27 companies where you can teach English online without a degree

Do you think you need a degree to teach English online… Think again! There are tons of online TEFL companies where you can teach English online without a degree – and to prove it, we’ve pulled together a list of 27 online companies where you can do just that!

1. ABC360

ABC360 is an online TEFL company that delivers lessons to Chinese children aged between 5 and 15 years old.

Pay: Pay starts from around $2 per hour, based on qualifications, experience, and interview performance. ABC360 states that, on average, teachers earn $595 per month.

Minimum hours: 18 to 20 hours per week between 5pm to 9pm Beijing time. Once core hours have been booked, teachers are free to open up extra slots between 6am to 11.40pm Beijing time.

Technical requirements: Laptop / PC strong internet connection, webcam, speakers and microphone.

Other requirements: ABC360 prefers teachers with a British or US accent but this is not essential.

2. Berlitz

Berlitz is a long-established global language company. Alongside its in-person classes, Berlitz now also delivers virtual lessons to students from across the world.

Pay: $8-$15+ per hour.

Minimum hours: 5 hours per week.

Technical requirements: PC / laptop, strong internet connection and webcam.

Other requirements: To work for Berlitz you must be a native English speaker with previous teaching experience.

3. Cambly

Cambly is an app-based platform, where you chat to students from across the world via your phone or tablet.

Pay: $10 per hour on average but you’re actually paid per minute you chat.

Minimum hours: No minimum or maximum hours – you set your own schedule.

Technical requirements: Smartphone / tablet, strong internet connection, webcam and headset.

Other requirements: The only essential requirement for Cambly is fluent English but a TEFL qualification is a definite plus.

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4. Classgap

Classgap matches up tutors with students from all over the world, with lessons then delivered via the platform’s virtual classroom.

Pay: You set your own rates and then Classgap take a commission. Classgap states that you can earn $1,200+ per month – but realistically it will take some time for newbie teachers to get up to this level.

Minimum hours: You set your own hours and availability.

Technical requirements: Laptop, PC or tablet with a webcam and microphone plus Google Chrome to connect to the teaching platform.

Other requirements: None stated – but you will get reviews from students that are added to your profile, so the better job you do, the easier you’ll find it to build up your student list.

5. Fiverr

Fiverr is an online marketplace for freelancers to offer services to customers worldwide. Once you’re signed up to Fiverr, you can list your online teaching services and students will contact you directly to book lessons.

Pay: You set your own rates. Fiverr deducts their commission from your payment, so make sure you build this into your rates.

Minimum hours: It’s up to you what hours you work – you agree lessons direct with your students.

Technical requirements: No specific requirements to join the platform but, to teach English online, you’ll need a laptop, PC or tablet with a microphone, webcam and strong internet connection.

Other requirements: As Fiverr is a generic freelancer marketplace, there are no specific requirements for TEFL teachers but the more qualifications and experience you can offer, the more likely you are to attract students.

6. Engoo

Engoo offer English lessons to students from all over the world via their own video lesson platform that students can access on their smartphone/tablet or PC/laptop. Their system allows students to search and book lessons with available tutors.

Pay: $2-$10 per hour.

Minimum hours: None specified.

Technical requirements: PC/laptop, high-speed internet connection, webcam and headset.

Other requirements: To work for Engoo you must be fluent in English.

7. Eigox

Eigox offers one-to-one English lessons via their online teaching platform to a wide range of ages and levels of students, who are mainly based in Japan.

Pay: $2-$10 per hour plus incentives – native English speakers are generally paid at a higher rate than non-native English tutors.

Minimum hours: No minimum hours – you open up your schedule for the slots you’re available to teach.

Technical requirements: Laptop / PC, high-speed internet connection, webcam and headset.

Other requirements: To work for Engoo you must be aged 18 or older and proficient in English (although we reckon that last part’s fairly obvious!)

8. HelloKid

HelloKid provides 25-minute, one-to-one English lessons to Chinese students aged 3 to 16 years old.

Pay: $8-$22 per hour, based on experience and interview performance. Teachers can apply for a pay rise six months after starting.

Minimum hours: 4 days / 12 hours per week, between 6:00pm to 9:00pm Beijing time.

Technical requirements: PC / laptop with intel core i5 or above, strong internet connection (3Mbps upload and 30Mbps download), a webcam, and headset with microphone.

Other requirements: To work for HelloKid you also need native-level English, a TEFL certificate and online teaching experience with young learners.

9. KK Talkee

KK Talkee offers one-to-one and group English lessons to Chinese children aged 5 to 15. They have their own virtual classroom software that you use to host your English lessons.

Pay: $15-$20 per lesson for one-to-one lessons and $24-$28 per lessons for group lessons plus bonuses.

Minimum hours: Minimum of 8 and maximum of 48 hours per week. Most lessons take place between 6pm to 10pm (Beijing time) Monday to Friday and 9am to 10pm (Beijing time) at weekends.

Technical requirements: PC / laptop, strong internet connection (6Mbps upload and 15 Mbps download) and a webcam.

Other requirements: To work for KK Talkee tutors must be from USA, Canada or Australia and have a TEFL certificate.

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10. Learn Light

Learn Light is a global language company, delivering both in-person and online language lessons across the world.

Pay: $12-$14 per hour.

Minimum hours: 10 hours per week ­– unlike most online TEFL companies, you need to commit to a fixed schedule for a minimum of a year.

Technical requirements: Laptop / PC, headset, webcam, minimum of 10Mbps Internet connection.

Other requirements: To teach with LearnLight, you need a TEFL qualification and at least two years’ teaching experience. You’ll have an even better chance of being picked if you also have a business background and speak a second language

11. Learn Talk

Learn Talk delivers one-to-one and small group lessons. The company has 3 different levels of English tutors, ranging from language tutor (most basic) to experienced instructor to professional teacher (requiring significant teaching experience and qualifications). When you apply, their QA team will decide which category you fit into – although you can be promoted over time.

Pay: $4-$5 per hour (language tutor), $8-$10 (experienced instructor); $12-$15 (professional teacher).

Minimum hours: None specified.

Technical requirements: PC / laptop that can run the latest version of Google Chrome, minimum 3Mpbs upload and download speed, HD webcam with a resolution of at least 640×480 pixels and a headset with a noise-cancelling microphone.

Other requirements: To be a language tutor, you need to have English language skills at a minimum CEFR level C1, for the experienced instructor, you need CEFR level C2 plus 2 years. Experience, and to be a professional Teacher, you need CEFR Level 2, 4 years’ teaching experience and a teaching certificate.

12. Lingoda

Lingoda delivers one-to-one and small group language lessons to adult students from across the world via Zoom.

Pay: Varies, based on qualifications and experience but expect around $8-$13 per hour.

Minimum hours: No minimum hours but Lingoda states that, on average, tutors work 5 to 20 hours per week.

Technical requirements: PC / laptop that can run Zoom, high speed internet connection, webcam and a high quality headset.

Other requirements: For Lingoda, you need C2 or above level of English, a TEFL certificate and 2 to 3 years’ teaching experience.

13. Native Camp

Native Camp is a Japanese company that employers TEFL teachers worldwide to teach English to Japanese students.

Pay: Based on performance with bonuses available if you hit targets.

Minimum hours: You can work when you choose – there are no minimum hours.

Technical requirements: PC / laptop that can run Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, strong internet connection (minimum 2Mpbs upload and download), headset with microphone and a webcam.

Other requirements: You must be at least 18 years old and score of a minimum of 70% in an English Proficiency Test on your first attempt to teach at Native Camp. Teaching experience is also highly desirable

14. Nice Talk

Nice Talk operates via your smartphone, rather than a laptop / PC. It offers Chinese students one-to-one video chats with fluent English speakers.

Pay: $10+ per hour but you actually get paid per minute you’re talking with a student on the platform.

Minimum hours: Flexible hours – you go onto the platform when you’re available and students then pick a tutor from the list of those who are online.

Technical requirements: Smartphone / tablet with minimum of 7.0 IOS / 4.0 Android operating system and reliable internet connection (300Kbps upload and 500Kbps download).

Other requirements: Native English, TEFL certificate and teaching experience are all preferred – but as long as you have a high level of English, you can still apply.

15. Open English

Open English is one of the most established online platforms in Latin America. It offers both group and one-to-one lessons for adults and young learners across the continent.

Pay: $10-$15 per hour

Minimum hours: 10 hours per week.

Technical requirements: PC / laptop with a strong internet connection (speed check is included in the application process), webcam and microphone.

Other requirements: A TEFL certificate and teaching experience are both required and you need to pass a grammar test as part of the application process. Preference is given to teachers with can speak Spanish and have a North American accent

16. PalFish

PalFish are one of the most established online English teaching companies in the world. The bulk of their students are Chinese but the platform is now expanding out to other countries. Lessons are hosted via an app that can be downloaded onto your Smartphone or tablet.

Pay: $16-$22 per hour plus bonuses.

Minimum hours: 8 teaching slots (4 hours) per week.

Technical requirements: Smartphone / tablet with up-to-date IOS or android software and a strong internet connection.

Other requirements: To work for PalFish you must have a TEFL qualification and be a native English speaker with a passport from the UK, USA, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia.

17. Pop on

Pop on are another app-based platform. They offer short sessions (3 to 15 minutes) of either English tutoring or conversational practice, known as Chat Pals.

Pay: You set your own rates, which can be anything between $1 to $60 per hour – realistically, new English tutors will start towards the lower end of that scale and build up.

Minimum hours: None specified but each session lasts between 3 to 15 minutes.

Technical requirements: Smartphone plus strong internet connection.

Other requirements: To work for Pop On you must be a native or near native English speaker who is good at engaging students in conversation.

18. SkimaTalk

SkimaTalk offers one-to-one, 25-minute English language lessons via Skype. Students pick a tutor from those available and leave reviews to help other students make their selection.

Pay: You set your own rate. SkimaTalk takes a 20% commission of what you earn, so bear this in mind when you’re deciding on your price.

Minimum hours: You set your own schedule.

Technical requirements: PC / laptop, Google Chrome (recommended for compatibility with Skima Talk), Skype, good internet connection, webcam and microphone.

Other requirements: To work for SkimaTalk you must be aged 18 or over and be a native English speaker from the UK, USA, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia. No experience is required but your lessons will be rated by students and you must have a consistently good score to remain on the site.

19. Take Lessons

Take Lessons is an online learning marketplace, that enables teachers in a wide range of subjects, including English, to build a profile and market their services to students.

Pay: You set your own rates. You need to pay an initial set-up fee (currently $19.95) and Take Lessons also deducts a commission when a student pays for a lesson.

Minimum hours: You set your own schedule. You’ll get an alert when a student books a lesson and then you can organise it direct with the student.

Technical requirements:  PC / laptop, internet connection, webcam and a suitable programme for delivering the lessons, such as Skype or Zoom.

Other requirements: You must be at least 18 years old and have a valid US bank account and US mobile number to register with Take Lessons.

20. Tandem

Tandem is a language learning app for a wide range of languages, including English. You join the Tandem community and are then linked up with a partner that wants to learn your native language. They also have a tutor programme for accelerated learning.

Pay: No set rate – it is based on your reviews and how much time you spend teaching on the app.

Minimum hours: None specified.

Technical requirements: Smartphone / tablet with an up-to-date operating system.

Other requirements: None specified but Tandem does state that preference is given to tutors with good qualifications, experience, references and who did well in their test lesson

21. TUEX

TUEX is a multi-language app-based marketplace. Tutors set up a profile to showcase what they offer. Students can then search for tutors and request to book lessons.

Pay: You set your own rates.

Minimum hours: You set your own schedule and arrange lessons with students at a time that works for you both.

Technical requirements: Smartphone / tablet, internet connection and a webcam.

Other requirements: TUEX vets applications to ensure tutors have suitable qualifications and identification. Students will then book tutors based on your profile – so the more relevant qualifications and experience you have, the better your chance of getting bookings

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22. Tutlo

Tutlo offers structured, one-to-one English language lessons for both adults and children. Tutlo has its own curriculum and provides tutors with lesson plans prior to each lesson.

Pay: $5-$11 per hour

Minimum hours: None specified.

Technical requirements: PC / laptop, strong internet connection (5Mbps upload and download), webcam and headset.

Other requirements: Tutlo prefers native English speakers from the US, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, or South Africa – although they do say that non-native English speakers can apply. You must also have at least six months’ teaching experience and a TEFL certificate.

23. Tutorful

Tutorful is an online marketplace for private tutors in the UK. Tutors set up a free profile to showcase the subjects that they offer, including English.

Pay: You set your own rates. Tutorful takes a platform fee out of the amount paid by the student, so make sure you take account of this when setting your rates.

Minimum hours: You set your own schedule.

Technical requirements: PC / laptop, internet connection and webcam.

Other requirements: You must be a UK resident to work through Tutorful. You don’t need to have a formal teaching qualification but it helps if you understand the UK curriculum.

24. UpWork

UpWork is a global freelancing marketplace for all types of services, including online English tutoring. You set up a free profile to market your services and attract students.

Pay: You set your own rates. UpWork takes a service fee, so make sure you take account of this when setting your prices.

Minimum hours: You set your own hours and agree the schedule direct with your students.

Technical requirements: PC / laptop, reliable internet connection and a webcam.

Other requirements: As a generic freelancer platform, UpWork doesn’t have any specific requirements for TEFL teachers but you’ll have a better chance of attracting students if you have a TEFL qualification and teaching experience.

25. Verbal Planet

offers one-to-one lessons via Skype with native speakers in a range of languages, including English. You can register for free and create a profile on their marketplace. Students then book lessons direct with you.

Pay: You set your own rate of pay and get to keep 100% of what you charge.

Minimum hours: You set your own schedule. Students can book in at times you show  you’re available.

Technical requirements: PC / laptop, Skype, reliable internet connection, microphone and a webcam.

26. Verbling

Verbling offers one-to-one language lessons, including English, to students worldwide via Verbling’s own live video chat platform. You can teach from anywhere in the world, as long as you have a suitable device and good internet connection.

Pay: You set your own rates.

Minimum hours: No minimum hours required – but you’re likely to increase your profile and attract more students if you open a decent number of teaching slots.

Technical requirements: PC / laptop that can run Google Chrome, strong internet connection, webcam and a headset.

Other requirements: You must have teaching experience to work for Verbling. You will also normally need a TEFL / teaching certificate and to be a native English speaker.

27. VivaLing

VivaLing is an online language platform delivering customised one-to-one lessons via video conferencing for both adults and children aged three years old and up. VivaLing have a more in-depth onboarding process than many of the other online language platforms with 2 to 4 weeks of training followed by 2 to 4 weeks of teaching practice before you become a fully fledged coach.

Pay: Initial pay rate is based on your application and experience but is usually between $13 to $20 per hour. This can then be increased during regular reviews.

Minimum hours: At least 12 hours across four days per week. You must be available during after school hours / weekends in European time zones.

Technical requirements: High quality PC / laptop (4GB RAM or higher, and at least 2 GHz processor), strong internet connection (minimum 1.2 Mbps upload and download speed), webcam and headset.

Other requirements: To teach English for VivaLing, you must be a native English speaker with a language / TEFL certificate and have at least two years’ teaching experience.

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