Part 2: Basic Pricing & Policies 

Policies and Registration
Parents will want to learn about your prices and policies. So, offer a free consultation of 15-20 minutes for the parents and student(s). At this consultation, provide parents with rates, policies, and a registration form. Also provide and briefly discuss the goals checklist for the student’s grade level. Use the editable samples shown below, available in a Word document from the FREE Tutoring resource on TpT, as a starting point for creating your own policies page and registration form. 
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Pricing Tips
One way to encourage parents to purchase multiple tutoring sessions is to offer discounts based on the number of tutoring sessions package. Give larger discounts for a greater number of prepaid sessions. Do research about common prices in your area and take into account your education and experience. It’s up to you to choose your main price and discounts. You may want to offer a new-student special with a greater discount for the first few tutoring sessions.

Parents should pay at the consultation or when they schedule the first lesson or package of lessons. By requiring advance payment, you will encourage regular attendance and be protected against “no-shows.” For current students, it’s good to talk to parents a few days before the last paid session to discuss the student’s progress and see if they have concerns. At that time, you can also ask if they plan to continue and remind them that it’s time to purchase another tutoring package.

If a student cannot come to a scheduled lesson, you may want to require parents to give a 24-hour advance notice except in emergency situations. Perhaps you can reschedule the student for another time easily. If not, it is reasonable to expect payment for a “no-show” or a lesson that is canceled on short notice. If rescheduling is inconvenient, you could email parents an extra practice page for the student to complete before the next lesson.

See Part 3  for tutoring tips to boost math sense.