Making Money

How to Become an Online English Teacher


You could earn a substantial amount of income by becoming an online English Teacher. It is entirely possible to earn between USD15- USD60 per hour and often, you decide the hours you want to work.

There are thousands of people teaching English to international students from their living rooms and earning money online

The most fun part of it is that you can teach from anywhere in the world, as long as you have a laptop, WIFI, and a table.

Some learning platforms online have professional tutors that are teachers, professors, adjuncts, Ph.D. students, and industry professionals. They are all passionate about their areas of expertise and eager to help students learn.

TESOL/TEFL Certification

But English is one of the subjects which requires the least certification before starting to teach.

To teach online successfully, you’ll need a secure and reliable Internet connection, a Zoom or Skype account, and a TESOL/TEFL certificate.

Before you panic you do not have to worry about all the time and money you have to spend getting one, you can get a 120-hour TEFL certificate which can be done online and at your own pace.

Most certificates can be completed online on your own time, in 1-3 months, and can cost anywhere from $200 – $2,500+. If that sounds pricey, there are options out there for a free TEFL certificate or sponsorship.

By the completion of your  120-hour TELF certificate, you will comprehend and grasp a strong fundamental understanding of the English language.

You will also gain knowledge of the online teaching industry and job market, how to prepare your lesson plans and how to motivate your students in an online classroom.

It is MUCH, MUCH cheaper than a degree and way faster.

Generally, it’s also important to be a native English speaker. Finally, most important is a friendly, patient, and punctual personality.

Advantages of being an Online English Teacher

With the upsurge in demand for English teachers, it is increasingly feasible for teachers to take advantage of these unique tech-meets-education opportunities.

  • Earn good money.
  • Enjoy complete flexibility! …
  • Work from home (or from anywhere really!).
  • Gain valuable ESL teaching experience.
  • Work in your pajamas.
  • Getting started is easy.
  • Meet people from different cultures.

Online learning is so convenient; both teacher and student can set their schedules and have classes when and where suits them, and neither wastes time traveling to classes.

You enjoy the freedom to make your own schedule. Ultimately you’re free to pick the days and times that work for you.

Class tutorials are typically only 25-30 minutes, making for a fast-paced and interesting day 

In addition, students can learn 1-on-1 or in a small group at a fraction of the cost of a comparable face-to-face course, and teachers save time on preparation since the online classes are generally discussion-based.

The base pay rate to teach English online is generally not high but can be increased for teaching specialized English classes, learning groups, or high satisfaction ratings given by previous students.

You can expect a higher salary with more experience and expertise, and like employment in most fields – the more proof of your expertise, the higher your pay rate raises.

3 Platforms you can teach on as an English Teacher

1. Cambly

Cambly is a reputable online learning platform known for its flexible schedule for teachers. Normally the best teaching platforms pay teachers up to $25+ per hour! A great way to post up in front of a computer screen and chat with students all over the world.

Cambly is a digital networking platform that allows students from all over the world to connect with native English-speaking tutors for things like conversation, structured English lessons, and exam preparation (IELTS, TOEFL).
The platform enables you to engage in short discussion sessions with students from around the world via webcam – no experience necessary.

Payment for your services on this platform can be received through PayPal.

Cambly Teacher Requirements:

Be a native-English speaker from a native-English speaking country: United States, Canada, UK, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand.
No bachelor’s degree or prior teaching experience is required.

Cambly Pay:

Pay is $0.17 USD per minute ($10.20 USD per hour).
Cambly automatically tracks the time you spend tutoring.
Cambly delivers your earnings every Monday via PayPal.

2. PalFish

PalFish Class is an education App tailor-made for 3-12 years old English language learners.

** As of August 8, 2021, PalFish hopes to focus more of its efforts on international business in response to China’s new education regulations. PalFish students in mainland China will no longer be able to purchase new packages/classes with foreign teachers.PalFish is an app-based platform that lets you chat with kids and adult ESL learners from all around the world from your mobile device or tablet. It has two sectors – PalFish Kids and PalFish Free Talk. The below information applies to PalFish Free Talk.

PalFish Teacher Requirements:

PalFish does not have any preference with regard to nationality for online ESL teaching positions – however, you must be fluent in English.
Due to recent changes from the Chinese government, you MUST have a valid teaching certification (TEFL/TESOL/CELTA) or teaching license to teach online with PalFish.
You should have excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

PalFish Pay:

You set your own rate of pay which is paid out by the minute. The pretty standard Palfish Free Talk pay rate ($12.70 USD to $17.00 USD per hour). PalFish says that Free Talk teachers usually earn around $10 to $18 an hour in their marketing materials.

A popular trend on the platform is teachers charging more than $30 USD per hour that are still quite popular.
PalFish will take a 20% cut off whatever your rate is. PalFish uses Payoneer (similar to PayPal) to execute payments.

3. SkimaTalk
SkimaTalk Teacher Requirements:

To apply to be a SkimaTalk teacher, you must be a native English speaker with American, British, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand an/or Irish/English dialects.
Those whose native tongue is another language or dialect than those listed above will be asked to wait until SkimaTalk expands its teacher qualifications.

SkimaTalk Pay:

New teachers are initially required to conduct 3 free sessions to understand how the system works and build up their reputation on the platform.
After the three initial sessions are booked, the price will automatically change to $8/session (25 minutes).

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