Guide on the Side
Guide on the Side

Guide on the Side

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Introduction: Guide on the Side provides customized services for: students of all ages; parents who want to know more about or support their child’s schooling, especially in the age of distance learning; writers of all kinds of text from Master’s Theses to fiction novels, and anyone desiring support in navigating life’s challenges and celebrations!

Hired 9 times

Serves Portland, OR

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4 years in business

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Apple Pay, Cash, Check, Credit card, Google Pay, PayPal, Venmo, Zelle

This pro indicated that they reviewed CDC safety guidelines for COVID-19 and pledged to do the following:

Maintain 6 feet of distance from customers

Wear masks during the job

Disinfect surfaces touched during the job

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Customers rated this pro highly for value, responsiveness, and work quality.

Exceptional 5.0

15 reviews


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Sierra C.

Writing and Editing Services

I can't even begin to describe how helpful Nancy was for me! I found her on Thumbtack when I was searching for Editors in my area, and she was very quick to respond. I had decided from previous quotes I'd gotten, that I couldnt afford to have my manuscript edited at this time. When I told her that, she offered to edit a sample portion for free in order to help me pin point pieces of my writing that I could work on. I was so appreciative of this offer and was astounded by how attentive and detail oriented she was, even on something I wasn't paying her for. I would definitely recommend her to anyone for any reason, and I will definitely be going back to her when I want to get an editor!
Guide on the Side's reply
Thanks Sierra, it was a pleasure, and I hope you’ll keep going- it’s obvious you have a great story to tell, and a wonderful writing voice! :)
Apr 8, 2020
Hasan A.

Reading and Writing Tutoring

thanks you do good job for my
Guide on the Side's reply
You’re welcome Hasan, I’m glad you were pleased!
Sep 9, 2021
Wendy M.

I'm so glad I reached out to Guide on the Side for help with my two teens! I'll admit up front that I'm a rather "picky" mom--I have high expectations and I'm careful about who I allow my kids to spend time with. Ms. Karmiller did not disappoint!  All of our interactions were professional and so, so supportive. Ms. Karmiller is a compassionate, patient teacher, Her developmental and educational expertise is evident. After spending a little time with each child, she seemed to have an intuitive feel for how to best tackle each child's unique needs.  She clearly has a knack for developing supportive and instructional relationships with children. Both of my children felt cared for and respected. Their time with her was "fun" and did not seem like work, even though they got a lot done. One teen was struggling with a high school AP class, and over a period of several months, Ms. Karmiller provided direct tutoring as well as instruction on specific study strategies tailored to my child's learning style. That child raised her class grade by two letter grades! It is such a joy to see her feeling more independent and confident now. I think she's even got the courage to try other AP classes in the future.  My other child needed assistance during the transition between high school and college. Ms. Karmiller provided life skills training (guidance on financial budgeting and developing routines) and job search assistance (resume building, job applications, and networking/interview coaching). These are things I'd normally try to help my child with myself, but as is typical of this age, the child wanted to be independent and do these things by himself. It was a great comfort to me as a parent to know that he had another trusted, knowledgeable adult to turn to with questions. He got to feel independent, and I got the security of knowing my child was adapting well during the transition. In addition to meeting with him as scheduled, Ms. Karmiller went above and beyond, checking in with him regularly to inquire about his progress. She also updated me so I stayed "in the loop." I highly recommend Guide on the Side to other parents who want to help their children with school or emerging adult skills.
Mar 8, 2018
Jennifer M.

I cannot even put into words how much Nancy has helped me. I have known her for over 15 years and she has been a life coach for me through my toughest times and never gave up on me. She has done so much for me from helping me write papers to helping me through family struggles. She helped me quit smoking many years ago by helping me deal with my stress in healthy ways such as working out and making general healthier choices. I would highly recommend Nancy to anyone looking for a life coach, a tutor, or a personal trainer! I am now a successful professional in the dental field and I feel like I owe so much to her!
Mar 5, 2018
Shanna K.

I have known Nancy for 20+ years she not only mentored me she now is helping 3 of my boys(ages of 13, 10, & 8) She is very diverse,patient and flexible. She recently has been also helping my 13 year old with personal training at a gym. You will NEVER find better!
Mar 6, 2018
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Nancy Karmiller


  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    My fees take into account time spent with my client as well as preparation, travel time (if applicable) and the number of hours contracted for, with multiple hours often eligible for a discounted rate.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    I offer a free half hour phone consultation, after which, if the client determines that we are a good fit, I write a proposal detailing my recommendations. Then we get started, and monitor and adjust as needed. There is no “one size fits all,” so communication is key, on all sides.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I have a B.A. in English, and a Master’s in Teaching, both from Lewis & Clark. I have also taken a variety of classes in the Educational Administration program and had extensive additional training in Equity work and strategies for teaching English language learners.

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