It’s been a while since I last talked about a work from home opportunity. Today, while Googling through related topics, I stumbled upon this relatively new concept called eTutors.
Well, online trainers, coaches and tutors are not anything new. But of late, there seems to be a lot of buzz around eTutors and it was claimed to be a $8 billion market last year, in the US alone. And this is one of the most sought after outsourced jobs and Asian countries like India play a bigger role here due to the availability of skilled, English speaking teachers that come at one tenth (or even lesser) of the cost of similar tutors in the US.
Who exactly is an eTutor?
In simple words, an eTutor is a human trainer or tuition teacher who connects to his/her students or protégées over the Internet and teaches, coaches and mentors them or solves problems for them. Both the student and the eTutor use well equipped (Pen-mouse tablet, Headphone-Speaker and DSL/Broadband connected) PCs to interact with each other. The online sessions will be pre-scheduled for one or two hours per week. Due to the seamlessly connected nature of the Internet a student has the possibility to pick eTutors of his choice from different parts of the world. eTutor facilities work out to be a lot cheaper than the local face-to-face tutors and the expertise can be availed a lot faster.
How much does it cost and how much eTutors make?
In the US, the rates are in the range of $100-$150 per subject for one or two hours of online tuition for kindergarten and grade school students. But eTutors from countries like India will be available for $10 to $15 per hour, I hear. I also read somewhere that there are tutors available even for unlimited hours for as low as $100 to $150 per month!
So if you are in India (or similar countries) and you would like to be an eTutor, chances are you make only $4 or $5 an hour if you work for an eTutor agency (some websites listed below). But if you work as a freelancer and find opportunities on your own you could make five or six times as much. I have seen online resumes and websites of many eTutors seeking good contracts.