The world of work is changing so much in recent years. And a great way to earn a solid and stable wage is to get an Online English Teacher Job. It is a proven way to earn online, while travelling or from the comfort of your home. I’ve been working as an Online English Teacher for just under a year now and I’ve doubled my income from my previous cooperate job. I can make up to $100 an hour with my group classes now!
Getting an Online English Teacher Job is not as difficult as you might think. Especially when you are teaching English as a foreign language. Some platforms don’t even require previous experience in teaching or a bachelor degree, so it makes it easy to get into. Many people all over the world are looking to learn and practice their English online which fluent speakers, meaning its is not that complicated to become a Online English Teacher.
What do you need to get an Online English Teacher Job?
Be a Fluent or Native English speaker
Depending which platform you want to work on as some sites only allow Native English speakers, so always check.
Experienced in English teaching or education associated certificates (eg TEFL/TESOL)
Firstly one of the main qualification you need if you want to teach online is a certificate called a TEFL or TESOL. This is not too difficult to attain and all studying can be done online in your own time. There are many different types so it depends how much you want to invest in your training and whether you want to stand out with a job application having a more advanced TEFL.
Where to buy your TEFL course?
I bought the 120 hour TEFL course. Which was run by International Open Academy. This is course 2 which I recommend below. But I have also completed other courses with Premier TEFL to improve my skills and gain access to teaching materials and guides.
TEFL COURSE 1 – In depth course (£95+)
If you are interested in a longer more in depth TEFL course Premier TEFL also runs many different courses of varying length and skills. They are more expensive but if you are serious about learning to Teach English online its a better route for potential jobs and standing out from the crowd as you have a more advanced TEFL.
BUY A TEFL COURSE HERE — TEFL Courses, Qualifications & Jobs | Premier TEFL
TEFL COURSE 2 – Shorter & Lower Cost course (£19)
This is the £19 course I originally did with International Open Academy back in 2020. The course took me only 20 hours to complete it, over a course of a week. I will admit this course is short and doesn’t provide as much value as some other courses, but it is good for basics and good if you are short for cash.
You can use my affiliated link to buy your 120 hour TEFL course with International Open Academy
Where to work?
Make sure you get your TEFL or TESOL completed before applying for any jobs as you want your application to be ready to submit! But there are many platforms you can choose to work on, keep in mind some are better than others!
Amazing Talker – Average pay $25 per hour
I currently work on a great company called Amazing Talker – See my blog post about applying and working for them. You can view my profile here. I’m now one of the top earning teachers on there, and also interview potential teachers for jobs on the site. You do not need to be a native speaker just fluent & you can also teach other languages not just English.
In my opinion they are one of the best as they truly care about their teachers work life balance. There is a high amount of students coming from all over the world wanting to learn English so its excellent if you are working on different time zones. Also you can set your own hourly rate, with the future option of teaching group classes, which I earn up to $100 per 50 minute group class. Crazy right!
If you are interested in working for Amazing talker please read my detailed blog post and reach out to me and lets have a chat before you go to complete your application as I will be able to help you!
Palfish – Average pay $10-18 per hour
Palfish is a good place to start as a beginner as you don’t have to lesson plan. But you do need to be a native English speaker to teach the official kids course. and do a BIG amount of self promotion! FreeTalk you don’t have to be a Native speaker but the pay is terrible! I started working here originally but found it too competitive and they do not have great job stability or work life balance. It was not the company I wanted to work for.
Cambly – $10.20 – $12 per hour
I have heard mixed reviews about Cambly, its good in terms of no minimum working hours and being able to login when you want to work. But the pay is exceptionally low and personally not something liveable on.
I hope this has given you some insight into how simple it is to start working online and get an Online English Teacher Job. The TEFL is easy to attain and there are so many platforms accepting teachers with no previous teaching experience or a degree. I hope this helps someone looking for an extra income or even something to replace an existing job.
If you need any help or advice please feel free to reach out to me on Instagram (headforhorizons) or Facebook (Hayley Crone)