Private language tutoring in the US
Thread poster: xxxsonja29
xxxsonja29
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Aug 23, 2005

Hello all,

I would be very grateful for any information and tips re: being a private language tutor in the US (IL). Any sine-qua-non's that I should bear in mind? Any faux pas that would be inexcusable to commit?

For example:

Is there a preferred method of payment (cash? check?) when dealing with private students? What about payment terms: per session/weekly/monthly? (When I taught EFL in Europe, it was perfectly acceptable for the client to pay me in cash after each session. I am far from endorsing "money-under-the-table" here, earnings were reported to the tax authorities, it is just that no intervening paperwork was deemed necessary.)

Also, should I submit an invoice, as in translation? Provide some special receipt? I would really like to do this right!

TIA for your wisdom and assistance!

Sonja


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Kevin Fulton  Identity Verified
United States
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German to English
Depends upon the customer Aug 23, 2005

I've found it easiest to submit a simple invoice at the end of each month. In some instances companies are paying for FL (or ESL/EFL) instruction and require an invoice so that the employee can be reimbursed. Of course, some people are unreliable, so you might not want to wait a month for payment.

You should also set some policy about cancellations. I normally don't charge a fee if the pupil gives me advance notice of a cancellation, but I do charge if he/she doesn't bother to let me know until the last minute (waived for emergencies: accidents do happen!).


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craigs
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Cash is fine Aug 23, 2005

sonja29 wrote:
When I taught EFL in Europe, it was perfectly acceptable for the client to pay me in cash after each session.


That's exactly how I did business with my tutor in the past. As far as I've seen, it's whatever you work out with each individual. In small amounts and on a private basis, I don't think paying in cash is any burden. This is assuming that you're not acting for a business or corporation--can't help you there.

Good luck.


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xxxsonja29
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Thank you! Aug 24, 2005

Thank you, Kevin, for your reply and useful tips, esp. on the cancellation policy.

I would feel comfortable with a monthly invoice to a company, but would be hesitant to wait that long with individual new clients. You never know... A weekly invoice might be more appropriate in that case.

Again, many thanks!


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xxxsonja29
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Thanks!! Aug 24, 2005

craigs wrote:

That's exactly how I did business with my tutor in the past. As far as I've seen, it's whatever you work out with each individual. In small amounts and on a private basis, I don't think paying in cash is any burden. This is assuming that you're not acting for a business or corporation--can't help you there.

Good luck.


Thank you, craigs. I was not sure if cash were an acceptable practice when tutoring individuals. Thanks for the reassurance and your good wishes.


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