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Karren Brady’s career advice for getting into a side hustle

APPRENTICE star and West Ham United vice-chairman Karren Brady answers your career questions and meets an inspiring CEO.

Here she gives a reader tips on how to get started in tutoring.


Karren Brady, Baroness Brady, CBE is a British business executive and television personality

Q) I am a teacher and recently a friend asked me if I could tutor her son on a weekly basis for an hour at a time. She said she could pay me, so I don’t feel like she’s taking advantage of it.

But I don’t know how to go about it the right way. To give private lessons at my home, do I have to be inspected?

What if I liked it and wanted to take on other kids as a bigger hustle, would I need to think about the tax implications?

Sarah, via email

A) Working in education is a very rewarding job, and tutoring is a great way to earn extra income as and when it suits you.

All private guardians must be set up with HMRC. Even if you are part-time, you still have to declare your income.

The easiest way would be to set up as an individual contractor – has a step-by-step guide on how to do this.

You will also need to complete a self-assessment tax return, which will tell you how to report the extra money you have earned.

Create a bank account to have all your business expenses flow in and out of one account, making it easier to manage.

It is not required by law to have you inspected, but it is common for guardians to carry liability insurance in the event of damage or injury to a third party in a place where you work, as well as liability insurance professional liability, which will provide protection against negligence claims.

I know this all may sound overwhelming, but the government fully supports and encourages small businesses, especially education-based ones, so setting one up is a simple and worthwhile process.

I wish you good luck!

A day in the life of…

Dimple Amani, 37, is the founder of an eponymous company that offers Ayurveda-based products and treatments. She lives in London with her parents and her 10-year-old daughter Angel.

I wake up at…

7am. Coming from an Indian family, Angel and I do our morning prayers first, then I take a shower and do a five-minute lymphatic drainage facial massage to deflate my skin. After breakfast and the school run, I drive 40 minutes to my Pimlico clinic.

A normal day involves…

Growing up, my grandmother used herbs and ancient remedies to cure illnesses, so five years ago, after training as a beautician in my late teens, I went to the Himalayas to train with practitioners of Ayurveda – a system of natural medicine, which originated in India over 3,000 years ago.

My team of six practitioners are all trained in my bespoke method, so we share treatments, but since I have a close relationship with clients, I do more pre-treatment consultations. This year I launched my own line of beauty products and tools, and during this development period, I felt like I was juggling two full-time jobs!

From a very young age, I watched my dad run 15 supermarkets in London, and thankfully I’m a multi-tasker too. But I couldn’t live without my personal assistant, Carol, who monitors my emails and responds to manufacturer inquiries and lab checks, customer questions, reservations, product orders and deliveries.

On busy days, I wake up at 6 a.m. to respond to messages from customers and manufacturers of product lines and questions about packaging. As I am a single mother, my parents help with childcare, which I really appreciate. Hats off to all the multitasking women who don’t have this support – it’s hard enough when you have it.

The best part of my job is…

See the impact of my treatment on clients. Sometimes they feel so relaxed and amazing that they burst into tears and hug me.

And the hardest…

The admin – I’m not a fan, and it’s constant!

I relax by…

Put on my pajamas, light a candle in my room and enjoy a cup of herbal tea.

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