Hey savvy readers! We have another absolutely amazing guest post today from Janice Cook. We are super excited to share this work from home opportunity today. It’s extra special because Kelan got hired by VIPKID just a couple weeks ago and is already having a blast teaching in the mornings before working on our blog full-time. After years of searching for the best work from home side hustle, we have finally found the answer VIPKID. Enjoy! – T$C
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ARE YOU TEACHING ENGLISH FROM HOME YET?
Do you want to be a Stay At Home parent who can make some money in the early morning hours before your spouse leaves for work?
Do you want to work an extra 10 hours on the weekend to supplement your current income, pay down debt, and reach your goals more quickly?
Do you want to travel the world and take your job with you on the go?
Do you want to increase your income but worry you don’t have enough time to commit or a consistent enough schedule?
Do you want to have the flexibility to make your own schedule….working a lot when life is calm and backing off your hours when you want to focus your strength elsewhere in life?
If you have a 4-year degree, a high-speed internet connection, and some experience teaching children ages 4-12 then you really should look into teaching English from home and see how it can help you meet your goals.
I started teaching for VIPKID when I was a full-time middle school music teacher. I would teach from 9-11 on Friday and Saturday nights and from 7-10 on Saturday and Sunday mornings. I would make about an extra $1,000 a month. It was a special little escape from the real world, a chance to connect 1:1 with another person across the globe, and I left each session feeling successful and energized. It is a side hustle. I never expected to enjoy it as much as I did or for those short bursts of time to add up quickly to very real amounts of money.
Working full-time and taking care of two small children, there were not really many second jobs that would fit my lifestyle. I really could not commit to regular hours every week. But could I find 25 minutes here are there to monetize? I could, and I think most people can.
WHAT IS VIPKID?
VIPKID is a company that offers students in China the chance to learn and practice English in a 1:1 setting with a native speaker from the comfort of their own home.
VIPKID in an incredible team of people. The CEO, Cindy, is someone who we hear from as employees. She shares her vision, asks for our feedback continuously, and is grateful for the work of all people in all departments of the company. We receive a detailed weekly update from the company to unite 20,000+ teachers and help them all share an awareness of the direction the company is going in and what improvements have been made recently.
When you are with a group of VIPKID teachers you won’t sense any competition. It is an incredibly sharing community of people who lift each other up to make sure every student receives the best 25-minute class possible. The company invests in every teacher and provides 1:1 training before they begin. There are free online workshops available on topics that we feel we might want to learn more about every single week. During class, we have a tech support team at our fingertips who can call the family and help with any tech issues that might prevent us from having a smooth class. After class, we can send any concerns to the company and they Thank Us for caring about the students and handle it for us. As a teacher for VIPKID, I just teach. This company values what I have to offer, applauds my strengths, showers me with gratitude for my hard work, and supports me to make sure I have what I need to deliver the best classes that I can.
Read more about our CEO and how VIPKID got started here.
DO I NEED TO PREP OUTSIDE OF CLASS TIME?
The curriculum is provided to you. You teach the 25-minute lesson, leave some feedback for the family, leave some feedback for the next teacher, and you are finished. There is very little prep work which was very refreshing to me as a classroom teacher. It is a special time practicing conversation with one student. It is a break from my fast-paced multi-tasking mom world. It is 25 minutes where my only job is making this student’s next 25 minutes the very best they can possibly be.
HOW MUCH WILL I GET PAID?
The company pays about $7-13 per 25-minute class ($14-$26 an hour). That range depends on your experience, your performance in your interview (where you deliver a short teaching sample), how many classes you teach in a month, and some other similar types of incentives. You get paid once a month through direct deposit to your bank. You are an independent contractor so you are responsible for your own taxes. You may teach as many or as few classes as you wish in a given week – you are in charge of your own schedule.
The first day I opened my schedule on VIPKID I had 5 classes booked. I earned my first $50 very quickly. The rest of the week filled up quickly after. The flexibility with VIPKID is incredible. It’s the perfect side hustle to have in the morning before I start working on our blog full-time. – Kelan from T$C
HOW DO I GET STARTED?
You don’t need a resume and cover letter to apply – it is a quick online application. Having a 4-year degree is very important as is any teaching experiences so sell yourself well on the application. Mention any time you led scouts, taught swimming lessons, ran religious education courses, etc. Get creative and list all experience as teaching experience. After you apply, you will be connected to a current teacher in the program who will help you every step of the way as you interview and be there as a resource to you as you teach your first few classes.
Janice Cook has been a public school music teacher for 12 years. She has also been teaching ESL online to students in China with VIPKID since February 2017. She has always had a passion for technology and has done a lot of work in instructional design within music education as well as the training of other teachers in how to use the Google apps suite to enrich their teaching. Janice lives in Connecticut with her two daughters and talented husband who also happens to love to help her create custom-made materials for her classroom. Please check out the resources they have created for her classroom at Cook Family Resources and follow the store if you feel their resources could be helpful to you. To hear more reflections about her VIPKID classroom, subscribe to her YouTube channel. Lastly, if you have any questions for Janice she said feel free to send her an email at [email protected]
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