HOW TO START A PRIVATE LESSON TEACHER BUSINESS IN NIGERIA
The education sector is actually one with numerous opportunities for budding entrepreneurs or just anyone looking to start a business. The option of becoming or starting a business as a private lesson teacher is one that has been available for many years now and it has proven to be one of the nice business options in the sector. The business is not new and is quite similar to the online tutoring or just the general teaching and learning except this one is done privately and mostly for students still in primary or secondary schools. There’s also a possibility of working with university students too though that is rarely practiced in the country.
The private lesson teaching business, just like its name implies, involves teaching students who do not quite understand a subject or want to be better in a particular subject privately at a cost. Most times when students are still in basic school, parents usually employ the services of a private lesson teacher to help with teaching the children and also making sure that what is taught in school is better understood when they are at home. Some students need extra attention to be able to understand a subject or certain area in their studies and that is one of the reasons why private lesson tutors are there to give these students more explanation and help them better understand and be good academic wise.
Private tutors usually have no business with the main school and they might not even be full time teachers in a school. They can simply just be experts or individuals who are well knowledgeable in a particular topic or subject and can do a pretty good job at explaining and teaching it to someone else to understand. As a private tutor, you can either decide to have a place where all the students can come in after school work or weekends depending on how you want your schedule to look like or you can just simply take on each student at a time at their respective homes or a place set aside for teaching that child. Irrespective of how it’s set up, you’re still well in the path of doing pretty well at the business and also making your money from it as well.
One of the things that surely make the business a good idea is the fact that it is a popular business and is not widely practiced by many. The popularity of the business means it’s well known in the country and people are keen on the services rendered by private tutors. Some parents are not always around during the day therefore, not being able to monitor their children’s academic performances and also help in teaching them certain things relating to their studies, one of which is assignments or homework. This makes the demand for services of a private tutor really reasonable. This in turn, means there will almost be no problem in finding clients and also making good amount of income.
Another thing is that, the business is sustainable and can go on in practice for a really long time. Education is universal and will continue to go on for as long as people continue to exist. Even though the format or methods of learning might change, the private lesson tutoring business will still be there. As it can be in form of a physical meeting or interaction, it can also be done online without any issues. The world has really developed over time and as advancements continue to come in, things will also change. Currently, virtual learning is a thing and it can also be employed in private tutoring too as long as both parties understand what to do and will also have no problems working with it.
Starting the business is not really a difficult thing to do. Infact, it’s pretty almost simply and doesn’t require too much. It is a business that can be started by anyone as long as they are well knowledgeable in whatever field or subject they’ll be undertaking. If the student will be a primary school student, they must understand the syllabus and also be well knowledgeable about the things there. Same for if it’s a secondary school student or even a university student. The business can be started by even an undergraduate, all that is needed is to show they they’re capable of teaching the subject and also discuss other details.
In the next sub heads, I’ll be discussing the steps involved in starting up a private lesson teaching business in Nigeria and some of the things that might prove useful during the course of running the business to ensure that you’re doing the right things and also doing well enough to make good income from the business.
No matter what you’ve heard someone saying about a business and how well success is assured or how lucrative it would turn out, always try to do your own research. The research will not cost anything except your time and that time will prove to be well spent when the business starts and the successes starts coming in. It is important to do a thorough investigation about the business since you’re going to be investing your money into it and you’ve never been involved in the business. Some hours of research won’t hurt.
The research is always meant to give you an idea of what to expect and the challenges ahead to be faced. It teaches future entrepreneur how the business works and what success means. It shows the risks involved and the ways to tackle them. It also gives ideas on how to sustain the business and work towards more success. Imagine missing out on any of the mentioned points, it’s more like being less equipped about something especially something you plan to spend money on.
There are experts in the business, of course, so also look to advise from these individuals as they are most likely the best bet for reliable information on the business. Take note of even the smallest things during the research period and pay close attention to how to stay and survive in the business. The research is as important as anything in the business.
- WRITE A BUSINESS PLAN
A business plan needs no introduction. It is equally as important as some of the other processes or things involved in the business. After a comprehensive and thorough research has been conducted, entrepreneurs must now put all their ideas into paper after, of course, deciding to start the business. The business plan will cover things like the way you plan to operate, the cost of several things, how you plan to market your business, future projections and also contingency plans.
The business plan serves a number of purposes. In cases where individuals might need to get investors or even get a loan, it will prove useful as it will contain all that needs to be known concerning the business. It is also going to serve as a point of reference for the proposed business.
- CAPITAL AND LOCATION
Capital is very important to the start of any business even though in this case it might even be very low. You don’t need a large capital in starting up this business as you don’t really need too much things to be able to start except you want to have a location. A location for the lesson center is not important as you can decide to teach each student individually in their homes but if you would like to use a location, get a low budget place that is not too far for your students to locate.
- GET NECCESARY MATERIALS
As I’ve mentioned earlier you don’t need too many things. For individual teaching, you might just need a textbook and other basic things like pen, books, and others. For a location based business, you will need a board, marker, chairs and tables as well as the other basic things for teaching. You might need to register your business if you’ll be using this format. You can also decide to teach through online platforms and you’ll need a smartphone, laptop or computer to go about this.
- ADVERTISE AND GET STARTED
First up, you’ll need to work on your resume or anyway you can present yourself as capable to handle the teaching of any subject you’re applying for. You can make use of social media or even visit parents around in your area to tell them about what you do. Referrals also play a huge role in getting clients.