If you have decided that you want to start looking for programming jobs online then it's time to start building your freelance programmer online profile.
There are many potential programming careers for people who know how to program and code, programming tutoring being one of them.
Once you have decided that tutoring is for you, you will need to find new students. For many, this is actually the most difficult part of being a tutor.
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How to Prepare your Profile to Get Programming Jobs?
Before you start, make sure you clearly know your value proposition as a private tutor:
- What programming languages are you going to teach?
- What level of programming courses are you going to teach?
- What will be your pricing – for tutoring at your location, at the student’s home etc.?
- What will be your unique selling point – structured test series, printed handouts etc.?
- Will you be tutoring online or in-person?
Once you have your value proposition for your programming jobs clear, it is time to start marketing yourself. You will need to create a bit of storytelling for your tutoring profile. Here are some tips that could help you get programming jobs:
- Write a well-structured summary for your tutor profile. Tell prospective students about yourself and share a little about your personality and interests outside of tutoring. Remember who your ideal students are at the same time.
- Break down this section into short paragraphs rather than one huge chunk of words.
- Mention any hobbies, skills, charitable work, study, travel, etc. that are part of your life. This is your opportunity to tell students what makes you interesting and share your experience both on a professional and personal level.
- Make sure you have all the important information on your profile.
- Your name and contact information
- Subject(s) of expertise
- Details of professional courses (in ONLY the subject of expertise)
- Professional experience as a private tutor – where and for how many years (or months) have you taught as a private tutor
- Awards and accolades related to the subject you teach
- Professional experience in general (apart from tutoring, if applicable)
- Think about your target audience. How will you persuade them to choose you above others? What’s your “unique selling proposition?” How will you compete in the market with your competitors? Teaching online gives many opportunities for tutors. Online tutors should also have teaching experience with a subject-specific certification. This will help you create a trust factor for students and parents.
- When students look for private lessons or home tutoring, more often than not, they look for a teacher to come to in-person courses. This is why tutors taking tuition at a student's place is most likely to be preferred. That said, you could also have a space in your own home for your tutoring lessons. This is something you should take into consideration and be ready to share with prospective students:
- You should have dedicated a place in your apartment or house
- You should have an environment where there no distractions or noise, the area should be well-lit and well-ventilated
- If staying in a housing society or rental apartment, you should have permission to undertake classes from your house
- Ask for recommendations: recommendations are an excellent way to build your credibility and reputation as a tutor. Reach out to past students ask them to write you a recommendation.
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Once you have everything clear and ready for your tutoring profile, it is time to start marketing yourself and start finding students for programming careers. But where can you find them?
There are many places that you can look at in order to start having your tutoring profile out there:
- Online teacher marketplace platforms: teacher marketplaces like Preply and Verbling require you to make an online teacher profile when you create an account. Besides a bio, a photo, and a summary of your professional teaching work, you may also be asked to upload a self-introduction video on the marketplace’s platform. You will also find many online tutoring platforms like Udemy, Udacity, SkillShare, Edx, … Every online website has its own business model with different features and specifications. Starting on an online platform is as simple as filling in your basic credentials, and bio, and optionally completing it with a profile photo, tutoring preferences and more. Many companies also ask for certificates and ID for proof of education. Before your profile is made public to students, it has to be reviewed and approved by the service.
- Personal website: it’s also common for freelance online programming tutors to launch their own websites. In this case, the teacher profile can be posted on the main page or on a separate one that prospective students can easily see. If you want to start your own online tutoring business by creating an independent website, you will need to do some more work. For a basic online tutoring business, you will need a domain name with your website’s address, a hosting account to store your website data and files and an online platform to sell your courses. You can also set up a website of your own if you are a designer, web developer, or programmer.
- Use social media. You can also advertise yourself as a freelancer to a wider audience by creating a LinkedIn account or a professional page on Facebook and Instagram. Once you’ve made your online teacher profile on these platforms, it’s easy to share your profile’s URL link to online groups or communities or to your personal website. That said, only being present on social media is not enough. You must also be regular in posting content and in engaging with your audience. A dormant social media or an un-updated online profile can make you look out-of-business or casual. Regularity is what drives engagement and engagement is what drives success in most businesses today. Tutoring is no exception. There are many tutoring centres that have made it big just by being regular in posting on YouTube. You can also get yourself reviewed on websites and link them to your online tutor profile. Linking your profile with reviews and demo videos is the step that makes it the perfect profile.
- Use word of mouth. There is no better way for you to get new students than by getting recommended by people. Start small with friends and family and people in your community and ask them to share a recommendation with people they know might be interested in having programming courses. You can also go to companies or schools and give a free introductory course to present your services in the hopes that you will engage some students.
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Finally, there is no better way to find programming students for your courses than through Superprof. Keep reading to find out more about our platform and how we can help you reach your programming jobs goals in no time.
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Finding Programming Jobs with Superprof
Superprof is a platform designed to connect tutors with prospective students all over Australia. We have various subjects available on our platform, including many subdisciplines that fall under the umbrella of computer programming. (C+, Python, Java, just to name a few)
As a tutor, Superprof is an excellent tool because it allows you to have your profile up and running in no time, where you can specify everything about your personal experience, your programming experience, hourly rate and more. Once you have this profile running, students from your area will be able to contact you and ask for programming tutoring.
If you are open to online tutoring, you will also be available for people outside your city and students from all over the country will be able to contact you so they can take lessons through platforms such as Zoom and Skype.
We advise you to be as specific as possible on your tutoring profile since this will be the first impression for students and should be your main selling point.
Another important detail is setting your hourly rate. The average hourly rate for programming courses in Australia is $33 dollars. For teachers doing online tutoring, the hourly fee can be anywhere from $17 to $50.
These prices may go up or down depending on your experience and certificates but it is a good base to get a slight idea of how much you could be making as an online tutor. Most tutors offer the first lesson for free, as it is a great way for them to create rapport with prospective students and set common goals.
Remember to always ask for recommendations and get started on your tutoring career with Superprof!
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