Here is a good article about teaching math to American students through the internet sitting in India. They charge anywhere between $20 to $30/hour. Worth thinking about if you are planning for a home based opportunity. Need Help With Calculus? Tutors Coach U.S. Students Online -- From India By CRIS PRYSTAY Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL July 5, 2005; Page A11 NEW DELHI -- Tanu Basu lives in Boston, but when she wants extra coaching in math, the 16-year-old American gets online and spends an hour reviewing calculus with an Indian teacher who is based in a suburb of this teeming metropolis. "It's great. I can log in on my free time, whenever I want," says Ms. Basu. "Sometimes my tutor has to explain something four times, and I just feel I'm this dumb person on the other side of the world, and he's all 'No, that's OK.' " Enter the next phase of outsourcing: online math education. Not only does the U.S. increasingly lag behind other countries on international math scores, it's also short of qualified math teachers. This could make it tough for America to improve its grade and retain the competitive edge that keeps good jobs at home. Into the breach step a handful of Indian companies like Career Launcher India Ltd., which provide math tutoring through two U.S. online tutoring companies and directly to students like Ms. Basu. These tutoring services have found a business opportunity: American 15-year-olds ranked 24th among 29 industrialized countries in a study of math skills released last year by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Plus, as school enrollment surges and baby boomers retire, the U.S. faces a teacher shortage, particularly in math and sciences. Nearly 40% of U.S. high schools reported difficulty filling math openings this year with qualified instructors, according to the American Association of Employment in Education. Career Launcher's software allows teachers and students to talk to each other during the live session. Teachers also use a tablet PC to draw diagrams and formulas to help explain the lesson or answer questions. They can see each other through a live feed using a Web camera. The company started in 1995 as a tutoring service and now helps more than 30,000 Indian students. Most are teenagers who turn to Career Launcher to help cram for entrance exams for the country's prestigious engineering schools. In 2000, Intel Capital, a venture-capital arm of Intel Corp. took a stake in Career Launcher valued at just under $1 million. Around the same time, Career Launcher started marketing its services in the Middle East, targeting the children of expatriate Indian professionals who flock to the region for work. The company tutors close to 20,000 students there -- with a large portion of its business in the United Arab Emirates. In 2003, Career Launcher founder Satya Narayanan struck a deal with a U.S.-based online tutoring company, and eight months ago, signed up with a second one. (Both require Career Launcher to keep their names private under terms of the contract.) Teachers now coach students throughout New Delhi's day and night. Career Launcher has taught about 800 U.S. students online in the past 10 months. About 50 of those signed up directly after finding Career Launcher in an Internet search; the rest are outsourced by the two companies it works with. Career Launcher now plans to market itself more aggressively in the U.S., in part by revamping its Web site. It's oriented toward students in India, and it will be redesigned to show students that the company is able to teach to U.S. curricula and help them prep for college entrance exams. Career Launcher charges between $20 and $30 an hour, with rates rising for more complex material, on par with U.S. companies like tutor.com and E-Sylvan.com. Career Launcher says it doesn't see itself as a cut-rate competitor to U.S. tutoring companies. "We want to be seen as a higher-quality product, not a cheaper, outsourced option," says Anirudh Phadke, Career Launcher's business-development director. Another big Indian tutoring company, Educomp Datamatics, plans to roll out similar services in the U.S. this year with a site called Mentoraide.com. Educomp also creates educational software for classrooms and recently completed a pilot program with a California science class. Tutor.com says it's not worried about competition from India. "Online tutoring, as a fairly nascent industry, has so much potential to reach many more students than it does now," says Chief Executive George Cigale. The company tutors about 3,000 students each night, about half of them in math. Most of Mr. Satya's 300 tutors don't have education degrees, but they all have a bachelor's degree, mainly in math or physics from Indian universities. Many also have graduate degrees. He pays $8 to $10 an hour -- a fortune in India. The pay has created demand among younger graduates for the jobs -- the staff is mostly in their 20s and 30s. Career Launcher recently began offering online tutoring to U.S. college students for $35 an hour -- which is more costly than many U.S. online services. "You find very few companies offering college-level tutoring because of the lack of teachers," says Mr. Phadke. "But here in India, we have so many Ph.D.s and people doing doctorates, so we think we can actually charge a premium." At a small office building in Okla, about an hour outside New Delhi, six tutors chat into microphones to students in the Middle East at 10 p.m. A pair of cows hunker down for the night on a dusty curb outside. Swati Chopra, 23 years old, wraps up a session with a student in Dubai, then waits to see whether another student logs on for a session. Ms. Chopra, who has a master's degree in commerce, taught accounting at a local college for 18 months before joining Career Launcher last year. She works later into the evening than at her previous job, but the pay is better and the technology makes it exciting, she says. "I really enjoyed learning to teach over the Internet," she says. Ms. Basu, who is Indian but was born in the U.S., says she was initially hesitant about using a tutor in India. "Would they know my curriculum? Would they understand my accent? Would they even speak my language?" says Ms. Basu, a straight-A student who joined group tutoring sessions during the summer for advanced coaching. Now she uses just online tutors. "It's been a great experience," she says. "I've really had a lot of fun with my teachers in India."