Comparing Virtual Tutoring Jobs

I've recently received many inquiries about online jobs, specifically online teaching jobs. I thought I would take some time in this blog post to talk about some companies I've worked for and my personal opinions of each of them.

I first want to shed a little background on why I decided to work from home. I thought for sure that once I graduated, I would be working a typical 9-5 job in a brick and mortar setting. I always knew I desired the flexibility to work from home, I just couldn't imagine how I would do that feasibly. It wasn't until I was pretty much forced to stay home due to health-related concerns that I found my way around the virtual world, and I must say I've been pretty successful at it! Taking this step was not an easy decision for me nor was it an easy transition. I struggled for the first few months with depression, anxiety, and fear. So just know that if this is something you are considering, you may run into a few bumps in the road. Figure out your "why" and it will help you stick to your plan when things get a little rocky. So, I'll dive right into it.

  1. VIPKid- This is probably the most popular online tutoring company. I'm sure if you've googled online jobs, VIPKid was somewhere on the list. VIPKid is a tutoring company that hires native English speakers to teach students in China. For this company, you must have a four-year degree and some teaching or tutoring experience. The application process is vigorous though. I think it took me two weeks to get through the hiring process. I had to submit a demo, do a live interview, and do some other readings, and took several quizzes. It's been a few years since I applied though, so some things may have changed (I am not a recruiter for VIPKid so I don't keep up with the new hiring information). A good thing about VIPKid is they provide their own content. No need to come up with lesson plans. You teach from a script and you get paid per class. The major classes are 25 minutes in length. So I get paid roughly $10 for every 25-minute class I teach. There is also no minimum hours required to keep your contract. So if you don't want to teach for a period of time, you would not lose your contract. Due to the students being in China, the hours are super weird! When I was working for VIPKid pretty much full time, I would have my first class around 4 or 5 am and work until 8 or 9 am (depending on the time of year). I am not going to lie, the working hours are not easy! This was one of the main reasons I decided to scale down with teaching at VIPKId. Another downfall is that you are not guaranteed clients. You have to market yourself and hope and pray that parents will want to book with you. Lately, VIPKID has been doing some shady things and hiding profiles from learners and parents, resulting in lower bookings. If you are willing to work not so desirable hours, then VIPKID may be a good fit for you.

  2. Dyslexia Connect- Is an awesome online tutoring company based in the USA. I randomly stumbled across this tutoring platform and absolutely love it. Dyslexia Connect specializes in tutoring students with dyslexia and other phonological and processing disabilities. You must have extensive training in direct instruction or another Orton-Gillingham program in order to apply. The tutoring hours are in the afternoons or evenings (the majority of the time), and the pay is between $11 for 30-minute sessions up to $22 for 55-minute sessions, depending on your experience and background. The good thing about this company is that they send clients to you. They house all of their material in google drive folders for you to access. No need to create your o