ESL Tutoring From Home

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ESL Tutoring From HomeWhen I research job leads, I often come across a lot of companies that are looking for ESL tutors. If you want to work from home and are qualified to do this, this could be a great way to make some money! The requirements vary from company to company as does the pay. Some want a college degree, others don’t mind if you have don’t have one. Also, sometimes the work will be done online while other times it’s via phone and/or webcam. Here’s a long list of places to check out if you think this type of work might be for you:

  • Berlitz – This company pays $13 an hour for ESL tutoring. You must be a native English or French speaker to be considered.
  • English Hunt - Often hires online video English teachers (independent contractors). Must have a four-year degree and have either teaching or substitute teaching certification.
  • GoFLUENT – Hires tutors in the U.S. and Canada (certain areas only). This is a company I have reviewed. You can read the review of GoFLUENT here.
  • TutorABC (TutorGroup) – Must have a four-year degree. Read my review of TutorABC here.
  • Open English – Hires native English speakers for online tutoring. Must be able to put in 15 hours per week. Read my review of Open English here.
  • Language Spirit – No degree required for this one. Pays with Paypal.
  • SameSpeak – If your first language is English, you can apply. You will earn $10 for every half-hour tutor session you complete. Also, you can be as young as 16 to sign up.
  • Hello English, Inc. – Teaching Japanese students English. Work is done via Skype. Pays with Paypal weekly.
  • Isus- Isus hires online ESL telephone teachers. Pay is monthly.

A lot of people are also starting up their own tutoring business from home and advertising their services. You would have to market yourself to make this work, but it would be a good way to get some private clients and charge what you want while also working when you want!

If you have experience with ESL tutoring, I’d love if you would share your tips/resources in the comments below!

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1 Keisa May 1, 2012 at 1:48 pm

I have been teaching ESL since October of last year and I love it! The first company that I worked for was Talkool. I worked as a phone English tutor with South Korean students. It’s a wonderful company and one of the few that offered hourly pay regardless of how many sessions you taught, although I think that this may have changed now to being based on the number of lessons. I love this company and was sad to leave but I was given another opportunity that I couldn’t pass up.

Just recently I started working with Englishunt as a Video Language Teacher working with kids in South Korea. The pay is great and I’m really enjoying it so far. It is part-time and I work 15 hrs./week.

And finally, I also currently work with Hello English tutoring Japanese students. The pay is $12/hr. and you make your own schedule which is very convenient.


2 Anna May 1, 2012 at 7:36 pm

Thanks for sharing all these details, Keisa! This is very helpful info :)


3 Tintin May 8, 2012 at 3:30 pm

have you ever heard of


4 Holly February 8, 2013 at 11:51 pm

The following is part of something I wrote on another forum a few months back:

I would say for most people live online teaching is still just a way to supplement your income when you are teaching face-to-face. Some companies just off the top of my head where I have personally made money are:

Talk Bean
Teacher James (not sure it is still in business)
ESOL Nexus
English Bee (formerly Culture Link Online)

Most of the above are free market systems where you set up a profile and start offering courses–you need to get a reputation and you are lucky to get one paying student a week until you get the reputation, which does take a while. The exception to the above is Talk Bean and ESOL Nexus, which is highly selective in their hiring, but they do guarantee and give students.

Other companies that I’ve recently become aware of:

Things I have learned through the years:

1. Don’t bother giving too many free trial lessons–it is a waste of time and energy and most of the students will not pay for lessons anyway–they just go on to the next teacher that offers free lessons.
2. Make sure you have very good internet–just wifi isn’t enough for many people (I had interviewed someone located in the Philippines who seemed fairly competent, but his bandwidth was so low that I didn’t continue with hiring).
3. Although Skype is the best VOIP available, become knowledgable of the different virtual classrooms available as the students will have a better experience if you actually use a virtual classroom with all of the tools.
4. USE A HEADSET! Even though you have a really good internal microphone/speakers, there is a huge possibility of echos and other technical issues if you don’t bother to spend $20 on a good headset. Some employers won’t hire.

I recently started a recruiting agency/consulting firm for live online teachers and language schools and pretty much only hire people with certain qualifications/experience. The following are ‘deal breakers’ for me during the interview/test lesson:

1. The teacher only uses Skype.
2. The teacher doesn’t use a headset/feel the need for it
3. The teacher doesn’t have an interest in furthering their qualifications in online training (COLT, Consultants-E, LANCELOT, AVALON are all good training opportunities which concentrates on online training)
4. The teacher is not technically fit
5. The teacher does not prepare for the interview/test lesson
6. The teacher will only use their own virtual classroom
7. The teacher won’t use a web camera
8. I’m drawing a blank…


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