6 Things to Consider Before You Begin Online Teaching
Apr 10, 2021

Online teaching can be a great way to earn money remotely. Whether you’re somebody who is always on the move, or you prefer the comfort of working from home, there are abundant opportunities out there. As an online ESL teacher of almost two years, I’m here to share some tips to consider before you begin with your online journey.


Do your research to find a company that best suits you.


As well as offering varied pay scales, each company has their own set of expectations for teachers to follow. Make sure you know exactly what you’re agreeing to and that it aligns with your lifestyle so that you won’t run into any contractual issues later down the line. Remember to think about time-zones and what that would mean for your local teaching time, too


Highlight that you meet the company’s requirements within your CV/application.


Some companies are stricter than others about the level of education and experience that they require from teachers. Some may be getting hundreds of applications a day, so they will be looking to see if you meet their basic requirements in order to proceed any further. If it’s not clear that you do, they may reject you.


Be aware of what you will need to keep you going.


An online job isn’t successful without reliable equipment, a stable internet connection, and a quiet place to teach from. If you are looking for online work to keep you going while you travel, you may just need to be extra thoughtful when planning your next destination to ensure that you can work without any interruptions.


Join communities to find out more.


A simple search on Facebook or YouTube will lead you to an overwhelming amount of online job groups or videos where people discuss their experiences of applying or working for different online companies. My company even offers official online meetings with experienced teachers to answer any queries and tell you more about what they have to offer, so you could also look out for that kind of thing.


Think about what you want out of your experience.


You may be somebody who doesn’t care too much for the specifics and is just looking to make extra cash, and that’s okay. If you’re after something more long-term, consider what the company offers beyond pay and hours. How many students are in a classroom? What are the curriculums like? Are there any opportunities for you to get involved in other ways than just teaching? Make sure you’re happy with whatever it is you’re doing – after all, it’ll become a part of your life and your satisfaction in the job will be reflected in the classroom.


Enjoy it!


Like any job, online teaching comes with its ups and downs. Ultimately, you will get out of it what you put in. There are few jobs where you can connect with people from all around the world from whichever location you desire. If I’m ever having a bad day, I can always count on an excitable “It’s nice to see you, Teacher Naomi” to cheer me up.

By Naomi Cutler

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