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I have been working at Varsity Tutors as a contractor (more than 3 years)Pros
Basically, once you make it through the interview process, the Varsity staff goes out and finds you work. If you tutor the SAT, for instance, they will send out emails about potential SAT students to you practically every day. These emails include the name, grade, and a little bit about the student, as well as their approx. distance from your home/potential meeting times. So you have plenty of info before you make a decision. Yesterday (1/15/2015) I think there were 3 or 4 potential new clients I could have accepted. So I guess here is a list of good stuff.
-Easy- you don't have to find clients or deal with payments, you just get to choose which jobs look good to you. Varsity also has minimum session lengths/payments. So you won't have to deal with a client who lives 40 minutes away and wants to meet for 30 minutes. (i.e. not worth your time).
-Flexible- I've gone for months without taking on any clients, and then picked back up and taken on 4 or 5 at once when I have more time. And there is no pressure either way. You get to choose how much you work.
-Good pay rates.
-Meet interesting people
-Other ways to make money- I haven't done any of these, but they pay what seem like good rates for putting up flyers at local universities, or for drafting practice questions for the SAT and other tests.
-Online tutoring- I haven't actually done it (I'm a little old fashioned, would feel uncomfortable). But it's kind of a cool idea, and I have friends who have really liked being able to tutor without leaving their house.
-Coordinators are really friendly/helpful.Cons
-I think it took a little while (two months or so) to get my first client. But after that I noticed I was getting a lot more opportunities. Which makes sense- as the company I'd go with established folks before assigning an "unknown."
-Before I had a smartphone, I missed out on lots of opportunities- People tend to respond pretty darn quickly to Job offers.
Not a con for company, but tutoring in general is feast-or-famine. Right now there is an SAT and an LSAT coming up, so there is TOO MUCH work for the tutors to accept all the jobs. In a month, though, it will probably be tough to get any assignments.RecommendsNeutral OutlookNo opinion of CEO