It's been a while since my last post, but I wanted to share with you the 5 best websites to teach online - according to my own experience. But why would you listen to MY EXPERIENCE? Well, I have been teaching online since December 2017, and I made my first few bucks since January 2017. However, I also have experience learning a different language than English. I am a native German teacher, and I focus on teaching exactly that ever since I started. Lots and lots of websites out there are recommending you websites or companies to work for that are only for teaching English or native English speakers.
In my article, the 5 best websites to teach online, I want to focus on the 5 sites that have helped me to earn a buck or two while having complete freedom over the hours that I teach and the hourly rate I want to make. After all, I originally started teaching online because I "wanted to see what works" and "experience if it's possible to work whenever you want to be working."
Without further due, let me introduce you to the 5 best websites to teach online and give me a chance to show you how I did teaching with them for the past two years.
My personal favorite is Amazingtalker. They are a young startup company from Taiwan, and I have been with them since May 2018. I love the simplicity of their website and the comparatively low fees. Also, you have the chance of basically paying 0% fees if you earn 1500$ or more a month.
Date joined: May 2018
My earnings: 3,575.11$ after fees
Verbling is a great platform because of the teacher admin system that is available to you. You have space to upload your class materials, homework, blog posts, and many other things. They give you an excellent overview of how you are doing, and they tell you how you could improve. Also, they have a random teacher-student match. I haven't seen that on any other website. The fees are somewhat standard for the industry and certainly not the highest.
Date joined: June 2018
My earnings: 787.52$ after fees
Hm ... How do I start? I have a bit of a love-hate-relationship with Preply. To be fair, Preply sent me lots of trial students, and some of them became long-term students, but that came at a price. First, new students have to pay the full price for a 60 minutes trial lesson, but all the money goes to Preply. Secondly, the fees start at 28%; I repeat 28% for each lesson that you teach. That fee reduces the more classes you teach for them. However, after having taught on Preply for almost two years, I still pay 23% in fees.
Date joined: December 2017
My earnings: 2002$ after fees
4. Your own website
I get it. I might have cheated here a bit. You probably expected websites/ companies that let you put up a profile and go from there. However, right from the start, I tried to get students on my own. I signed up private students by asking people who had studied with me in class at my local school, students who came from one of the websites mentioned above, or referrals. These students helped me to generate an income of 3173.53$ since March 2018. Anyone who wants to teach a language online and wants to make it a business rather than a hobby should have a website right from the start. I made the mistake of not caring about it. The earlier you start, the earlier you achieve your dream.
Date joined: March 2018
My earnings: 3173.53$$ after fees
5. PalFish - 5 best websites to teach online
Wait, hear me out. You might have heard about PalFish, a Chinese app connecting students and teachers from the comfort of their phone. Honestly, I never really considered this app, and I haven't had too much experience with it just yet. I forgot that I had a profile on the app until recently when I opened the app and checked my inbox. I just got my first student for a trial class, and she signed up right after our trial.
The comfort of teaching from your phone is fantastic. Also, you charge a fee per minute in RMB. For example, I currently charge 4 RMB per minute, which equals 240 RMB per hour - roughly 34$. The fees are 20% right of your income, and you can pay out by Payoneer or Chinese bank account.
Date joined: May 2018
My earnings: 34.28$
Conclusion: Congratulations! You have read my blog post and might have calculated that I made an extra 10.000$ teaching online. Not bad for a side gig. I hope you can get an idea where to start YOUR online teaching journey. Good luck!
Note: I never intended earning a full salary teaching online until recently. I always did it as a"side gig" or "hobby" if you so will. Now I try to become a full-time online teacher, and my expectations for my income are different.