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April 27, 2015
I am a brand new teacher, and am being asked to give private lessons. The problem is, I have absolutely no idea how much to charge! I believe the going rate in my part of the country is $75/hour for experienced teachers. I am not an experienced teacher, so I want to be fair to the student. However, I don't want to undersell other teachers in my community to the point that their rates seem unfair, nor do I want to start at a rate (whether too low or too high) that will make it difficult for me to continue.
What rates do you yourselves charge, if you do private lessons? What sort of range is represented in your community? Do you take into account extenuating circumstances such as students with injuries or chronic conditions (requiring more specific attention and research), or charge more to those with greater means so you can charge less to those with fewer resources? It feels like not only a business but a moral quandary!
My thanks to the forum!
Namaste - Anne
April 27, 2015
Charge what is acceptable for both you and the student. In the worst of the recession I never dropped my private rates because my students who paid privately weren't affected by the economic chaos. It seems hard to believe, but it's true. Yes, they took hits in their stocks and mutual fund portfolios, but they helped me cover my bills in late 2008 and up to now. So, what's my rate? Well - $80 in the studio and $115 in the home. I never teach guys out of the studio and if I have to travel over 15 minutes my in home rate goes up $10 for every 5 minutes of travel. In other words, if I travel 30 minutes my rate is $145 for an hour. Is it fair? 30 minutes to and 30 minutes from is another hour of traveling. They don't mind paying and I don't mind teaching.
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