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FIstateofmind

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Hello fellow Mustachians!

I wanted to let you guys know about my current job which is letting me live a nice semi - RE lifestyle!

I work on a site called VIPKID. I've been teaching on VIPKID for over 2 months now. (About 70 days!) I make about $20 - $25 an hour teaching 25 minute English lessons to kids in China. The site provides the lessons and the students, all you need to do is show up and teach.

Great for Mustachians because - It offers 100% flexibility in scheduling, relatively good pay and it is actually a fulfilling and fun job! I see a lot of posts on the forums of people looking for side hustles, some in rural areas, some in a one car household, some SAHP. I feel like this could really help a lot of people, which is why I'm posting about it here.

For the month of March, VIPKID is giving a $25 dollar sign up bonus for new teachers who join and teach their first class in March. I made a youtube video about it here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wA1s0edL4A You can also check out my other videos which give more information about VIPKID here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrHXlsduorgOb5RGTeoDUWoDzrnxR_kAP

I'll answer whatever questions I can about VIPKID in this thread. This job really helped me to create my dream life of traveling, teaching and making money in a very fulfilling way. :)

Min requirements are a Bachelors and that you must be a native speaker of English.

Sign up here:

ref: https://t.vipkid.com.cn/?refereeId=3083158
non ref: https://t.vipkid.com.cn

PS - If you use my referral link, I'd be willing to coach you in details through the interview process once you are accepted!
« Last Edit: March 10, 2017, 03:06:08 AM by FIstateofmind »
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Re: Potential Side Hustle - Teach English Online for $20 + an hour!
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2017, 02:16:09 PM »
Always really interesting to see how people have made their dreams work for traveling/working remotely.  I certainly wouldn't call working hourly (even if it's remote, and from a beach) being retired early by any stretch, it sure sounds like "working", but it's a heck of a lot better than punching a clock and sitting in a cube.  I work remotely 4/5 days a week right now which is nice... but I still don't have that freedom to take long trips and travel.  Soon!

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Re: Potential Side Hustle - Teach English Online for $20 + an hour!
« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2017, 05:38:48 PM »
Thanks for the heads up! My wife is a pre-K teacher at Headstart and is interested in picking up some work like this through the summer. I'm sure she would be good at this since she has a lot of ESL students in her classroom. I checked out the first couple of your videos - you are definitely thorough! I'm going to share this with her when she gets home and I am 100% sure she will be in touch!

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Re: Potential Side Hustle - Teach English Online for $20 + an hour!
« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2017, 12:46:15 AM »
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Re: Potential Side Hustle - Teach English Online for $20 + an hour!
« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2017, 03:05:16 AM »
Yay! Glad you guys found the info useful. Yes, it's still "working," but it's so much better to work when you love your job! It feels so nice to make money doing something I enjoy :]
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Re: Potential Side Hustle - Teach English Online for $20 + an hour!
« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2017, 07:16:58 AM »
Darn, would love to do this but lack the BA/BS :(
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Re: Potential Side Hustle - Teach English Online for $20 + an hour!
« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2017, 03:17:24 PM »
It appears that this requires teaching experience.  Is that correct?  ie someone with an unrelated bachelor's cannot teach based on the provided curriculum.

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« Reply #7 on: March 10, 2017, 03:27:51 PM »
Thanks. I have a BS and a TESOL certification so I might give this a try.
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Re: Potential Side Hustle - Teach English Online for $20 + an hour!
« Reply #8 on: March 10, 2017, 03:37:28 PM »
It appears that this requires teaching experience.  Is that correct?  ie someone with an unrelated bachelor's cannot teach based on the provided curriculum.

The teaching experience can be in anything, so if you've ever tutored, TA'ed or done anything teaching related in any field, you can do it.
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Re: Potential Side Hustle - Teach English Online for $20 + an hour!
« Reply #9 on: March 10, 2017, 03:52:48 PM »
Sounds very interesting. Is the pay via W-2, 1099, or ?

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« Reply #10 on: March 10, 2017, 05:23:11 PM »
Sounds very interesting. Is the pay via W-2, 1099, or ?
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« Reply #11 on: March 11, 2017, 10:00:59 AM »
Following. :)



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Re: Potential Side Hustle - Teach English Online for $20 + an hour!
« Reply #12 on: March 11, 2017, 02:41:02 PM »
I'm interested in this. How many hours are you able to teach per week?

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« Reply #13 on: March 11, 2017, 03:49:51 PM »
I'm interested in this. How many hours are you able to teach per week?

As many or as little as you like within 9 AM - 10PM beijing time.
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Re: Potential Side Hustle - Teach English Online for $20 + an hour!
« Reply #14 on: March 11, 2017, 05:17:25 PM »
Thanks for posting about this and answering my other question.

One more: do you stay busy with this?  I saw your mention on the hours.  If one is available during the peak hours, would it be realistic to work 10-20 hours?

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« Reply #15 on: March 11, 2017, 05:46:43 PM »
Thanks for posting about this and answering my other question.

One more: do you stay busy with this?  I saw your mention on the hours.  If one is available during the peak hours, would it be realistic to work 10-20 hours?

Honestly, some people work ALL of the available hours. Granted, they live in Asia so they don't deal with the time zone. You can really work as little or as much as you want. They recommend a min of about 7 - 8 hours a week.
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Re: Potential Side Hustle - Teach English Online for $20 + an hour!
« Reply #16 on: March 11, 2017, 05:51:36 PM »
Following for my DH.

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« Reply #17 on: March 13, 2017, 09:55:48 AM »
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« Reply #18 on: March 13, 2017, 10:20:14 AM »
Following - been trying to help my DH find a side hustle, since he's about to drop out of his PhD and be a full-time SAHD, but wants something flexible he can earn a little money with.

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« Reply #19 on: March 14, 2017, 01:54:38 PM »
The takeaway from this thread is that creating marketplaces that bring value to two different unconnected parties is a brilliant business model.

Schools make money by the way of tuition payments by offering online english classes.

People who need some extra cash, or a job, make money teaching the lessons.

VIPKID makes the most money of all, without having to put in any face time teaching lessons.

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« Reply #20 on: March 14, 2017, 02:04:14 PM »
Yeah, and this particular firm snagged $100 million in financing and has Kobe Bryant as its spokesman. Going gangbusters.

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« Reply #21 on: March 14, 2017, 02:09:05 PM »
I thought this was a passive aggressive snarky reply to my comment.

And then I googled your response.


LOL, kobe bryant... there you go!

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Re: Potential Side Hustle - Teach English Online for $20 + an hour!
« Reply #22 on: March 14, 2017, 04:20:59 PM »
I thought this was a passive aggressive snarky reply to my comment.

And then I googled your response.


LOL, kobe bryant... there you go!

Yup! But I agree with you. This is a job, not an entrepreneurial venture. I have NO idea why this thread was moved to entrepreneurship. I placed it in mustachian suggestions...

It's a great company to work for, though! Also not only did they find 2 unnoticed parties, they targeted an underpaid over worked party here in the US (teachers). It's crazy I get paid the same amount per hour as a regular county teacher in my area with about 95% less work (or more!).
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« Reply #23 on: March 14, 2017, 09:49:37 PM »
I have NO idea why this thread was moved to entrepreneurship. I placed it in mustachian suggestions...

Ah well there you go, that makes more sense.

I clicked on a thread in the entreprenuer forum and responded as such.

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Re: Potential Side Hustle - Teach English Online for $20 + an hour!
« Reply #24 on: March 15, 2017, 11:15:40 AM »
Do you think they'd accept corporate classroom teaching/sales training? I'm super interested in this and have taught loads of subjects related to the corporate world, so I definitely think i could do it.

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« Reply #25 on: March 15, 2017, 11:24:31 AM »
Darn, would love to do this but lack the BA/BS :(

Me too.  :(
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Re: Potential Side Hustle - Teach English Online for $20 + an hour!
« Reply #26 on: March 15, 2017, 03:20:15 PM »
Definitely interested in this and probably will be applying with your referral. I filled in as a teacher for a couple of English classes when I lived in Japan, and it was very enjoyable!

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« Reply #27 on: March 15, 2017, 04:37:33 PM »
Do you think they'd accept corporate classroom teaching/sales training? I'm super interested in this and have taught loads of subjects related to the corporate world, so I definitely think i could do it.

Yes, they would! They look more for camera presence and appearance than anything.
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« Reply #28 on: March 15, 2017, 05:00:41 PM »
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