Getting an online English teaching job is a brilliant way for native-level English speakers to earn money working from home. There’s a ton of demand for online English teachers and it’s a desirable job to have: you can choose your own working hours and fit teaching in around your schedule, earn upwards of US$30 per hour and boost your CV with a sparkly new skill. Win!
Whether you’re looking for a full-time, earn-from-home position or a part-time side hustle to give yourself a bit of financial freedom, we hear you! And we’ve got heaps of tips and tricks to help you learn more and get started in your own 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!
All of our Level 3 and Level 5 TEFL Courses are regulated by Ofqual – the UK Government department responsible for ensuring teaching qualifications are of the highest quality. And with one of our TEFL 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.
Pro tip: A Level 5 Course or Diploma will give you an extra boost, plus with a 240+ hour Level 5 Course, you’ll benefit from specialised training on teaching English online – win!
If instead you choose to complete a Level 3 qualification, you’d also benefit from adding our new Become an Online Tutor Add-On to your certification.
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!
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.
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
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:
Good question! It can get confusing with the choice of TEFL Courses and Diplomas on offer – but we’ve made it simple for you. ALL of our Courses will qualify you to get an online English teaching job. However, we’d recommend a Level 5 TEFL Course if you want to boost your employment potential and earn a bit extra!
If your budget can’t stretch to a Level 5 Course, don’t worry! Our Level 3 Courses will give you essential TEFL training and help you get that all-important first online teaching job. Plus, we offer a 30-hour Add-On Course in Becoming an Online Tutor that will give you a little push. Hurray!
The short answer is, yes! You can still teach English online if you don’t have a degree – but we’d recommend choosing a TEFL Course with a higher number of hours to give your job application a boost.
There are two routes into online teaching, these are: 1) working for an online language school and 2) freelancing. Many employers will ask for a bachelor’s degree as a job requirement but not all will, so it’s worth keeping an eye on online TEFL jobs boards, such as LoveTEFL, to find your perfect online English teaching job.
Otherwise, freelancing is another amazing option. You’ll have more freedom and you’ll be able to set your own rates – hurray! You’ll just need to set up a profile on a freelancing site and wait for students to get in touch.
The bottom line is, if you don’t have a degree, don’t worry! There’s tons of learners out there who need your help and as long as you have a native level of English, you can teach English online.
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…
If you prefer the idea of going it alone, a great resource and place to start is our sister company, LoveTEFL’s jobs 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.
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.
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!
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.