As a teacher, you have dedicated your career to making a difference in the lives of your students. However, over the years, you may have come to realise that classroom teaching is not the only way to achieve this.
However – you may be held back by feelings of guilt when you think about leaving the classroom. This may be due to a sense that you’re abandoning your students, feel like a failure or that you’re giving up on a dream or identity you worked so hard to achieve.
With most teachers being true altruists, we are typically very committed to our career and leaving may feel like you are disregarding your values and calling.
Leaving a ‘secure job’ in education may seem like a huge risk, or that you’re entering unfamiliar territory, leading to feelings of uncertainty.
You may also feel pressured to stay because of financial needs, lack of any other career options in other fields, or mental blocks around how to start a business of your own.
With all this going on in our heads, it’s easy to see why so many teachers perpetually postpone that day when they walk out of the school gates for good.
So . . . whether you’re still in the classroom or already running a 1:1 tuition business, you may need a little help to move you off the fence when it comes to deciding whether or not to go all in on running just one, streamlined group tuition or coaching programme.
Far from being the poor cousin of 1:1; running a streamlined group programme can allow you to have an even greater impact on the lives of your students.
Here are 10 reasons why we believe you need and deserve to invest in yourself and pivot towards this type of tuition model:
- Flexibility: Owning a group tuition business allows you to set your own schedule, giving you the freedom to work when it is convenient for you.
- More Earning Potential: Running your own business allows you to have greater control over the amount of money you earn, and provides the potential for higher income than traditional teaching or 1:1 tuition.
- Time: Owning a group tuition business allows you to completely streamline your work and life, and create SPACE for all the things that teaching and 1:1 tuition never will.
- Pursuing a Passion: Starting a group tuition business enables you to concentrate on the subject or topic you are most passionate about teaching.
- Creating Your Own Curriculum: You have more flexibility to design a unique curriculum to align with a particular student’s needs, enabling you to fully make your mark.
- Greater Control: Running a tuition group business allows you to have greater control over the teaching environment, from the curriculum taught to the group size and feedback processes.
- Reach More Ideal Students: Through a group tuition business, you can reach more of your ideal type of student that you would love to work with, and have a greater impact on more learners at one time.
- Personal Growth: Running your own business will challenge you in ways that classroom teaching has not. You will learn valuable skills such as marketing, customer service, and how to monetize your skillset, which will benefit you both personally and professionally. These challenges keep you growing and learning, and give you skills for life that you can pass on to your kids, friends or family members..
- Autonomy: As a business owner, you can make decisions based on your own beliefs, values, and personal style of teaching, allowing you to be your authentic self and deliver the teaching experience that you believe your students deserve.
- Personal Satisfaction: Finally, owning a group tuition business allows you to create a legacy of your own. You can pursue your passion for teaching in a way that is meaningful to you and leave a positive impact on your students long after they have left your classroom.
While traditional classroom teaching works for many, running a streamlined group tuition business offers an even greater opportunity for teachers to invest in themselves, grow personally and professionally, have more time and money . . . all while making a meaningful impact on the lives of their students.
Who knows – it may lead you to a brighter future, like the one my client Claire is currently building for herself: