Tutor Doctor Franchise Review

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Your child is struggling in school. He is having a hard time staying up with the rest of the class, so you do what any concerned parent would do – you find him a tutor. While you could work with an individual, many families today feel more comfortable working with a larger company that specializes in tutorials. These companies have made tutorials a business. Sometimes this arrangement works out beautifully for everyone.

But sometimes it doesn’t.

Tutoring as Big Business

Education shouldn’t be anyone’s big-money business. Making money off the backs of those individuals struggling with math or reading is fundamentally flawed if you’re not providing them with a real service. If you have a client paying you to help his child with math, and you do help the child understand math and catch up with his class, great. You are a paid instructor.

But if you build a franchise designed to make money offering scattered tutorials, you’re not in this for the right reasons and that can be a problem.

Somewhere along the line, companies developed a new business model. The model was to “sell” territories of would-be customers to franchise owners interested in opening up tutorial centers. These tutors would not just work from home or visit the homes of their students; they would open up a nice storefront shop. They would advertise, bring in new business and line up low-cost tutors to handle the actual “work” of the shop.

The company seeking franchisees went so far as to promise huge returns for the owners. All they need to do is pay a large upfront fee, find some kids who can’t do math, find some other kids who can and then bring them all together! The tutors make a bit of money. The parents pay a lot of money, and the franchise owner keeps all of the money in between – simple!

When Education Fails

But it’s not as simple as it first seems. The franchisee is often sold a load of nonsense. He must then pass that same nonsense on to his customers. The new tutorial center is leveraged to the hilt by the new owner and he is quick to discover that smart tutors aren’t interested in earning low wages. And parents with big pocketbooks aren’t interested in paying a lot for terrible tutoring.

Running a business is hard work, and when you’re playing with a child’s education and future success in school, you can be creating more harm than good in the first place.

A tutorial business can be profitable. But a lot of factors have to be in place. You need strong tutors. You need regular clients. You need actual education!

Many would-be business owners are told that going through the motions is enough to get things going. Set up shop and the money will come. Unfortunately this just isn’t true, and worse, when the franchisee tries to shut down shop or break off to do things their own way they wind up with legal issues as well as tremendous expenses and a broken business.

The lesson here is simple. If you want to make money, open a business. If you want to help children, focus on that first. After all, children should always come before overhead and profits.