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Has anyone registered with First Tutors paid for Premium membership , and has it helped attract more clients?
I went ahead and bought the enhanced membership. We'll see
Sure. Will do
I bought to the enhanced package last year; nothing so far.
dc88I bought it and I've gone from having a slow but good quality stream of students, to a rush of time wasters.
If you charge £20 an hour for a quality service, as I do, we're being undercut by less experienced people content with £10 or £15 . But I'm not lowering my price
simstutoringI don't use the premium service but have had quite a few enquiries from the site. Don't worry about being undercut by less qualified tutors- most parents who are serious about tutoring a willing to pay a little bit more for qualified and experienced teachers.
I hope so, but last year I had a good number of new students at Easter wanting tuition before their exams in May and June, but this year next to no-one . is the economy so bad that parents can't spare a hundred quid to improve their kids'chances? I have a good reputation and haven't raised my prices.
So far only one new customer after I signed up. Last year I had several new students aftter Easter to help with revision for exams in May and June
What subject do you teach Bob? I do know certain subjects are more popular than others...
badteacher What subject do you teach Bob? I do know certain subjects are more popular than others...
bobvincent Has anyone registered with First Tutors paid for Premium membership , and has it helped attract more clients?
Two new short-term customers since I paid for the premuim service
simstutoringI do think the recession is having an effect on parents who are able to pay for tuition and it means they are being more careful about who they choose as a tutor.
This year just gone (I'm on a break now till September because of the baby) I found I was fighting enquiries off! Don't know what had happened (but with one of the LEAs near me I'm guessing an element of disenchantment with the local schools) but it went insane... got kids lined up for September when I'm only running a limited service anyway (not taking on my usual number with such a small little-one to care for) and almost fully booked for them.
That's primary around a few fairly affluent neighbourhoods though - I'm fairly well situated in the sort of area where people tend to pay out for this sort of thing anyway.
catbefriender£20 an hour for a qualified teacher, which is what I assume you are is extremely good value. Many agencies and tutorial centres are charging £35 an hour and providing undergraduate students, paying them around £15-18 and taking the rest in commision and admin costs. So definately stick to your guns. We all know how much we are worth.
thanks. I will . But there are cheap tutors here in West Yorkshire charging £15 or even £10, and who claim to be able to tutor any subject they have a GCSE in. Some are not even qualified teachers, and will provide a second-rate service .
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