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.
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.
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.
Good luck on your teaching journey!
Keep doing (the best) you boo!