Pocket up to $50 an Hour as an Online English Teacher
If you had complete freedom to transform your life, what would you do? Where would you live? How would you spend your days?
Maybe you’d like to live next to a tropical beach so you could spend your mornings and evenings strolling barefoot on the sand. Or perhaps you’d prefer a house amid a lush forest, where you could sip coffee while taking in the smell of the fresh pines. Or maybe, you’d rather be stepping out in a vibrant, sun-kissed metropolitan city on your way to a lively lecture or art exhibit.
While these options are vastly different, there is a single earning opportunity that can make each of them a reality. And the best part is you already have the skill required to tap into this opportunity: your ability to speak, read, and write in English.
As a native English speaker, you can turn your language skills into an online income you can take with you anywhere in the world you want to live. All you need is a good internet connection.
It probably comes as little surprise to learn that 2020 was a benchmark year for online English language learning. Globally, the number of people learning English as a second language is in the hundreds of millions or even billions. And last year, because of the pandemic, the majority of them were learning via the internet because schools, language institutes, and learning centers had to close.
The pandemic ushered in what some world leaders have called a “global education emergency,” one that will impact the way people learn from this point forward. Many people forced to learn online during the pandemic will never go back to in-class education. The convenience and flexibility of online learning will win out over rigid class times and inconvenient cross-town commutes.
This means there’s never been a better time to turn your English language skills into a flexible, portable income. One you can take to the beach, the mountains, or the city.
There are numerous ways to earn as an online English teacher, but one of the quickest and easiest is to become a private, one-on-one tutor.
Sites like iTalki, Preply, and Cambly let you set up a tutor profile that attracts English language learners looking to learn and practice with native speakers. Some of these platforms, like iTalki and Preply, allow you to set your own rates. Others such as Cambly offer a standard rate to all their students and then pay you a portion of that rate.
Base rates on some sites like Cambly can be as little as $10 to $12 per hour. But on sites where you set your own rates, teachers who specialize in a specific type of English language learning, or have specialized industry knowledge, can charge as much as $50 per hour.
No matter how you choose to teach English online, you’ll need some basic hardware and equipment to get started, the first of which is a strong and reliable internet connection. This is a requirement for any online tutor site, and many of them will even test your connection before they allow you to create your tutor profile.
Next, you’re going to need a desktop or laptop computer. Quality communication with your students doesn’t just depend on your internet speed. It also depends on your computer’s speed and functionality, so a more up-to-date computer is required.
Because quality communication, both visual and auditory, is essential to the learning process, you will want to invest in a headset (around $30). Almost all computers built in the last seven years have a quality camera installed in them, so you won’t need to invest in an external camera if your computer is newer than that.
The software you use to communicate with your students may be a free service like Skype, Facetime, or Hangouts. Or it may be proprietary to the learning site. All of these systems work in a similar manner, so if you’ve figured out how to use one of them, it’ll be easy to adapt to another, if necessary.
The final element you’ll need to be successful at teaching online doesn’t have anything to do with hardware or software, it’s your soft skills…your people skills. You’ll want to create a positive and enjoyable learning environment for your students with lots of helpful guidance and encouragement.
So, if you have the basic tech listed above and you’re a “people person,” teaching English online is a perfect way to fund the life you want…at home or in your dream destination overseas.
By Kary Vannice