Emergency Cash Tip #2: Find a Freelance Tutoring Job
By Ralf Skirr.
Much like finding a babysitting job, finding a tutoring job is another excellent way to make emergency cash fast.
Not only is it possible to get a job that starts tonight, but there’s also a good chance that you’ll get paid in cash on the spot.
And when you’re in a bind, it doesn’t get much better than that.
When it comes to tutoring, there’s a good chance that the student or the student’s parents will want you to have some sort of formal credentials.
If you’re already starting to worry that your credentials may not be sufficient, don’t.
If you satisfy even one of the criteria, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to find a bunch of tutoring gigs; and then leverage them into future gigs (if you decide to continue with it).
Here's a list of useful credentials:
- In some cases, they’ll simply want you to be in college.
- In other cases, they’ll want you to have a bachelor’s degree or an advanced degree.
- And in other cases, they’ll want you to have significant prior teaching and/or tutoring experience.
Before you do anything else, start by creating a resume that focuses on skills that you have that are pertinent to tutoring. This should include all prior teaching and tutoring experience, all degrees you hold, all standardized tests scores (if relevant), all reference you have from past tutoring work you have done, and all relevant coursework you have done on the collegiate level.
Once you finish typing up your resume in Word, spend some time to format it so that it looks nice, and then save it in PDF format. Whenever you send out applications for prospective tutoring jobs, you should always attach a copy of your resume.
Now that everything is prepared, your next step is to look for tutoring jobs online. Again, you can do this through www.care.com and www.collegehelpers.com (if you are in college). Another great source of tutoring jobs is www.craigslist.org.
If you do decide to search for tutoring jobs through www.craigslist.org, one thing you’ll notice is that many of the tutoring jobs are posted by agencies. If you want to continue to do tutoring in the long term, working through an agency may be your best option. If you’re looking for short-term work agencies may not be your best option, as they are unlikely to pay in cash; and will require you to do through a lengthy application process.
On the other hand, if you do want longer term jobs, you should seek out all of the agency jobs and post an application on each agency website.