Tutoring students is a win-win situation. Your students learn knowledge or skills they need to succeed, and you bring in some extra cash. While some advanced subjects require a college degree, there are many things you can teach without formal education.

Fine Art

Sketching, oil painting, and pottery are popular with people of all ages. Work one-on-one or with a small group of students. Group sessions offer a lower cost to each student but can provide a higher per hour income for the teacher, depending on the number of people.


Approach businesses, libraries, summer day camps, and senior centers to offer your services as a tutor. You could teach any of these popular classes:
Office Programs
Computer Drawing
Graphic Design
Desktop Publishing


Do you have a special talent for making furniture, bird houses, or other items with wood? Home centers give classes to increase their sales of wood, hardware, and tools. They usually pay a flat fee, but smaller stores might offer a percentage of sales.


Homeowners are interested in projects like fireplace grates. Someone looking for a better job needs more intensive tutoring in the different types of welding. Part of the job application process at most plants involves an on-site welding test.

Elementary School Subjects

The elementary school years are the most important. Children need a good foundation in reading and math to get ahead in life. Share your teaching experience in person or online. You could work with a national tutoring company or start your own business.

High School Subjects

College students frequently tutor their high school counterparts in algebra, foreign languages, chemistry, and similar subjects. Ask high school counselors to refer your services to struggling students.

SAT Preparation

Millions of high school students take the SATs every year. Companies that offer SAT prep courses hire local talent to teach their classes. They are frequently held on Saturdays and last several hours.