There’s something about being 15 that makes you simultaneously the most logical adult and fiery petulant child you’ve ever met. I started tutoring high school students in preparation for the ACT and SAT exams about a decade ago and my business has been steadily growing through word-of-mouth over the years. I have a separate work phone that I only look at during my declared office hours in order to give myself some semblance of work-life balance, and in order to keep up with the way teenager’s and their parents communicated I respond to both voice mails and text messages. Do you remember back in the early 2000s when everyone was getting a new phone number every six months? I swear, some of my clients never got past that phase and are just as neglectful in letting me know that something has changed. My students are great, even if it’s almost impossible to keep track of them from week to week. Well, mostly they’re well behaved that is. The nature of the beast is that they are incredibly prone to attitude both at me and at their parents. I can always tell when someone has had a rough week, because I’ll start being inundated with prank calls from all of their friend’s numbers. They try that myth from my childhood of pressing various number combinations before entering my number, thinking it comes up as a private or unknown number. I’ve never bothered to let any of my students know it doesn’t work – I just quickly type the digits into my bookmarked Absolute People Search, find the home address, and write a very pleasant letter to their parents elaborating on the mischief their little darling gets up to on Saturdays at 3 in the morning.
Being a tutor means that I am filled with dozens of unknown numbers, and I need to maintain my professionalism. Part of the job requirement means that I know everything before you ask – which means knowing exactly who I am calling in order to sound like a magician is just part of my every day existence. Absolute People Search has a high quality search functionality and allows me to effortlessly breeze through comprehensive databases from private and public resources so that I have names, addresses, emails, and other assorted related information, all in the time it takes to get the greetings out of the way. I am able to appear calm and professional in the most frantic of scheduling conflicts and to communicated clearly with my students and their guardians.
With reverse caller lookup, it doesn’t matter if a parent changes phone numbers, or a student is texting me from their brother’s phone, I am able to have all the information I need from a trustworthy source and respond back quickly and eloquently. It’s just as important of a tool in my toolbox as my calendar – and far more worth my time! I could never have grown my business as rapidly as I did without their help!