Charging the perfect tutor rate depends on experience and reputation. If you are a beginning tutor on any platform, your first goal should be to win the trust and affection of the students, not make the perfect tutor rate. High earnings are driven by star ratings. The more ratings and the more those ratings contain detail, the easier it will be for you to get work.
Studygate features successful tutors with master’s degrees and unsuccessful tutors with doctoral degrees. What we have found is that the degree status doesn’t make the profile immediately successful.
New tutors assume their credentials will automatically drive traffic to their profile page and lead to conversions
These credentials really do matter and they’re an important part of why you’re a qualified tutor, but you still have to convince the students that you know how to use the platform to give them what they value most:
- Can you convince them you understand their question?
- Can you offer them a fair price?
- Can you deliver on time?
If you don’t have a track record of helping with these things, students will not accept your bids. Falsely assuming that experience precedes reputation is by far the number one reason new tutors give up on tutoring platforms.
Once you have a premier badge or at least twenty reviews, now you are in a position to start leveraging that reputation!
Here are three steps to charge the perfect tutor rate:
- Write down a realistic figure for the service you are providing as compared to rates you would get through other tutoring services.
- Review your work and calculate the time you took to complete as compared to the price you paid. Divide pay earned by time spent (including messages, follow-up, disputes) to get your hourly rate.
- Compare the difference between the two figures.