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Earn Money Teaching English Online

Updated on June 30, 2012

Start Your Own E-Learning Business

For some of you whose dream it is to work from home teaching English and earning reasonable money, I have some useful tips for you that might help you to establish yourself as an online English teacher. Having worked myself for more than three years as an online German and English teacher, I can recommend some great companies who are currently looking for teachers and where you can apply, which technical requirements you need to fulfill and what you need to watch out for.

Basic requirements

Students depend on a good audio quality when learning a language online. In addition, many of them prefer to see the teacher who they are learning the language with. Besides, gestures, facial expressions and movements of the mouth are used differently in each culture and should be an integral part of the language training. For these reasons, you will need a high-quality headset, preferably one that has a USB-connector, a high-speed internet connection (a download speed of 1000kb and an upload speed of 400kb have been working well for me) and a webcam.



TutorABC is a company from Taiwan who is currently looking for English teachers to teach beginners, intermediate and advanced students. The knowledge of Chinese is not required as you will only be teaching students who already know some English and will not need a bilingual teacher. The company has its own virtual classroom where you will log in before each session. It is a conference room with a screen-sharing function in which the entire lesson will take place. The learning material is provided by TutorABC, so there is no preparation required on your part whatsoever. You will teach Business English as well as English for everyday purposes. The payment is low but they will always provide you with many students and if you are a good teacher, you can teach for them for a very long time. Lessons are 45 minutes and the payment USD 7. However, you are paid a bonus based on the ratings you receive from the students. The bonus can vary between 50 cents and USD 3.

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VerbalPlanet is a website where you can create your own teacher profile. The company needs to approve your profile and base their decision on your teaching experience and qualifications. Once you are approved, you can set your own rates and wait for the first students to contact you. It is recommendable to start with a lower price between 10 and 12 USD for 45 minutes in order to attract students and build up a good reputation. You can also offer discounts and a free first lesson to attract students. I was very successful with that method and I am currently teaching 10 students a week from VerbalPlanet. Students give you a rating and this rating is shown on your profile which can be accessed by potential future students. You teach through Skype and manage your contact with the student including sending homework, lesson material and invoices through Paypal. The website charges a fee of 6 dollars per class and you charge whichever fee you set. It is recommendable to stay loyal to the website as they will be able to provide you with many students. Besides, English is the world language and the number 1 sought after language when it comes to learning a foreign language so you are bound to get a lot of students.

Apply now!


Learnship Networks

Learnship is an E-learning company from Germany which is currently in need of English teachers to teach employees through their technologically advanced e-learning platform. Their payment is excellent compared to other e-learning companies. Standard lessons of 45 minutes are paid €13, 60 minute lessons are paid €15 and standard lessons of 90 minutes are paid €26. In order to get hired by Learnship you need to have teaching experience and preferably knowledge in a second language as well as a teaching certificate. Nevertheless, even without the teaching certificate you have a chance to be hired as long as you can show them that you have the necessary teaching experience. You will have to pass an interview before being invited to take part in a two-day training. In this training you will get to know and apply the Learnship teaching method and learn useful tips when it comes to teaching online. Subsequently, you will have to teach 2 mock lessons to a beginner and an advanced student. You will be observed during these lessons and if you manage to convince the evaluator, you will be hired and the freelance documents will be sent to you as well as a tech bundle which includes a webcam, a headset and a phone.

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      wiserworld 14 months ago

      Thank you for the online teaching tips. It sounds like a convenient way to make some extra money if you can get it to work with your schedule and find the right company. Is it easy to find freelance work?

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      Jean 23 months ago

      Hi ,

      Is Tesol or Tefl neccessary for teaching english online ??

      I have a Bachelor degree in English , that's all !!!.


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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Very interesting and helpful information that I appreciate! This is definitely worth looking into. UP++

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      Melissa Orourke 2 years ago from Roatán, Islas De La Bahia, Honduras

      Is there a particular curriculum you use? Or does the company provide one? Thank you, great Hub. I am voting thumbs up! PS- Germany has been one of my favorite countries that I have visited! I loved the Colon Cathedral!

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      James Stave 2 years ago

      if you want german teacher by skype then join us

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      Jennifer Madison 2 years ago from Lohmar

      Luis unfortunately I am not permitted to do that

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      GoodAirLanguage 2 years ago

      This is a good introduction to the subject. I have made a detailed list of online English teaching companies here:

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      Luis 2 years ago

      hello,can you tell me what these different companies pay?

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      Ericajean 3 years ago

      Thank you for this hub. It is inspiring me to go ahead and teach online. I have always wanted to try it.

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      vivi 3 years ago

      Thank you Jennifer.This is an encouraging hub..I have wide experience in teaching business english, spanish hopefully..I can make extra money with some of these options..will let you know when that happens.

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      Tatiana 3 years ago from Florida

      Always looking for cool ways of earning money online! Thanks!

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      Jennifer Madison 3 years ago from Lohmar

      Some companies don't require a diploma, others require a teaching certificate or even a university degree in teaching. But all of the ones I worked for never asked me for any teaching diplomas. I had the TESOL certificate which helped me a lot regarding teaching methodology. But I taught myself all the rest and have been doing fine so far. I have an academic degree in business, so nothing to do with teaching.

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      Peter Kemp 3 years ago

      A question if I may ? What basic academic requirements were there when you applied ?

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      Mary Wickison 4 years ago from Brazil

      This is just what I needed to read. I have taught a few people here in Brazil . Most are keen to learn it. I like the idea of having a structured class. I will take a look at the sites you have suggested.


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      Anni Takison 4 years ago from california, USA

      your hub suggest various new ways to earn money to provide online teaching classes. Personally I feel. the motive to write this hub has reached its destination. Thanks and good luck!!

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      Wasteless Project 4 years ago from Worldwide

      Thank you Jennifer for your fast reply:) I am a native speaker, but I don't have a certificate in teaching... let's see how it will go! And thanks for your help:)

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      Jennifer Madison 4 years ago from Lohmar

      @wasteless project: just to confirm, you are interested in teaching German online? In this case, Verbalplanet is the best and most flexible option. Most companies only accept native speakers as teachers though. Good luck!

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      Wasteless Project 4 years ago from Worldwide

      Hi Jennifer, thank you for the hub! Do you have any additional recommendations for teaching German online? (Learnship is an option, or?)

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      Joseph Vandyke 4 years ago

      Very interesting hub with some good options.

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      Desmond Lee 4 years ago from Singapore

      Useful hub:) Have been tutoring English and Humanities and this hub is really beneficial.

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      Rhonda Ryan 4 years ago from Somerset , KY

      thanks for sharing such a useful information with us....

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      Michelle Booth 5 years ago from UK

      Very useful, thank you. I'm checking the sites out right now!

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      Jennifer Madison 5 years ago from Lohmar

      Teaching English online can definitely give you that side income you are looking for. I have been doing it for the past 3 years and I keep getting requests from students. It is worth a try!

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      Jennifer Madison 5 years ago from Lohmar

      Teaching English online can definitely give you that side income you are looking for. I have been doing it for the past 3 years and I keep getting requests from students. It is worth a try!

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      Donna Hilbrandt 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      Excellent information. I need to find a way to earn some extra income, and this might be a way to do it. I teach HS English, so it is right up my alley. Thanks! Voted up and sharing.

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      Jennifer Madison 5 years ago from Lohmar

      Thanks everyone, glad you found this article useful. I will keep updating it!

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      Stephanie Marie Severson 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Awesome thank you!!!

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      Distant Mind 5 years ago

      This is a very interesting hub. I might just try your suggestions out. Thank you.

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      DreamerMeg 5 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Useful hub. Thanks.

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      Heather Jacobs 5 years ago

      Very interesting hub! There are so many different ways to make money online these days, one hardly knows where to start! Thanks for the info!

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      supremewelfary 5 years ago from a human world