Who can become a tutor? 

In Australia, the answer is: anyone. The tutoring industry in Australia is not regulated, which means you do not need to be certified or have specific teaching or training qualifications. However, what you do need is knowledge of your subject, an ability to teach and an enthusiastic approach to sharing the skills you have.

Oh, and you need students.

It's the old question of 'What came first, the chicken or the egg?' Do you find the students first and then become a tutor; or do you become a tutor and then find the students?

Seriously though, if you're keen to give accounting lessons as a private tutor, you should absolutely go for it. The students are out there, you just need to know where to find them. And that's what this article is all about.

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Know Who Your Students Are

Having a clear understanding of who your students are and where they 'hang out' is essential so you can narrow down your search.

Perhaps you want to give accounting lessons to university students who are completing a degree in accounting or undertaking business management or bookkeeping subjects. You may also want to target students who are doing accounting, bookkeeping or small business management courses at a Technical and Further Education institute (TAFE) or even at evening colleges.

On the other hand, your preference might be to work with students who are already in the workforce. Your ideal student might be someone who is looking for a career change or wanting to increase their accounting, bookkeeping or finance skills for promotion purposes. Also, consider the student who is starting up their own business and therefore in need of the basics of accounting for their own business finance management.

What do accountants do?
If you are a freelance or contract accountant, it can be a lonely job. Giving accounting lessons can break up your day | Source: Pixabay - kelly_lauzon0

Whether traditional, digital or elsewhere, the places you post your ads will be different depending on who your ideal student is.

The Traditional Way: Post Flyers

Let's start with the basics — advertising the old-fashioned way. This means printing up flyers on A4 sheets of paper with those little tear-off tags that give your name and contact details.

They still work.

But, where do you put them?

Think about your university student. The first place to put your flyers would be the university library noticeboard. You can also place them in the relevant faculty or school buildings, in the university cafeteria, the career counsellor office and in the student administration area. Asking the university tutors to hand out your flyers in class is also a good idea.

What about your student who is already at work in a career or is running their own business? Obviously, the university campus is not going to help you find these students so perhaps consider business hub buildings, local business and office spaces.

You should also try community and public spaces, including your local libraries, shopping centres and community halls. Consider doing a 'letterbox drop' as well. These locations will work for your university student as well.

Of great importance is the content you put on your flyer. Take some time with this. You need to ensure you include all key information, such as your contact details, your name, what you offer and where, but it needs to be uncluttered and easy to read. A photo of you is a great idea, too.

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The Modern Way: Social Media

The great advantage social media has over traditional advertising is its reach. The one thing to consider here, however, is whether you are planning to deliver online accounting lessons and tutoring or whether you only want to teach in person. Thanks to the huge advancements in technology over the last decade or so, tutors are now able to work with students from all over the world so social media is one of the best ways to reach them.

You have to be patient, though.

Placing the occasional ad on your social media channel of choice will not find you any students unless you are very lucky or already have a huge following. Most people have to post regularly to build up a following first and find it may be several months before you get a bite from a potential student.

In addition, what you post is of great importance. The point of social media is to provide content that is interesting and useful to others; content that will make them want to follow you. Most people will not follow someone who only posts advertisements for their business. It's about building trust.

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The key to being able to find your students through social media is to be consistent and clear with your posts | Source: Pixabay - AzamKamolov

As part of your schedule of posts, you could include:

  • information on key accounting concepts
  • practical application of accounting concepts into the bookkeeping process or financial planning
  • the principles of accounting
  • your personal story of how and why you became an accountant
  • anecdotes (with attention to privacy) from your daily work life.

Then, every so often, pop in an advertisement for your tutoring services or accounting lessons.

As with traditional advertising, the key is to know which social media platforms your ideal students hang out on. You may need to test a few different ones yourself, over a month-long period, but generally speaking, you will find:

  • university students (particularly younger ones) hang out on Instagram, Twitter and even TikTok
  • people already in a career are more likely to hang out on LinkedIn and Facebook.

Do your research, though, and then target your advertising where you seem to get the most traction.

Other Ways: Websites, Blogs, YouTube, Superprof

There are numerous ways you can build content, and therefore credibility, which encourages students to find you.

Website

The word on the street is that there is a move away from websites, however, many believe it is still important to have a website. In fact, while it might not be your website that draws students in, it is likely to be your website that they look for to become convinced you are legitimate. A good website does not need to be complex; just enough to give viewers an understanding of who you are, what you do and what you can offer them.

Blog

Your website may also include a blog — or you can blog separately or work as a guest blogger on someone else's site. Either way, your blog posts should clearly demonstrate your personal level of understanding of the topics you write about and should also demonstrate that you have the ability to explain concepts and principles related to accounting, business management and finance basics in an easy-to-understand way. The ideal blog is anywhere from around 600 words long to 1500 words and should focus on one or two concepts at most.

YouTube

Ask any teenager where they learn how to do things and their answer will likely be YouTube. This is also increasingly becoming the case for those in the post-adolescent phase of life. If you decide to start a YouTube channel, think carefully about your branding and the content you will talk about. Will you be offering short accounting lessons? Interviewing people. Study and learning tips? Perhaps think about doing a YouTube course to find out how to record and edit your videos so they look professional.

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As an accountant, you know about money so make sure you price your lessons accordingly | Source: Pixabay - QuinceCreative

Superprof

Joining the Superprof tutoring team is a great way to get known and find students from all over the world. Signing up with Superprof as a tutor is free. The Superprof admin team provide support to help you set up your profile (an advertisement in itself) and manage your fee collection if you want help with this — it's not mandatory. Tutors do not pay Superprof any commission on their fees. You cannot get any better free advertising.

What Else You Need to Know When You Become a Tutor

So, now you have a better understanding of the ins and outs of finding students for your accounting lessons but what else do you need to know as you start your journey to become an accounting tutor?

Tutoring rates

Working out how much to charge can be difficult for some tutors. You want to earn a living but you want to get students. Check the competition near you and balance this with your expenses.

Preparation and planning

No teacher or tutor, even those with years of experience, can successfully teach a class without having planned their lesson. You'll need to consider the student's level, their background knowledge, their learning style and their goals to plan successful lessons.

If you love your subject and feel you are a 'people person', there are many benefits to becoming a tutor. One of the best is the feeling of personal satisfaction knowing you have been able to support and help your student achieve their goals.

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Kellie

Kellie is an editor, a children's writer, blogger and a teacher. Any remaining time she has is spent on a dragon boat.