Teaching online has become pretty common for a lot of people! Whether you’re a stay-at-home mom, a digital nomad, or just want to make some extra cash, teaching online can be great!
Here are some things to consider before deciding if teaching online English is right for you!
- Do you have consistent wifi?
- Do you have a quiet place to teach?
- If you are traveling, do you plan to travel with a laptop?
If you answered ‘yes’ to all of these questions, teaching English could be for you!
The biggest thing you will need to teach English online is wifi. Many sites require a fast wifi connection. If you are a digital nomad, this is something you need to consider when booking accommodations. If you are planning to teach from home, your current wifi is probably fast enough!
The second thing you need is a quiet place to teach. This does not mean a hostel common room. Figure out if your kids, other travelers, significant others, or pets will be a distraction to you. If so, try to find a place you can teach without all of these extra distractions! If there is a lot of background noise, your clients may give you low ratings (making it harder for you to find new clients) or the site may terminate your contract.
Finally, most sites require you to teach from a laptop, but there are a few exceptions! This is something you’ll need to consider when applying.
Before starting to apply, consider buying some headphones! Some companies will require headphones with an attached microphone (no, your AirPods won’t work), but for others, these will make you seem more professional!
Common Teaching English Online FAQs
- How much money can you make?
- When considering if teaching English is right for you, it’s important to consider how much money you can actually make! This will depend on your nationality, location, teaching experience (if any), and credentials. Hypothetically, there is no cap to what you can make! I know teachers who make up to $4,000/month. I don’t think this estimate is very realistic, so assume that working part-time, you can make between $1,000-$2,000/month. This, of course, will depend on the company and how many hours you choose to teach.
- What are the hours like?
- Again, this all depends on the company. If you work for one of the many companies that have mostly Asian clients, the hours might not be great if you’re in the US. Beijing primetime slots are from 9:30am-2:30pm (for adults) and 6:00pm-9:00pm (for kids). Do the math on what this means for you. If you teach at one of the more global language learning sites, primetime hours might be any time of the day or night for you!
- Is it easy?
- Yes, it can be! Many of the sites have premade lesson plans, so you just need to show up on time for your class! Some sites are more ‘free talk’ style, so you wouldn’t need a lesson plan. And some sites require you to make lesson plans (these usually pay more, but require previous teaching experience).
- Do I need experience teaching?
- No! Almost all of the sites do not require any previous experience!
- What materials do you need?
- A laptop/tablet and wifi are the basics. A headset is really helpful (and some sites will require it). Some require a background (whether its something you have to print from them or something you make). Sites requiring backgrounds are not as great for digital nomads. Some require a specific shirt. Many sites don’t require any of these things.
- Do I have to teach both kids and adults?
- Not if you don’t want to! Some platforms will require you to teach both, but many will have you choose!
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