Author Topic: Got a Bachelor's? Teach English Online for up to $22/hr (Set your own hours)  (Read 4619 times)

TMInsall

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I've just begun a side hustle with a Chinese company that is recruiting native English speakers to teach English to 5-12 year olds. Since all you need is a bachelors degree and any possible teaching experience (from regular teaching, to tutoring, Sunday school, life guarding, babysitting, even training coworkers will work), I figured it was worth sharing.

Classes are 25-28 mins long, and there are bonuses for teaching 35+classes a month, and for not missing classes. The classes are taught with pre made power points, and there are dozens of example classes online too.

Student ability varies; I did have a year 3 kiddo (aged nine) who was telling me about how he likes knights and King Arthur, wants to be an astronaut, and has a pet fish. Younger kids you do a lot of sing-song stuff, (old mcdonalds, 5 little monkeys, etc) and I use a hand puppet to keep their interest. But again, at 25-28 mins a lesson, it goes by fast!
Hours are weird but you set them yourself which is nice, and can up or lower depending on schedule changes. The peak hours work for me as I'm able to work in the mornings from 4-6 am, then go to my regular classroom.

Pay ranges from $7-11 per half hour class. If you allow any slots to be booked within 24 hours, you will get a $2 class bonus. If a class gets cancelled/student does not show up, you still get paid (full for registered members, half for trial students). If you teach a trial class, you get paid the same amount as a regular class... If the student signs up, you get a $5 per trial student sign up bonus. I've taught over 30 classes this month, and intend to open a solo 401k to put all the money I make in.

If anyone is interested, consider using my referral link: https://t.vipkid.com.cn/?refereeId=3436338
« Last Edit: February 25, 2017, 08:40:30 PM by TMInsall »

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Thanks!
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TMInsall

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I just found out that applicants who are offered a contract by the 28th will receive a $25 gift card!

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This is awesome!

Too bad I only have an Associates Degree.  :(

Know of any other companies with a good reputation that would accept losers like me?

TMInsall

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This is awesome!

Too bad I only have an Associates Degree.  :(

Know of any other companies with a good reputation that would accept losers like me?

Chegg.com might. I don't have a referral for them, but it's worth a shot!
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Does it have to be a Bachelor's in English? I have a Health Science background but I might be interested.

TMInsall

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no, any bachelor's

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This might be a fun summer gig. Thanks for sharing. :)
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This looks great, I definitely want to try this but will have to start in April. Did you have any teaching experience before you started? I've tutored a bit but never ESL. Are the kids able to communicate much in English or are they starting from scratch?

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I am a 3rd year teacher, but little/no ESL. The big thing is to frame your work experience in terms of education...so when I filled my application, I mentioned how I 'taught' when working IT. I helped students with basic pic skills, and ran workshops/freshman orientation for students to register for registrar signup system. Even babysitting can be cited as teaching experience!

Communication depends on the kid; you are booked by students one session at a time so you may from from a year 3 to year one student. But the materials are all gathered, which makes it all relatively easy. It's a total immersion experience, so no mandarin required!

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I'm a fluent Mandarin speaker. Does that give me an advantage? (I'm American, by the way, just studied Chinese for 10+ years and spent time in China)

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Thank you! As a two-teacher family with summers off, this might help us out a lot.

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I'm a fluent Mandarin speaker. Does that give me an advantage? (I'm American, by the way, just studied Chinese for 10+ years and spent time in China)

Yes! In fact, some with mandarin can make up to $25/hr

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Very cool. Thanks for sharing

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Is a webcam required?  You mentioned using puppets, so I'm assuming they can see you.
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Definitely something my wife would be interested in.  Maybe I could try as well.
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TMInsall

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Webcam required, yes. And computer only, not mobile. But not a bad system, for sure. I made $1552 in March.

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Webcam required, yes. And computer only, not mobile. But not a bad system, for sure. I made $1552 in March.

Wow!  That's quite a side-gig.

How many hours of work does that represent?
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TMInsall

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66.5 hours teaching total for the month. So I averaged $23+ an hour, due to bonuses.

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This sounds great! Thanks for sharing!

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Holy shit! That's like way more than any of our real jobs make! This is HUGE! I have a chromebook, which has a webcam, but is usually recognized as a mobile device. Does that mean it's not going to work!?
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While not 'officially' supported, I use my Chromebook all the time. In fact, my Mac is my backup (with a wired connection) just in case I get some kooky tech issues. But I've had little/no problems with a Chromebook, really.

It really is a dream gig...

[EDIT]: If you sign up and teach your first class by the end of April, you will receive a $25 bonus in your first paycheck.
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Just passed the first interview!  YAY! I'm super excited about this. This is basically all the favorite parts of my old job (teaching english and reading to mexican kids in a primary classroom, 1-3rd grade) minus all the bad parts (classroom management).

My headset didn't work with my chromebook. As in the chromebook doesn't recognize that I've even plugged it in. I almost cancelled the interview, and then decided to just try it, and it worked fine.

I'd love to debug the headset issue, but happy to know I can move forward in the meantime.
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I actually just sent TMI a PM about this.  I'm very interested.  Congrats on passing the interview!

What are the specs on your Chromebook?  I'm thinking about buying a cheap one like the one below specifically for doing this side-gig.

https://www.amazon.com/Chromebook-C202SA-YS02-Ruggedized-Resistant-Celeron/dp/B01DBGVB7K/ref=pd_sbs_147_1?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B01DBGVB7K&pd_rd_r=NMW4K9HN9N7Z30CW57CW&pd_rd_w=C3tou&pd_rd_wg=eUOB6&psc=1&refRID=NMW4K9HN9N7Z30CW57CW
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Just passed the first interview!  YAY! I'm super excited about this. This is basically all the favorite parts of my old job (teaching english and reading to mexican kids in a primary classroom, 1-3rd grade) minus all the bad parts (classroom management).

My headset didn't work with my chromebook. As in the chromebook doesn't recognize that I've even plugged it in. I almost cancelled the interview, and then decided to just try it, and it worked fine.

I'd love to debug the headset issue, but happy to know I can move forward in the meantime.

Are you using a USB headset? If so, use a 3.5 MM regular jacked one. I got mine off Amazon. USB messes with their software. I actually had the same issue, and went out and bought different headphones just to fix this.

Congrats on passing though!

TMInsall

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I actually just sent TMI a PM about this.  I'm very interested.  Congrats on passing the interview!

What are the specs on your Chromebook?  I'm thinking about buying a cheap one like the one below specifically for doing this side-gig.

https://www.amazon.com/Chromebook-C202SA-YS02-Ruggedized-Resistant-Celeron/dp/B01DBGVB7K/ref=pd_sbs_147_1?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B01DBGVB7K&pd_rd_r=NMW4K9HN9N7Z30CW57CW&pd_rd_w=C3tou&pd_rd_wg=eUOB6&psc=1&refRID=NMW4K9HN9N7Z30CW57CW

That should definitely be fine. I think if and when I buy my own Chromebook (I use my work one) I will buy a touchscreen one. Writing on the screen with a touchpad or mouse is difficult...
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I thought about using my work laptop, but I'd be worried about using work property for things other than work.

The best deal I see for a touch screen chromebook is about $250.  $80 more for touch screen.  It'd be worth it though, you say?
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vindicated: I have this one https://www.amazon.com/Acer-11-6-Chromebook-16GB-CB3-111-C4HT/dp/B00XARX1C4/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1492729186&sr=8-7&keywords=acer+chromebook+11, and I got it refurbished for $130. Best purchase ever. Couldn't be more happy. So much better than a laptop.

TMI, I DID use a regular headphone jack!  Weird!  I was going to try a USB jack next. I read online and they say to do a powerwash, except it doesn't work even from guest mode, so I'm not sure if that would fix it.
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vindicated: I have this one https://www.amazon.com/Acer-11-6-Chromebook-16GB-CB3-111-C4HT/dp/B00XARX1C4/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1492729186&sr=8-7&keywords=acer+chromebook+11, and I got it refurbished for $130. Best purchase ever. Couldn't be more happy. So much better than a laptop.

TMI, I DID use a regular headphone jack!  Weird!  I was going to try a USB jack next. I read online and they say to do a powerwash, except it doesn't work even from guest mode, so I'm not sure if that would fix it.

Hmm... You want to be sure you have a trrs headphone set, and trrs headphone jack. Many older o cheaper ones are trs, or tip-ring-sleeve. You want tip-ring-ring-sleeve. Trrs have the extra channel for the microphone. If either the headset and the audio jack is not trrs, then the microphone's sound will not go through. You can google "trrs vs trs" to find out more. I also used Skype to test my sound... That's always a good one.

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Bumping to follow... want to check this out when I'm not at my day job!

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Bumping to follow...

So in terms of taxes, this would be "miscellaneous income" I assume?  1099-MISC?

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I passed!  So the headset mike works, but the audio comes through my computer speaker. Anyway, I guess it's not going to matter because I'm in! woohoo! Thanks for the referral!
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I passed!  So the headset mike works, but the audio comes through my computer speaker. Anyway, I guess it's not going to matter because I'm in! woohoo! Thanks for the referral!

Good! If you teach your first class by the end of the month, I think you'll get a $25 bonus!

Bumping to follow...

So in terms of taxes, this would be "miscellaneous income" I assume?  1099-MISC?

Yes, the company releases a 1099 to employees for taxes. I'm also contributing to a solo 401k with vanguard now.

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I'm interested in this -- can someone who has taught a class tell me what I should expect? I work full-time, is this something that I could do sporadically / on weekends, or does it need to be a regular commitment? Can I use regular audio jack headphones with mic or do I need a fancypants headset?

Thanks!

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I've taught two classes so far! You can do as much or as little as you want. They used to have a minimum but not anymore.

You do have to stick to your schedule, so once you get booked, you can't cancel. Regular headphones are OK!  Good luck. It's super fun if you like teaching.
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I'm interested in this -- can someone who has taught a class tell me what I should expect? I work full-time, is this something that I could do sporadically / on weekends, or does it need to be a regular commitment? Can I use regular audio jack headphones with mic or do I need a fancypants headset?

Thanks!

I purchased a headset with mic from amazon for about $9. You want to make sure whatever headphones/set have its own mic, and have a trrs plug. iPhone headsets do.

April Update: I didn't get the incentive this month, as I am driving to my brick & mortar teaching job during peak times for incentives. I also worked a bit less, as I had no spring break this month. Yet I still pulled in $1291, having worked 58.5 hours, meaning I netted $22.06/hr for April. :)
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I used TMI's link and got to the next stage of signing up with them...have a few days to do a mock class.  I've been stalking the forum forever but hadn't registered.  I signed up just to say THANK YOU!  I teach full time online for a k-12 school already and this is the best most convenient side hustle ever.

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I'm getting into the groove of it! I LOVE it! After doing 2 classes in the morning I feel so awake and ready for when my kids come find me in the kitchen. Such a difference in how ready I feel to "handle" them. And the crazy part is that I'm getting paid to do this fun thing :)

I'm on track to earn 800-1000 this month and that is a CRAZY amount of money for us here in MX. Super excited!!
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I'm glad you're having success!  I still haven't done it.  I know, I'm procrastinating, like usual.

Anyway, what times of the day can you teach?  Also, what time-zone.  I'm US Eastern.
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I'm Mountain Time, so that's definitely lucky. So I do 5:30-6:30 mornings and Friday & Saturday evenings from 7-9. When I feel comfortable with that, I'll add an extra half hour in the mornings, so 5-6:30.

Make $22/hr teaching English from home FOR REALZ! https://t.vipkid.com.cn/?refereeId=4568896

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