How To Make Money: Tutoring

 

We all want to make money on the road and get paid while traveling in order to prolong our trips. Tutoring can be an amazing way to make plenty of money to stay on the road and pay for weekly costs such as gas and food. Most companies pay a flat rate for online sessions and a slightly better rate for in- person sessions. However, you can do either one from any city or state that you are in as long as you have wifi. Different companies have deals such as getting $50 for any other tutors you get to sign up. So if you and your travel partner both sign up, you immediately just made your first $50! That's a week of groceries or a full tank of gas for us. These are some of the most reputable tutoring companies online.


Chegg Tutors

What You Do: 

After signing up, you can have your tutoring tab open while working on other projects. Each time a student needs help, you will get a notification and can begin helping. You get paid for how long it takes you to help each student. Some just have a question and others want a 30 minute or hour long session. Some tutors for Chegg say that there are quite a few tutors and don't get a ton of work but make plenty of money for a side job. 

 

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How Much You Make:

Chegg pays a starting rate of $20/hour for online tutoring. Tutors report making about $100/week. The website states that top tutors make about $1000/month but I did find any actual tutors saying that they have been able to make that much. 

Applying $$$ To Travel:

Making even $50 a week on Chegg tutors would be less than 1 days worth of work and would immediately pay for food for the week.


Varsity Tutors

What You Do: 

After signing up and being approved, Varsity Tutors allows you choose whether you want to do online or in person tutoring. If you stop in the same city for a few weeks, you may be able to tutor someone in person for awhile! This is always a good option because it does pay more. If you only want to do online, you'll have the opportunity of doing scheduled appointments and/or waiting online for students to randomly request a tutors help in your subject.

 

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How Much You Make:

The top Varsity Tutors have reported making nearly $2,000 /month. I think a part- time tutor should expect to make closer to $800/month on a good month. This company's standard pay is about $15/hour for online and $25 for in person. You also get a referral bonus for this company! So anyone that signs up with your referral will get you some extra cash. 

Applying $$$ To Travel:

If you don't always know where to start with paying for travels, save some! I tell anyone that asks, saving is huge key to traveling. So use some of the money you earn to stock up a little savings at a time. 


Tutor.com

What You Do:

The application process takes about 2 weeks for this one so make sure you apply earlier than when you would be needing the money. You'll need to complete a subject exam and a mock session before being approved. This site prefers you to be very well- acquainted with the subject that you are teaching. They recommend a bachelor's degree but it isn't required. Similar to Chegg, you wait online until a student requests help and then stay on as long as they need. The good thing about this one is that you get paid to sit and wait for the students as well!

 

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How Much You Make:

Tutors report making $10-$13/ hour on this site while tutoring and $5.50 an hour for waiting on students. Essentially, just having the browser up and waiting for students to come is making you money! They also report not being able to work more than 20 hours a week during slow weeks with less students. 

Applying $$$ To Travel:

This can easily earn you an additional $50/ week. As long as both companies allow, you could even have both browsers up and switch back and forth to whichever has an available student. Since we already paid for food for the week, we can use this for a full tank of gas in the van!


Tutoring can be a great way to earn a little extra money on the side to keep you on the road. I understand this is not a full income and I wouldn't expect to travel the world on your tutoring checks. However, getting small side jobs can often lead to you filling your gas tank or having food for the week without a whole lot of effort. So find some free wifi on your journey and pass your knowledge along to the children. It may just be what you need to keep going before figuring out a more permanent solution! Whatever works to make sure we stay on the road, right?

Thanks for reading!

Sydney

1/31/17

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