Offering professional services through private OPM mail

I’m a fairly longtime site member who recently decided that med school probably wasn’t in my future. But like an addictive habit, this site is hard to get away from.

I am a freelance technical writer and long-time physics and mathematics tutor. I saw a recent post from someone who is having trouble in physics. I thought I might email *her to offer an hour or two of help gratis, with the idea that if *she found my tutoring useful, we might move to a paid relationship. But this set off alarms in my skull (need to get that looked at by a doctor). I don’t want to abuse this site by making it a solicitation board.

*Or “him/he”; I once had a male roommate named Shannon.

So is it appropriate for me to offer to help someone in a potential tutor/pupil relationship? I have no clue if Shannon would have any interest, but I don’t want even to make the offer if it’s a site abuse.

I’d check with gonnif about this.

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