Choosing the “right” online tutoring platform highly depends on your business model and its scale. Our research has revealed that there are 2 categories of online tutoring platforms for private tutors, instructors and coaches. On the first one, you get “hired” as a private tutor by the platform. The second category of platforms gives you tools and space to run your tutoring business on your rules.
We are going to explore pros and cons of both categories of platforms and see how you do your choice between them.
In this article, we are going to check out:
- essential tools you need to start online tutoring business
- types of online tutoring platforms
- criteria of the “right” platform.
Essentials of online tutoring: the minimum you need to conduct online training as a private tutor
There are tons of online tutoring platforms you as a private tutor can use to run a comprehensive tutoring business. These platforms need to fulfil some requirements in order to provide quality learning experience to your perspective and current students and help you grow your business. The minimum you need for a complete workflow should look like this:
- create and publish a tutoring course (marketing)
- potential student finds and books this course (sales)
- receive and manage booking requests (sales)
- meet the student over a virtual classroom (training)
- conduct a lesson with prepared learning materials (training)
- communicate over the platform (training)
- monitor training progress.
Let’s see what online tutoring platforms there are out there which have these minimal functionalities.
2 categories of online tutoring platforms for private teachers
There are 2 categories of online tutoring platforms for private teachers which cover the above mentioned functionalities. The first category of platforms is Tutor Marketplaces which operate as ready-made solutions for everyone who wants to start online tutoring.
To the second category of platforms belong Online Course Platforms. Here you create and sell your tutoring, coaching, mentoring trainings and teach online.
Tutor marketplaces as online tutoring platforms
Tutor marketplaces, like CheggTutors, etutorworld, Learn to Be, offer tutoring services mainly to K-12 learners and connect private tutors with students. They strictly follow the K-12 curriculum and help learners get a 1-on-1 tutoring plan tailored to their specific academic or test prep needs and goals. Almost all online tutoring services have tutor acceptance policies. To be accepted here as a tutor you need to meet some criteria, like, have experience and enrollment or graduation from a four-year university. At Learn to Be, instructors and tutors need even to undergo 150 hours of annual training and development.
With some slight variations, these tutoring platforms share the following attributes.