Suffer the freedom of choice.
I have some second round interviews coming up at tutoring companies – Inspirica and Pinnacle – to manage their tutors or their clients. Both are fantastic, established, stable tutoring companies based in NYC – one in the Upper East Side and one in Brooklyn. I am inspired by both the owners and employees – hard working, organized individuals that have organized a well oiled machine of smart and caring individuals that provide tutoring to families across the area.
Downsides to a Full-time Role at a Tutoring Company
Non-Compete Agreement may be required.
If this were to prohibit me from tutoring, I may be unable to make this commitment unless I want a job bad enough to give up my tutoring students.
2 Weeks Vacation. Hearing this is like “listening to nails being scratched against a chalkboard!” As someone who has come to appreciate 2 months off a year, slimming down my time away from my work to two weeks a year seems fairly dehumanifying. I wonder who I can work for that would allow me this travel time. I would not mind working on the road, but most tutoring companies are more traditional in structure and require in-office hours.
Pros to a Full-time Role at a Tutoring Company
Camaraderie. I’ve come to appreciate my greater ability to flourish among like minded peers. I can learn from others in my field, especially those innovating technologically.
Role Models. Being my own role model is not a helpful thing.
It is fun to have folks to shoot the breeze with. I love my husband dearly, but having others to chat playfully with would be so refreshing!
Let’s be analytical.
What Could Returning to Freelance Look Like?
If I pick up with tutoring, I’ll need my afternoons free.
M-F Admissions Consulting, Tutoring, Editing and Childcare
- Already booked $350-700 weekly from recurring clients
- Average $150/week
Total I income I can count on weekly:
- Likely – Smart Sitters – could easily pick up some weekly childcare shifts
- Likely – Could pick up more tutoring clients – either on my own or through an agency
- Unlikely – Could pick up dog walks
I’ve learned from living meagrely these last 2.5 months, first in a van, and then in the homes of my friends, family, and petsits that $450/week is more than enough!
So it’s a matter of deciding which dream to pursue. More to come in this as I make some decisions in the next week.