All About Teaching ESL From Home: How You Can Do it, Too
All I can say is…wow! Last week I shared a blog post that was really uncomfortable to put out there. I shared about all the ways I’m currently earning a full-time income from home. I guess I didn’t need to worry – the response to that post was huge! I got SO many questions about teaching ESL from home online that I found myself sharing the same responses again and again. Then, I realized there was certainly enough interest that I should follow up with all the details about this work opportunity right here on the blog.
As it turns out, there are lots of other men and women, just like myself, who are looking for ways to earn income from home. Whether it’s the stay at home mom who is torn about returning to the job force, a teacher who needs a summer income, a retiree who is looking for play money, or those like me who are entrepreneurial and want to find unique ways of making a living from home. Not only did all of your e-mails and texts encourage me in sharing that original post -but I realized that so many of us are in the same boat. We’re not alone! I’m so glad my experience has provided hope to others.
I hope this follow up post continues to encourage you and lead you to something that might help you with your goals.
The Back Story
The Interview Process
What It Entails
dO I have to know any chinese?
How Many Hours do I Have to Commit?
You can truly work as many or as few hours as you want with this job. There are absolutely no strings attached.
Many people who teach for this organization are teachers who teach just a few morning classes before they leave for their regular teaching job, and who plan to increase their hours over the summer for additional income.
Something to be mindful of, however, is that you will be seeking students for whom you are a good fit to rebook you and help you keep your schedule full. Consistency is helpful for this. For example, if you teach mornings one week, evenings the following week, and weekends-only the week after that, you will have a hard time finding regulars to book you.
what does your schedule look like?
In my previous post, I mentioned that I earn around $2,500 per month. Many people wanted to know what schedule I keep to earn this amount. To do this, I work an average of 25 hours per week, and because I’m naturally an early bird, I primarily do this in the mornings.
The peak teaching hours – that is, the hours you are most likely to get booked – are from 6-8 a.m. CST. Additionally, in my experience, weekends – both weekends and mornings – tend to book well, too.
Is this a Pyramid Scheme?
Not at all. This is an opportunity to be an independent contractor for a legitimate company. No tricks. No catches. No pyramid schemes.
Are there Other, Similar Companies out there?
In the beginning, I’d intended to work for two similar companies teaching ESL from home at the same time, so I could quickly generate income and determine which company would be the best fit for me and provide the best guarantee of income. Because VIPKid has started out so strong for me, I haven’t joined the other company. However, since the goal of this post is to share all the research I did, here are some pros and cons to the two main companies I researched:
- 1:1 Teaching Environment
- Larger company = more potential bookings
- No minimum hours required to teach
- More hours offered to choose from = potential for more income (8 p.m. – 9 a.m. CST every day / this shifts by 1 hour during Daylight savings). Even more hours are available in the summer.
- $16-$22 / hour, including built-in bonuses (for example, base pay could technically be as low as $14, but there is a $1 bonus per class taught, so at two classes per hour, you would technically get $16 / hour)
- You begin with trials and assigned classes by the company, but over time you build relationships with students who continue to book you.
- 1:4 Teaching Environment
- More interactive teaching platform
- There is a commitment of hours you need to be available to teach – I believe it’s 6 hours per week and a commitment of 6 months.
- Fewer total available hours to teach (5:30 -8:30 a.m + additional 9-10:30 p.m. on weekends)
- Potential for slightly higher pay: $18-26 / hour
- Students are assigned to teachers by the company (potentially meaning a more guaranteed schedule?)
How do I apply?
If you’re thinking about applying, I would LOVE for you to use my referral link, and I will coach you 1:1 through the process. (If you need a referral code, mine is 07TZ2R). VIPKID encourages current teachers to help new teachers with the process by rewarding us with a small bonus each. Click HERE for my teacher referral page, and definitely let me know if you have any questions during any of the process! And who knows, it could turn out to be one of the best decisions of your life! Or, okay, maybe the next year or two.
If you have any questions about teaching ESL from home, I’d love to help! Please feel free to e-mail me or comment below with your questions.