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Teaching Online: VIPKID

Teaching online had become a movement, to say the least. VIPKID is one of the major online ESL companies (I’m sure you’ve heard of it), boasting tens of thousands of teachers and hundreds of thousands of students. Classroom teachers are using online teaching to supplement and replace their income. Stay at home parents are teaching online to bring in the extra dough. And professionals in all fields are looking for online teaching to help them in some way or another. If you’re not sure if you have what it takes to teach online, check this out before you proceed.

If you’ve already decided that teaching online is for you, and you want to try VIPKID then you are in the right place. So many people ask me questions about teaching with this company, and now all of your FAQ’s are here in one place.

Teach Online with VIPKID

Things I’ve “heard” about VIPKID

I hear booking are slow with VIPKID…

VIPKID is a great platform to work for. You have the potential to earn lots of money. There are a ton of teachers on the platform (about 60,000), so it may take you some time to see the booking come in (and it may not). Once you pass your interview, the best thing to do is to position yourself to attract parents and students to book classes with you. Having a mentor or coach to help you through the process seems to make all the difference.

Additionally, every company has both peak and off-peak times of the year. You can’t have all things at all times, but if you can build a strong base of regulars you will be less affected by these shifts.

I hear you have to be TESOL certified to teach …

This is true! But, if you do not have a TESOL certificate VIPKID now offers a certification course as a part of the onboarding process. If you wish to play on the online teaching field as an English teacher, you will need a certificate no matter which company you choose to work for. Certificates can be earned online at a reasonable price.

I heard it’s hard to get hired with VIPKID…

As one of the leaders in the online ESL industry, VIPKID does not take its hiring practices lightly. It is very possible to get hired, but you must be prepared and have the willingness to make it through the ever-evolving hiring process.

If you’re convinced that you have what it takes to educate the children of the world, I am here to help you! Fill out your application and send me an e-mail so I can coach you to online teaching success. I look forward to working with you and sharing your stories of success!

Keeping doing (the best) you boo!

xoxo Lani

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Teaching Online: Make Money at Home

For the last year and a half, I have been teaching online to make money at home. This is the thing that allowed me to quit my job two months ago. Teaching online has provided me with freedom like no other. Not only do I get to still do what I love (teach), but I also get to be there for my family, and pursue other ventures as well. The online education industry is large, and so many people across the globe make money teaching online.

Want to try teaching online? Online teaching allowed me to quit my "day job". Get an overview of what it takes to be an online teacher part or full time.

At this point, most people have heard about the huge companies that employ hundreds of thousands of people and, I work for some of them. Yes, I said some (you can’t put all your eggs in one basket)! Two of my favorites are VIPKID and QKIDS. I’m not here to tell you to quit your job and become an online educator, I’m just here to share how I make money teaching online.

Be[come] A Morning Person

The first thing I had to work on as a teacher was becoming a “morning person”. Now let’s be clear, I am not the happiest woman in the morning but my eyes are open and I can function. Your version of a “morning person” may be different. Either way, you have to be able to get yourself up and moving early in the morning if you want to make money teaching online. Many of my clients are in a different time zone, therefore I must get up early to accommodate them. Now, if you absolutely cannot do it, there is still money to be made during “normal hours”, but just know it may not happen as quickly for you.

Schedule Accordingly

Want to try teaching online? Online teaching allowed me to quit my "day job". Get an overview of what it takes to be an online teacher part or full time.

Another thing that helped me transition to being an online educator and make money teaching on line was to schedule my life accordingly. You have to get really good at scheduling and balancing multiple schedules. As I shared earlier, I work for a few different companies, have private tutoring students, and have a family. So, I have to be pretty adept at ensuring all my schedules mesh well together. If you are working for a company that has great bookings in the early mornings, go for it. But, don’t forget to take that half hour off to take the kids to school (or whatever else you need to do). It’s very easy to get carried away and want to teach all the classes all the time, don’t do it! You will get burned out, be extremely tired, and unable to enjoy the important things in your life. It’s cool to set your own schedule but don’t get carried away.

Be A Bomb Teacher

Once you get hired as an independent contractor, now is your time to shine! From that point forth it is up to you to perfect your craft and become a bomb teacher. Both companies I mentioned above provide training and guidance to help you hone your teaching skills. If you are coming from the traditional classroom you will have a slight advantage, but online teaching is a different beast. One easy way to be a great teacher is to get yourself organized and ready before bookings start coming in. Students come in our traditional classroom without any effort on our parts. In the online world, you are selling your personality and your expertise, so be the best you can be.

Get Paid for Teaching Online

This is everyone’s favorite part of online teaching. But remember, you have to have your house in order before you reach this point. Most online ESL companies pay out once a month (some do have other options). Each company has its own payment system and pay varies based on several factors, including your education and teaching experience. Some people make a few hundred, while others make a few thousand. Just like any other business, you have the opportunity to earn more if you can give more time to your craft.

If you are thinking about teaching online with VIPKID or QKIDS and need help or advice getting through the process feel free to email me or reach out via social media.

Good luck on your teaching journey!

Want to try teaching online? Online teaching allowed me to quit my "day job". Get an overview of what it takes to be an online teacher part or full time.

Keep doing (the best) you boo!

xoxo Lani

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3 Things Teachers are Stressed About

In the grand scheme of things, we all know that teaching is a stressful profession. We know that teachers are underpaid. The value of our educators is minimal at best. We’re very aware that our teachers are spending their own money to fund their classrooms. Unfortunately, it seems to be an issue en mass, and not just in particular districts or states.

As a classroom teacher, I know the stressors first hand. Yes, there are so many awesome things about being a teacher, but the things that keep you worried, frazzled, frustrated and stressed weigh much heavier than the things that make you happy you chose to be a teacher. I’ve taught both middle and elementary school, public and charter school, and I must admit that anyone who chooses a career in public education needs to have the patience of a saint and the budgeting skills of stay at home parent.

Teachers are stressed out about 99 things…and here are some.

Money

No brainer right?  Many teachers don’t make enough money to support themselves let alone a family. America, this is not logical at all! Teachers are singlehandedly responsible for all other professions. So tell me “how sway” teachers are literally scraping the bottom of the barrel to get by.

Most of my teacher friends have at least one other job or side hustle.  My real disbelief is that teachers have to have a degree (code for being in debt), and can’t make enough to pay off their student loans, car note, and eat a cheeseburger in the same month. What’s the deal? So yes, teachers are stressed out about money.

License Renewals

All professions have some sort of state or national board they must pay in order to remain professionally licensed in that state. Teachers have to continuously renew their license (every 2-5 years in my state), and all of this costs money (see  #1….they don’t have it!). Personally, my teaching certificate still doats my maiden name as I saw it illogical to pay $75 to get my name changed on a digital certificate.

I have a Master’s degree in education yet I haven’t added it to my license because….you guessed it! I have to take (another) test for $220 and once I pass, I must pay $75 to get the 3-word credential added to my professional certificate. All the while I am calculating how many hours I have to work to pay for this. Being professionally licensed is absolutely necessary to ensure you have well-educated professionals in the field. But with the prices of renewal so expensive in comparison to teacher salary, there is no wonder so many wait until the last minute to renew.

Data

With the introduction of common core came the need to throw around the word data like confetti, albeit really gross confetti. Is your instruction driven by data?  What data points have you collected? What does the data say? Let me tell you, hearing the word data stresses teachers out! Data is a cute code word for tests and it requires lots of extra time moving numbers from chart to chart. Can you tell I am not at all excited about “data chats” and analyzing data? Don’t get me wrong, data is very useful and helps teachers make informed decisions on the direction of their instruction. But when anything is shoved down your throat with the fever that the world of “data” is in education, you too would simultaneously eye-roll and exhale whenever you hear a sentence with the word.

Honestly,  we could discuss so many things that teachers are stressed out about, but the real conversation is how do we help our educators overcome and appropriately deal with these issues?  So many of us love our jobs and love our students, but at what costs? Teachers are stressed out and it is having a negative impact on them in their personal and professional lives. Teachers are stressed out and it is affecting our children’s’ education. Teachers are stressed out and feel as if no one cares.

What can you we do to help our teachers? Leave your thought below.

Keep doing (the best) you boo!

xoxo Lani

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