Most teachers in Malaysia will find themselves to be underpaid compared to their counterparts in nations such as Luxembourg, Ireland, South Korea, Germany, Austria, and Japan. Whether or not you are already working as a full time or part time educator, however, there are a number of ways to supplement your income by taking on the part-time job of a private tutor.
Here are some tips on how to get started as a part-time tutor while working from home:
Sign up to be a member of the Malaysian Professional Tutor Association (MPTA) or the Malaysian Tutor Association (MTA)
Freelance tutoring is a competitive field; having degree level qualifications in the subjects that you aim to teach may be insufficient to stand out from the crowd. This is especially true when you take it on as a part time job and have to compete with full-timers. As such, it would be helpful for you to advertise the fact that you have meet the standards and specifications set by the MPTA or MTA to potential students and parents.
By meeting these qualifications, you will be able to use their logos on any offline or online marketing materials you produce. You will also benefit from access to industry insider information and networking opportunities with other professional tutors.
Invest in professional equipment
Providing online tutoring services from home are a great way to cut the time and money spent travelling (you also need not worry about traffic jams). However, you will still need to make the initial investment in quality equipment that will allow you to provide stellar tutoring services.
Here are some of the software and hardware considerations to take into account:
- A well-functioning standard desktop computer or laptop
- A good webcam, a headset with a microphone, and speakers
- Good and uninterrupted internet connection
- Videoconferencing software (e.g. Skype or Google Hangouts) that works smoothly and optimally
- A comfortable, well-lit, quiet and visually attractive area to work from.
All this will ensure that your students always have a great experience when they interact with you online, either from a video call or by watching a pre-recorded video.
Maintain one (or a few) online profiles
There are various sites that allow you to build up a respectable online profile as a remote tutor, e.g. Bantu.my, Kaodim.com, Gradtutors.my, TutorComp, and TuitionMall.com. It may be tempting to set up a profile on as many platforms as possible, but you risk spreading yourself too thinly this way.
Stick with a few platforms that suit you the best – this will allow you to accumulate more students and positive reviews in one place.
Put creative marketing and networking to use
There are many ways to advertise your services to potential students and their parents. You can use old-fashioned methods such as distributing printed flyers and making yourself known through word-of-mouth exchanges.
In our social media-saturated environment, however, you can also rely on social media platforms to boost your online visibility. Share some videos or blog posts on your subject and some educational tips. If it goes viral – or is shared by a large number of social media users – you can easily reach a large audience without having to incur major advertising expenses.
Having to take all these steps – in addition to the actual tutoring – can seem like a daunting prospect. Be patient and take things one step at a time, as a success in the part-time job of an online tutoring career is not achieved within a week or a month.