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 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.