Is it common practice to tip instructors?

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I'm planning on taking a private class soon and was wondering if you guys usually tip the instructor or not?
 
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Thanks for the replies, I kind of figured I didn't need to but I just wanted to confirm.
 

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Rule of thumb I follow is if it's an employee of someone's business then I will give a tip if warranted. If it's the sole
proprietor (owner of business) then I do not give a tip. So same would go with an instructor. Most likely they are the boss/ owner so I would not tip.
 
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As an instructor, I would most definitely say to tip your instructor.

But in reality, instructors generally charge plenty for their time teaching the class and materials. No tipping is necessary.
 

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No it is not customary.

As for owners v. employees, my Wife tips her hairdresser and he owns the place.
 
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If I was a sole proprietor instructor, I wouldn't expect it and I would set my rates accordingly. Any tips would be gravy. I myself wouldn't tip for taking a group class. Private lessons? I would consider it.
 
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Anytime I'm having a service rendered I consider tipping.. I don't think tipping should be required or expected in any profession but that it should be up to the consumer to judge whether the service is worth extra $... A positive review is a must in my opinion, especially for small operations like a one on one instructor since they really don't advertise and we all look for each others experiences.
 
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