When I consider the American dream I think of many things. I am 25, I own my home, and I have started my own business as a college tutor. I like to think that I am accomplishing what it is that is referred to as the American dream. It was not easy and it took me time to build but in a span of less than four years I have taken something that I genuinely enjoy and made it something that is a full time job.
Education is big business. From the moment we enter school we are taught that our primary objective should be to go to college. We are taught, and it is fact, that unless we have a college education with highly sought after degrees that we will not get jobs that are desirable.
There is a problem with this. College educations are not easy and they are expensive. Not everyone is able to go to traditional colleges and not everyone has the luxury of not working as they are in school. Some of us have to work while we go to college and this is difficult. Online colleges are designed to target those of us who have lives that make it hard and even impossible for us to attend a regular university. Technology is incredible and if utilized correctly then it can be harnessed to help us achieve a better life for ourselves.
Here is where I come in.
I am a full time student that is also a full time college tutor. When students have trouble they come to me and I will help them with their courses. I am good with people and make it easy for them to understand their courses. When people are having trouble managing their busy lives and managing the concepts that they are learning in their school they come to me. I help them understand their courses and go over the materials with them and they in turn are able to complete their classes while gaining a good grade. At a reasonable price of course.
My business is one that I love because I am able to help people that need it, learn as I go (I have helped in every course imaginable often learning as I go), and I get to make money as I do so. Everyone wins and everyone gains something. Selfishly I feel I gain more than any party involved because I love to do all three.
In the first month I started my business I earned less than $5. It was new and it was fun but it was in no way profitable for the amount of time I put forth. By the end of the first year I had earned a little less than $500. In the second year I hit my stride and developed a routine. This routine was difficult because I still worked a full time job and was working nearly 17-18 hours a day. In my second year I earned over $4,000 from tutoring alone. My business grew in my third year and all the while working a full time job I still tutored and tallied close to $8,000. The fourth year I was tutoring every day and was helping nearly 12-20 students at a time on a daily basis. Last year I earned nearly $15,000 from tutoring and helping college students with their classes.
My business is one that is small but it has proven to be profitable. I have the luxury to work from home, help people who are in need, educate them and myself, make money, and provide for my family all at the same time. My business, like most, was not easy in the beginning. I worked hard and understood that what I was doing was profitable so I stuck with it. I remained patient and built my reputation based on my work to the point to where people contact me regularly asking for my help. College is not easy and anything worth gaining is something that must be achieved through hard work. They say education is the key to success. I help people locate that key and it makes me very happy to do so.