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Review on 51 talk Philippines. Work Office-based or Home-based Part-time of Full-time.

Updated on January 14, 2016
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I'm guessing you're here because you are in need of an extra income either by applying as an office-based or a home-based online English tutor.

Due to China's booming economy, most of the Chinese locals want to venture their luck on business in a global scale. Hence, they want to either start studying basic English or polish their speaking skills. Because of these presented facts, opportunities are open for Filipinos due to the reason that English happens to be widely spoken in their country. Not only that, hiring Filipinos is a great choice because the work quality is good and most importantly, very affordable.

Now, let's dive into the meat of this article. You're here because you are in need of either a part-time or full-time job through teaching online and curious enough to know about this company on whether or not it is legal, right?

I happen to have worked for this company a few years back and I would be glad to give you necessary details to help you decide if this is the right fit for you.

Let's start with the company.

This English language school has an office in the Philippines. If you are from Ortigas, then you can take advantage of working at their office, I'm pretty sure that they have a higher rate compared with the home-based option, I'm just guessing. But, my topic will focus more on the home-based opportunity, since, I happen to have applied for it. But, I'm just pointing out that there is an office-based option that you can choose from.

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What are the job positions and a number of working hours?

The company offers both positions: Part-time and full-time. Obviously, for a full-time worker, you can work at least eight hours a day. On the other hand, part-time employees can work at least 25 hours in 15 days. Now, it does have a certain similarity towards countless other online schools in terms of the number of working hours. Basically, the class per slot amounts to 25 minutes so two slots will give you 50 minutes. Slots mean class booking, it is the slot reserved/booked by a student. So, if you have a 25 minute class, you can have a 5 minute rest before proceeding to another class, if the class is 50 minutes, you can take a 10 minute rest. I use that time to write evaluations or prepare for my next class.

How Do I Apply?

Head on to their website and apply directly. You need to fill out their forms accurately and once you are done, just click submit. You may need to upload a resume as well. After submitting your resume, you have to wait for a couple of days for a text message from them confirming that they have received your application. Then, they will schedule a phone interview and then a skype interview the following day. I'm quite confident that applicants can breezily pass the interview because all that's asked are personal questions. Once the interviewer declares that you have passed the interview, you will be required to watch several videos about the company and what to expect from it. Do take note of the important details because it will be asked in the next screening (Orientation). After the orientation, they will give you a list of requirements that you need to comply before proceeding to the next step, which is teaching demo and once you pass, training ensues.

Short Question Before You Proceed

Have you ever worked with this company?

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What Are the Requirements?

I need to inform you though, that this company is quite strict in terms of equipment and internet connection speed. So, make sure you have good quality equipment ( A computer and a Headset ) and stable internet before applying. At least 1.5 Mbps would suffice. They will require a speed test, so check yours first, you may need at least 1 Mbps download and 0.9 Mbps upload (I'm not really sure, but the higher the better, I guess.), a good quality headset with a noise cancelling feature. I prefer Logitech (I'm not promoting, I just like it.) and make sure you have a TIN number, because we are wonderfully taxed.

What Are the Perks?

Working Online in the comfort of your own home does have its advantages. You can save money on transportation because you don't need to leave your house and travel for agonizing hours amidst the pollution and traffic. Best of all, you can spend more time with your family. They offer flexible working hours as well, so you choose when and what time, you're going to conduct classes.

What Are the Downside?

Well, of course, this is one big company, so it is inevitable that they will tax their employees. Hence, why you need to obtain a TIN number prior to applying. The tax is about 10%.

Another disadvantage is how they are strict with penalizing their teachers. In the event of a power outage, for example, they will still deduct your salary. There are, however, categories of deduction which will be explained to you in detail during the orientation, but, I can tell you that the deduction is twice the amount of your hourly salary.

Lastly.... the most important part of this article.

How Much Will I Be Paid?

Well, I can tell you that it ain't much and we have to thank the 10% tax for and other deductions, if any arises. As mentioned earlier, the class is 25 minutes. You will be paid 50 pesos for 25 minutes, and 100 pesos for 50 minutes. But wait, we haven't deducted the tax yet! So, let's deduct 10%. The 50 pesos per 25 minutes will become, 45 pesos, and the 100 pesos per 50 minutes, will become 90 pesos. Again, for a part-time worker that's a minimum of 25 hours and for a full-time worker, 8 hours a day. So, I'll let you do the math.

Do you have further questions for me? Comment below! I'm happy to help

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      Peter 20 months ago

      So if I do the math, am I correct in calculating that 50 Filipino pesos equates to approximately 1.072 dollars. In other words, I would make less than two dollars every 25 minutes?