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Online English Teaching Jobs

How to get your perfect online English
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Getting an online English teaching job is a brilliant way for native English speakers to earn money working from home or remotely in exotic locations! Native English speakers are naturally suited to online English teaching jobs as they can explain idioms, phrases and (everyone’s favourite!) grammar to international students easily.

Luckily for those wanting to teach English online, there’s no shortage of students wanting to learn English!

Whether you’re wanting to discover the world and teach as you travel, planning to work in the evening around another job, or just looking for greater flexibility in life, an online English teaching job might be the perfect solution…

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In 2018, we’re expected to see the global tutoring market grow by roughly 9 times since 2012 (That’s $103 billion!) So there’s never been a better time to get qualified and get discovering your perfect online English teaching job!

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Online English Teaching Job FAQs

  • Q: How do I qualify for an online English teaching job?

    As standard, to get an online English teaching job, you’ll need an internationally-recognised TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) qualification,  like the ones provided by i-to-i TEFL!

    Our TEFL courses are regulated by Ofqual – the English Government department responsible for ensuring teaching qualifications are of the highest quality and with one of our certificates to confirm your ability and skills, employers looking for TEFL teachers to fill their online English teaching jobs will be certain to prioritise you.

    As well as a TEFL qualification, you would also benefit from adding our new Teaching English Online Add-On to your certification.

    View Teaching English Online Add-On >>

  • Q: What are the benefits to an online English teaching job?

    More control

    When you’re doing an online English teaching job, you can teach at times that suits you and work around your life. You can be in charge of your own working time, effectively being your own boss, as well as teaching a wide variety of students from all over the world!

    Earning potential

    Online teaching can be a great way to supplement your income. It’s also possible for it to become your sole income – as long as you are aware of how best to get yourself up and running.

    Improved classroom behaviour

    The beauty of teaching online is that the typical distractions that are encountered in a traditional classroom are absent. Students are much more focused and eager to learn and get their work done.

    Even younger learners can benefit from learning this way and you’ll find that you don’t have any attention issues with pupils that can normally crop up in a classroom environment.


    Teaching online can be an extremely rewarding experience. You can teach students in Saudi Arabia, Brazil, China and more – and all in the one afternoon!

    It’s a truly great opportunity to learn about other cultural nuances and ways of life, as well as discover a vast variety of topics you’re unlikely to have been exposed to in other scenarios

  • Q: How much can I earn in an online English teaching job?

    So, the question everyone wants to know – ‘how much can you really earn in an online English teaching job?’. In honesty, probably more than you think. It does all depend on which company you’re teaching through, how many students are in the sessions and how many times a week you’re teaching, and of course the more you put in, the more you’ll get out.

    As a guide, we would suggest that you can typically earn the below:

    • General or conversational English – £8+ per lesson
    • Business English – From £20+ per lesson
    • Examination preparation – Around £20 per lesson
    • Job interview coaching – Around £15 per lesson
    • English lessons for specific nationalities – £10+ per lesson

  • Q: i-to-i TEFL's Teaching English Online Add-On

    If you’re interested in teaching English online, we’ve developed an add-on course that is designed to get you ready!

    You’ll get all of the skills and prep you need to give excellent online lessons as well as covering the practical aspects involved with remote teaching.

    You’ll also learn all the steps of how to get connected and advertise your teaching services online. As well as this, you’ll create online-friendly lesson plans and learning materials, or adapting existing TEFL materials. Learning about and understanding your students will pave the way for some of the most rewarding classes you’ll ever teach!

    View Teaching English Online Add-On >>

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Get started in an online English teaching job

So, you’ve got your qualification and you’re now ready to find yourself an online English teaching job!

Your next challenge is to decide whether you’d prefer to work for an online English teaching school or set yourself up as an independent self-employed online English teacher.

Here at i-to-i, we’d always recommend starting out by working for an online school and, once you have some experience and confidence, then progressing to self-employment if that’s the route you’d like to ultimately go down.

Online schools such as 51Talk, DaDaABC, OpenEnglish, Myngle, 91waijiao, Learnlight, Berlitz, Telelangue to name a few are great places to start. Here’s a couple of reasons why…

  • Students are already enrolled, so you don’t need to go out looking for them and marketing yourself
  • Lesson plans are already in place and provided.
  • You can still dictate your schedule, but this route is unlikely to be as flexible as if you were self-employed.

If you prefer the idea of going it alone, a great resource and place to start is the i-to-i job’s board, where you can expect to find suitable positions advertised each month. If you want to be self employed, but need a bit of help in getting started, check out iTalki and Verbling as a starter for ten.

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iTalki is a language learning marketplace. It specialises in connecting teachers and students alike. Teachers apply to be featured in the dedicated Teacher Listings, which allows students to search for and contact them.

Online classes are conducted via Skype or alternatively through their free VOIP software. iTalki handles everything for the teacher: marketing, scheduling, payment (15% charge on each transaction) and even student management so this can be a great way to get all of the benefits with none of the complications when starting out.


Verbling offer a very similar proposition to iTalki. Teachers submit an application through the site to apply for listings and native speakers with some experience are prioritised.

Verbling offers both group lessons of up to 9 students at a time and one to one classes – all of which are conducted through 1 hour long Google Hangouts.

Teachers are paid via Paypal and set their own hourly rates, with Verbling offering a 100% guarantee that teachers are always paid for their teaching.

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Things to avoid when looking for an online English teaching job

Unprofessional social media

When you do an online English teaching job, you’ll need to have a good, professional online presence so people can find you and see what you’re offering.

A good way of expanding your presence is through social media – but it’s vital to ensure your social accounts are clean and professional in all regards, keep your work life and social life separate! No prospective client wants to see pictures of you 3 cocktails down on a Friday night!

Bad online schools

There are some unprofessional ‘online schools’ who exploit teachers looking to teach English online. Even if you’re starting out, you still should be paid a reasonable amount for your services – so don’t let anyone offering below average pay for work take advantage.