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I have previous tutoring experience (as well as being an Ontario Certified Teacher). I'd like to get back into some tutoring/editing work on the side, but I'm not sure how to charge for what I'm hoping to do. I don't really have the time or the flexibility to offer one-on-one tutoring, so I was hoping to offer "editing online" types of services where someone would email me their work and I'd send it back in x amount of time with corrections, editing suggestions, etc. I've done this in the past for journalists, law students, etc. and it seemed to work well. Here's the problem: how do I set up a reasonable and attractive fee structure for this?

Some factors:

- I am very meticulous and it can take several hours to fix something up. Some people are willing to pay per hour, but not many -- especially if their writing is awful to start with.

- I have an M.A. in English literature and seven years of high school teaching experience

- the going rate for tutoring around here (Toronto/GTA) for certified teachers is $40-$50/hour, although of course there is a huge range out there

So I see a couple of options, but I hope Ask MeFi can suggest some others:

1. Lower the hourly rate for editing to something like $20/hr, knowing that I will still make a fair amount due to the number of hours it takes to do a comprehensive job

2. Charge for a certain amount of editing. I've seen people offer "two major, and three minor suggestions", for example, at a fixed price.


posted by The Hyacinth Girl to Work & Money (4 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite


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