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Moving a tuition business to Scotland - can it work?(8 Posts)
I mean, I'm sure it can, but...
I'm wanting to relocate to Scotland from Northern UK. I run my own tuition business where I mainly go out to people's homes. I've been doing it for years and it's my main income.
Other than living in a city, I'm wondering if a business like this can succeed in Scotland, if I choose to live in a more rural area? Would I need to consider being centralised instead by having an education centre, or would it be too much to expect people to travel to it
I know it's a vague question but it's early stages and I want to see if it's at all manageable or if the distances make it a hard thing to do without living in a city.
I'm n West Central Scotland and used to tutor. In general, people expect you to go to them, not to come to your house.
So if you don't mind travelling, it will definitely work.
Also, I used to charge for mileage
It depends how rural you are talking about. I live in the central belt, not in a city, and I think a business like that would do well here.
Once you get north of Perth, other than population centres like Inverness and Aberdeen, there might be a fair distance between your clients.
How much do you know about the Scottish education system?
I don't know enough about the exams but I've worked with students who studied in Scotland then had to adjust to the English education system. I'd obviously get up to speed on that side of things well in advance.
So it's very similar to here in that people want the tutor to come out. I was looking at above Aberdeen but that might not be possible.
I would suggest staying close to cities such as Perth or Aberdeen, as well as Edinburgh/ Glasgow etc. You can easily have a rural home and commute into town.
You'll need to be close to those that have a higher income so they can employ you. Obviously. Places like Aberdeen have a more international crowd ( what's left of the oil industry etc) and may put their kids into the private sector. Also suburban primary schools can often be the feeder schools for those wanting to send their kids to boarding schools or the local private schools. They'll often ask for tutoring I should think.
My own experience of this is, eg, I know that Cults primary is a bit of a feeder for Robert Gordon's. Also, high achievers in places like Stonehaven and Banchory. These are lovely commuter towns in easy reach of Aberdeen and offer a high quality of living when money is good. There's also a brand new road from South to North of Aberdeen that has made travel incredibly fast.
Can't help with Edinburgh/ Glasgow but I hope this helps.
Ignoring the fact that you say you're moving from the "north of the UK" to Scotland, there is still a market for tutoring in Scotland as there is everywhere else in the UK. Obviously your pool of students would be much smaller in a rural area and agree that in my experience tutors come to you so you'd need to factor in travel time and cost.
Your main problem is your lack of experience with the Scottish system which would be a big no no from me looking for tutors for my kids.
There are A level schools in Scotland but that would be giving you a very narrow audience.
Agree that if you want to move to Scotland, get to grips with the curriculum asap.
There is a need for 14 or so maths teachers within the city of Aberdeen.
If maths is your topic there's work out there...