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Business is Picking Up

March 16th, 2014 at 05:16 am

I had been pretty down in the dumps about the tutoring business. It doesn't help when "well-meaning" family members point out most businesses fail in the first year. Then again, if someone tells me I can't succeed, it lights a fire in me to prove them wrong!

Business has doubled in the last few weeks and the phone is still ringing off the hook. I have been working quite hard at marketing and it is paying off! It has definitely helped my mood.

I also have been doing a lot of mystery shopping. I have never stopped, but generally do about $100-150 a month in shops. This month I am at $368 (and I still have days to fill if I find the work). Not only am I/we trying to buy a home in the near future, but I desperately want to go visit my adult kids and my grandkids in Florida who I have yet to meet (19 months and 3 months). I finally felt I could justify the trip (Family is most important, but I did have to make enough to cover the bills first) and bought a ticket on Friday. I will be heading down for five days in June right when school lets out here, which should be a slow week for tutoring. I am super excited!

In the meantime, I am going to keep doing as much mystery shopping as I can to pay for the extras on the trip (not much as I am staying at my son's and will be using their car). Any extra will go to the home fund.

8 Responses to “Business is Picking Up”

  1. MonkeyMama Says:

    Most businesses do fail in the first year, but I am not sure if that really applies in this case. I think it's hard to fail at some "services". Tutoring would be one that is hard to fail at, I would think. (There's always a strong need, and this is evidenced by your phone ringing off the hook).

    {I taught piano in college and I don't see why I couldn't just pick up the business where I left off. There's a need to fill, it doesn't take up any up front capital, and it's easy to find customers. I suppose it's a low risk endeavor, overall? As many services would be}.

    Now, I have a friend who is opening up a store front. That is crazy risky, in my opinion. More what I would think of as far as businesses failing the first year.

    P.S. Are there any mystery shop companies you recommend?

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    Enjoy your trip to visit your grandkids!

  3. snafu Says:

    Delighted to learn your marketing efforts are working. Does tutoring have seasonal runs tied to the school curriculum?

  4. Looking Forward Says:

    That's great things are picking up! Smile Your visit to meet your grandkids is important, so that's great you've found a way to go.

    Like MM, I'm interested in the mystery shopper companies too. Please share.

  5. scfr Says:

    Does tutoring business peak as testing season approaches and then again in summer?

    You're smart. You'll figure it out, and plan ahead for the peaks and valleys.

    I wonder how many businesses fail because the owners spend as if peak periods were sustainable? My husband makes over 75% of his profit during a 2-month window, and we just have to save like mad during those 2 months because we know the "dry season" comes every year.

  6. nhgirl1970 Says:

    I answered this, but it appears it didn't go through. Yes, tutoring has peaks and valleys and I am planning accordingly. Seems in my case, it was a matter of getting word out that we existed and now they are coming in droves. Smile
    As for the mystery shopping, I would recommend two sites for finding legitimate companies and to learn all about it. The Mystery Shop Forum (mysteryshopforum.com) has a list of companies at the bottom of the page and tons of threads to learn from. Also, if you go to mysteryshop.org you can also find a list of more legit companies. I would highly recommend their silver certification (I can't speak for gold). It currently runs $20 and is good for life. I definitely get more shops being certified.

  7. MonkeyMama Says:

    Thanks Laura!

  8. Laura S. Says:

    You are welcome! I will do a detailed post about mystery shopping for you all within the week.

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