Can you speak English at a native level? Then you can teach English online!
An excellent way for English speakers to save money for travel–or to make money while you travel–is teaching online! This is my main source of income as I take time off from having a “real” job. Presently, I teach English online about 10-15 hours per week. Because I’m mainly surfing couches and staying with family at the time being, this is more than enough to cover my basic monthly expenses so I don’t need to dip into the money I saved while teaching English in Korea. However, there are many people who do this “full time” (20-40+ hours/week)to earn income while they travel or live abroad long term!
Why is there such a demand for online English teachers?
In China, competition for getting into the best universities and eventually landing good jobs is intense. Because of this, a lot of Chinese parents choose to enroll their children in extra classes to help their child get ahead. Traditionally, this meant that students would go to a physical academy after school for various subjects. Thanks to modern technology, however, these students can connect directly with a native English speaker from the comfort of their own homes.
These students face a tremendous amount of pressure in their lives from a young age when it comes to their academics. Teaching English online gives you a great opportunity to connect with these students. Not only can you teach them correct grammar and pronunciation, but you can help them have fun and let loose a bit while they learn.
Where can I find a job teaching English online?
I currently teach for two Chinese companies, VIPKID and 17zuoye, though many similar companies do exist. While the application process with VIPKID can be tedious, it is the best company to get started with. They have excellent training, and there are a ton of VIPKID teachers due to the size of the company. Because of this, you can find an answer to most questions with a simple Google search. Several Facebook groups specific to VIPKID also exist.
I also teach for Cambly on the side, which isn’t a Chinese company and focuses on free-talk sessions with students from all over the world. This might be a better fit for you if you prefer teaching adults. Although the pay is significantly lower, you can choose to log in whenever you want. You’re also guaranteed 15 minutes of pay for every Priority Hour you sign up for. You never know who you’re going to end up talking to and it can be a lot of fun!
The flexibility and fun make teaching English online the best way to earn extra money. The cuteness of the kiddos makes you forget you’re even trying to pay off debt in the first place!
What Do You Need to Get Started?
You likely already have a laptop or desktop computer, but if not here are two that come highly recommended. You’ll also need a good headset or a solid pair of earbuds. You can find some props around your house to start out
Teaching English online isn’t the right fit for you?
Check out these other side gigs you can do from home to earn a bit more money to pay your debts and travel the world.