As the number of Farsi learners increases, becoming a Farsi tutor can be a rewarding way to earn an income. However, it is sometimes easier said than done. Speaking Farsi fluently is not enough to be a proficient and competent tutor. Learn how to become a Farsi tutor and earn an income by helping others enhance their understanding of the language. Here are some tips I believe will assist you to be more successful in your career as a Farsi tutor.
1. Being a Farsi native is not enough.
Keep in mind that speaking the language isn’t enough to be a good tutor; You must have a firm grasp of the language in order to be able to help others enhance their understanding of the Farsi language. Speaking fluently is not sufficient; you must also understand the fundamentals of the structure of the language.
2. Develop the Proper Credentials.
Scraping by without a solid educational background will not do. Usually, you must have a Farsi degree of some variety in order to teach Farsi lessons. In most cases, it’s not necessary to have a degree in Farsi education, but you should have a degree in a related field like Farsi literature, etc.
3. Become Bilingual.
If you want to teach Farsi as a foreign or secondary language, you should at least be fluent in English language. Being bilingual is an advantage in nearly every job field, but in the world of Farsi teaching and tutoring, it is a “must”. Being bilingual will open up to you a new world of career opportunities.
4. Marketing is the key!
As a business owner, (You really are!) you should market yourself to grow a client base. There are numerous ways for this. Usually, the cheapest and the most effective ways are using the power of Internet to market your services. To reach the local potential clients, you can post ads about your services on the sites such as Craigslist. You can also create your own Farsi teaching website and introduce your services. A webpage is a good way to let people know about you.
You can provide online classes on your website and reach unlimited number of global clients. Placing fliers around a nearby college campus that provide Farsi lessons (There aren’t many colleges that offer Farsi lessons) is another way to reach local clients. Whatever your marketing strategies are, nothing can take the place of “word of mouth” and references. Keeping your clients satisfied is a sure way to maintain your business and receive referrals.
5. Put your name out there.
6. Make your lessons attractive and interactive.
In a good lesson, the tutor provides the direction and guide to discovery, and the students do much of the work. Using wide variety of resources including videos, CDs, postcards, etc. is the best way to make the lessons interesting and attractive.
7. Always check your email!
Check your email quite often, especially if you do online work. Customers usually contact through email first.
8. Sign up for PayPal.
If you go into business for yourself, you need to open a PayPal account to make it easy for your clients to pay you in whatever way is most convenient. PayPal is one of the most trusted and widely used.
9. Hang in there and be patient.
It usually takes a long time to develop reputation and improve your income. What is required be a successful Farsi tutor is persistence and patience.