Teaching English online, instead of actually traveling overseas, is a great way for any native (or even non-native) speaker to earn extra money.
What makes English teaching jobs online more attractive is the fact that you can make money even in tough economic times.
English has become the international language.
Businesses around the world know that learning English has become a necessity in succeeding in the global economy.
There is a high demand for English speakers in a lot of developing countries. This especially holds true in Asian countries.
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Historically, Asian countries hire native English teachers to go to the country where they are needed to teach in physical classrooms.
This, however, cost the companies a lot.
Recruiting instructors can also be challenging.
But the internet has made it easier and cheaper for these companies to get their employees “English Ready”.
Through what are known as “Virtual Classrooms,” companies can have teachers from anywhere in the world teach their employees English without having to spend thousands of dollars sending the employees to traditional schools or classrooms.
This also holds true for individuals who are trying to compete for jobs in a global economy. Knowing English is a great asset to have on your resume especially if you’re looking to be employed by global brands.
On the other hand, for teachers – or really anyone who knows English and can teach it – this creates an awesome opportunity to make extra money from home.
In most cases, you will be teaching through Skype.
“What if I can’t speak any other language but English?”
Just knowing English could be enough in most cases. English instructors, in many cases, do not need to speak a second language.
For most students in advanced levels, students will simply need a native speaker who can help them with the accent, cultural understanding, and correct word usage.
Advanced students already have the ability to understand English, but they still need a native speaker to help them further with their English by listening and explaining the complexities of the language.
Finding Online English Teaching Jobs
There are different ways you can look for English teaching jobs that allow you to work online.
You can even use online tutoring sites that pay you to teach students anything from math and science to art and English.
But if you are looking for the easiest and quickest ways to get a few clients, the following 3 websites are some of the best places to look.
- Where to apply: VIPKID
This platform has been featured on some of the top sites, from Forbes and Huffington Post to Wall Street Journal and even Education Week.
VIPKID is basically a platform that connects freelance teachers with Chinese students.
You can set your own schedule. Although the company recommends you make yourself available for at least 7.5 hours of teaching per week.
I read a few reviews online and some of the teachers say they make upwards of $2000 a month teaching on VIPKID.
So if you’re looking to get started in getting paid as a freelance teacher, I would say start with this one.
Please note that you do need a University degree to qualify as a teacher.
Make sure to submit the five minute application so you can get in quickly.
- Where to apply: Italki
An online marketplace for languages, Italki provides that virtual classroom capability for both students and freelance teachers.
Teaching English through Italki
Getting started with Italki is pretty easy and quick.
Here is what you need to do in order to get started:
- Register at the site which is free.
- Make a curriculum.
- Set your rate for teaching.
- Hang around and wait for students.
- Start teaching once you get clients.
- Collect your money!
Aside from putting together teachers and students, Italki also keeps a good number of online language resources for free that you can use.
These online resources also help obtain consumer traffic for its marketplace.
After looking at teaching prices available, I discovered that a handful charge about $15 for half an hour.
Definitely a reasonable price in exchange for talking to a student for 30 minutes.
This actually may make you want to never talk without getting paid!
- Where to apply: VerbalPlanet
This is a website that allows you to create your own teaching profile.
VerbalPlanet, however, can be strict as they first need to approve your profile. The firm approves profiles based on a teacher’s experience and qualifications.
After your profile has been approved you can start setting your rates and proceed to find students who need your help.
It is recommended to start with a smaller fee, somewhere between $10 to $20 US dollars for every 45-minute lesson to attract students.
You can start building a good reputation after getting your first few initial students and charge more.
4. TutorABC (Also known as iTutorGroup)
- Where to apply: TutorABC
TutorABC firm is a Taiwan-based company and is currently looking for English teachers.
You’ll be teaching beginners, intermediate, and advanced students.
You do not need to know Chinese since you’ll be an instructor to students who already know some English.
TutorABC has its own virtual classrooms which you can log into before the start of your session.
- Where to apply: Cambly
If you like interacting with people from around the world and make money at the same time, this is an awesome place to start.
They are looking for tutors to chat with students from around the world helping them learn English in formal settings.
You can set your own schedule.
Work as little or as much as you like.
Best of all, you can work from anywhere in the world.
This is a great way to turn your free time into a money making side hustle.
You earn around $0.17 per minute.
You are paid through PayPal.
Do you know of any other site good for finding online English teaching jobs?
Are you a teacher who makes money by teaching English to foreign students on the Internet?
Or do you perhaps work with one of the sites mentioned above? If so, what has your experience been like?