I can teach English online as a REAL source of income? I do not have a teaching degree, do I need one? Is this a real thing? I am here to answer all the questions, and talk about how you could start earning money with this side hustle, or even make it into a full time gig.
After I had our second our second child, I explored different options to avoid going back to work. I looked up so many ways to earn money online or work from home. I came across teaching English online through VIPKid. VIPKid offers English classes to children in China, through virtual classes. You do not have to create any lessons or content. The material is created by VIPKid. You simply teach the provided lesson.
Is This Legit?
At first, I was skeptical. Teach English online without a degree in teaching? Earn money from home this easily? I watched countless videos online of reviews of the company and realized, this is a real thing. Many of the videos had very energetic, over the top teachers. Again I though, maybe this isn’t for me? That is not my personality. But, wanting to earn an extra buck I thought what was the harm in trying.
When Do I Teach, And How Often?
I have now been teaching with VIPKid for over a year. I make a substantial amount of money from this AND able to make a flexible schedule. Since the children are in China, the time difference is really the only draw back. Depending on where you are located, it could be a time difference of about 12 hours. (So the student is taking the class at 6pm BJT, and it is 6am EST). Once you are a teacher, you open up the slots that you are available to teach and the parents book based on your availability. There is no minimum slots you must open per week, so really you have the flexibility to do what works for you. The only down side is you are not guaranteed any bookings once you get hired, it is up to the parents to book you.
How Will Parents Find Me?
Once you are hired you will create a profile. This will have your profile picture, a short introduction video and write up to introduce yourself. Parents will review teacher profiles before selecting you to teach their child. When you get a booking, TEACH YOUR BEST! Show that parent you are a good fit for their student, and you will get rebooked!
How Do I Apply?
I would love to help you on your VIPKid Journey! To be eligible to apply to teach for VIPKid, you do need a Bachelor’s degree. This degree does not have to be in English or in teaching. You need to be legally eligible to work in the U.S. or Canada. VIPKid also recommends having at least 2 years of experience in either teaching, mentoring, tutoring or coaching. Something that shows you have some experiences to work with children and help them to succeed. Since these classes are virtual, of course you would need the technology to teach them. I use just my regular laptop computer and the built in camera.
I Can Help You With Your Interview
If you would like me to help you with the interview and application process, I would love to help. When you apply at VIPKid, utilize my referral code CHRIS2175 and I can help you on your way. Email me at Christine@HeyThereChristine.com after you submit your application and I will contact you to guide you through the application and interview process! I can’t wait to hear from you!
Xo – Christine
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