Teaching English Online

I am an English tutor at a private school in Ukraine. I moved here three months ago from New Jersey to start teaching. Lately I had been hearing about teaching English online as an option to make money. I was intrigued. I teach English abroad already to make money while I travel, but teaching English online would be an even better option for traveling. Then I could go anywhere, leave anytime, and have a steady job while traveling.

Most ESL jobs require a TEFL certificate, job experience, and/or a Bachelor’s degree. Most employers don’t require all three at once, so if you have at least one of the three qualifications, just keep looking and you will find one for you. The best paying jobs have more requirements. 

One of the easiest ways to find out who is hiring right now and how much they are paying is to check out an ESL job board:


Dave’s ESL Cafe is the best-known Job Board for “real life” ESL jobs, but there are also occasional  opportunities for teaching English online, it just requires a little searching:


Aside from job boards, there are quite a few dedicated websites that link teachers and students. Here are the most well-known and reputable ones:

Tutor ABC

Tutor ABC reportedly pays between $5 – $10 per hour, depending on the experience of the teacher. There are bonus programs available. They’re one of the lowest-paying sites, but they have many students so there are many available hours. That makes Tutor ABC a good option for those who need regular work above all else.

Unlike most other sites, anyone can sign up as a teacher on eduFire. Professional experience and credentials are not necessary to join the site. Teachers create a profile on eduFire with their credentials, hourly rate, and the languages they teach. The students then choose who they want to speak with. eduFire takes a 15% commission out of the set price per lesson.



Myngle is a very popular site that is more selective. Right now they have a waiting list for English teachers. Myngle is good because the teachers choose their own price. They take a 40% commission out of whatever price the teacher sets per lesson (which is quite high).

Open English is a popular site for students in South America. They pay the teachers between $8 and $11 an hour, depending on experience. They require a Bachelor’s Degree and knowledge of basic conversational Spanish.

If you are looking for a more flexible freelance option, try the Skype Prime software. Skype Prime is a new feature in the regular Skype software, so there no additional software to download or website to sign up for. You can put a link to your skype name on your own personal website or social networking profile and start connecting with students. They take out a 30% commission from each transaction.

21 Responses to Teaching English Online

  1. David says:

    This s beautiful post. Thanks for sharing it.

  2. Sam Wilson says:

    How does one get a TEFL certificate?

  3. Rue says:

    this very informative. Teaching English is very in demand in so many countries, no wonder how it will help people to have work on line.

  4. I would like you to keep up the good work.You know how to make your post understandable for most of the people.I will definitely share it with others.Thanks for sharing.

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  6. The Oil Man says:

    This is the way to go now since everything is basically online. ;)

  7. Rick Herns says:

    English as a second income is an Online Teaching Portal that connects: Native English Speakers with students learning English as a Second Language. Login from your home or office and teach students when you want, as many hours as you want- It's up to you! Simply discuss our pre-prepaired conversation guides within our virtual classroom, correct mistakes and encourage students to speak.

  8. Thanks for the useful information! This can be another feather on my cap. I will check these sites out and find out if I can qualify to teach English and earn a few more extra money online. I know that Korea is big on looking for English tutors and the pay can be quite competitive. I don't have a TEFL certificate though, is there a way to get it online or do you have to attend personal classes for this?

  9. custom items says:

    I have to say a big thanks to skype on this one. Since skype gives and offers clear audio when I am teaching my students online. They can properly hear my voice with good diction and pronunciation.

  10. You could also earn more extra income when you know a lot of different languages like, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, German and many more. You will have a lot of teaching opportunity.

    • Skylyn says:

      Thank you so much, Pat! In this post, I had written “their” (correctly!) six times beorfe “there” came along. I guess I was on auto-pilot. So thank you! I’ve corrected it.Unfortunately, I don’t know the answer to your question about proofreading/editing jobs online. I never advertise for such jobs. They just come to me from my tutoring ads.If proofreading/editing is a major source of income (or you’d like it to be), have you considered starting your own site? I use a great program on my site. Because I followed the directions to a “t,” my site is about #3 on the Google search results page for “teaching esl to adults.” If you’d like to learn more about the program I use, you can see this page (you can earn additional money from the website, too).Otherwise, I’d just have to do a search for other ways to advertise.Good luck and thank you for the correction and compliment!

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  14. neth the lawyer says:

    This is a nice way for learn Teaching English in online and it helps a lot for us if we want to learn,we don’t need to go in the school to leran it easy if we learn in online it very fast and you havea opportunity to practice, Keeping conversation can be tricky. IT also challenge to practice you good english..

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