how the big companies are responding and the stock market. Things are going down.

This is why President Trump is saying things like, “Nothing is shut down. Life and the economy go on.”

Every airline I fly has sent messages out encouraging people to fly and keep traveling. Pricing for airfare has been dropped. Travel industries are always the first to get hit.

Folks…a recession is here. This is the beginning.

2008/2009 Recession

In 2008, jobs were scarce. My husband was in the land development sector. He was one out of two men standing in 2009. His last day of work was the day my third son was born. The year before his last day was rough. I watched him go through the pain of laying off his entire team and then find that his closest friend at work was the only person left to lay him off.

How did we prepare for the inevitable? We saved money, created a stash of food, and slashed our budget like crazy. Chewing gum was a “want” not a need.

My tutoring business back then only lost a few students. There are families out there that will have the cushion to continue working with you.

What are you doing to get ready?

It's time for you to think about how you can set yourself up to survive but really…how can you thrive during this time? Some of the most significant transfers of wealth in the United States happen during a recession.

Mindset

Most people will respond to a recession by slashing their expenses. Companies will respond by slashing expenses as well aka, layoffs.

During this time, I want to challenge you to keep your thoughts in check and keep fighting to stay in this game. If you try to make the leap to going back into the classroom, you'll find high competition like I did in 2009. There were very little teaching jobs and they often went to men. I tried my hand at substitute teaching as well. The orientation had hundreds of people in it. I got to substitute teach once in 2009.

Get comfortable with the idea that most will pull back, but I encourage you to lean in and keep going. Find a mantra to keep you focused and growing.

Mine is, “I will dominate this space by taking advantage of this economic climate to keep spreading my message of multisensory math. I'm leaning in all the way. I will grow and expand during this time.”

Tactile/Strategy

There will be people who have the padding to survive and thrive during the recession. There will be families who can afford your services during this time. This recession will not affect them because they are insulated financially.

1. Pivot/Adjust Who You Work With

Focus your marketing efforts on families who can afford your services. Think about families doing private schooling. Most likely, they have the cushion to afford your services. There are many families who choose private schools because their child has a learning difference but often discover that the private school does not have the correct training to serve their child. They need your specialty.

Who else can afford your services? Get creative. I can't answer this question for each of you. Everyone teaches different subjects and has slightly different markets. Think on this and watch for patterns. Be willing to pivot.

2. Create New Offers

As a team, we're prepping to create more group classes and courses to meet the needs of diverse spenders in the market. Even though we plan to go after those who can afford us, we know there will be a large segment of people that won't be able to afford us but recognize that they'll still need services in some shape or form for their child. We plan to create new group classes with different structures that we're testing this summer. All of this in preparation for recession proofing our business.

3. Pay for Advertising

Companies will also cut spending on advertising so paying for eyeballs on your items will be at an all time low! I plan to spend more on Facebook ads and even dabble in other types of traditional marketing because the cost to get eyeballs will be super low.

4. Offer Online Tutoring

Finally, I'd like to encourage you all to consider adding some form of online tutoring to your business. This is where the market is heading. If you don't have it, I truly believe you will get left behind in the marketplace. Families are tired of sitting in traffic for tutoring and extracurricular. You being online is a godsend to many families.

During this time, stretch yourself to learn how to tutor online with students. It can be effective if done right! COVID-19 makes this a great time to encourage families to try it out. Tap into that tiny bit of fear to have them try working online. Families may just switch over to online and stop coming to see you in person.

Alright friends, I hope I didn't cause you alarm. I know my brain could not let go of this thought. Writing this message to you today is helping me to stop focusing on the fear and kick my rear into action.

Learn how to tutor online using my Profitable Tutor Framework. It now has a short module all about getting started.

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5 Perks of Online Tutoring https://thetutorcoach.com/5-perks-of-online-tutoring/ Sun, 16 Dec 2018 22:06:46 +0000 http://thetutorcoach.com/?p=6320 The post 5 Perks of Online Tutoring appeared first on The Tutor Coach.

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Several years back, I sat and listened to Angela discuss online tutoring during a conference we were collaborating on about various ways to expand your tutoring business.  Angela Culley has a warm way about her and I can remember the sentence clearly, “One of the things I like most about online tutoring is that I can be business on the top and party on the bottom.”  It was difficult not to laugh too hard (thankfully my mic was muted during the conference) as I imagined her in a nice top.  I chuckled at the thought that she had a swimsuit on the bottom because she had plans to be poolside that day. That's when I knew Angela and I would become fast friends. That is one of my favorite perks of online tutoring:

Casual Dress is Welcome During Sessions

Now don't get me wrong, I do love to dress nice when I go out but being able to work in my yoga pants is a real pull for me on my level of happiness.  Can you relate?  Dressing like this fits well into my life as a busy mom of three boys.  Many of my days begin in yoga pants as I rush them out the door and settle into work, which leads me to my next favorite perk…

Setting Your Own Work Schedule

Online tutoring allows me to maximize my working hours for when I am at my best.  There have been many afternoons and evenings where my brain is more fried than my students and math is just pitiful for both of us.  Tutoring during the day time hours when I am most alert turns out to be exactly what I need to be most effective. Turns out that I make less mistakes when I work at my optimal times.  Online tutoring also allows me to take on less risk, which is always a good thing!

Limited Risk

No more worrying about a client getting hurt while in your care or fretting about a child slipping on your sidewalk as they come to the door.  Online tutoring eliminates those issues and allows you to still effectively teach your student.  You can be more effective because your location is more likely to be less distracting!

No More Worrying About Location and Distractions

How many hours do you spend in the car driving to your students homes or the library?  What about the noise level that can and does increase at public locations?  Online tutoring can help decrease environmental distractions and increase your effectiveness.

Is online tutoring the right move for you?

It's an emotional decision for most of us.  Which Tech Emoji fits you best?

Online tutor quiz
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If you are having more reservations about online tutoring, check out our series of short videos below about online tutoring.  You'll hear from both Angela and I as we talk about tech issues, making clients feel safe, organizing yourself for the online session, and more.

 

 

The Online Tutor System is open for enrollment for the spring 2016 class.  We have just a few spots left.  Will you be joining us?  Enroll in the Online Tutor System Here.

 

 

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The 3 Most Common Tech Issues with Online Tutoring https://thetutorcoach.com/tech-issues/ Sun, 09 Dec 2018 17:23:37 +0000 http://thetutorcoach.com/?p=47434 The post The 3 Most Common Tech Issues with Online Tutoring appeared first on The Tutor Coach.

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In this video we discuss the most common tech issues with online tutoring.

  • Is having an online business frustrating with all the gadgets?
  • Have you ever had tech problems with your business?
  • Are you tired of dealing with tech issues?

Follow these simple tips to work out your tech issues.

Want to become an online tutor?  Check out our Online Tutor System.

Have you heard about my math business? Check it out, http://mathformiddles.com/

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Do I Really Need a Website as a Tutor? https://thetutorcoach.com/tutor-website/ Sun, 02 Dec 2018 08:00:11 +0000 http://thetutorcoach.com/?p=47431 The post Do I Really Need a Website as a Tutor? appeared first on The Tutor Coach.

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This video discusses the importance of having a website as a tutor.

  • Do you have a website for your business?
  • How are you getting your name out there?
  • Do you know the importance of a business website?

Here's a few tips on why a website is beneficial.

Here's some other great sites to check out:

This tutor, Darlene is using Divi Themes on a self-hosted WordPress site: http://read-spell.com

Looking for a designer that is affordable?

Check out Danielle Novack at Dogs Who Talk Design. http://dogswhotalk.com/website-design/

Examples of websites keeping it simple: Melissa Daniels over at http://www.scoresmarttutoring.com/

Lynn Wilson over at Tutoring with a Smile:  http://tutoringwithasmile.com

Do you know about my math business? Check it out, http://mathformiddles.com/

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How to Make a Good First Impression Online https://thetutorcoach.com/good-impression/ Sun, 18 Nov 2018 08:00:08 +0000 http://thetutorcoach.com/?p=47428 The post How to Make a Good First Impression Online appeared first on The Tutor Coach.

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This is a quick video about making a good impression online.

  • Do you know what kind of impression you are giving?
  • Do you have your information visible online?
  • Are you telling the right story about you and your business?

Following these simple tips can make a big difference for your business.

Want to become an online tutor?  Check out our Online Tutor System.

Have you heard of my math business? Check it out, http://mathformiddles.com/

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Choosing a Focus for Your Tutor Business https://thetutorcoach.com/choosing-focus/ Sun, 11 Nov 2018 08:00:24 +0000 http://thetutorcoach.com/?p=47406 The post Choosing a Focus for Your Tutor Business appeared first on The Tutor Coach.

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This video is about choosing a focus for your tutor business.

  • What kind of tutoring do you want to do?
  • What kind of demographic do you want to appeal to?
  • How do you decide?

Here are a few tips in figuring out how to find your specific focus for your tutoring business.

Now that you've watched the video, what subjects are you thinking about tutoring? Do you want to go narrow or broad? Tell me in the comments below.

Multi-sensory math training:
makingmathreal.org
asdec.org/multisensorymath

 

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The Tools I Use as an Online Tutor for Videos and Podcasts https://thetutorcoach.com/tools/ Sun, 04 Nov 2018 08:00:55 +0000 http://thetutorcoach.com/?p=47414 The post The Tools I Use as an Online Tutor for Videos and Podcasts appeared first on The Tutor Coach.

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This video discusses the wonderful tools that are available for online tutoring.

  • Ever wonder how to make a video?
  • Are you looking for faster ways to create content?
  • Do you need something to make your podcasts more clear?

These tools will get you on your way in creating faster, more professional content for your business.

Below are the links discussed in this video:

Scissor Arm for Mic (affiliate link)
Logitech Webcam (affiliate link)
Selfie Stick (affiliate link)
Video and podcast audio editor
Audio Technica ATR 2100 Mic (affiliate link)

Have you heard of my math business? Check it out, http://mathformiddles.com/

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Quieting the Overwhelm of Tutoring https://thetutorcoach.com/quieting-the-overwhelm/ Sun, 28 Oct 2018 08:00:40 +0000 http://thetutorcoach.com/?p=47411 The post Quieting the Overwhelm of Tutoring appeared first on The Tutor Coach.

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This video we will be discussing how owning your own business can be overwhelming and how to lessen the load.

  • Are you feeling overwhelmed with your tutoring business?
  • Are you finding it hard to keep up with?
  • Do you feel like you never get a break?

Here are some things that I have found that can help ease the stress of your daily tasks.

For easy scheduling go to:
Acuity Scheduling 

Read this great book:
E Myth Enterprise, by Michael E Gerber

Have you heard of my math business? Check it out, http://mathformiddles.com/

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Nitty Gritty of Tutoring Insurance and Legal Stuff https://thetutorcoach.com/legal-stuff/ Sun, 21 Oct 2018 08:00:39 +0000 http://thetutorcoach.com/?p=47418 The post Nitty Gritty of Tutoring Insurance and Legal Stuff appeared first on The Tutor Coach.

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In this video we discuss the legal and liability issues that come up when owning an online business.

  • Are you wondering if you are doing what you need to when it comes to business?
  • What paperwork keeps my business legal?
  • What do I do with the money I make in my business?
  • Do I need insurance and what kind?

If you've ever wondered about these questions, then this video will get you on the right track to a legal business.

Helpful links:
Background checks
Liability insurance

Have you heard of my math business? Check it out, http://mathformiddles.com/

 

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