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How to Teach English Online

Working from the comfort of your own home is one of the advantages of being in the information age—the internet can also be a source of income. If you’re looking for a convenient job, you can always try working online. More companies are opting to allow their employees to work from home in order to save itself the costs of running the office, as well as taking into consideration the fact that not all the best people are found in the same area. From $202 billion in the start of 2011, internet spending grew from to $226 billion by the end of 2012. It’s estimated that this will rise to $327 billion by the end of 2016. Taking this into consideration, we can very well say that working online can be quite beneficial. But what do you have to offer?

English is an in demand language and in most cases can help anyone advance in their career choice, including yours. There are a lot of ways to learn English, including online. You can offer services teaching English part-time or even full time. All you need to start out is a good set of written and verbal English skills. Learning English at an actual school costs a lot of money, so many people opt to learn online because of the convenience and minimal cost to the individual.

There are a lot of English tutors that are now migrating online because of the convenience it brings to both tutor and tutee. Although more traditional tutors prefer to have their tutees in front of them, the benefits of working online are exceptional. This is a good chance for those English tutors looking to practice teaching and would like to earn money on the side.

Why should I teach English online?

The concept of online working allows for the most-qualified candidates work at flexible hours and with more flexible policies. It’s possible to be part of an amazing company and maintain certain benefits while enjoying the convenience of working at home. Of course, as with all things, working online has its drawbacks, but it’s an easy and convenient option. Books and English classes have limited uses. It’s been proven that the best way to learn a language is to be exposed to native speakers. Since not everyone has the chance to study abroad with a native English speaker, getting online help with English is the next best choice.

There is definitely a market for English tutors, be it for speaking or for writing. The market is often composed of people from countries that do not speak English. These people who are aware that in the global market today, the universal language is English, and that speaking and writing fluent English can give you better chances of landing a job and in turn can get you more money. In whatever career choice, being fluent in English is always an advantage. This applies to everyone, including you!

There are many different kinds of students with many different needs. Some may simply ask you to answer grammar questions, while others may ask to clarify some of their doubts. Some would want you to simply talk to them face to face and explain things. Sometimes, your students will ask for guidelines and references to improve your English. You may “specialize” in a certain part of English if you prefer, but if you want to maximize your earnings, then specializing in business English would be the best route. Corporations worldwide are looking for ways to improve their employees’ English since it will be beneficial for the company. Being hectic as businesses tend to be, most find it more convenient to hire someone online to hold a “webinar” or web seminar, for the whole staff for train. The world develops more businesses every day, so it’s only expected that more people will need the skills to communicate better.

Advantages

  • You save on travel expenses. Since you’re working from home, you can save on travel expenses that you would have spent for if you worked in an office.
  • You save on clothing expenses. Of course you need clothes when you work, but working at home gives you the convenience of not dressing as expensively as you would at the office. Or not even dressing up at all. Since you’re teaching English, Skype is usually the preferred means of communication. During these calls, the most others will see of you is from the chest up, giving you the benefit of skipping out on expensive leather shoes and slacks.
  • Exposure. Another perk of this job is that since you’ll be connected online, you will get to meet so many different people from different areas. This can be an advantage for you since you get to experience interacting with people from different cultures, and you can later use any learned skills for the future.
  • Convenience and Flexibility. Ideally, online jobs give you the convenience of working at your home for as little or as much as you want. Unless you’ve agreed with your tutees that you’d be teaching them at odd hours, you pretty much can choose your day off whenever, and choose to work 24/7 if you like. You control when and where you work. You may even have the convenience of traveling different places while you do so.
  • Income. There still is a potential for many homemakers to earn a substantial income while spending time with family and children.
  • You save up on food expenses. Since you’re working at home, you get to eat at home too. Generally, eating at home is a lot cheaper than eating out for lunch every day. The money you save can make a big difference in your income.
  • Start up cost. All you need when teaching English online is a computer, and a good internet connection. Sometimes you may need more equipment, like a headset and a webcam to speak with your students, but unless you choose to invest in quality equipment, the cost for these is minimal.
  • Fewer Distractions. You only have yourself as your distraction. Just as long as you are steadfast in your work, then you should be able to be more productive without the usual distractions and interruptions that occur in a regular office.
  • Proximity to Family. The idea of being close to home is comforting for most. Being available for your children or perhaps elderly parents at any time is very convenient.
  • Lower Stress level. Commuting to work on a daily basis can be very stressful. There will be traffic at the beginning of the day as well as on the way home. Not to mention potential office politics and dealing with hostile co-workers and customers on a day-to-day basis.
  • Increased productivity. There is less stress, more flexibility, and fewer distractions, so therefore (theoretically) more productivity.
  • Better health. There is less stress involved in working at home and you save more time without the commute, so now you have more hours in your day. You now have the time to go to the gym, practice baking, paint, or whatever else you would like to do in your free time.

Disadvantages

  • Family can be a distraction. Sure, working at home is very comforting because you’re within close proximity within your children, but this can also be a disadvantage. Imagine working being in a video call with your student and one of your children pesters you for something. This can be a big hindrance. Since your student is paying you by the hour, as a result you can’t expect that you can tend to your kids during the session or have them run around in the background. You have to be professional and reliable at all times.
  • Time Zones. Time zones can be a bad thing, especially if you have to get up at odd hours just to speak to your students on the other side of the world. This may be especially difficult in situations where instant interaction is called for, where one of you will have to wait until the other gets online.
  • Payment. Depending on the country, it may be difficult for them to transfer money from their country to yours, so you will have to be willing to go through different alternatives.
  • Endless Working. It may be great having much time to work, but sometimes you might forget and spend too many hours on your computer and completely forget to socialize. It’s important to get out at least once a day, at least for some fresh air. Try to do some physical activity. Sedimentary work life can kill.
  • Isolation. Despite the fact that you may be talking to people all day while facing your computer, you need human interaction as well. Isolation may work well for some, but not so much for others.
  • Work-life Balance. Since you’re working at home, it will be more difficult for you to separate work and family since now you will feel more obligated to clean the home and do more of the house work. It is essential to draw the line somewhere to be sure you won’t stress yourself out too much.
  • Self Discipline. You are working from home and there is nobody looking over your shoulder to force you to meet deadlines. Working on your own requires a lot of dedication and self-control to continuously improve yourself since nobody is there to do it of you. You will have a lot of temptations at home, or sometimes you may feel lazy and lose drive or momentum.* Promotion. If you’re working for an agency online, working may not be a problem. The problem comes in when there is a high chance that you will be overlooked for a promotion because visible employees’ hard work can be seen, compared to someone on a computer. You may have to take the extra mile of communicating with management to show your dedication to your job.

How to get students

You have the option of teaching online as an employee of a company, or you can set up your own teaching service. Both ways require technology and a lot of effort. In the long term, setting up your own website is more beneficial. Of course you will need a website built by an expert, but this is a one-time transaction only. It will cost you a little money every month for a domain name. Establishing a reputation online is hard work, and it will take quite some time, but if you stick to it you should get students in no time. It may take a while, but running your own website is the best choice if you want to have the most freedom.

The competition when working for a company or agency is intense, but being with an established company offers more stability with a steady stream of students assigned to you by the company. Working for an agency or company also means that they will take care of problem clients for you. Sure, they will take part of your income, but you will find out that this may be well worth it because of the convenience. You will need a TEFL certification and experience to qualify to even teach online. You can try Global English and LOI English.

If setting up a business is not for you, or even working under a company, you also have a choice to be a freelancer and sign up on websites that cut out the middle man and target the students directly. This option may seem fairly simple, but consider the fact that you are competing against many others on the same platform.

What do I need to work online?

You will need a decent and stable internet connection, and of course a computer with a keyboard and mouse. A laptop with all these will do just as well. You will also need a messaging service installed like Yahoo! Messenger, Skype or MSN Messenger. You will sometimes need a webcam and a headset to have video calls with your students.

Payment scheme

PayPal seems to be the most popular choice when receiving payments and is known worldwide. Sign up is simple and almost all websites have the option of paying through PayPal. With PayPal, you can send your invoices straight to your students’ emails. Additionally, though PayPal may be well-known, there are some countries whose banks that are not connected to PayPal. If you are from one of those countries, you will have to figure out which national bank takes PayPal and do all the necessary paperwork. You will have to be flexible with the payment scheme, but also make sure to choose the ones with least risk involved, like credit cards. By working online, you can earn $25-$50 per hour.

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