Pros: wyzant handles all the monetary transactions between the tutor and the student.
Cons: distance mileage information between tutor and student seems to be based on zip code, not street address, if the zipcodes cover large areas, your travel distance could be double what is indicated in the client request, this can be bad, with gas prices so high - cuts into profits and time!
I have been an active tutor with WyzAnt since August, 2012. They have been great! The site provides thorough guidance in developing an effective profile page, determining a competitive hourly rate, and making the most of one's tutoring sessions. I have the freedom to select the students with whom I want to work, the distance that I want to travel, and – more... the subjects that I prefer to teach. Best of all, I do not have to deal with money! The WyzAnt team arranges everything.
Giving up 40% was a bitter pill to swallow in the beginning, but that first 20 hours flew by. I just recently went over the 50 hour mark and now I keep 70% of my rate. I think the service they provide is worth it. I go to the site 2-3 times per day to check mail and to view client tutoring requests. I love my students and I always try to give excellent service. If they live too far away, I suggest meeting halfway at a library or other quiet, but public venue. I have had terrific results with that approach.
If you are considering becoming a private tutor, I highly recommend checking out WyzAnt. I have recommended the company to many of my friends, both locally and out of the area.
I couldn't be happier with WyzAnt! – less