Archived Blog Posts

TutorCruncher's December Newsletter

With 2016 fast approaching its end, it’s an appropriate time to look back on this year and reflect on what has gone before. Over at TutorCruncher we are really proud of what we have achieved: the hard work the team puts in every day is all geared towards the end goal of improving our service and ...

Our experience of using TutorCruncher and how it has added value to us, by Telios Tutors

Telios Tutors have been using TutorCruncher for over a year now, and they wanted to share their experience of running a tutoring company, and how TutorCruncher has helped them.

Stripe and TutorCruncher

At TutorCruncher, we spent a long time trying to figure out which card payment service would be the best to integrate with, and Stripe came out on top.

The Private Tuition Market in the UK


Teaching 9/11 to young students

Last Sunday marked the 15th anniversary of the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Using the hashtag #Neverforget, people all around the world havebeen sharing their thoughts, condolences and memories on social media. And while it is amazing to see how social media is giving ...

A-Level Results 2016

A high number of UK students are currently making one of their most significant life choices so far. Having received their a-level results on 18 August, it is now time for them to decide what comes next - entering their first choice university, finding a different option through clearing, maybe c...

International Marketing - What to remember when going global

With the internet constantly evolving and becoming a more essential part of people’s personal and professional lives, it is now possible for companies to expand their business and marketing activities much more rapidly than ever before.But in order to avoid putting your foot in it by rushing your...

Our Latest Updates on TutorCruncher

Over the last few months, we have developed some new and exciting features that will make using TutorCruncher more intuitive for you and more effective for your business.

A tutor's view on working with agencies

We’ve asked a popular and experienced tutor, Donald Bennett, for his thoughts and experiences with tutoring agencies.Enjoy and comment below!

Legal considerations when starting a tutoring business

by Elle Hosie, Startup Consultant

TutorCruncher Management Software Analytics

Learning Data Analytics is not tough, Starting is Tough!Business Analytics is a simple must have for any company that wishes to grow. You need to be able to see both short and long term progress; making decisions without this powerful information could be disastrous.

The cost of private tuition in the UK

Our friends at Tutora Private Tutors have created this great infographic with the average cost of tuition broken down by subject level, subject and even city.

Marketing Email, How to do it right?

There are several marketing strategies for growing your business, ultimately more brand awareness = more sales.

Instructors for the Digital Age

Although not the world’s oldest professions, tutoring has to be somewhere close. Since antiquity, young people have been taught and mentored by tutors, whether it be Aristotle tutoring Alexander the great or John Skelton tutoring the young Henry VIII. But as we enter the digital age, the personal...

How to create a business plan part 2

Continuing how to start a business plan.

How to create a business plan part 1

You want to start a business, so you need a business plan.

The Price of Freedom

In March 2016 the government pledged to make all secondary schools academies and free them from LEA control by 2022. After a backlash from the NUT and many conservative back benchers the government last week performed a rather embarrassing U-turn and dropped the pledge. Given that 2/3rd of school...

5 Essential Business Marketing Ideas

Competition is growing every day and marketing is essential for every business. To establish a business that keeps innovating and growing, staying ahead of the competition is not easy. The market is evolving every day, the way someone searches for you today will not be the same within the next mo...

Administering Tuition Agencies and Centres

If you take the average salary of an admin to be £15,000 not including pension and national insurance contributions,a TutorCruncher Premium plan of £99 per month would be saving your business £13,800/year, whilst giving yourself the timeto supply the service your clients expect!

Marketing Relationships and Relationship Marketing

Those of you running tuition agencies are probably painfully aware that you are not alone.Whether you are well established or just starting out, marketing is crucial to the success of your business.Whilst it might seem obvious when you start a business that you need to drum up custom, and that yo...

April's Newsletter!

March has been a very busy month for TutorCruncher, and we’ve seen some big features released.

Mandrill Changes

All of those using TutorCruncher will also be using Mandrill. It’s our transactional email client, and is used every time you send and email, such as sending an invoice, welcoming a new client or even sending lesson reminders. It’s a crucial part of the system that allows you to communicate and m...

Gaming Oxbridge Admissions

So you are a parent looking to get your child into one of the UK’s best universities? You have done all the leg work - you have sent them to a great private school, supplemented by some additional private tutoring. You’ve done everything right, provided the good results are forthcoming your pride...

Tutoring costs across the world

A conversation with an American client this week produced an interesting difference between the US and UK markets. In London “supertutors” working for the most prestigious agencies and highest value clients might be earning up to £70/hr through agencies charging north of £100/hr. But these prices...

TutorCruncher Making Waves

We were delighted to be featured this week by our friends over at businessadvice.co.uk about how TutorCruncher, originally designed to solve a problem for a single tutoring agency, has now gone to transform an entire industry. Initially the software was developed in-house to solve the time consum...

Oxbridge Entry Questions - can you spot the fakes?

Five of these questions were posed to 17 and 18 year olds in their interviews at Oxford or Cambridge - the other five were invented in the Tutorcruncher office…

Cambridge to reintroduce entrance exams

The increase in both the quantity and importance of examinations has gone hand in hand with the rise of private tutoring. A pupil’s performance in a handful of exams might be the single factor that determines potentially life-changing moments - securing a place at an historic boarding school or u...

January Release Notes

January has seen changes to help you use the system more efficiently, most notably the changes to labels for marketing.This is paving the way for a fabulous February, which will see some great new functionality.

Keeping up with the web-design times

So your tutoring business has a website. You gave it quite a lot of attention when it was built, ensuring that it looked professional and enticing and had an intuitive user interface whilst complimenting your brand image. It seems to be working fine and doesn’t attract comment, positive or negati...

New Year’s Marketing Resolutions - SEO or not?

As children head back to school and parents head back to work, it’s a chance for tutoring agencies to take stock and think about their marketing approach. Whilst on-the-ground marketing via word-of-mouth, industry events, school outreach, etc. can certainly effective, most companies dream about s...

December Release Notes

TutorCruncher has seem some great features released in the past month. Check them out to see which one is going to be the most useful for you!

Invoicing ahead of time

Invoicing clients ahead of time is sometimes a bit tricky, as you don’t always know when tuition will occur, or even how many lessons the client will receive.

Tutor Retention

Most tutoring companies actually function as tutoring agencies - they connect self-employed tutors with clients looking to hire them and either provide a way for the two parties to communicate, or do that communication themselves. After an initial encounter, what is to stop tutors cutting out the...

Efficient Invoicing

Being able to manage your invoices efficiently is a cornerstone of running a successful business, but there are some challenges to overcome and pitfalls to avoid.

Mass Market Tutoring

When was the last time you booked a cab over the phone? Or, for that matter, a hotel room, or a even a takeaway pizza? We have become more and more accustomed to the business of browsing options ourselves, reading reviews, and now third party websites help compile reviews and produce price compar...

Medway Grammar Schools Appeal Workshop

The Medway Grammar Schools Appeal Workshop will take place on Sunday 17th January 2016. 2pm until 5pm

Unhappy teachers = happy tutors?

As a profession teaching has a reputation for long hours (holidays excepted)low pay and often stressful working conditions. In studies it is teaching, notbanking or law, that consistently places in the top 3 most stressfulprofessions. It has become such an issue that TeachFirst now offers routine...

London, a tutoring capital?

A recent poll produced by the social mobility charity The Sutton Trustreported that in London, almost half (44%) of children received some privatetuition in the last year. Whilst this may be no surprise to those working in abooming industry, it is still a remarkable statistic. Historically, tutor...

TutorCruncher is in the news!

Tutor to the rich and famous, Thomas Murr has written a thought-provokingarticle for estate and manor magazine about the long term prospects for bothtutoring agencies, and tutoring service providers like TutorCruncher. As manyof you know, tutoring companies are potentially lucrative businesses th...

First 'new' grammar school in 50 years

On the 15th October it was announced that the first new grammar school is tobe built in the UK for the past 50 years. It will add to the 233 existingschools that educate 5% of the children in the state sector - almost as manyas the entire independent sector. This apparent change in direction ined...

11 Plus Kent Test Conference

Here at Tutorcruncher we are excited to affiliated with the NationalTutoring conference. They are organising the 11 plus Kent Test Conference onthe 21st October and we will be there.

How to Encourage Students to Continue Using Your Tutoring Services?

They say that in business, it’s easier to hold on to existing customers thanit is to find new ones. So what can you do as a tutoring company to hold onto your existing students? This post outlines some of the ways that you canensure your students feel that they’re improving and that using you...

What Qualities Do You Need to Run a Tutoring Company?

It takes a certain type of person to run a private tutoring business. First of all, you’ll need to have good subject and industry knowledge and then you’ll need to be able to handle the logistics that go with recruiting staff and handling cash flow. At TutorCruncher, we’re in contact with tutorin...

How to Keep Your Tutoring Business Busy Over the Summer

According to a 2013 private tutoring survey that was published in the Independent, 1 in 4 school children receive private tutoringover the holidays to keep their minds active . Although summer may notalways be the busiest time of year for tutoring businesses, there are a numberof things you can...

How to Increase Your Billable Hours with Tutor Scheduling Software

One of the downsides to running a tutoring business is that you only get paidfor the hours that you’re able to charge for. This means that things likeadministration, lesson scheduling and accounting are all done on your own timeand you don’t get to see any financial reward for doing them. Unfortu...

Why Your Business Needs Tutor Accounting Software

When it comes to taking care of your finances, spreadsheets and Word documentsonly work for so long before you find yourself drowning in paperwork. Savvytutoring businesses understand the importance of having accounting software inplace right from the word go and really see the benefits in the lo...

Tutor Awards 9th July 2015 House of Lords

A ‘super tutor’ has been awarded the best and longest serving tutor in the tutoring industry awards last night at the House of Lords, Phineas Pett has been recognised for his contribution to pupils by scooping the National Tutoring Award during a prestigious event at the House of Lords yester...

How Tutor Timesheets Can Help you Organise your Tutoring Business

Organisation is the key to running a successful tutoring business. Not onlydoes an organised agency create a lasting impression on students and parents,but being organised also reassures your tutors and other staff members of youragency’s professionalism.

How Tutor Scheduling Software Can Improve your Tutoring Business

As the private tutoring industry continues to be disrupted by new technology,the agencies that consistently experience growth are those who adapt to newsoftware early. Over the last few years, tutor scheduling software has taken off in a big way as a solution toreducing the ever-growing administr...

Online Assessments

This is a post written by Marcus Reoch, founder of e2focus.com and Dragons in Europe . Below he discusses themodernisation of exams and how they can be brought into the online space.Preparatory school examinations in a digital age

Launch A Tutoring Business Overnight With No Start Up Capital

The great thing about the tuition industry is it’s really easy to break into.You don’t need to have any experience and you don’t need to pass any teachingqualifications. You can virtually set up a tutoring business overnight. This is exactly what I did and I’m now regarded (in my humble opinion) ...

How to Stay Focused on your Tutoring Business

Whether you run a tutoring centre or are a solopreneur, finding the motivation and focus to grow your tutoring business can be challenging. Everyone loses track of theirgoals once in a while and some working days are inevitably more productivethan others. If you ever find your enthusiasm dwindlin...

Modernising Your Tutoring Business Operations

The tutoring industry is changing. The rise in technology and the increase in the numbers of new tutoring start-ups means that if you want to stay ahead of the game and establish your tutoring business as an authority, you need to move with the times.

Software Engineer Internship

Tutorcruncher is a premier technology business working on high performancesoftware. The software engineer internship will give you the opportunity todevelop your technical skills while be part of live projects in a highlyenergetic, and collaborative environment.

What do Parents Want from a Tutoring Company?

Every student has different needs and every parent uses the services of a tutoring company for different reasons.However, there are some constants that parents expect as standard from atutoring business. This post explores what parents want from private tutoringand how companies can meet those ex...

How to Interview Tutors for your Tutoring Company

So, you have a shortlist of tutors who you think would be a good fit foryour company. The next step is to invite them for an interview so you can meetthem face to face and confirm their suitability. The key to finding theperfect tutor for your company is to conduct a thorough interview using thes...

What Every Tutoring Business Should Know About Customer Service

It’s the backbone of what every tutoring business should be built upon, yetit’s surprisingly easy to lose sight of the importance of customer service inyour business. To help make sure that your business is offering great customerservice to your students, we’ve put together this guide to ensure y...

3 Ways Social Media Can Help Grow Your English Language School

_ Your English language school may already be using social media as a matterof course in your marketing efforts but do you really understand the truebenefit of using social platforms to grow your language school? _

Five essential steps to running an english language school

_ Have you ever thought of opening your own language school? At TutorCruncher,we’ve tread down a similar path ourselves in helping our users manage theireducation businesses. Along the way, we’ve gained some valuable experience onwhat it takes to run an education business, so to help you get star...

How your Tutoring Agency can make the most of Scheduling Software

_ Work scheduling software like TutorCruncher can greatly improve theefficiency of your tutoring agency. Not only will it save you administrationtime but you’ll have more control over your tutors’ workload and everydaybusiness operations. However, there are some golden rules you should follow ino...

How to choose a good English Language School?

_ As more international students choose to study at UK universities, thedemand for English Language tutors is on the increase. But how do you knowwhich language school will best suit your needs? This is our guide to choosinga good English Language School. _

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How Work Scheduling Software Can Benefit Your Tutoring Agency

The daily running of a business requires organisation and what better way tokeep track of your student’s lesson schedules, tutor invoices and datareporting than with work scheduling software? TutorCruncher is a purpose built management system for private tutors andagencies and can greatly benefit...

Guest post - 11 Plus guide - Tutors marketing

Now and again Tutorcruncher invites other providers in the tuition space towrite a guest blog. Here we have the 11 plus guide’s guest blog post:

11 Plus conference sponsorship

11 Plus conference sponsorship

how to build a successful tutoring business

How to Build a successful tutoring business

How to Grow Your Tutoring Business Through Word of Mouth Marketing

Digital technology may be the future of marketing but when it comes to privatetutoring, word of mouth remains the lifeblood of the industry. Here are ourtop tips on how you can grow your tutoring business byspreading the word throughout your local community. ** Have a Strong LocalPresence ** In o...

11 plus conference 1st April

11 plus conference 1st April

Account Executive job roles

Account Executive job roles Tutorcruncher is hiring,hurrah. Tutorcruncher’sHQ is based in Victoria London and is looking for the finest SAAS salespersons to join our team. See below our job description. For other jobs pleasesee careers .

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Is your Tutoring Agency Making Use of These New Technologies

The face of education is changing and it looks like its set to go trulydigital. Whereas a few years ago, smart boards were considered the height of education technology, nowadays, it’s all about syncing individual devicesthrough mobile platforms.

Top Five Marketing Strategies for Tutoring Agencies

Tutoring agencies, like other businesses are understandably keen to adoptnew marketing trends, particularly those with technology at their forefront.However, in the tutoring industry, there remains five proven strategies forattracting new students, retaining staff and growing business.

5 Signs it’s Time to Start your own Tutoring Agency

_ Knowing when to take your tutoring business to the next level can bedifficult to determine. To help you identify when you should make thetransition from a sole trader to a limited company, we’ve put together a listof 5 signs that could help you decide when the time is right. _

What Makes Good Tutoring Management Software?

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The Benefits of Using an Independent Learning Centre

There are many advantages to using an independent learning centre over acorporate or franchise education company. Independents tend to have a morecommunity-focused approach to learning and place a strong emphasis ontailoring lessons to students’ specific needs.

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11 plus conference

After the success of the National Tutoring Conference on 10th February 2015that we sponsored, we will now be sponsoring their next event, The 11 PlusConference:

International Tutors

International Tutors have seen a rise in demand over recent years as more andmore parents look to continue their children’s education beyond just theclassroom and the home. International travel gets more affordable as privateeducation gets more expensive and many middle class parents have begun t...

The Most Common Business Mistakes New Learning Centres Make

At TutorCruncher, we’ve seen our fair share of new learning centres open inrecent years. Between what we’ve learned from running our own agency andseeing others launch, here are the most common business mistakes that we thinknew learning centres make.

What to Look For When Choosing a Learning Centre

The benefits of using a learning centre are well documented in parentingcircles and online forums. But how do you know which learning centre tochoose? What should you look for in a credible tutoring company? We’ve puttogether a checklist of things to consider when making your choice. ** A HighSuc...

Best Practices For Checking a Tutor’s Qualifications

According to a survey published in the Independent, a third of employers never check applicants’ qualifications. Whereas thismight not seem particularly important in some industries, in the tutoringprofession, alongside verifying DBS checks, checking qualifications is a must.To emphasise the impo...

How a Learning Centre Can Improve a Student’s Grades

Having access to a dedicated learning space outside of school can really helpimprove a student’s academic performance. Attending one to one or grouptuition can make all the difference in helping students achieve their goals.For those who haven’t used a learning centre before, we’ve put together a...

Why do Students Use Learning Centres?

Students decide to use learning centres for a variety of differentreasons. However, during our time as learning centre directors, we’ve noticedsome common trends in why students decide to seek extra help with theirstudies. Here’s the lowdown:

TutorCruncher's First eBook

We are very excited to announce that we have published a book to helpentrepreneurs and education professionals get going in the industry. We havepublished the eBook on Amazon and it can be downloaded directly to E-readers.

How your Tutoring Agency Can Set Your Students’ Expectations


How to Create a Stimulating Learning Environment

Our environments can have a huge impact on how we learn. If your tutoringagency offices are cramped and cluttered, the chances are that your studentswon’t be getting the most from their learning. As well as the physicalpracticalities of creating a suitable space, there are other things thattutori...

How to Ensure Your Tutoring Agency is a Safe Place to Study

One ofthe most essential things that students look for when choosing a tutoringagency is how safe the learning environment is. As an agency, it’s yourresponsibility to ensure that you provide a safe, secure place for students to study . We’vecreated a safety checklist to ensure that your agency h...

How to Organise an Open Day for Your Tutoring Agency

One of the most effective ways to attract more business to your tutoring agency is toorganise an open day. Inviting students and parents to take a look around youroffices can be a great way to show people first-hand, how your agencyoperates. Here are our tips on organising an open day for your tu...

National Tutoring Conference

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How Will Your Tutoring Agency Use Social Media in 2015?

According tosocial media experts Social Media Examiner, big changes are afoot in the world of social media this year.With video and local search playing a big role in how businesses will markettheir services, we’ve compiled a list of social media elements that we thinktutoring agencies should foc...

4 Marketing Goals Every Tutoring Agency Should Work Towards in the New Year

As another New Year begins, business owners are given the opportunity torefine their goals for the coming months. As a tutoring agency, you mayalready have your goals mapped out and that’s great. However, if you need someinspiration for how you’ll grow your business this year, here are 4 marketin...

How Offline Networking Can Grow Your Tutoring Agency

In this digital age, when people hear the word ‘networking’, online forums,chat rooms and social media are usually the first things that come to mind. However,there’s a lot to be said for adopting ‘old school’ networking approaches andattending face to face events or simply meeting prospects in p...

Why Your Tutoring Agency Needs a Mobile Responsive Website

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5 Ways to Improve Your Tutoring Agency’s Blog

Nowadays, most tutoring agenciesunderstand the importance of having a blog on their website. Given thatthere’s now a lot more competition in the tutoring blogsphere, how exactly canyou make yours stand out from the rest of the crowd? Here are our five tips toimprove your tutoring agency blog a...

How Your Tutoring Agency Should Use Twitter

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How to Stay Productive as a Tutoring Agency Owner

One of the most difficult things about running a business is stayingproductive. Sometimes it can be difficult to know whether what you’re doing isworking or whether it’s just counterproductive for your agency. To help youmaintain a healthy level of productivity in your business practices, we’veco...

How Your Tutoring Agency Can Benefit From the Christmas Drop Off

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How to Choose the Best Tuition Centre Software

When it comes to choosing software for your tutoring agency , you wanta product that makes your everyday business operations more streamline. Hereare our tips on how to choose the best tuition centre software for yourtutoring agency:

5 Advantages of Using Tuition Centre Software

Shortly after you make the decision to start your own tutoring agency, you’llneed to decide what software to use to take care of your administration andcustomer management. There are a few software options out there but how manyare specific to the tutoring industry? Here are top 5 advantages to u...

UK VAT Ruling on Tutoring Agencies

There have been endless discussions in the meeting rooms, accountants, andadvisers of tutoring agencies about the view that HMRC take on agencies payingVAT on just their commission, or the whole amount charged to the client. We at TutorCruncher designed our software for companies that work in a w...

What Does Tuition Centre Software Offer that Traditional Accounting Software

You’ve probably heard aboutonline accounting software that enables you to take care of your books.Software like KashFlow, Sage and ClearBooks all offer some great accountingfeatures but you’re running a tutoring agency, so what you need is softwarethat’s been designed specifically with your needs...

How Tuition Centre Software Can Transform Your Tutoring Business


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How to Optimize Your Tutoring Agency’s Blog

In a digital age where everyone’s obsessed with SEO, we often forget to putour blog readers’

A Strategy for Marketing Your Tutoring Agency to Students

Students are among the most well-connected targetmarketing groups. They send messages to their friends through instantmessaging services, they hear there news through social media platforms andthey pursue their interests and learning through online videos. Does yourtutoring agency have a prese...

How Your Tutoring Agency Can Retain its Best Tutors

A recent survey by Monster Jobs, found that 70% of people are more likely to look for a new job after aholiday period. So, with the summer holidays now over and Christmas justaround the corner, how can you ensure that your agency retains its staff?We’ve put together a list of ways you can help im...

5 Core Marketing Activities Your Tutoring Agency Should Focus On

Particularly when your tutoring agency is in its early stages, it can bechallenging to refine your marketing focus with so many different optionsavailable. While it’s good to try new methods and experiment with differentstrategies, there remains five activities that every tutoring agency shouldim...

4 Things Every Tutoring Agency Should Know About Marketing

One of the most difficult tasks new tutoring agencies face is marketing. Theinternet is a hub of information and sometimes it can be difficult to separategood advice from bad. If your agency is suffering from information overload interms of marketing, then our list should help you clear a path an...

Is Your Tutoring Agency Making These Email Marketing Mistakes?

Email marketing can be a hugely effective way for tutoring agencies togenerate more business. However, if done incorrectly, your efforts canactually lose your agency business. To help ensure that you’re making the most of your email marketing campaigns, we’ve put together the most common mistakes...

5 Facebook Tips for Your Tutoring Agency

There are currently 1.28 billion active Facebook users worldwide and that’s a whole lot of people your tutoring agency couldbe engaging with. Whether you’re looking to sell more lessons, recruit morestudents or generally increase the awareness of your tutoring agency, aFacebook strategy can be a ...

How to Make Your Tutoring Agency an Industry Authority

When people hear the name of your tutoring agency, what do they think of? Dothey think of your brand as being an industry leader or just another run ofthe mill agency? Being an authority in the tutoring industrymeans you’ll attract more business and to help you out, we’ve put together alist of ac...

How Your Tutoring Agency Can Make the Most of Social Media

Running your own tutoring agency often means you don’t have the time to spendon all the aspects of marketing that you’d like. That’s why important toensure you’re making the most of the marketing that you are doing and you mayeven find that by streamlining some of your tasks,you’ll be able to bra...

Blogging Ideas for Your Tutoring Agency

Thinking up new ideas for your blog posts can be tricky andit’s even more challenging to write a post about something completely unique.Everyone gets writer’s block once in a while, so to help you on your way tocreating valuable content, we’ve compiled a list of blog post ideas to breathenew life...

TutorCruncher Improved: Features Updated

At TutorCruncher we have been working hard to improve the system in line withyour suggestions. These new features and changes to old ones have beenrigorously tested by our sister agency and we will be pushing them live nextweek. Please do get in touch if you have any issues with any of the below.

How to Know When to Post on Social Media

Social media is an integral part of any tutoring agency’s marketing strategy but finding and creating content to post is only one half ofthe social media equation. You need to ensure that people actually see whatyou post. Here are our top tips for knowing the best times to post on socialmedia.

5 Marketing Metrics Every Tutoring Agency should Track

How does your tutoring agency monitor the progress of its online marketingefforts? It’s all well and good putting in the hours promoting your agency , but what if your efforts could be better served in otherareas? How would you know? These are our top 5 marketing metrics that webelieve every tuto...

Digital Resources for a Tuition Agency

With so many digital resources out there, it can sometimes be difficult fortuition agencies to decide which are the most useful. To help steer you in theright direction, we’ve put together a list of resources that will prove usefulin running your tutoring agency .

How to Attract the Best Tutors To Your Agency

Every tutoring agency wants to have the best tutors and with increasingcompetition, ensuring that the best ones come to you, can be challenging.We’ve put together a list of ways you can help attract the crème de la crèmeof private tutors and ensure your agency grows a reputable reputationfor deli...

How to Promote Your Tuition Agency Online Using Google AdWords

For tuition agencies that want to promote themselves online and don’t havemuch of a budget, Google AdWords can bea great way of ensuring your site appears on Google’s first page for some ofthe crucial search phrases. You can spend as much or as little as you like onAdWords because it operates on ...

Why Your Tutoring Agency Needs a Blog

So, your tuition agency has a website and explains all your services. You evenuse social media to attract more customers. But how do you rank in searchengines? One way to improve your agency’s visibility online is to create a blog . It’ll help drive traffic to your site and improve your conversio...

How to Ensure Your Tutors Reach Their Full Potential

As a tutoring agency directory, you’ll want to enable your tutors to reachtheir full potential and inspire their students todo their best. As a private tutor yourself, you may find it challenging to letyour tutors find their own way in your agency but allowing them the space todiscover their own ...

Why the Beginning of the School Year is the Best Time to Use a Tuition Agency

The beginning of the school year is often the most important for students astheir early performance is often an indication of how they’ll achievethroughout the rest of the school year. Using a private tuition agency at thebeginning of the school term has many benefits, some of which, we’ve listed...

What Makes a Good Tuition Agency Director?

As the head of a tutoring company, you have certain responsibilities that youneed to take on board. You need to ensure that students receive high qualitytuition, that your staff is happy and performing to the best of their abilityand that your business is making enough profit. This post looks at ...

The Advantages of Using an Independent Tuition Agency

There are several advantages to using an independent tuition agency not leastthat students receive a custom made learning experience that they don’t getelsewhere. When we talk about an independent tutoring agency, we mean one thathas been set up to stand alone and isn’t part of a franchise or oth...

The Most Common Mistakes People Make When Choosing a Tutoring Agency

Using a tuition agency can be a big step for students, so you’ll want toensure that the agency you choose is reliable, has a good reputation anddelivers the kind of results you’re looking for. To help you make yourdecision on which tutoring agency to choose, we’ve put together a list of themost c...

A Code of Ethics for Tuition Agencies

At TutorCruncher, we believe that all tuition agencies should abide by a codeof ethics to ensure that they deliver the best possible service to theircustomers. Whereas the private tuition industry isn’t regulated by thegovernment, it’s up to agencies themselves to set their own standards when itc...

How a Digital Marketing Strategy Can Help Grow Your Tuition Agency

Nowadays, the first place people look when they need information is Google,which means that your tutoring agency needs to have an online presence if youhope to attract as much business as possible. Digital marketing takes time butwith the right strategy, you can grow your agency using the interne...

How to Grow Your Tutoring Business Outreach

After starting your brand new tuition agency with plenty of effort and hard work, as entrepreneur you have to spend another considerable amount of time to figure out how to grow your tutoring business outreach. Otherwise, it will not be easy to take your startup off the ground and make a differen...

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How To Go Paperless

Many offices are trying to be more environmentally friendly, that way theyspend less money on printing and also keep their office tidier and paperless.However, going paperless has other advantages such as keeping information moresecure. Working in a paperless office can be easier, but how to get ...

How to Get Funding for your Business

When you start your own business, funding is probably the issue you are mostconcerned about. There are plenty of options out there for getting yourbusiness off the ground, but there are also so many factors to consider, fromthe stage of your business to how much it’ll cost to get the money, that ...

The Best Social Media Strategy for Tutoring Businesses

We have already addressed the SEO to market your tutoring agency online.However, in order to improve your online presence even more you might want to check out this social media strategy for tutoring businesses.

How to Manage Negative Online Comments?

Digital Marketing is a tool used by almost every company in the worldnowadays. Unfortunately, online reputation management is neglected by many ofthem who should pay much more attention to it, especially when receivingnegative comments. The internet is a completely open forum where people canexpr...

Technology Teaching Ideas for Private Tutors

Introducing technology into private tutoring sessions can be a great way tokeep students motivated and engaged with lesson content. Nowadays, moststudents are already proficient at using technology in their everyday livesand with a little creativity; tutors can introduce it into lessons to aid th...

TutorCruncher Updates: Schedule

TutorCruncher has recently developed a new feature for Scheduling, with theaim to help you streamline your business and save even more time than before.

Private Tuition Market in the UK: Overview

According to a survey conducted by EdPlace, the private tuition market in theUK reached a value of £6 billion last year. The research found that more thana quarter of UK families are willing to spend up to £2,758 per year per child.Despite the average cost per hour, which is raised to £22, parent...

How to Make Your Tutoring Agency Stand Out

Establishing your tuition agency takes time. Naturally, parents and studentsare inclined to use the services of an agency that have a good reputation, ahigh success rate and one they can trust. However, there are a number of waysyou can speed up the growth of your agency and that’s by standing ou...

How to Generate Publicity for Your Tuition Agency

Creating publicity for your business is far more cost effective than payingfor advertising and far less time consuming than other forms of marketing. Apositive story in the right publication, whether in print or online, canreally help spread the word about your tutoring agency and help attract ne...

How to Improve your Email Marketing

It has been proven that email marketing can be a successful way to contactyour client in order to increase your sales. However, you need to use itcorrectly.

Improving Your Tuition Skills

Whether you’re new to tutoring or a seasoned veteran, there’s always room forimproving your skills. Being flexible and adaptable in your teaching styleenables you to get the most out of your students, so to help you hone yourskills; we’ve put together a list of ways you can take your teaching to ...

Seven Reasons to Start your Own Business

Each month, about 543,000 new businesses are opened. Becoming a business ownercan be very advantageous. This might be something you have never thought aboutand if you’re not entirely convinced yet here a list of benefits that owningyour business could bring you.

How to Create a Social Media Strategy in 6 Steps

By now social media is an essential part of the marketing landscape and havinga strategy, even for small businesses, has become crucial. If you are tryingto use social media to achieve your objectives, you need to plan ahead toensure your time spent on these platforms yields real and measurable r...

Advice for Tutors: How to Inspire Learning

One of the biggest obstacles tutors face is working with students who havelost their motivation. Uninspired learning can greatly affect academicperformance so it’s important for tutors to know to deal with students who arelacking in enthusiasm. In order to help, we’ve outlined several ways thattu...

How to Encourage Students to Take Control of Their Learning

Students often become disillusioned with their learning and can feelfrustrated when their results don’t reflect in their efforts. So as a privatetutor, how can you help students become successful and find joy in learning?Tutors can help by setting realistic expectations and helping them to develo...

How to Get Students On Board With Your Lessons

As a tutor, it can be frustrating when a student loses interest in yourlesson. Sometimes, you need to revise your approach and adopt new teachingstrategies to move things forward. Having a good relationship with a studentcan make all the difference to their learning. You need to gain their trusta...

Why it is so Important Teaching Kids to Code

Everyone knows young people used to be called _ Digital Natives _ . But whatdoes it really mean? According to Mitch Resnick – the director of LifelongKindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab - there is no doubt that young peopleare very comfortable and familiar browsing, chatting, texting and gami...

The E-myth

What is the E myth?

Time Management Techniques

Time management is not a gift you born with, but a skill which can be acquiredand developed over time. Many students have an inadequate time management andthey can suffer from great stress. In extreme cases, this can lead to lowmarks and a general feeling of failure. As many students have a part-...

Tuition Agencies: How to Prepare For Busy Periods

Demand for private tuition can often be seasonal, with particularly busyperiods leading up to exam time. Busy periods can be stressful for anybusiness and with increased pressure from parents for students to do well,agency staff often find themselves working overtime to keep up with demand. Tohel...

How to use Lean Management in your start up

Since a start up is an institution it requires management specifically gearedto its context. One of the most modern management systems is the leanmanagement. The core idea of being lean is to maximize customer value whileminimizing waste. To put it simply, lean means creating more value forcustom...

How to Match Students and Tutors

As important as recruiting well prepared tutors for your agency, is gettingthe right match between students and tutors. Here are some useful tips abouthow to do so:

How to make a Business Plan - Part 3

8. Break down your revenue streams

How to make a Business Plan - Part 2

5. Know the size of your market

Get the Best Out of Your Online Communication

Content

Educatablet

Tutorcruncher likes what Educatablet is doing in the content space. Clearlythere is a real need for well developed content across the globe and curationis a big part of the delivery. We think www.educatablet.com is great.

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Edplace

EdPlace was founded in 2005 by an amazing team of education- and onlineprofessionals, who are dedicated to empowering parents in the educationaljourney of their child. By providing leading resources within Maths, Englishand Science which are created by a team of highly skilled teachers, EdPlace i...

How to Recruit Tutors for Your Agency

Finding suitable tutors for your tuition agency is one of the most importantelements of running a successful service. You want your students to receive aquality education and this comes down to the standard of teaching theyreceive. We’ve put together a checklist of points to consider when recruit...

How to make a Business Plan - Part 1

To create a business in general and a successful tutoring agency in particularit is important to have a clear vision of your purpose and goals. It mightseem as a waste of time, but in the end it will save you both time and money.The business plan will include how to start up, run and grow your bu...

Exams Revision Techniques

When exams are approaching students will be more stressed and may want moresessions so remember to account for more time then. Having to reassure thosewho are worried that with the right preparation and a calm outlook in the exammay be essential for some students. Some claim even to forget how to...

Why Tutoring Matters

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Great Tutoring Websites and Blogs

These are our top five of the most useful websites and blogs on tutoring **

Why TutorCruncher likes Teachable.net

Teachable.net is an online platform which provides access to a wide range ofdocuments which can help teachers improve their lessons. This resource paneloffers a variety of subjects going from science to languages which are rankedby reviews of both editors and users. Meaning, it is easy to find th...

Local SEO: Marketing Your Tuition Agency Online

One of the most important factors in online marketing for tutoring agencies islocal search engine optimization. Most tutoring agencies operate from a fixedlocation and cover a specific local area. It therefore makes sense to try andrank well in Google for search terms relating to your area. When ...

How to Grow Your Tuition Agency

We’ve come up with a list of ways you can grow your tuition agency to keep upwith demand. The reason? There comes a point in every successful tutoringagency’s development that growing as a business becomes an important focus.You’ll know when that time comes as you’ll find demand for your services...

How to Market Your Private Tuition Agency

As with any business, once you have all the legalities in place, the next stepis to market your company to your prospective customers. In theworld of tuition, this means focusing on two different types of audience.Firstly, you need to find suitable tutors to register with your agency and secondly...

How to Build an Online Tutoring Community

With _ 73% of the UK population now online _ , the internet has quickly becomethe most popular tool for searching for information. From a tutoring agency’sperspective, this means that people are more likely to be searching for yourservices online than anywhere else. So how do you ensure that your...

5 Ways to Finance Your Tutoring Agency

Raising capital to get your tutoring agency off the ground can be tricky.Unless you already have savings put aside for your venture, you’ll need tolook elsewhere for financial assistance. _ TutorCruncher _ have compiled auseful list of options that can help you get started as an agency in thepriv...

TutorCruncher New Update for 'Classes'

In order to improve our software and make it more user-friendly, we arereleasing new features within TutorCruncher.

Common problems for a startup...and their solutions

Managing a startup’s image is not always about using social media tocommunicate and advertise but also about dealing with problems that may hurtthe company’s development.

TutorCruncher loves BenchPrep!

BenchPrep, a US learning platform for American exams, is an awesome example ofwhat innovation can bring to the learning experience. BenchPrep creates preptests and other subject-based interactive courses, which you can gain accessto from your computer, IPhone, Android or tablet. The content is cr...

What is cloud computing and what can it do for you?

Nowadays the term “cloud computing” is everywhere, but what does it mean? andhow can it be an advantage to your business? To put it into simple terms,cloud computing means storing and accessing data and programs over theInternet instead of your computer’s hard drive. As the cloud is just ametapho...

Why Tutorcruncher loves Flooved

Flooved.com looks to shake up the educational system and publishing industry with its subscription streaming model.

TutorCruncher New Features

In order to improve our online software and make it more user-friendly, we arereleasing new features within TutorCruncher.

Admissions Criteria 11 Plus

When applying to grammar schools, parents need to take into account that evenif their child has qualified in the 11+ tests they might still not get in.This is due to the schools’ Admissions Policy.No matter what, admissionauthorities are obliged to admit two types of children ahead of others:

A Bank Loan or Invest Your Own Savings?

Do you have a great business idea, but you’re in need of money and businessexpertise to turn your dream into a reality? Or maybe you’ve already startedyour business in the last 12 months, but you need further funding to grow?There are two options for you: either invest your own money into your id...

20 Mistakes That Kill Start-ups

For every successful business, there have also been a lot of failures beforethey even had a chance to market themselves properly. Below are the top 20reasons why start up business fail. Make sure to pay attention as you mightlearn from other people’s mistakes. #20 – Start the company at the wrong...

A New Look for TutorCruncher

Hi, Take a look at the newest version of TutorCruncher. We’ve revamped our olddesign, added new features and a new layout. We’ve ditched the old rainbowcolours and chosen a sleeker finish.Let us know what you think! If you’re acurrent user give us some feedback, we’d love to hear your thoughts.

How to write a great press release

A press release is a short, compelling document detailing product releases,events, announcements and other newsworthy items that your tutoring businessproduces. The following tips of how to write a great press release will makeyour business look professional, accessible and attractive to writers ...

Marketing via Print and Online

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Tuition Desk: A revolutionary online tutoring platform

This week we are very excited to welcome Tuition Desk and his Founder AdnanAjmi who will introduce his revolutionary online tutoring platform that aimsto facilitate online tutoring between students and tutors by helping them findeach other and providing them the online tools required to communica...

Success Stories : Nutty Supplier

To be a supply teacher has its ups and downs. When starting her career as asupply teacher, there was little information about the job. Sharon started thewebsite Supplybag.co.uk as a hobby, but it became clear that there was a needfor the information that she could provide and it is highly popular...

Marketing Ideas

The art of Stretching the Marketing Budget

EDUKWEST

Along with Carfax private Tutors, Tutorfair and Maths Doctor, TutorCruncher attended the Edukwest eventfocused on tutoring issues and the future of the tutoring industry. We wantedto discuss the event and TutorCruncher’s view on new tuition agencies.

Setting your prices

Deciding how much to charge is difficult, you want to be attractive to clientsas well as make money for your business. ** Here are some ways to get started:**

Success stories : The tutoress

Today’s success story is Victoria’s one, a brilliant woman who agreed to share her very ownexperience in the tutoring industry. Here is an exclusive interview with The Tutoress .

Success stories : Coffee Money

We have gathered testimonials from people who actually succeeded in thetutoring industry, hoping you can learn the ropes of managing your owntutoring business out of their personal experiences. Today’s success story isNeil’s one. Neil runs a charity in Ireland and in his spare time he teachespeo...

How to follow up with your clients

Now that you have managed to build a great network of clients, you surelywouldn’t want to lose them. Clients should be well-considered as they reflectthe image of your business. Here are some things you might want to do to keepyour clients satisfied.

Useful Websites to find Clients and Tutors

There are several useful websites to find both tutors and clients:

From Being a Tutor to Launching your own Tutoring Business

Going from being a tutor to launching your own tutoring business is a big step to make. Here’s a post for those who are still hesitating.

Solutions to common problems : Staff issues

If you have followed our advice on how to recruit your tutor team and how tointerview a tutor, we hope you now have a great team of tutors. Yet, someproblems can eventually appear as your business is growing. Here are someexamples of problems and ways to overcome tricky situation.

Interviewing your tutors

As you build your database of tutors you need some key information about theircapacity and availability. Here are some key questions you should considerasking them:What subjects can you teach?

Organisation and Administration

Starting a tuition agency involves dealing with many administrative tasks.From matching clients and tutors to tracking lessons, good organisationalskills are essential to operate your business. Being disorganised could affectthe reputation of your brand . Being unreliable or making mistakes will...

Finding a Brand Name for a Tutoring Agency

Choosing the right

How to Find Clients for Your Tuition Agency

Finding clients for your tuition agency

Online Tutoring

You may want to expand your tutoring services by offering online tuition. Thismay be an area of growth for existing and prospective tutors. Online tutoring can be lower cost since all that is requiredis an internet connection and a webcam. There are several options based onthe tutor and client n...

Find your Niche

This is the first blog in our series about HOW to set up your very owntutoring agency. From our own experience, the Bright Young Things Tuition Teamhave brainstormed together and drummed out our top tips for you. We wouldsuggest that you ensure you are passionate about all aspects beneath theumbr...

New Updates Within Days

TutorCruncher is about to release its most substantial update within the next2 days.

Getting Business Savvy – The Operational Side

Running a tutoring business is not as easy as it sounds. It requires a lot ofmeticulous planning and organisational skills. Your role on the operationalside is to ensure that you make good judgement calls in introducing the righttutor to the pupil. You have to make certain that there is a meeting...

Features that will make your tutoring company fly!

Since our launch earlier this year many of the UK’s top tuition agencies havesigned up to TutorCruncher. These include Harrison Allen, Carfax, BonasMacFarlane, Gabbitas, Kings Tutors, several ex Tutor Doctor franchisees and AList Education. They all report on a significant cut in time and money s...

Check out our fantastic new videos!!

At TutorCruncher we have developed a series of videos to enable you to get themost out of TutorCruncher. Please visit our YouTube home page here . View our Overview, Dashboard, Tutors, Clients, Jobs, Invoices and payment orders and General Settings videos for more information onhow TutorCruncher ...

An Update Within Days

TutorCruncher is about to release its most substantial update within the next2 days. New Features:

A Drum Roll Please!!

TutorCruncher is proud to announce it has been shortlisted for a highly soughtafter Bett Award . This year we are proud toappear in the ICT Company of the Year - Less that £1m turnover shortlist. The results areannounced on 22nd January 2014 at a prestigious ceremony hosted by Jo Brand at the Bre...

Managing your Finances

A lot of people avoid monitoring the financial side of their initial businessplan. However, before you are generating a steady income it is vital toconsider and consolidate your budget. Your plan should begin with a lot ofcareful research into the realistic amount you can earn from tuition per mo...

Maintaining and Managing your Tutoring Community…

As you, our audience, will be well aware, tutoring really is a people-orientated industry. The most successful tutoring companies will be those thatbuild up a versatile and qualified tutoring community to match theirclientele. Without the innovation of agency management software, such asTutorCrun...

Communication is Key

In the world today an online presence is crucial. Whatever the size or stageof your business, establishing yourself in the world of social media is amust. You need to be regularly Twittering, on Facebook, on LinkedIn, and blogging. Clients are ten times more likelyto visit a website if it fea...

Tutoring & Taxation

As previously discussed your tutoring business will depend upon itsreputation. When it comes to money matters it is best to have completetransparency. Like setting up any business you will have to immediatelydeclare yourself as self-employed to HMRCwithin three months. The sooner that you do this...

Giving a voice to your Brand Story

People like stories. They want to be able to put a face to your brand-name.The “About Us” section on your website can be a very powerful means ofpersuading your clients that you are the right tutoring business for them. Ifmemorable it will separate you from other generic tutoring businesses and m...

Promote, promote, promote

When you are starting out and there isn’t a big business budget to spend on Google AdWords, it is best to concentrate on gaining exposure inthe cheapest ways you can. Promotional items are a tried and tested means of getting yourbrand out to your audience. If you are starting a tutoring agency t...

Making a Living from Learning

Tutoring is a lucrative field to work within. Play your cards right and youwill excel. However a lot depends on your terms of business andyour entry price into the market. Setting the price of your services can proveto be tricky. You’ll need to find out what the prevailing market rate is andthen ...

Approaching your Tutoring Services

Starting a tutoring business is not just a matter of starting a tutoringbusiness. As we started to address in the blog, ‘Find your Niche’, there aremany options to choose from concerning which educational level you will teachand the way in which you will teach it. When starting out it is bestspec...

Recruiting your Tutor-Team

One of the most important parts of building a tutoring business is sourcingyour tutors. Your tutors will be your brand ambassadors and consequently a lotdepends upon your recruitment process.If you don’t have a big advertisingbudget you can always recruit tutors by posting on sites such as Gumtre...

Getting Business Savvy - The Legal Side

When setting up any business it’s important to make sure that you are on theright side of the law and completely above board. Luckily, (particularly ifyou are starting out in the UK at the moment), there is increasing amounts oflegislation aimed at making life easier for small business owners as ...

Communicating with Colour

This blog will address the aesthetic side of your brand construction. As sooften proves the case, research demonstrates that it is theseemingly simplistic aspects of building a company which can hold the mostweight in your customers’ perception of what you are trying tocommunicate.Choosing a colo...

Conceptualise your Brand...

Having found your unique position in your target market and established thedirection you want to send your tutoring agency towards, it is now time tobuild a strong brand. Branding is key to any small business. When donecorrectly it will accelerate visibility and loyalty and establish your agency....