Work-From-Home Jobs - Tutoring online

Aug 27, 2009


Okay, I have decided to start a new “series” of posts entitled, “Work-From-Home Wednesdays.”

As I’m sure all of you are aware, that a lot of people are out of work. I know that quite a few of my friends have lost their jobs and I'm sure that many of you who read my posts are still searching for new employment. I am also aware that there a lot of stay-at-home moms who’d like to be able to contribute even a little to their household budget. Whether you are looking for part-time or full-time work there are places out there – legitimate businesses – which allow you to work from home.

How do I know this? Well, I am one of those people who work from home. For years, I was a high school teacher and then a school counselor. Once I quit my job to stay home with my new baby girl, I realized a couple of things. One, I missed doing some sort of “work” – not that what I do at home with cooking and cleaning and taking care of the kids isn’t “work” – in fact, it’s harder than any employment I’ve ever had! But, I needed to use my brain a little more. And, secondly, I discovered that kids are EXPENSIVE! If I wanted them to attend preschool or ballet lessons or buy birthday presents for them and their friends, we were going to need to have a little bit more income coming in.

Thus, I found ways to make money from home. As the weeks progress, I’ll tell you more about what I do – because I don’t just work for one company. I actually work for quite a few. But, as I said earlier, there are opportunities for nearly everyone to work from home. Will you be making a fortune? Probably not. How much you make will depend on how much time you can devote and what is your area of expertise. But, my theory is “Some money is better than no money.”

Before I tell you about the first company, let me say that working from home is not easy. Sure, it has its perks. I often do my work on my bed in my pajamas. And, I can schedule my time around my kids’ naptime, school time and bedtime. But, when you are in your own home, there are distractions. Often, I know I need to be working, but that pile of laundry or that stack of dishes are calling my name. My friends call and I want to pick up the phone. I feel like I should be making dinner. You need to be a disciplined person and put all of that aside in order to get your work accomplished (and make that cash!)

Now, having said that, the first company I’m going to bring up is called Tutor.com.

This company hires people who have degrees from universities in the US or Canada to tutor students online. They are currently accepting applications for the following subjects: Statistics, Chemistry, Physics, Calculus, Geometry, Algebra 1 & 2, and resume writing.

You do not need to be a certified teacher. You just need to be able to convey information (via the internet) to students of all ages in an area where you have expertise.

You can schedule your own hours, though generally, the best hours to schedule are Sunday-Thursday (4-11 pm) because that’s when the students are home and doing homework! They allow you to work anywhere from 5-30 hours a week.

It doesn’t say this on their website, but from what I gather from my research, they pay about $10 an hour.

There are no fees or costs associated with becoming a tutor for them.

Now, sure, you can tutor on your own and find your own students and probably make more per hour. However, you would have to do all the “leg work” of finding those students, and then meeting them somewhere and then working around their schedule. This company will do all of that for you.

This might be the perfect job for a stay-at-home parent who can go into the home office to work once their spouse comes home for the day.
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I found one mom who works for them who says that she can't devote a whole lot of time to the job, but she makes enough to pay for the family's groceries each month. Every little bit helps, doesn't it?
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So, if you think you'd be good at this type of work and are qualified for it, check it out. (And don't forget to let me know how it went!)

By the way, I realize that my series is called, “Work-from-Home Wednesday” and I’m posting this first one on Thursday. Oops. Sorry. But, I wrote it on Wednesday, so that makes it okay, doesn’t it?

I’ll do better next week!
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Note: I do my best to research all the companies I write about. To my best understanding, they are legitimate. But please, do your own research and NEVER pay money to work for a company!

2 comments:

Travis & Jeri Tidmore said...

I was at MOPS when you gave your money saving tips/ Love your blog.

I wanted to tell you that I applied for this, but because I have a MAC and not a PC, my application was rejected. SO, that is another stipulation: you must work on a PC. :(

Jeri

Kelly Seiler said...

Thanks for checking out my blog!

That's a good tip to know! Are there really people out there who still use Macs? :-) JK.

Hope you can find a job somewhere else!

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