A fully compensated tutor is a happier tutor than one who is less compensated by a third party
100% of the tutoring investment stays in the local economy and none to a third party in another part of the country
Clients have more loyalty to the consultant providing the service than to a third party on the internet or phone
Eliminate the Middleman from the Consultant-Client Relationship
Internet search results for tutors have become increasingly saturated with third party services that match students with tutors and keep a significant portion of the fees paid for the tutoring. In other words, the middleman sells the labor of the tutor at full price, then compensates the tutor for substantially less than face value. The result is an underpaid consultant who provides the actual service to the client. Part of the commission collected by the third party is spent on advertising, which creates a vicious cycle. Many of these third party services operate nationwide. The most dominant ones have infiltrated every city, spending money on advertising and search engine optimization, which crowds out the webpages of independent local tutors. Fortunately, there is hope through third party listing services that do not get involved in the transaction of business between tutors and students. The following four websites are my recommendations for students and parents seeking independent local tutors:
The aggressive corporate encroachment on tutoring, traditionally provided by consultants to clients, makes it imperative for the community to support independent local tutors, and for independent local tutors to build solidarity and mutual support. Otherwise, corporate domination will make it harder and harder for local tutors to become fully self-employed or to remain 100% independent.
Personally, I have been fortunate to maintain a fully independent math tutoring practice for nearly 10 years now. However, not every tutor has the website building and online marketing skills that I have developed since 2000. The tutoring business is seasonal and constantly fluctuating. When business is slow, I cannot afford to have my visibility in search engine results be displaced by third party services with deep advertising pockets.
Until recently, my website was near the top of the first page of Google searches for math tutors in my area. Now, no matter how good my website is, nor how much content it generates, there is a glass ceiling that rarely lets me get much higher than middle of the second page of the search results. It certainly will not let me make it onto the first page. Fortunately, I've been able to workaround that by piggybacking on sites that do make it to the top, but without pimping my services.
It is proper and customary for consultants to work directly with clients, and professional tutors are no exception. Any person who is expert in a subject matter should have the freedom to work directly with the clients they serve, without interference by a feeding frenzy of invasive third parties taking a cut of one's right to make a living at what they love and studied so hard for.