In February 2017, I had recently quit my teaching job and was constantly pondering “What to do after leaving the classroom”, I stumbled upon a “work at home” opportunity in a mom’s group. I was hesitant because there are so many MLMs and scammy programs out there, but I took a leap of faith, signed up and within a week was teaching English every morning to some pretty awesome kids half way around the world. I’m now on my 4th (6 month) contract and am so excited I said yes to the opportunity. I receive frequent questions about this gig from many other parents looking for an opportunity to work at home with their kids. Below you’ll find some of the most frequently asked questions. If I didn’t cover your question, feel free to send me an email and I’d be happy to help you get started.
+How does scheduling work? Is it flexible?
The hours are super flexible. There are no minimum number of hours and no set schedule. You can open your schedule two weeks out or as late as the day before. You get to decide when you want to open hours, and parents will book classes with you based on your availability. When I traveled to France, I didn’t need to notify my boss. I just didn’t open any hours on my schedule for those days. The thing about working from home is you only get paid for the work you do. Work as much as you want or as little as you want, your pay will represent those hours.
+Why does the schedule look so weird?
Our students are located in China, meaning they are halfway around the world. For us teachers on EST we are exactly 12 hours apart. For other time zones, your schedule will differ. Luckily VIPKID lists both the Beijing Time as well as your local time so scheduling is easy.
+I see facebook ads for this all the time. Is this a scam?
My first month I thought for sure I was giving away my time teaching for free, but I CAN PROMISE YOU the job is real, the kids are real, AND the money is real. This is not a scam.
+Who am I teaching? What am I teaching?
Generally, my students range from 5-13 years old. The younger students are learning English basics; such letters, sounds, sight words, and Consonant Vowel Consonant words (CVC words) like c-a-t or d-i-g. This is similar to what American students are learning in kindergarten.
My older students have had English in their school for several years and are working on developing their conversational english. We work on reading and comprehension, enhancing vocabulary, and practicing their grammar.
Almost all of my students are very well-behaved. They are paying a lot of money to be present in class. With many of my younger students their parents are usually sitting next to them to ensure they are working. It was intimidating at first, but they aren’t there to judge you, they’re present to assist their own child.
+What do I need to qualify to teach?
While having a teaching certificate/experience working with kids will give you an extra advantage in the interview, the only requirement is that you have a Bachelor’s Degree.
In the interview you’ll want to emphasize your experience working with kids (teaching experience, sunday school, homeschool, summer camps, etc), there are planety of teacher in the company who do not have a teaching certificate but have experience working with kids.
The Bachelor’s degree is critical. VIPKID wants educated employees. If you have that, I can mentor you through the process. Added bonus is that after being hired, VIPKID offers tons of FREE workshops to help you become a better teacher!
+How can I make $1,000 a month?
Each employee is paid slightly differently, varying between $7-12 a 25 minute slot. I make $10 a class or $20 an hour which will make the math really easy. $20 an hour means that in order to make $1,000 a month, I must teach 50 hours a month. You can create a schedule that works for you but options include but are not limited to:
– 2.5 hours Mon-Friday
– 6-7 hours on Friday and Saturday nights
+I want to make this a full time gig. Is it possible?
Open more slots to teach; the more you work, the more you make. Lots of people make $3000 – $4000 in a month but that means they work a lot. Everyday? All night on the weekends? Companies aren’t going to pay you for doing nothing, so if you want to make all the money, you have to do all the work. The possibility is there if you’re willing to work for it. Like any other job, you have to find a schedule that works for you and your family. I have friends who are single or who’s kids visit their other parent on the weekends and they take that opportunity to work two overnight shifts Friday and Saturday.
+I see a lot of morning classes, can I work at night?
Yes, remember the days of partying all night on the weekends, now that you’re a grownup, you can make money on Friday and Saturday nights instead. Being on EST, China is half of a day ahead of me. So when it is 8pm Friday night in Georgia, it is 8am Saturday morning in China and the kids are waking up on their weekend and wanting to learn English. Unfortunately, unless the kids are on break from school though, there are not hours during the week because they’ll be in school.
+How do I signup?
To sign up use my link below. Have more questions? Just ask —> firstname.lastname@example.org and I’d be happy to help you along the way.