Desperately Seeking an Income

Okay, I’m not desperate, but I really would like a job, and I would really like it to be in education.  I just found out there is serious need on this island for specialized tutoring.  The good news is, it is in my field.  The bad news is, I have no idea how to go about starting my own business.

I need space.  I need advertising.  I need to set fees and terms.  I need a record/bookkeeping system.  I need a crash course in Business Marketing! Is there anybody out there who has a brain I can pick?

Where do I even start? Can I just begin by tutoring in my own home? That would effect my insurance, wouldn’t it? How about a public place like a library? Can I use those facilities to earn private income? And where do I go to find answers to all of these questions?

I have a valid, certified teaching license, but it is not for the State of Washington. Does that make a difference? Anybody can tutor, right? Wouldn’t it be up to the parents to decide if they were comfortable with the teacher’s educational level and capability?

The only thing I know for certain is I want to work with kids and make a difference in their lives. Right now that isn’t a school district option. I have considered asking the church for space, but we aren’t even members there yet.