22 Year Old Menifee Entrepreneur Launches Tutoring Business
Deryk Perez (left), Luis Salgado (right), Inland Tutors While many college students are trying to fi...
At 22 years of age, he represents an age group least likely to be involved in starting a business, according to a recent study by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Yet earlier this year he and a friend launched Inland Tutors, a tutoring service here in Menifee.
A graduate of Paloma Valley High School, Perez was inspired to run his own tutoring business after being employed as a tutor for competing companies. "I was the supervisor for the Temecula region with another private tutoring company", Perez explained. "I hired my highschool buddy Luis into that company. Then we realized we could do this on our own and went into the development of Inland Tutors."
It was a philosophy class at Cal Poly Pomona that sparked his interest in education. "I was arguing the No Child Left Behind Act and its inability to efficiently educate students. Teachers are having to teach to the test. They have to meet certain scores to continue receiving funds from the Act."
But it was a business course he took at Cal Poly called "Creativity and Entrepreneurship" that gave Perez the sense to start his own business. "I developed a business feasibility plan, which taught me how to look at current industry trends, marketing, and demographics to determine if a business idea is viable."
Since its launch this year, Perez and his business partner have brought on two more tutors and now cover an area from Corona to Temecula to Hemet to Perris. "We now have online tutoring set up too. We use Skype with a webcam and microphone along with an electronic whiteboard. It's still one-on-one tutoring, and its real time."
Inland Tutors covers all age groups, including adults. "I tutored this lady who was 41 at the time. She had been a nurse since her 20s, but didn't have a highschool diploma. The hospital she worked at then required everyone to have a GED, which put her at risk to lose her job. She hadn't been to school in 25 years. I helped her with basic math just to get her GED."
Mathematics and science both happen to be strong points with Perez, and are subjects he personally tutors. "I'm still a mechanical engineer major at Cal Poly, and those subjects are a couple of my strengths. Each of our tutors have particular strengths and we assign them to students who have those specific needs."