The Ultimate Guide to Online Teaching

How to Teach English Online – The Ultimate Guide to Online Teaching

Last Update: January 9, 2019

 

This article covers everything you need to know about online teaching: our experiences, what you need to become an online teacher, how to apply and a list of 30+ online schools and companies with information on their hourly rate.

 

Imagine that you could teach from the comfort of your own couch. No need to commute to work every day, you could just stay at home. You could even travel the world and earn some money without having to worry about a working visa.

 

All you need is a laptop or a smartphone and a good internet connection. Niko and I have been working as online teachers for more than two years and it has brought so many positive changes in our lives as full-time travelers!

 

Over the course of those years I’ve done a lot of research and tried out several online teaching platforms. There are different options to teach online.

 

If you want to teach occasionally to earn some extra money on the side, I suggest you to use the mobile apps or the websites where you create your own teacher profile.

 

If you want to have a more steady and reliable income, then you better work for an online school where you get a contract and a solid weekly schedule.

 

If you’re interested in teaching English and/or other languages online (but I guess so since you’re reading this article), have a look at the list below and see what suits you and your financial needs the best.

 

The Ultimate Guide to Online Teaching

 

It depends on the company you apply for. Most online schools will ask for a degree or certification but when you want to teach using one of the apps or when you create your own teacher profile, your teaching experiences will be more important.

 

If you have great communication skills and know how to teach a language, then it shouldn’t be hard to find work as an online teacher. A degree is eventually just a piece of paper and I’ve learned more about teaching by standing in front of a classroom than during my teacher training.

 

Show your social and language skills during the application and/or interview. There are some companies on the list that put more importance on your teaching experiences and excellent language skills than on you having a teaching certificate. 

 

However, it will increase your chances to get hired if you can show a TEFL/TESOL/CELTA certificate (and you probably will have more self-confidence when you start teaching). There are many online courses to get one of these certificates:

 

 

See those courses as an investment in your future so you can quit that office job you hate and maybe even start traveling the world (and you’ll quickly earn that money back!). If you’re not sure which qualification you should choose, I would suggest going for the TEFL certificate.

 

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1. DO YOU HAVE TO BE A NATIVE SPEAKER TO TEACH ENGLISH?

 

Not necessarily.

I mainly teach English but I’m not a native English speaker. So how did I get the job? Because I have an excellent level of English and speak with a clear accent. When I was working as a waitress in Australia, my boss once joked that my English was way better than his.

 

I had to learn all the grammar rules, so I know how to pass that knowledge on. By spending time in English-speaking countries I also learned how to speak with the right pronunciation and intonation.

 

Being a native speaker will definitely play in your advantage but it’s also possible to teach a language that isn’t your mother tongue. Show your language skills during the interview and if you’re level is as good as that of a native speaker, you’ll get accepted.

 

A little tip if you’re not a native speaker: I always mention that I’ve been learning and speaking English since my childhood and I emphasize my ESL teaching experiences more than the fact that I’m from a country where English isn’t the official language. During my interview I could prove that I have a native level and I got hired for the job!

 

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Teaching English in Turkey – 2016

 

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And finally, the moment you’ve been waiting for:

 

2. ONLINE EDUCATION SCHOOLS AND PLATFORMS

 

There are so many online teaching platforms. My selection is based on an hourly rate (minimum $10/hour), accessibility and/ or personal experience.

 

Be aware that the majority of these companies are located in a different time zone than yours.

 

Double-check if you can work during their operating hours before applying! Oh, and don’t worry if you don’t speak the student’s language, it’s not a requirement.

 

2.1 TEACHING ONLINE ON MOBILE APPS

 

The advantage of teaching on an app is that you’re not tied to a fixed weekly schedule. If you want to take a break for a few days or even weeks, it won’t be a problem. You just teach whenever you have the time or feel like it. Just know that the more you’re online, the more regular students you’ll have.

 

The disadvantage is that you never know how many students will call you or book a class with you so you can’t rely on a steady income. One week you might earn up to $250, the other week you’ll only see $20 in your account.

 

Niko and I started teaching this way while we were hitchhiking through Turkey. We didn’t make loads of money but enough to cover our daily expenses.

 

What do you need?

  • A smartphone (Android or iPhone), earphones with a built-in mic, access to the Google Play Store or Apple Store to download the required app and a steady and fast WiFi-connection.
  • You don’t really need any certificates (unless stated otherwise) to teach on the apps but you must have a great level in the language and excellent conversational skills.

 

How do you apply?

First, you have to download and install the app. Then you sign up by using your mobile number.

 

Upload a profile photo (choose a photo on which you look professional, not that one of that crazy party last night), write a short bio in which you give more information about your educational background, your teaching experiences and the reason why you’re applying (don’t say because you want to earn money, that’s pretty obvious).

 

You might also be asked to make a short voice or video recording in which you present yourself.

Click the submit button and anxiously wait for a reply, which shouldn’t take longer than 48 hours. Once you’re accepted, you can immediately start teaching!

 

How does it work?
You simply connect to the app whenever you’re available and wait until the students call you

 

Some days you’ll receive a lot of calls and earn a decent amount of money, other days can be very quiet. Some students might call you for an hour, others will only call you for 5 or 10 minutes (don’t worry, you get paid by the minute).

 

It’s important to build a relationship with the students so they will call you back or schedule classes with you. Most students want to practice their conversational skills so you don’t really have to prepare any classes but you have to be able to talk about a lot of subjects.

 

Tip: When you meet students for the first time, ask a lot of questions, find out what they’re interested in, let them talk a lot, correct them when needed and make them feel comfortable. When they like talking with you, they will call you back.

 

We like this way of teaching because it’s casual and you’ll learn a lot about the students and their cultural background. You might even make a few new friends!

 

Platforms:

NiceTalk is a company based in China where Chinese students contact teachers to practice their English conversational skills through video calls. You might also get students who want to learn or practice other languages such as French, Spanish, German,… if you mention this in your profile.

 

You might teach young children aged 4- 12, adolescents and/or adults, depending on the preferences you set in your profile.

 

The hourly rate is $10, paid by the minute. Weekly payments happen through PayPal. You can earn from $20 – $200 per week, depending on your availability and the number of calls you get.

 

We used this app for about 6 months and were pretty happy with the results. 

 

Palfish works very similar to NiceTalk and is also based in China.

 

The only difference is that with Palfish you have voice calls (no video so you can teach in your pajamas) and you choose your own wage. Palfish pays by the minute and you can set your rate from 0.5 to 5 RMB (Chinese Yuan) per minute which equals $4.80 to $45.60 per hour.

 

The average rate is 1.5 RMB per minute, which is equal to $13.80 per hour. Just remember: the higher your rate, the fewer students you might have!

We applied on this app but never got verified as teachers. Not sure if it was a bug in the system or if they didn’t accept more teachers at that time. Worth trying though!

 

Based in China. Boxfish is looking for teachers to teach Chinese children and students conversational English. They pay $20/hour. You can apply by this job link. I haven’t tried this app yet but the teaching method looks similar to NiceTalk and Palfish.

This app is apparently really good and I’ve heard some positive feedback. 

 

Based in Germany. With this app you can teach any language you want to students from all around the world, providing you have the right certification.

 

You can choose your own schedule and set your own hourly rate. Keep in mind that when you set your price, you’ll have to give a percentage to the company.

 

Students have to pre-pay for the lessons they book with you so the advantage here is that if the student doesn’t show (which can happen sometimes), you’ll still get paid!

 

 

2.2 TEACHING ENGLISH FOR ONLINE SCHOOLS

 

Working for these platforms and companies will require a weekly commitment for a period of at least 3 to 6 months (you’ll work under contract). You have to submit a weekly schedule in advance with a minimum of available hours during the operating hours (depending on the company).

 

The advantages are that you can count on more or less steady weekly wage, you often get compensation when the student doesn’t show up for the booked class and you’ll get a paid training. Most companies have their own lesson plans so you don’t need to prepare your own classes.

 

The only disadvantage is that you’re tied to a schedule (although you’re the one who creates is) but that’s a just minor problem if you’re a traveler and like to go on spontaneous trips.

 

What do you need?

    • A laptop or computer (Windows 8 or + is often required) with a fast processor (most companies use their own online classrooms and you’ll have to install one or more software programs), a headset and a webcam.
    • Fast and reliable internet connection is a must! It’s a requirement to have a wired internet connection or a high-speed WiFi-connection. 10Mbps or more for both downloading and uploading will be required. You’ll be asked to take a screenshot with the results of your internet speed test.
    • A working space where it’s quiet and where no-one will or can interrupt you while teaching (lock those doors and keep the neighbors away!).
    • You’ll most likely need a bachelor’s degree in any field and/or a TEFL/TOSL/CELTA certificate.

 

How do you apply?

Fill in the application form on the website or email your CV with a cover letter (I included the links/email addresses per company). Someone from the HR department will get back to you and invite you to an interview. Sometimes you’re also asked to give a demo class in which they’ll assess your teaching skills. Once you’re accepted, you’ll get a (paid) training and you’re ready to start! This whole procedure shouldn’t take longer than one or two weeks.

 

-> the website ESL Authority is a great resource that provides some good options for teachers when they want to apply for an online (or in-classroom) job.

 

How does it work?
The company arranges the bookings of the students for you. So all you have to do here is check your schedule on time to see when you have to teach (and be on time for your class!). Even though most teaching materials are provided by the company, you’ll have to prepare the classes a little. The lessons are a mixture of conversations and grammar. See it is a private one-on-one or group class but this time you’ll be teaching on Skype or in the company’s online classroom (that’s why you’ll get a training).

 

Online schools:

Hujiang is based in China and is the company for which I’m currently teaching English. They also offer French and German lessons to their students. You need to have previous teaching experience and preferably a degree or TEFL certificate to apply for this job. If you pass the interview, you’ll have to install their virtual classroom and follow a (paid) training to learn how to work with it. They require availability for a minimum of 10hours per week (one class lasts 25 minutes). The hourly rate depends on your experience and skills, which varies from $10 – $16 and you’ll get paid every two weeks through Payoneer.

 

You can apply for the kids (K12) or the adult program. Hujiang has their own lesson materials so no need to make your own classes. If you’re a trained teacher with native level language skills and you can make yourself available to teach weekly minimum 8 hours for at least 3 months in a row, then I highly recommend Hujiang! I teach an average of 20 – 40 hours per week.

 

Update: Hujiang is currently hiring. Send an email with your CV to karen.chen@email.hujiang.com or to lydia.jin@email.hujiang.com. It would be awesome if you could mention Niko’s full name (Nicholas Danis Bertrand) as a reference. This way we get a small commission once you’re hired.

 

VIPKid, based in China, looks very similar to Hujiang, the company that I’m currently working for. They offer a 6-month contract in which you teach English to Chinese children for a minimum of 7.5 hours per week at a rate of $14 – $22 per hour. They also provide prepared lesson plans and they require that you have K12 classroom experience in the US or Canada and a bachelor’s degree in any field. You can apply here.

 

51talk is an online English Teaching Platform based in the Philippines and offers English lessons to young Chinese learners. The lessons are provided, you set your own schedule and you’ll earn $15 – $22 per hour. You need to be a native English speaker, have one year of experience in teaching children and have a bachelor’s degree. Having a teaching qualification and certificate is an advantage. You can apply here if you’re living in the US, UK or Canada.

A few readers have told me that 51talk is a great company to work for!

 

Hawo American Academy is the newest Online Education platform from 51Talk, based in China. Teachers will teach group classes that are 45-minutes long to students in China.  I didn’t find specific info concerning the hourly rate but I suppose it’s similar to 51talk as it’s a platform from the same company. The requirements to teach for HAWO are also the same as for 51talk: you need to be a native English speaker, have one year of experience in teaching children and have a bachelor’s degree. Having a teaching qualification and certificate is a preference. You can apply here if you’re living in the US, UK or Canada.

 

EF is based in Switzerland and offers online English classes to children and adults around the world. The lessons are provided, you set your own schedule and the hourly rate ranges from $12 to $19. Each class takes 25 minutes. You need to be a native English speaker with a Bachelor’s degree in any field. You also have to have a 40 hour TEFL and experience in teaching. You can apply here if you’re living in the US, UK or Canada.

 

Learnship is based in Germany and offers Dutch, German, Spanish and English language classes to business professional students. You need to be available for a minimum of 15 hours per week but you can make your own schedule. You are paid per class, which can range from 45 minutes, 60 minutes and 90 minutes and the payment is between โ‚ฌ15 and โ‚ฌ26 per class. The requirements are that you have a native level fluency and a foreign language teaching certificate. Previous professional and/or teaching experience will play in your advantage. Send them an email to find out how to apply and what languages they are hiring for now.

I’ve read a few reviews about Learnship and it seems to be a very professional and good company to work for! 

 

Le Wajiao is based in Beijing and is Chinese for Happy Native English Teachers. This online school provides English lessons for K-12 students in China. The requirements are that you have a bachelor’s degree in any field, at least one year of teaching experience (having an ESL or TEFL certificate is an advantage), speak with a native level of English and have access to Windows 7 (for the teaching software). The hourly rate ranges from $15 to $23, you get paid monthly and you need to make a commitment to teaching at least 18 hours weekly during at least one year. You can apply by sending your CV to recruitment_lewaijiao@100tal.com.

 

Funbulous (formerly known as JiuQu English) is a Chinese based E-learning company where they provide English lessons for Chinese children between 5 and 12 years old. They provide you with courses and teaching software and expect that the teachers are from the USA or Canada but don’t necessarily have any previous teaching experience. A weekly availability of minimum 8 hours is required and the hourly rate is $16 – $20, paid via PayPal. To apply, send your CV to chenjiao@97kid.com.

 

This company is based in the USA and offers tutoring services to English-speaking students all over the world from primary to high school. The subjects vary from math and science to language arts. Teaching happens via Skype. Aim4a-tutor hires internationally, as long as the teachers are prepared to work hours that suit students from Europe, North America or Australia. They require teaching experience and a bachelor degree in the subject taught. You can send your resume to jobs@Aim4A.com. Rate: $10 – $15/hour.

 

This American language school is located in Shanghia (China) and offers English lessons to young learners from 6 to 15 years old. All the teaching and training materials are provided and you teach through a software program that you have to install on your laptop (windows only). Every class lasts about 1 hour in which you teach 1 to 4 students at a time. The rate starts from $19 per hour, it’s a plus that you have teaching experience but not a requirement. Teaching hours are from 6pm โ€“ 9pm on weekdays (China time) and from 9am to 9 pm on weekends. You must have an internet cable instead of wifi! You can apply by sending an email and your resume to recruiterhr@meiguosishu.com.

 

Wonderkids is an online English teaching platform for Chinese students aged 5 โ€“ 15 years old. They require a weekly commitment of at least 5 hours and you can teach as many hours as you want. The minimum duration of employment is 6 months. You don’t have to be a native speaker but you must be fully-fluent with a neutral accent, at least 23 years old and have a minimum of one year teaching experience. Classes are given through a special video calling software.

Wonderkids currently provide 6 types of lessons: General English, Writing, Reading, Phonics, Science and Social Studies. The majority of the classes are one-on-one and last 45 or 60 minutes. They provide resources to make your own lesson plan for General English, Writing and Social Studies classes while the other classes have already complete lesson plans. Hourly rate ranges from $14 to $25, paid every month through PayPal (and they cover the fees). You can apply here.

 

DaDaABC is based in China and is an online education platform that provides one-on-one English lessons to children aged 5 to 16. Teachers are required to have a native level of English and a bachelor’s degree and they need to be available at least 4 hours per week for a minimum of 6 to 8 months. The classes on weekdays are given between 6pm and 9pm (Beijing time) and on weekends between 10am and 9pm. The company provides the teachers with the lesson materials. Hourly salary is between $16 and $25. You can apply here.

If you’re interested in working for DaDaABC, check out DigiNo, the dedicated resource for DaDaABC online teachers!

 

Tutor ABC is one of the online education platforms of iTutorGroup that offers English lessons to Taiwanese students from the ages of 22 to 65. They also have a junior platform called tutorJr where you can teach children from 6 to 18 years old. Teacher requirements are that you have a TEFL or TESOL certification, a university degree or previous ESL teaching experience and the willingness to commit to a weekly working schedule. They offer various working schedules that are personalized to your availability. I couldn’t find details about the payment but a woman who read this article mentioned that their base rat is $8.50 per 45 minutes. Click on this link to start the application process.

Read the review of Magda in the comments below to get more information about teaching for Tutor ABC.

 

This company is based in Canada and teaches English to Chinese children through one-on-one and group video classes. All the lesson materials are provided and you’ll get a training to learn how to work with the program. You’ll receive payment on a monthly basis. You must have a minimum of three months teaching experience if you want to apply. The hourly rate varies between $10 and $16. 

 

Allright is a US-based company that offers one-on-one online English lessons to Russian-speaking kids aged 5 โ€“ 16. You need to have native English fluency, preferably also speak Russian, a teaching certificate and a bachelor’s degree. You need a laptop and webcam and you’re expected to work at least 8 hours per week during peak hours in Moscow (4pm โ€“ 9pm on weekdays and 11am to 9pm on weekends). The hourly rate starts from $15, paid weekly via PayPal. You can apply by using the form on the bottom of this page.

 

Acadsoc is an international online ESL company that provides standard ESL courses to Chinese learners (children to adults) using their own online teaching system. You have to be a fluent English speaker with a neutral accent and know the basic principles of teaching English as a second language. They prefer teachers with a certificate in teaching English as a second language. Hourly rate is not known but they promise a good base rate (which should be no less than $10 – $15) and teaching during the evening or weekend shifts are paid more. Submit your application here.

 

Based in New York, this company teaches English, Spanish, French and other languages to adults. They offer 15-30 hours/ week but I couldn’t find more info about the hourly rate. Seems to be worth checking out though! You can apply here.

 

Based in the US and Europe. The teachers give language classes through a virtual classroom. You can apply to teach any language, even when you don’t have previous teaching experience. Wages are around $15/hour.

 

Voxy is based in New York and offers English classes to students from all around the world. The classes are given one-on-one or in a group via video chat. The teachers are required to be native English speakers and certified teachers. They need to have at least 3 years of teaching experience and a degree in education and Voxy has a preference for candidates who have multiple foreign language skills. The teachers are expected to be available at least 15 hours per week between 1am -11am (EST) and 5pm โ€“ 12pm (EST). Hourly rate is based on your experience but it shouldn’t be less than $15/hour. Training is paid. On this page you can find all the info on how to apply.

 

Pagoda is a language institute based in South Korea that is now hiring teachers to give online English classes to Korean adults by phone and video. You need to be a native English speaker (they will ask your passport as prove), have a bachelor’s degree in any discipline and be available to work from Monday to Friday (6am โ€“ 10am and 6pm โ€“ 12pm Korean time). The hourly rate is $14 (phone class) or $16 (video class). If you want to apply, send an email to eslonlinehr@outlook.com with your CV and following information in the cover letter: contact info including phone number and Skype ID, current location, availability, experience and education and a screenshot of your internet speed.

 

Hugo English is an online learning service provider based in Beijing and offers one-on-one English classes to Chinese children aged 5 โ€“ 16 through an online classroom. The job requirements are that you have to be a native English speaker, have experience with teaching children and have a TESOL or TEFL certificate (or any equivalent). Your laptop needs to have video and audio capabilities. The hourly salary is between $14 and $22. Apply here for an interview.

 

Barons English is looking for online English teachers who live in the UK and can teach adults, college students and children who live in South Korea, Japan and China. The lessons are one-on-one on Skype and last 25 or 50 minutes long. They require that you’re a UK resident and have a degree in education. Wage unknown.

 

First Future is based in the Philippines and offers online English lessons to young students in China. To become a teacher, you must be a native English speaker and have a college degree. You can work with a fixed schedule in which you need to work a minimum of 10 hours per week or you can have a flexible schedule in which you set your own hours on a monthly basis. You must be committed to working a minimum of 6 months. The hourly rate is $10 – $16

 

TwoSigmas offers one-on-one classes to primary school children from China. The classes are given through an online video chatting system. They require an availability of a minimum of 7.5 hours per week. The hourly rate can be $20/hour, based on experience. You have to have a native English speaking ability, ESL teaching experience or certificate.

 

A Russian online school who offers English courses to Russian students. The hourly wage is$10 and the lessons are given on Skype. Experience and/or qualifications are required.

 

Skylearn offers group and individual English courses to students from Brazil. You have to be a native English speaker and they require that you’re a university or college degree holder. They offer a training on how to use their system and teach online. You can choose full-time, part-time or flexible hours, each lesson is about 30 minutes long and you’ll get paid by the hour (pay unknown).

 

Lingua Airlines is an online English school based in Moscow who offers one-on-one Skype lessons to Russian students from all ages. The hourly wage is $10 – $20/hour, based on experience, and you have to teach a minimum of 15 hours a week. The applicant must be a native English speaker and certified to teach English as a second language.

 

A language learning platform based in Spain. They hire teachers who can speak English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Mandarin and Japanese. As teacher, you must have a minimum of two years language teaching experience and be in the possession of a foreign language teaching certification. Know that you have to commit yourself to a fixed scheduled with a minimum of 10 hours per week for a minimum of 1 year. The salary varies from โ‚ฌ11/hour for individual classes and โ‚ฌ14/hour for group classes. Training is not paid.

 

Based in France, this company is looking for Business language teachers (English, French, Italian, Spanish, German, Portuguese and Dutch). You have to be a native speaker, have a teaching certification and at least one year of experience in teaching adults. Salary unknown.

 

A Polish online language school who offers one-on-one or group classes using webcams and applications similar to Skype. They are currently recruiting new teachers to teach English to Polish adult students. They require that you have at least one year experience of teaching adults. You can choose your own working hours and the salary is around $10/hour.

 

Pudtree is recruiting teachers to teach one-on-one English to Chinese children from 5 to 12 years old. The duration of each lesson is 30 minutes and the pay is $17 – $22 per hour. They require that you have a minimum of one year kid English teaching experience, a bachelor degree or above and that you’re a native English speaker.

 

Enlai has a platform that connects native English speakers to young Chinese learners. You must have teaching experience and a certificate. You have to provide your own monthly schedule to the students and their parents to book classes and the hourly rate is a minimum of $16, paid monthly.

 

This Japanese company offers private English classes to Japanese students. The lessons are given on Skype and are about 25 or 50 minutes long. They offer a salary of $9/25 minutes or $18/50 minutes paid monthly on PayPal. They require you to be an American English native speaker with a bachelor’s or master degree, and teaching experience in English.

 

Samespeak is a company based in New Zealand who offers English classes on Skype . They pay $10 per half hour and payments happen weekly through PayPal. You don’t have to be a language teacher. They only require that English is your first language.

 

 

Find more ways on how to earn money while traveling! Here’s our Ultimate Guide to find a job abroad!

 

2.3 BE YOUR OWN BOSS AND CREATE A TEACHER PROFILE

 

 

How does it work?
You register for free on the website to create a teacher profile. You can set your own hourly rate and availability. Students can contact you to book classes. The competition is sometimes high but it is definitely worth a try. The more languages and/or subjects you can teach, the more likely you’ll find students. There are even websites on which you can offer your services as an art or music teacher.

 

We made profiles on some of these websites and got a few bookings. It’s a good option to earn some extra cash on the side and who knows, you might be lucky and receive many bookings from new and returning students! Make sure you have an appealing profile and an affordable hourly rate.  Be aware that some websites might charge a commission fee!

 

Native monks is a global language learning community that connects students and native tutors and provide a great platform for learning all popular language. Native monks are looking for tutors in all languages to work from home using Skype. This platform helps students from around the world learn over 130 languages from the comfort of their home with a dedicated tutor online.

If you are a language teacher with command over your language, register with them here and start taking classes for students from all over. 

You can set your own price per lesson in USD, get paid directly to your bank account or through PayPal in USD and you set your own schedule as per your convenience with no fixed timings.

 

You can teach various subjects on this online platform: from languages, maths, history and biology to programming, music an arts. The classes are taught on Skype.

 

 You can sign up to teach any language you’re good at and the lessons are taught in a virtual classroom.

 

More teaching platforms:

 

Do you work as an online teacher and/or have experiences with any of these companies? Do you know other interesting companies that I can add to this list? Please leave a comment below! I also would love to hear it if you’ve found a job on this list!

 

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    Hey people

    I’m based in the UK and hold a tefl.. can you recommend online teaching companies to work for..

    • I could definitely recommend Hujiang! You have the option to teach adults and kids with them. I’ve worked with Hujiang for 2 years. They always pay on time, you get a personal teacher’s assistant who’s there whenever you have a problem, the teaching program is quite easy (once you understand how it works) and… the money is good ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Philip
    | Reply

    Online tutoring is a great way to make money because you can do the job from any location.

  8. Elizabeth Kawamura
    | Reply

    Adding more information to Preply – I have been teaching Japanese on this platform for about one month, and I am thinking of switching to Cafetalk. Preply commissions are quite high when you just started off – you only get paid 64%. It takes a few hundreds lessons to reach 82% while other platforms offer you 85% from the get-go. You have to wait for 1 to 2 working days to get re-approved once you have made any changes (e.g. rates, timezone, phone number) into your Preply profile – while pending re-approval, your profile is invisible on Preply so your students can’t book lessons with you or message you on Preply (personally I had to inform students that they should email or Skype me if they would have to contact me while my profile was invisible). What irritated me the most is their instant tutoring system – my existing students can book lessons at 2 hours notice if I don’t block out unavailable hours!! Not only that, you are not paid for the first lessons no matter what commission rates you are at.

    Cafetalk has the similar problem (you gotta conduct many lessons to reduce your commission), but they have no agitating instant tutorial system or profile disabled while re-approving – oh, they pay tutors for all trial lessons and they offer free 20-30 mins consultations once they have noticed that you are not very actively teaching on Cafetalk. As for me Cafetalk perks sounds better than that of Preply.

    I know other tutors are happy with Preply so please take this as my user experience only.

  9. Jojo
    | Reply

    Useful up-to-date information, thanks. I teach 1-1 private students online. The internet connection at my rented apartment in Italy is too slow to join a platform unless I commit to a long contract and pay high monthly rates.I’m planning to leave and hit the road again soon. How do you ensure that you have a fast enough internet connection when you’re travelling, on the move and staying in short term accommodation? In which countries is it easiest to find?

    • Hi Jojo,

      The internet connection can indeed cause some stress. You don’t really know in advance. We rented an apartment in bigger cities that we used as a base while we were traveling. We checked the internet speed in advanced and it was always good enough. I’m talking about cities in countries like Georgia and Kyrgyzstan. We also made sure to always have mobile data on our phones in case of a power cut (which unfortunately also happened from time to time). It was sometimes very stressful but thanks to this online job, we were able to save enough to continue our travels!
      I’m honestly quite surprised that the internet speed isn’t that good in Italy. Are you staying in a big city? Have you looked into changing internet provider?

      • Jojo
        | Reply

        Hi Cynthia,

        Thanks for your reply.
        It’s not just me that finds it stressful then!
        I’m in Sicily. But the same problem exists in cities like Florence. My apartment gets an upload speed of 1! Impossible to work for a platform although fine with individual Skype students. It’s not a cheap low- end apartment by any stretch of the imagination. Locals were amazed that I planned to do teaching online – they knew about the slow speed.
        Yes, I could have paid for cable ( fibra as they call it here), but would have to have committed to a long contract and wait for an indeterminate length of time for it to be connected. I decided it wasn’t worth it. The other option would be co-working space- expensive. Or, as a friend has done, find a friendly office with cable internet and willing to give up some space; but he’s here for the long haul- two years before even setting that up.
        The same situation faces nomad teachers in cities like Florence. You can get fast speed but it’s not easy unless you commit to a contract and plan to stay long term.
        I’m going to head back to familiar territory in asia where the Internet is fast and the food is spicy, no wine though!

  10. Patricia Clahar
    | Reply

    This is a great list for people looking for online ESL/EFL teaching opportunities. I’d love to add that Amazing Talker (amazingtalker.com) is another great site for people who want to set their own rates and be their own boss. You can actually teach any language on that site, not just English, but I’ve picked up a lot of English students there.

    Patricia Clahar
    Ivy League English
    IvyLeagueEnglish.com

  11. Online Teaching is one of the best ways because the student can learn easily from there home or from any location

  12. Happy
    | Reply

    Hi!Thanks for your post. What about the inet connection in Southeast Asia, is there inet speed enough to use skype

    • Hi Happy,

      We haven’t been to Southeast Asia yet so we can’t tell you how the internet speed is. However, there are many digital nomads and online teachers living in Thailand, Bali, etc. so I suppose the internet there must be good enough to teach online.

      • Nicole Louis
        | Reply

        I live in Thailand, internet is good and you have a variety of choices at about $15.00- $18 US a month. Sometimes you can get free wi fi at your appartment and at cafes.

  13. Mirriam
    | Reply

    Hi there. Thanks so much for this information. I’m starting my own online tutoring business and wondered if you could assist me with the email address for Skylearnbrazil. The link on their website accommodates individual applicants only.

    • Hi Mirriam,

      I don’t think you can apply as a business, you can only apply for Skylearn as a teacher. Wishing you the best of luck with your tutoring business! If you ever need teachers, let me know and I’ll add you to this list ๐Ÿ˜‰

  14. Rum Tan
    | Reply

    Online teaching is a good option but, there are many problems that are not are not solved with an online tutorial. For those problems, students need tuition classes. Tuition classes are the best option for studying. Join the best tuition classes for good grades in the exam.

  15. Nagesh Lingayat
    | Reply

    Nice informative blog! Thanks.

  16. Pink Penguin
    | Reply

    It all sounds wonderful, however, I am a neighbour of someone currently doing this and I can tell you that, for me, it is quite miserable. I am sleep deprived and getting more irritable by the day, not to mention driving (to my not-working-from-home office) in a sleep deprived condition is not good for anyone. The lack of sleep is also affecting my job performance. This has been going on for a little while now and my internal body clock has unfortunately adjusted to the “class” times so that now I am even waking up right before class starts in anxious anticipation of hearing my neighbour shriek “Another banana for the moonnnkeeeyyyy!!! wooot woot yaaayyyy” So, if you are considering doing this and live in a condo or anywhere with shared walls, neighbour disturbance is something to consider. I wish my neighbour had done so. Good luck all ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Sorry to hear this! Hahaha, I can imagine that it is annoying to hear your neighbor teach all day long, especially when it’s to young children! Niko and I had every time a big enough apartment where we could both teach at the same time. If we couldn’t hear each other, I don’t think we bothered our neighbors but yes, it’s a good remark to consider your neighbors!! Have you ever mentioned this to your neighbour? Maybe he’s not aware of this and he could lower his voice a bit? Hope you catch up with some sleep soon! Wishing you all the best!

  17. Ms. Engl
    | Reply

    Very informative article. What do you do when you’re traveling as a couple who teach classes simultaneously to deal with the noise of another person speaking in the same apartment? Most places have thin walls so I’m concerned about trying this. It wouldn’t be practical to schedule your classes at different times and still get enough hours?

    • Hi Ms. Engl, that’s a very good question! Because we don’t know in advance if the apartment or place we stay at is big or soundproof enough for teaching simultaneously, we schedule our classes at different times. It is still possible to get enough hours like this. F.eg Niko teaches 15 hours in 2 days, I teach 10 to 15 hours 2 days later. This way it’s still possible to get enough hours but it requires some mixing and matching ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Preety
    | Reply

    Hey nice article I want to suggest one website which is online education solution will help students find preparation for Indian Government Exams and more.

  19. Card Games
    | Reply

    Very good article! We are linking to this particularly great content on our website. Keep up the great writing.
    Game Lover

    • Cynthia
      | Reply

      Thank you Game Lover! ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Euge
    | Reply

    Hello, everyone!
    I’m an English teacher from Argentina, planning to start teaching online. I wanted to know if you have more information about Cafetalk (not the usual review that appears in its official page). I don’t feel very confident about its method of payment since I’ve never done something like this before. So I will appreciate anything extra info!
    Thanks!

    • Cynthia
      | Reply

      Hi Euge,

      Unfortunately, I can’t help you with information about Cafetalk. Hopefully a future reader will be able to give you a good review ๐Ÿ™‚
      Do you have other online schools to which you’d like to apply?

      • Euge
        | Reply

        Hey! Thanks for answering!
        I am thinking about sending my CV to Hujiang. I would like to know if they pay per hour or per lesson. Can I choose the students I would like to work with (adults, kids)? Are all the lessons 1-to-1? Do you have any suggestions/comments/advice for my application? Thanks!

        • Cynthia
          | Reply

          Hi Euge,
          I could definitely recommend Hujiang. They pay per lesson (depending on your experiences and degrees but you get a minimum of $7 per 25-minute class).
          You can choose the students you like to work with. I know that they’re currently looking for teachers to teach the kids, not sure if they have any positions available at the moment for the adult classes, but you can always ask of course.
          You have to mention your degrees in your application (if you have a TEFL or any other teacher’s degree, that would be fantastic!). Also, mention all your previous teaching experience.
          May I kindly ask you to mention my name (Cynthia Bil) in your application, telling that you got referred by me?
          Good luck with the application and don’t hesitate to contact me if you have more questions!

          • Nicole
            |

            Hi, I am thinking of applying. I have TSEOl cert and some experience however didn’t finish my degree in jounalism but have worked a s writer. Do you think I have a chance?

          • Hi Nicole, most companies add more value to your experiences and TEFL or TSEOI certificate than to you not finishing your degree. When you apply, mention your certificate and experiences and I’m sure they’ll be happy to have you as a teacher. Good luck!

  21. Mr F
    | Reply

    This is such a resourceful website, blog, Google needs to take a leaf out of this page!

    • Cynthia
      | Reply

      Thank you!! It’s great to hear that this website is useful! ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Aisha Preece
    | Reply

    I have read numerous blog posts and articles about teaching English online and hands down, this one is the most comprehensive and easiest to read ! Thanks for providing all this info ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Cynthia
      | Reply

      Hi Aisha, thank you so much! I’m very happy to hear and hope it will be useful to you!

  23. Sidonie
    | Reply

    Thank you so much Cynthia! It is fantastic to share so useful resources! I have just been certified as Teacher of French (yesterday) and this is the very first article I read about that and… It is like a miracle :-). It will definitely help me a lot! I hope your trip is going well and you are enjoying.
    Sidonie

    • Cynthia
      | Reply

      Hi Sidonie, oh that’s so great to hear! I love miracles ๐Ÿ˜‰ Good luck with becoming an online teacher! Wishing you all the best!! Cynthia

  24. Lizzy T
    | Reply

    Hey guys, this post is so thorough and useful! Thanks for sharing all this info. I’m currently travelling and working as a writer but a side gig like this would help heaps but I’m concerned about internet speed while moving around, have you had any issues?

    • Cynthia
      | Reply

      Hi Lizzy, you’re very welcome!
      The internet speed is always our greatest concern and defines the places where we’re staying for a while. So far we’ve been based in the big cities of the countries where we traveled and haven’t had any issues yet with the internet speed. So as long as you have a place in a big city out of which you can travel, you’re going to be fine. But if you like to be in smaller towns or villages, it’s important to check the internet speed there. Hope this helps!

  25. Darrie
    | Reply

    Hi, Thanks for all the wonderful information.
    I have a degree, BA, but no teaching experience unless you include teaching clowning classes to adults. I am a professional clown for the past 22 years (I love it and the kids). Before that I was a Special Agent (Insurance) for 14 years. Yes I am getting on up there in years but would still like to try something new in addition to the clowning. What companies would you suggest….also what is TESOL or TEFL certificate and is that expensive or hard to get?
    Thank you in advance!

    • Cynthia
      | Reply

      Hi Darrie, you definitely have a very special profession, I love it!
      If you’re interested in teaching English online, I would highly suggest you get a TEFL or TESOL certificate. Both are courses about how to teach English and you can do these courses online. Once you complete the course and pass your final tests, you’ll receive a certificate. Many companies require that you have a TEFL or TESOL certificate to teach English (online).
      I can definitely recommend Hujiang as both Niko and I have been teaching for this company for 2 years now and we’ve been very happy with them! Good luck and wishing you all the best!

  26. Sonny
    | Reply

    Thanks for his awesome post. Iโ€™m about to jump into this world with Itutorgroup, but Iโ€™m a bit suspect as the recruiter has interviewed me and just informed me his manager (who I have not spoken to) confirms I got the job. He now is asking for my passport copy and citizenship copy along with bachelor degree copy. I donโ€™t mind the bachelors – but am concerned to send the recruiter the passport copy. Is this standard in the industry? Or should I be sending the passport copy (if at all) to the company directly.

    I will wait fo your reply so I know what to do here. Thanks so much!

    • Cynthia
      | Reply

      Hi Sonny, it is indeed standard to send copies of your passport and degrees. The recruiters need these for their official documents and they also want to know if you’re a legit person ๐Ÿ™‚ So don’t worry about it, it’s safe!

  27. Mimi
    | Reply

    Hi Everyone! I wish there were articles like this when I was searching for teaching jobs online. I went through several companies before finding this one. I have been with VipKid for about 2 years (renewable contract every 6 months) and love it. Their starting pay is $8 per 25 minutes class with curriculum provided. You get an additional $1 for each finished class. If interested in giving them a try. Good luck everyone!

  28. April Layne
    | Reply

    Thank you so much for the information. I am wrapping up 18 years of homeschooling my 3 children. One is a paramedic, one is an RN, and the youngest is 16 and will be graduating in 2019. I would like all these years of experience to transition into a way to earn some money and honestly, I might be a little lonely without people to teach. I am looking at Dadaab for my initial try as an online teacher. This will be a good reference to compare and explore more options.
    Travel on my friends!

    • Cynthia
      | Reply

      Hi April, I’m very happy to hear that this article is so useful to you. It is a fun way to work from home. We’ve been teaching online for almost 2 years now and really enjoy it.
      Waw, 18 years of homeschooling! You must be a great and very experienced teacher now! There will be many online schools happy to have you as a teacher! Wishing you lots of good luck on this new path!!

  29. John
    | Reply

    Is this information still relevant for June 2018 regarding Hujiang? I will send my resume their way and have your name attached as a reference so you can earn a commish. I’m an American living in Dong Hoi, Vietnam. Would that be a problem? Are you still working for them. Thank you again Cynthia and Nicholas.

    • Cynthia
      | Reply

      Hi John, I’m going to update this article very soon but most of the information is still up-to-date, including Hujiang. It would be super nice of you if you’d add Niko’s or my name! Good luck and let me know how your application went!

      • John
        | Reply

        Cynthia, today I had my interview with Hujiang , passed and scheduled a demo interview for Friday. I gave Niko’s name, so be on the lookout. If you need my name and email, get in contact with me. I picked to teach adults. What did you pick? If I don’t get enough hours for adults, I hope I can switch to kids and earn a little more cash. Is this the only company you are currently with?

        • Cynthia
          | Reply

          Hi John, thanks so much for giving Niko’s name as a referral! Niko and I both teach adults and we’ve got plenty of bookings!
          Hujiang is the only company we’re currently teaching for.

  30. Miranda
    | Reply

    I am on the search now as my significant other and I plan to move to Spain. I discovered that Skylearn also has a branch in Spain (as well as the one you listed in Brazil). There may be other options as well

    • Cynthia
      | Reply

      Great, thanks for the tip Miranda! I’m going to update this list very soon and will research it! Good luck with your search! Wishing you all the best!

  31. Paula
    | Reply

    Hi, Cynthia! I live in the Philippines and I can only dream about the life that you have as a traveler. I want to try this online teaching platforms that you wrote about in your blog. My question is, do the hourly rates differ when one is living in the Philippines? If they offer like say, $10/30 mins. class, does that rate also apply to a tutor living in the Philippines with the same qualifications as tutors coming from the U.S. ?

    • Cynthia
      | Reply

      Hi Paula! Your nationality shouldn’t affect your hourly rate. What will define your wage are your previous teaching experiences and your qualifications. Good luck with your applications Paula, wishing you all the best!!

      • Myx
        | Reply

        Unfortunately, Philippine-based teachers receive a very low rate compared to the ones living abroad. For example, 51Talk only pay Php52 or converted to US$1 / class (that is a 25 minutes session). That is really low compared to that 30$/class. If you want to learn more and confirm this, you can do a little research.

        • Cynthia
          | Reply

          Oh man, this really sucks! That’s not fair at all ๐Ÿ™ There should be companies that will pay a fair wage, no matter where you’re from!

  32. Lee Passmore
    | Reply

    Hi. Great post, thanks for the tips. I am setting up my own online tutoring business as a sole trader and wondered how all these sites work when you receive income through a platform. I guess they are not employers.. so everything can go through my business..right? Great to get your knowledge on this… thanks. Lee

    • Cynthia
      | Reply

      Hi Lee,

      Most of the platforms on which you can make your own teacher profile will transfer the money into an online account (such as PayPal). if you have an online banking account for your business, you can use that one to receive your payments. Just keep in mind that some of these platforms will take a commission for advertising your classes.

  33. jinpa smith
    | Reply

    This is a really useful list – thanks! I have been teaching for Learnship on and off for the last few years. They are a really good company to work for. Their requirements are quite high (degree, teaching qual, industry experience) and the training and interview process takes two days and includes two live observed lessons with students, who feed back! Once you are in though, they are really professional.

    • Cynthia
      | Reply

      Thanks for sharing this with us Jinpa! I’m glad to hear you enjoy teaching for Learnship!

  34. Teddy Wood
    | Reply

    Hello guys,

    I know this super amazing site where I have been teaching online for more than 2 years now that pays for tutoring online. You should check them out following this link http://www.tutorjobsonline.com

    Good-luck to you all

    • Cynthia
      | Reply

      Hi Teddy, thanks for your suggestion! We edited your link since we don’t allow any affiliate links in the comment section.

  35. Buy the Plane Ticket
    | Reply

    This list is MASSIVE. I love it! I teach english online and although I’m a beginner, I can’t wait to start the traveling lifestyle with the new career. Plus, the kids are so cute! lol.

    • Cynthia
      | Reply

      Online teaching a great way of combining travel and work! This really has changed a lot for us (and has changed our bank account in a positive way ;)). For which company do you teach?

  36. Hum Bug
    | Reply

    Hello,
    Have you ever taught online and travelled through Italy? and would you be able to pass on any useful information on how to have steady internet whilst staying in Italy and moving around for approximately 3 months? Also as far as i can see, Italy seems to have very small data packages for mobiles to hotspot to as a backup. Thanks for this very informative and awesome site!

    • Journal of Nomads
      | Reply

      Hi!

      When we were travelling through Italy, we weren’t teaching online yet. So we can’t really answer your questions. However, the internet in Italy seemed to be steady enough to teach. You should be able to find wi-fi all through the country. Enjoy your trip!

      • Hum Bug
        | Reply

        Thank you for the reply. We found expressowifi a portable hotspot. The reviews are pretty good and they did a deal for 2 months at 160 euros. A lot cheaper then all the other portable hotspots we could find.

  37. Ann Boone
    | Reply

    What are the hours you are able to work at Hujiang? This is a great site! Thanks!

    • Journal of Nomads
      | Reply

      Hi Ann,

      Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

      The working hours of Hujiang are from 9am to 10.30pm, Beijing Time (GMT+8). The amount of hours that we work for Huijang depends on the time zone we are in. They might tell you at Hujiang that you can only work from 4pm to 10.30 pm during weekdays and full days in the weekend but in reality, you can also work full days during the week ๐Ÿ˜‰

  38. Martine Koemans
    | Reply

    Hi, thanks for sharing these links. Very helpful. Is there an English link for the online school Hujiang since this link only provides mandarin and I cannot find the English language button ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks in advance!

    • Journal of Nomads
      | Reply

      Hi Martine,

      You’re welcome! ๐Ÿ™‚
      Hujiang doesn’t have an English website but maybe this link helps: https://www.cctalk.com/. Hujiang uses the software of CC talk. I’m not sure if it’ll give you more info though. Let me know if you’d have questions about Hujiang!

      • Martine Koemans
        | Reply

        Hi, sorry for my late reply. Thank you for your information and if I do have more questions I’ll ask you.

  39. Journal of Nomads
    | Reply

    Hi Amanda,
    did you already start with teaching for an online company? I hope everything is going well for you!
    Thank you for the link, I will definitely have a look!
    I hope everything is going well for you and it will be great to meet you in Siem Reap!!
    All the best <3
    Cynthia

  40. Matt R. Denney
    | Reply

    Great article! I am a fulltime public school teacher in California looking to retire in 8 years or so…this could help me do it sooner! Curious if there are more reviews from people on best companies…

    • Journal of Nomads
      | Reply

      Hi Matt, I hope you find a company to your liking and please shoot me an email if you have any questions! With your experiences, I’m sure any company will gladly take you on board!

  41. Amanda Truebody Tait
    | Reply

    Thank you for all the on line teaching advise and information. My partner and I (both from South Africa) completed the TEFL course on Koh Samui in Thailand in May this year. After finding out that as Non Degree holders we would have difficulty finding teaching posts in Thailand, we made the decision to travel to Cambodia where one can teach legally without a degree. We finally settled in Siem Reap. I have had a total of 2 months experience teaching English to Kindergarten children at two different International Schools here in Siem Reap and have also been teaching Conversational English in the evenings at another International School for the past 3 months. I recently finished a 6 week contract as Head of Kindergarten for an International School where I set up the Kindergarten Department. (I landed the contract more for my past Operational Management experience). Part of my responsibility was also to train their local Khmer teaching assistants how to present English based lessons and I also taught a few classes per day myself on Nursery, Kindergarten and Preschool levels. I feel I have gained sufficient experience over the past 4 months to confidently teach English on-line. I have set up a home office and from today will be applying to various on-line sites for work. Your site was the first site I “clicked” on and am I happy I did that! What a great way to start this journey. All the information I need to get started. It has also been wonderfully inspiring to read about your travels as my partner and I would also like to travel while teaching on-line. I will let you know which company accepts my application and what my experience is working for them. Thanks again.

    • Journal of Nomads
      | Reply

      Hi Amanda, thank you so much for sharing your story! It’s impressive to hear how much experience you gained over the past 4 months!! I’m 100% sure you’ll get accepted by any company to your liking! I wish you lots of good luck and please feel free to contact me if you have any more questions! Are you back in South Africa now or did you set up a home office in Cambodia? Niko and I are thinking of making a base in Cambodia for one year in 2018 to teach online. So if you would still be around, it would be great to meet!!

  42. mohammed naveed
    | Reply

    Epic list ๐Ÿ™‚ thank you sooo much for all the effort you have put into this (I just got fired from tutor ABC and iv applied to pretty much everything on this list lol ), you two are ace and keep up the nomadic lifestyle , we love it <3. were following suit right behind you with our turkey tour ๐Ÿ™‚ this october

    • Journal of Nomads
      | Reply

      Glad to hear I could help Mohammed ๐Ÿ™‚ Good luck with the applications ๐Ÿ˜€ And are you going to travel throughout the whole country of Turkey? Or what’s your plan? Wishing you already happy travels!!

  43. Janja Jovanovic
    | Reply

    Thank you for this article Cynthia! Iโ€™ve recently come across this cool infographic covering information about freelancing online including tutoring and how much can be earned and where to look for gigs –

  44. Wee Gypsy Girl
    | Reply

    This is so helpful! My BF and I used to teach English in South Korea and are now travelling through Latin America. We’d love to be online english teachers but as we usually stay at Air BnBs we can’t always be sure that the upload and download speed of our internet would be 5MPBS. I’m wondering if you ever run into problems and whether your employer is open to the fact that you’re travelling and teaching?
    Thanks so much for putting this together and for helping out so many travelling teachers!

    • Journal of Nomads
      | Reply

      Hi! Yes, that’s the one and only disadvantage of teaching and traveling at the same time: finding reliable and fast internet ๐Ÿ™‚ We often had to deal with power cuts or the internet that suddenly gave up on us. We found a solution for this: we installed a wifi-hotspot on our phone and in case that the internet from our temporary home stops or is very bad, we use the wifi from our phones. So far, this has worked perfectly. Maybe this good be a solution for you and your BF? How was it to teach in South Korea? We’re heading that way in the coming months ๐Ÿ™‚

  45. Magda Kasprzyk
    | Reply

    Great article!

    one correction though: I’m currently working for Tutor ABC and

    • Journal of Nomads
      | Reply

      Thank you for the correction Magda, I’ll adjust it! Do you enjoy teaching for Tutor ABC? Would you recommend it to other teachers?

  46. Lisa Osinskaya
    | Reply

    The article is very helpful! Thank you!!

  47. Ewelina Lucy
    | Reply

    Great article! It definitely gave me plenty of valuable advice on searching for an online teaching position! Just one thing I have to comment on… I don’t really like the idea of lying about being a native speaker if you’re not one. Which country do you tell them you’re from? Don’t you have to show them your documents after all?

    • Journal of Nomads
      | Reply

      Hi Ewelina!
      Thanks for your comment. I started realizing that people misunderstood that paragraph so I changed it to prevent this from happening in the future ๐Ÿ™‚
      I never mentioned that I was lying about my home country nor would I tell people to do so. I’ve always been honest that I’m from Belgium. What I wanted to say is that some platforms don’t give you a chance the moment they see you’re from a country where the official language isn’t English. So you don’t mention it during the first application or you emphasize the fact that your oral skills are as good as that of a native speaker or that you’re bilingual since childhood.

      I wish you all the best with the search for an online teaching position! I hope this guide helped you ๐Ÿ™‚

  48. Bianca Basak Dikturk
    | Reply

    This article is a blessing to many a nomad ๐Ÿ˜€ What a wonderful way to spread good karma! Sharing it ๐Ÿ™‚

  49. Maja Rada
    | Reply

    I have a few questions about whole faking to be a native speaker thing:
    What should I do if they ask me where I’m from? I do sound American but I don’t think I would be able to come up with a convincing story about my “background”. Not to mention, my name doesn’t even closely resemble a native one. Also, when it comes to being paid, I have a “non-native” bank account…
    Any tips will be greatly appreciated.

    • Journal of Nomads
      | Reply

      Hi Maja,

      I wouldn’t lie about your background, I never did either. I’ve always been honest about the fact that I’m from Belgium. I told them that I am bilingual, which is also true. If you have a British/ American or neutral accent, I wouldn’t suggest to lie about your background but tell them that you’ve been speaking English since you were a child or that you’re bilingual. This will give you more chances for at least an interview. The reason why I mentioned this in the article, is to give people who have excellent English skills, also the opportunity to get selected. During the interview you’ll get the chance to show your skills. Good luck!!

      • onlineteacher
        | Reply

        Let me give you a tip as someone from southeastern Europe who’s just landed a job with an online company hiring US and CA citizens only: apply to a company that asks from you to record an audio introduction or a video about yourself. They may ask you to send a video of your demo lesson or a video of yourself telling a kids’ story in a creative way. If you’re really good at teaching, if your English skills are near native, they won’t miss that for sure. And I also provided the link to my LinkedIn account which clearly states where I’m from. If the companies just ask about your residence in their application and they have a strict policy of never giving a chance to non- CA/US/ UK/ AU/ NZ citizens, you can’t prove your skills. This company, which I currently work for , has a detailed screening procedure: there are 6 screening rounds including 3 demo lessons with real students. I passed all the 3 demos having conducted only the first one (they welcomed me on board after the 1st demo – I was shocked). They asked me where I come from: US or CA. I said I’m from Europe. You should’ve seen the look on the recruiter’s face! The next question was how long I was planning to stay on my vacation there. I told them I live there permanently and that I would appreciate if they were straight with me right away and not dilly-dally and prolong the whole matter if they have a problem with my residence. They said that they wouldn’t like to miss such a teacher and that everything was fine. I was much flattered. Now, I enjoy my time there. And they pay about $20 per hour!
        Besides, I had an interview with the Swiss online school which employs native US citizens in their US branches, and I was offered a job too. I didn’t pretend where I’m from. I was true to myself.
        I also recorded an audio introduction for a startup (online teaching) company whose founder is a native American. He liked my video and invited me to take part in their recruiting process. In a nutshell, if you’re given a chance to showcase your skills, you can go as a native. Just find a way. I wish you all the luck!
        Btw, DaDaABC and VIPKID enjoy a reputation of great companies. I’ve tried to apply 3 times. Each time I was rejected. The reason was my country of residence. I wasn’t given a chance to show what I can. That definitely speaks for itself.

        • onlineteacher
          | Reply

          O0ps, I think I posted this in the wrong place. It should’ve been posted as a reply to Maja Rada’s
          question. Can you move this up, please?

        • Journal of Nomads
          | Reply

          You posted it correctly, no worries ๐Ÿ˜Š and thanks for the great tips and advice!

          • onlineteacher
            |

            Great, I’m relieved now! ๐Ÿ™‚ And I really hope my experience will help other great non-native teachers to land a job that they deserve and not work for peanuts in sweatshops. I had to discover the recipe on my own. It took time to see what works and to muster the courage to apply for such companies. Honestly, I didn’t believe I could do it. I let my nationality limit me in my career pursuits. Now these days are over ๐Ÿ˜‰

          • Journal of Nomads
            |

            This is so inspiring and motivating to hear!! Thank you for sharing this, you’ll give other non-native English speakers hope ๐Ÿ™‚ I, Cynthia, also come from a European country where English is not the official language but I landed a few jobs as an English teacher. It’s very powerful to say that you let your nationality limit yourself. This is what we often do: we’re not limited by others but by our own minds. I’m so happy to hear how things worked out for you!

          • onlineteacher
            |

            You’re welcome, Cynthia!
            Yes, we have our own mental blocks that hinder our success.
            Just “search and destroy’em” would be my motto from now on!
            Life is much more fun and less stress once you bust those blocks!
            I recommend doing the same to other teachers! ๐Ÿ™‚

          • Natalia
            |

            What company did you apply to?

          • Cynthia
            |

            We teach for Hujiang (first company in the list)

  50. GirlAstray
    | Reply

    This is a very helpful resource! Thanks for putting it all together. I am looking for any kind of online job, I used to work as a teacher but so far have only one online student. I will apply to a few of these and see if anything comes out of it!

    • Journal of Nomads
      | Reply

      Hey! I’m very happy this will help you! Do you teach your student privately or through a platform? I wish you lots of good luck, hope you find what you’re looking for! I’m going to update this list very soon with a few new companies so make sure to check it out next month ๐Ÿ™‚

      • GirlAstray
        | Reply

        My student actually googled my blog and since she wants to learn Colombian Spanish, she chose me (yey) ๐Ÿ™‚ I will keep an eye on this post then, thanks for the heads up!

  51. travelwithtarah
    | Reply

    Super helpful!! I just finished up teaching in Thailand and am moving to France soon to work in a hotel. I have been hoping to do some sort of online tutoring when I get there though and this list is perfecttt! Thanks so much

    • Journal of Nomads
      | Reply

      I’m very happy to hear this list will help you Tarah!! Good luck in France! Where will you be working? I’ve done some hotel work in the Alps a few years ago. If you have any questions about the online teaching, you know where to find me ๐Ÿ˜‰

  52. Thanks for this very helpful list!

  53. Martine Koemans
    | Reply

    Wow, thanks for the list. Just what I needed. One question I have: do I need a PayPal account for all these abovementioned options? Thank you in advance.

    • Journal of Nomads
      | Reply

      Glad to hear that Martine! Not all the companies require that you have a Paypal account but the majority will use this method to pay you.

      • Martine Koemans
        | Reply

        Thank you. Good to know ๐Ÿ™‚

        • Satellite Tv Internet Deals
          | Reply

          This is probably up there with my top ten most favorite blog posts I have ever read. WELL DONE! LOVED this

          • Cynthia
            |

            Thank you!

      • Cable Providers
        | Reply

        Looks like a good time was had by all.

  54. Rita
    | Reply

    Thanks for this, it’s incredibly thorough therefore helpful! I have just finished teaching English in China for a year and am looking to do some online teaching while taking my travels further.

    So I applied for some of these companies and have a couple of interviews arranged already. But want to inform others about the wages Best Teacher offers. I did a grammar test for them and I had to agree or dissagree on the wages at the end of the test. They pay 340 Japanese yen for a 25min lesson… 3 USD !! That’s really little right? Wouldn’t describe that as well-paid at all ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Journal of Nomads
      | Reply

      Hi Rita,

      Thanks so much about the information on Best Teacher. I will adjust this information. It’s indeed not very “well-paid” :D. How are the other interviews going?

  55. Jane Gordon
    | Reply

    I imagine the work behind this… so thank you so much for all of those links and explanations! This is so precious as the world of online teaching looks like a jungle for me ! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m also teaching online as a complement of my job in a language school. I teach French through Verbal Planet and I love it! I meet a lot of different persons, with various objectives, which makes the work not monotonous.
    In this platform, lessons last 45 minutes and teachers choose their rate per session. Students have to pay a booking fee. No need to worry about jetlag; the website makes conversions automatically; so it’s really easy to manage. Payment is made through Paypal after each lesson.

    • Journal of Nomads
      | Reply

      Hi Jane,

      Thank you for your appreciation! Yes, it was quite a job to research them all but at the same time I’m happy I’m able to help many others with this article. I was looking for something like this when I wanted to teach online so I decided to write what I wanted to read ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Thanks for your great review about Verbal Planet! I think you will motivate people even more to teach on their platform!
      Teaching languages online is indeed very fun and interesting! I love that I meet so many new people by it and since I’m teaching English to Chinese students, I already have the feeling I know a lot about the Chinese culture without having been there yet ๐Ÿ™‚ Which nationalities do your students have?

      • Jane Gordon
        | Reply

        Thanks for you reply! ๐Ÿ™‚

        It’s various; they are from Russia, United States, England, Hong Kong, Germany, Colombia, China… What’s interesting is that most of them are not living in their “first country”. So we often end up having intercultural talks, very interesting!

        And yes, I would recommand Verbal Planet, at least for a starter. In my case I’m satisfied with the service.

  56. Alberto
    | Reply

    Hi,
    I must thank you so much for getting me to know this almost hidden world of websites for online teaching!
    I was looking for teaching Math and Physics, and among those sites, do you have any experience with Wyzant? Because they rejected my application after a few days, stressing that I’m not an American citizen and so I cannot teach, not even online.
    Good luck with your journey, you’re awesome!

    • Journal of Nomads
      | Reply

      Hi Alberto,
      thank you so much ๐Ÿ™‚

      We don’t have any experiences with Wyzant but thank you for letting us know that you can only apply as an American Citizen. I will add this to the information. Maybe you could apply for Tutoragent, Find a tutor and the Online Academy Society? Good luck!!!

  57. Wen Tang
    | Reply

    Hi,
    This is a really good list! I would like to ask if you know of any online platform where I can teach Chinese Mandarin language to students from around the World? I am a travelling nomad as well!
    Feel free to check out my Instagram: travellingchoo !

    Thanks & I look forward to hearing from you soon!

    • Journal of Nomads
      | Reply

      Hi Wen,

      this list is mainly focused on teaching English online, however there is an online school called Learnlight who also seek Mandarin teachers (link in the list of “online schools’). You can also make a teacher profile on italki, preply, cambly (you can find them under the section “Create your own teacher profile”) where you can offer Mandarin classes. Hope this helped you. Good luck!

    • Journal of Nomads
      | Reply

      Hi Wen,
      A quick update. If you have a certification, you could apply to Tandem (see teaching through apps). They now accept teachers who can teach the Mandarin language!

  58. Wen Tang
    | Reply

    Hi,
    This is a really good list! I would like to ask if you know of any online platform where I can teach Chinese Mandarin language to students from around the World? I am a travelling nomad as well!
    Feel free to check out my Instagram: travellingchoo !

    Thanks & I look forward to hearing from you soon!

  59. Joshua Lance
    | Reply

    Hi, which sites offer art teaching positions? Thanks!

    • Journal of Nomads
      | Reply

      Hi Joshua,
      we’re not familiar with sites for art teaching. We have only one in this article where you can register as an art teacher. It’s called Cafetalk. You can find the link in the section “Create your own teacher profile”. Good luck!

  60. Adel Kassouri
    | Reply

    Thanks for this but i guess you did a mistake in conversion

    “from 0.5 to 5 RMB (Chinese Yuan) which equals $4.80 to $45.60 per hour. The average rate is 1.5 RMB, which is equal to $13.80 per hour”

    NO WAY 1.5 YUAN IS, 13.8$, AND NO WAY 0.5 IS 4.8$
    Or are you talking about minutes then in conversion about hours? A big confusing i think.

    USD DOLLAR IS, EQUAL TO 6.9 YUAN
    Ps: for those who don’t know rmb is yuan, just another name for the same money.

    other than that, great article,
    I’m not a native, lived in China few years before and i urge any one out there to teach English, it’s a huge growing industry there.

    Xie xie, thanks

    • Journal of Nomads
      | Reply

      Hi Adel,
      it is indeed 0.5 to 5 RMB per minute so the average rate is 1.5 RMB PER MINUTE which is equal to $13.80 PER HOUR. Thanks for pointing out that I wasn’t clear about this so I specified this now in my text ๐Ÿ™‚
      Were you teaching English in China?

  61. Lewi Blake
    | Reply

    Great post mate, been looking for an extensive list of online teaching places for a while. Thanks!

    • Journal of Nomads
      | Reply

      You’re welcome Lewi! Happy we could help! Feel free to ask us any questions!

  62. Lignon
    | Reply

    Really enlightening article guys! After years of being a bit sceptical about online teaching, I’m seriously considering it now as a way of becoming location independent. The dongle info was invaluable and I will definitely be looking into that. One question that springs to mind is “tax”? I’m thinking specifically about the Chinese conversation lesson apps like Boxfish and Nicetalk.

    • Journal of Nomads
      | Reply

      Thank you!!
      Online teaching has really worked out for us so far. This is how we are funding our travels and maintaining our nomadic lifestyle. About the tax, well, most of the payments happen through PayPal and you will be taxed in the country you come from as long as you declare that money.

  63. Alex
    | Reply

    This list is amazing guys! I had no idea teaching by phone even existed. Totally hunkering down and doing this during the monsoon season…

    • Journal of Nomads
      | Reply

      We were also very pleasantly surprised when we discovered those apps! Never thought we could get paid for having phone conversations ๐Ÿ™‚ Good luck with it, give us a shout if you have any questions. Productive way to spend rainy days (please don’t drown and be careful for water snakes, encountered a few of them during some floods in Bali….)

  64. Marta
    | Reply

    Guys, this is such a complete guide! I’m definitelly going to pass it on!
    Thank you!

    • Journal of Nomads
      | Reply

      Thank you Marta! We hope it will be a good and useful help for anyone interested in online teaching!

  65. Stephanie Rose
    | Reply

    This is great. I do in person tutoring in NYC, but looking to make a little extra money in the summer months and have the flexibility to travel more!

    • Journal of Nomads
      | Reply

      Hi Stephanie,
      there are definitely some options to teach online during the summer months! If you can connect to a good wi-fi while traveling, it’s a great way of earning some extra cash (that pays for your trip :)). If you have any questions, please let me know!!

  66. Eimear McManus
    | Reply

    Hi Cynthia, great article, very informative. I’m currently working for Hujiang part time, and I’m thinking about giving up my current in-classroom teaching job in order to teach for them during the week as well. However, I’m worried about not getting enough hours to make it viable. I would like to teach about 24 hours a week (including a few hours at weekends), do you think this would be possible? They’ve told me it will be but I’m worried about not getting bookings! How many hours do you teach and how long did it take you to build up hours? I really want to teach online full time but I’m a bit nervous. Thanks for your help. Hope you enjoyed my country, Ireland, by the way!

    • Journal of Nomads
      | Reply

      Hi Eimear, great to hear from you colleague ๐Ÿ˜‰
      I’m currently working 4 days for Hujiang, including the weekend. My average hours are about 20 – 30 per week. It took me about a month to get this many bookings. I would suggest that you open your schedule as much as possible to start with, especially during evening time (Beijing time zone). I used to open my schedule from 13h – 22h Beijing time. I’m always fully booked from 18h – 22h. Sundays are also good days to teach! I think if you would combine weekdays with weekends, you’ll reach soon enough 24 hours! Good luck Eimear! Let me know if you have more questions.
      And yes, I loved Ireland!! I felt more at home there than in my own home country. I’ll definitely return!!!

      • Eimear McManus
        | Reply

        Hi thanks so much for the info! I feel better about it now. I plan to work 6-7 days so hopefully I’ll get enough hours. ๐Ÿ™‚

  67. Nancy Buswell
    | Reply

    Hi, I’m Nancy in Nanning, China. My FB friend Kaylene sent me a link to this article after I had a FB update about a New York Times article on “workamping”, that is, living in an RV and working around the U.S. That article led me to reading about living in a van and traveling the U.S. while working on my Internet projects. But I get way ahead of myself. Back to reality, I’m an ESL teacher in China who is 50+ and several years (if ever) away from being location independent. I enjoyed reading this blog post and signed up right away for your newsletter. The only research I’ve done on teaching online is after a Canadian Couchsurfer I hosted told me about iTalki, which you mention above. I looked into it and it looked good, but my main problem is that I don’t have reliable Internet access. I would love to try iTalki or one of the ones that you recommend, but am concerned about Skype cutting out on me during a lesson. I call my mother in Arkansas (U.S.) twice a week, and half the time we have a good connection, and half the time it’s either bad or not possible. Your post, however, has got me to thinking about finding a way to get a better Internet connection. Thanks for taking the time to write this, and best wishes to you from southern China, where the weather turned vaguely cool yesterday. Might have to put on long sleeves tomorrow.

    • Journal of Nomads
      | Reply

      HI Nancy, it’s great to hear from you and thanks for sharing your story!
      How long will you be in China for? We’re heading that way next spring, probably will arrive in the autumn (it takes some time to travel overland and we tend to ‘get stuck’ in places). I really hope that you’ll find a company that suits you. It’s indeed very annoying when you don’t have reliable internet but maybe this will help: have you ever heard of a ‘dongle’? It’s a device that looks like a USB-stick in which you can stick a sim-card. If the costs aren’t too high, maybe it’s possible to get unlimited internet on that sim-card so you could teach while using the ‘mobile’ data. It’s something that worked for me while I was in Australia. Although I wasn’t teaching back then (didn’t even know that online teaching existed) I could call my mom without interruption! Give me a shout if you need more info! Warm wishes from Georgia where we already need long sleeves, a sweater and a scarf to stay warm ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Nancy Buswell
        | Reply

        Hi Nomads! I really appreciated your reply (eight months ago) but someone forgot to answer you! I found this page again because I’m back in the U.S. for the summer, with some spare time, and thought I would look into teaching online since I have a good Internet connection at my mother’s house. I haven’t checked to see if one can use a dongle and sim card to get online in China. I saw that you have changed your plans for China, but will still go there. I looked at your map and saw that you’ll be going through Nanning (my city!) on the way to Vietnam. If you two arrive while I’m there you’re welcome to stay with me a few days to rest and relax. Thanks for this article, which I am about to read for the third time, after which I will decide which one(s) to try out first.

  68. Simon K.Gauthier
    | Reply

    Awesome article Cynthia, it will help a lot of people for sure. Me included!

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