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How to start a tutoring business on a budget

15 August 2017

Do you have a passion for teaching? Are you eager to be your own boss?

With the help of this downloadable guide, you could ditch the nine-to-five and go about setting up your own tutoring business.

We understand that setting up your own business can be a daunting prospect. That’s why we have broken up this downloadable guide into manageable chunks, allowing you to tick off each step as you go.

Learn how to obtain a DBS license, register your business with the HMRC, set up a website, and much more.

Whether you choose to teach children or adults, English or Maths, this guide will give you some of the essentials needed to start undertaking tutoring work. For extra guidance, we have also included a few invaluable tips and tricks from people who have succeeded in setting up their own tutoring business – so you can learn from the best!

If you want a flexible business with minimal overheads, becoming a tutor could be the career for you. Make a start on your tutoring business plan by perusing this guide.

Premierline help many start up tutors arrange commercial teachers insurance to let you work without worry.

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One common question asked by prospective tutors.

  • PGCE Courses


In order to work with children or vulnerable people, you need to get a DBS certificate.

  • Working with Children

Business status

Something you’ll need to decide relatively early on is your legal trading status.

  • Choosing a suitable business status


Considering where you will conduct lessons.

Two options to consider:

  • Option 1: Tutoring in person
  • Option 2: Become an online tutor


To become a private tutor you need a few essentials.

  • Things to consider...

Getting a website

Many prospective customers will search online to find tutors in their local area, so having a professional looking website is essential.

  • Your website will be your shop window
  • It’s easy to build a website yourself


Private tutoring businesses rely heavily on word-of-mouth, as well as the repeat business they naturally gain over time.

  • Use a tutoring agency
  • Utilising Social Media

Taking Payments

As a tutor, you need to make sure your customers can pay for your service quickly and on time.

  • Payment Methods
  • How much can you expect to be paid?


Taking out the right insurance for your tutor business is crucial.

  • Protect your business against the unexpected
It is important to make sure that you have the right insurance in place to protect the business that you have built. Every business is different and has its own business insurance needs, which is why we work with some of the UK’s most well-known insurers to ensure that you are getting the right insurance cover for your business.
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