How to Start an Online Tutoring Business with MemberPress (In 5 Steps)

As a tutor, you may sometimes feel limited by how many students you can see in person per week. You might also struggle to get new clients and grow your business.

However, thanks to the ever-growing world of virtual learning, offering educational sessions online has never been easier. The first step is starting an online tutoring business is that lets you reach new audiences and enhance your current courses with exclusive content and materials.

In this post, we'll discuss why you should consider starting a membership site for your tutoring business. Then we'll walk you through how you can do so in five simple steps. Let's get started!

The Benefits of Starting an Online Tutoring Business with MemberPress

There are many benefits to starting a membership site. First, it can help you rapidly expand your client base. When you're not bound by geographical limitations, you can reach a wider audience. There are so many e-learning tools that enable teachers, students, and mentors to connect with ease.

With a website, you can promote your tutoring services in new and exciting ways. You can also leverage email and social channels to share promotions and content to help generate leads:

The Tutor For Kids website as an example of a tutoring membership website.

Another benefit of starting a membership site for tutoring is that it can help you increase your income. Of course, gaining a larger client base can help you earn more. However, you can also create membership tiers and paid, premium content to sell in upgraded packages.

Finally, a membership website can also help you establish a professional online presence. Your members will be able to subscribe to your content, and you can create new coursework for them and track their progress as they go.

How to Start an Online Tutoring Business with MemberPress (In 5 Steps)

Now that you understand some of the benefits of starting a membership site, let's look at how to go about it. To begin, you'll need to have a WordPress site set up. You'll also want to choose a theme. You can check out some of the best tutoring themes for some quality options.

With this out of the way, we can get into how to create the site. We'll be doing so using our own MemberPress plugin. It integrates easily with WordPress sites and enables you to control every aspect of your members-only site from a single dashboard.

Step 1: Purchase and Install the MemberPress Plugin

The first step is to head over to our website and select a pricing plan. The packages range from Basic to Advanced, depending on your specific needs:

The MemberPress plugin page.

The Basic plan could be an excellent option if you only intend to have one website. It also comes with the course builder add-on, which helps you design educational content for your students.

After selecting your plan and registering your account, the site will automatically bring you to the Downloads page to download the software as a .zip file. Next, you can navigate to Plugins > Add New from your WordPress dashboard. Upload the MemberPress file and activate the plugin.

To finalize the installation process, you'll need to input your license key. You can find it on your Downloads page.

Step 2: Select Your Payment Method

Before you start adding your membership options, you'll need to add a payment method. To do so, you can navigate to MemberPress > Settings and select the Payments tab followed by the plus sign:

The MemberPress payment page.

Here, you can enter the required information. You can choose from PayPal (Standard, Express, and Pro), Stripe, and You can also opt for offline payments in cash, but this option may not be logical if you're working remotely with your students.

Once you select the payment gateway(s) and enter your credentials, click on Update Options. You can come back to this page and add different methods in the future if needed.

Step 3: Create New Memberships

Once the payment gateways are configured, the next step is creating memberships. To get started, you can navigate to MemberPress > Memberships > Add New:

Creating a membership with MemberPress.

This is where you can start building plans for your tutoring packages. You can enter a title for the program, price, and billing type. For example, we created a “Starter/Weekly” plan with recurring, weekly billing.

You can add as many memberships as you'd like. When you're done with each one, click on the Publish button to make it live.

If you have multiple plans, you may need to separate your content according to these tiers. For example, you might want to offer premium features, such as homework materials, to your highest-paying students. You can create content access rules to separate different posts and pages.

Step 4: Coordinate Tutoring Sessions with Your Students

There are many different forms your tutoring sessions can take. You can decide which methods to use depending on what's best and most practical for both you and your students.

Perhaps you want to offer a variety of options. Some of the most popular include:

You may also want to enable your students to schedule tutoring appointments with you via your website. You can do this using a plugin such as Simply Schedule Appointments.

The Simply Schedule Appointments WordPress plugin.

With this add-on, you can customize your tutoring session lengths and design a calendar for students to make bookings. Simply Schedule Appointments also enables you to set up different appointment types. For example, you could create modules for phone, video, or chat sessions with your students.

And the plugin integrates with Zoom for ultimate efficiency!

Step 5: Create and Share Your Membership Registration Link

Once you have your membership site set up and configured, you can create your membership registration page. To make the sign-up process as simple as possible, we recommend letting users register from your homepage.

To do this, you can navigate to Appearance > Menus in your WordPress dashboard. Then you can select the name of the membership you want to add to the menu:

Adding a membership menu item in WordPress.

Once you have your menu item added, you can save your changes. When you visit your site on the front end, you'll be able to see a registration link. You can share this on other platforms with your students to make it easier for them to sign up for your tutoring sessions!


Thanks to virtual learning environments, offering tutoring lessons online has never been easier. Furthermore, creating a membership website could be an excellent investment if you want to make the most of your business.

As we discussed in this article, you can start an online tutoring business in five easy steps:

  1. Purchase and install our MemberPress plugin.
  2. Select your payment method(s).
  3. Create your memberships.
  4. Choose and coordinate your tutoring sessions with students.
  5. Create and share your membership registration link.

Do you have any questions about starting a membership site for tutoring? Let us know in the comments section below!

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About John Hughes

John is a blogging addict, WordPress fanatic, and staff writer.