The Top 10 Business Coaches and Mastermind Groups to Help You Grow Your Private Tutoring Business

Sean Lund-Brown

Tutoring can be a very rewarding career. There are lots of different paths that you can take but starting a business out of your passion can be quite rewarding. Of course, it’s also something that can be a bit of work if you’re not skilled in business. Fortunately, there are people that can help you along the way. 

Tutoring depends on having clients, which depends on making sure that your tutoring business is properly marketed. It also means delivering the level of service that keeps people coming back. There’s a lot more to it than just being a good tutor. It’s also a competitive world that’s only getting more competitive as the days go on. 

Coaches bring opportunities for growth, networking, and so much more. In the section below, we’ll go over some of the biggest benefits of hiring a business coach for your private tutoring business. Whether you’re just getting started or you’re trying to build your existing business, you’ll find a lot to gain from hiring someone who knows the ropes. 

You'll have two options, in general, when it comes to coaching: tutor-specific coaches and general business coaches. For some, the value of an expert in marketing might be better than hiring someone familiar with the tutoring industry specifically. You have to decide what’s going to be best for your needs. The good news is that you’ll find plenty of coaches from all walks of life out there to consider for your tutoring business. 


The benefits of hiring a business coach 

If you’re a tutor, you understand all too well the value of asking for help from someone who’s got the expertise that you may lack. Unfortunately, too many professionals don’t translate that to their own business needs and forego hiring a coach. Some don’t think of it, while others think of it but think it’s “unnecessary” or “too cost-prohibitive". The reality is that it’s totally necessary and it’s an investment that’s worth every penny. 

Here are just a few of the perks:

  • Insight: A business coach will provide you with value-added insights and give you the chance to get the honest feedback that you need. You'll get constructive criticism and be held accountable for your choices and business moves and gain lots of pointers from someone who knows how to get more out of the industry. 
  • Guidance and Direction: When you hire a business coach, you’ll be able to point your business in the right direction, even if you aren’t sure of what that is on your own. Coaches can help figure out where you want to go and then give you the guidance and tools to get there. 
  • Goals: Along with direction, business coaches can help you clearly identify your business goals and set ones that are growth oriented. You will be able to better define the things you want as a private tutor and set goals that get results and that you can still achieve. 
  • Structure: You might not be familiar with things like business structure or setting up an actual business. It might be better for you to stay a sole proprietor, for example. When you consult with a business coach, they’ll help you choose the business structure that makes the most sense and then help you learn how to do it yourself. 
  • Growth: Obviously, the ultimate goal of all of this is growth. Whether that’s better profits or more clients, or just a better reputation in your industry, a business coach can help you grow in the ways you want. By working with them to develop strong goals and a firm business structure, you’ll get results like you’d never find on your own. 
  • Break the Habit: Routines are great, in some aspects. When they become ruts, though, it’s time for a change. With a business coach, you’ll be forced to break your routines and try something new, even if you think you’re not ready. 

These are just a few of the biggest perks of hiring a business coach. It can essentially become whatever you want it to be when you do it right. Now, let’s look at 10 of the best ones for your private tutoring business. 

The top 10 business coaches for private tutors

1. Melinda Emerson 

The original SmallBizLady, Melinda Emerson traded in her corporate consulting with the likes of American Express and other big brands for the world of coaching small businesses and running her own small business. She offers a blog, as well as tons of online resources that you can use to learn about owning a small business. She's also published a book and offers one-on-one coaching services for people that come from more than 15 years of her own experience in business and the years she has spent coaching. She focuses on client engagement and marketing strategies to help you take your business to the next level. 

2. Paul Lemberg

Paul Lemberg is all about profits and overcoming hurdles. He will help you find all kinds of profit potential, as he has helped to build several seven-figure companies in his own time. He's also get books and videos, a blog, and offers one-on-one coaching to those who want it. He will work with you to create a custom plan to build your brand online and grow your tutoring business based on the principles he follows in building successful businesses. He works with all of his clients to help align their personal and professional goals and is available at all times to his clients during their partnership. 

3. CEO Warrior

CEO Warrior is a great resource for service businesses, including tutors, who are looking for ways to grow their small service company. The company was founded by someone who started his own business with just two people and a broken truck, turning it into a multi-million dollar company that now has hundreds of employees. He turned to coaching to help others like him and offers a variety of coaching services and solutions, along with an online blog and other resources. He knows how to focus on the service part of your job and get the success that you desire. 

4. The Tutor Coach

Adrianne Meldrum started The Tutor Coach to help others become successful in their tutoring businesses. She helps people that have already established businesses as well as those who are just starting out and think tutoring will be a good fit for them. She offers a digital toolbox, is a published author, and has plenty of resources on the website, including a framework for building a profitable tutoring organization. You can connect with her via social media and request one-on-one coaching and training based on your needs. She’s also got a quiz that will help you identify where to start and whether a coach is right for your situation. 

5. Michael Gibben

Michael Gibben founded Coach for Tutors as a way to help others find and grow their own success in the tutoring world. He focuses on helping people who feel overwhelmed or uncertain about where to start, where to go next, or what kind of goals to set. By 2017, his own private tutoring program became a five-star rated company, and then he started transitioning to coaching and helping other tutors find their niche. He offers guidance in all areas of business, including how to choose a tutoring specialty, if you should choose one, and more. He's got practical experience and he’s available for one-on-one coaching and consulting by request, ready to help any tutor thrive. 

6. Sonia Teach

An experienced tutor and coach herself, Sonia Teach helps online tutors build their businesses. She also helps others turn their tutoring skills into a business coaching career to help improve their income and expand their career. She works with digital marketing and avenues like YouTube to ensure that people make a maximum impact, and she offers a variety of coaching and training solutions for people at all stages of their careers. Sonia has studied abroad and has several degrees in education, along with more than eight years of experience in tutoring and teaching. She's also been featured in multiple podcasts. 

7. Vivian Kaye

Vivian Kaye has been an entrepreneur for more than 13 years of her career. She takes a no-excuses approach to the way she does things, focusing on small business and helping you gain confidence so that you can move your business in the right direction. She also helps with building your brand image and visibility, digital marketing, and so much more. Her website is full of resources from her blog to videos and webinars, and plenty of other tools. Plus, you can contact Vivian to set up a consultation or discuss one-on-one coaching and training services. She won’t sugarcoat what you need to hear, and she’ll make sure that she’s not done until you’re satisfied, no matter which type of coaching or training you choose. 

8. Liz Scott

If marketing is what your tutoring business needs, Liz Scott is the lady for the job. Known as the Marketing Mastermind, she’s been in the business world for more than 25 years and has held multiple positions. She’s an author, strategist, panelist, and award-winning speaker that has spoken at events around the world. She helps businesses light a fire under their startup and find faster growth with less effort. She founded Brighter Strategies to offer coaching and consulting solutions to help professionals meet their business and personal career goals. She has published books and her resources include a blog, published books, webinars, and more. She also helps you with things like thought leadership and organizational development, helping improve your business with soft skills. 

9. Vanguard Business Coaching

Vanguard Business Coaching was founded by another business coaching pioneer, Andy Turner. He has over 20 years of his own experience and sales in various areas of business. He's also been a consultant and coach on his own for several years and now has a company that he uses to help coach all kinds of small businesses and entrepreneurs. He's great for tutors because he will focus on finding your weak spots to help you overcome the hurdles and create additional revenue streams so that you can continue to grow your business. There are online resources and programs available, along with one-on-one and in-person coaching. 

10. ActionCOACH

The ActionCOACH organization was started by Brad Sugars, a pioneer in the coaching and training industry that we know today. It’s now one of the most well-known and successful coaching organizations in the country and there are several different coaching solutions for all types of businesses, entrepreneurs, and others looking for assistance and insight. You can simply answer a few basic questions and you’ll be paired with the perfect coach so that you can get the business savvy that you need to grow and succeed as a private tutor. There are online courses, videos and webinars, and live and one-on-one coaching and training options available. 


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Our 24/7 virtual receptionists will act as the face of your brand to deliver an exceptional level of service and handle all of your customer communications, or all of them that you wish for us to handle on your behalf. Plus, we can even integrate with your CRM to help you keep track of everything along the way. 

You can learn more when you schedule a consultation to discuss our 24/7 live chat and phone answering solutions, along with appointment scheduling, lead intake, payment collection, and more. You can also reach us at hello@smith.ai or (650) 727-6484. 


Sean Lund-Brown

Sean Lund-Brown is a current Marketing Assistant for Smith.ai. A graduate from Metropolitan State University of Denver, Sean graduated with a BA in Music and an individualized degree in Teaching Vocal Pedagogy.

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