teach english online

Do you aspire to teach English online?

Great choice!

You have chosen the most flexible way to earn money from home.

Did you know that online tutoring is fast becoming a very profitable online job option for many? According to this report, the online tutoring market is going to see the highest growth from 2017–2021.

This means that there will be a massive influx of students enrolling in online tutoring classes, which means there will be a lot of demand for online tutors.

If you are interested in teaching online, then this is the time to start it.

But can you just teach English and make money online?

Sure, you can.

There is a lot of demand for English tutoring classes especially in countries like China, Japan, Malaysia, etc. The only requirement you need to have to teach English online is being an excellent native English speaker. However, some companies might ask you for a formal qualification.

You will also need some basic technical requirements to start teaching English online like a good headset, high-speed internet, and online teaching software like Skype, GoTo, etc. Some companies do use their own software platforms to teach.

Requirements to Teach English Online

With most of the companies, the biggest requirement is you need to be a native English speaker with an excellent command over grammar and fluency.

As most of the teaching is completed online through Skype or the company’s platform, you need to be comfortable using the software.

Some of the companies hire from countries like China and Japan, so you should be available to teach English online at the peak hours in those countries.

For most of these companies, once you complete your online application, you need to schedule a video interview to land the job.

12 Legit Companies for Online English Teaching Jobs

#1. iTutorGroup

iTutorGroup recruits English tutors from many countries. You need to have previous ESL (English as a Second Language) teaching experience and a four-year bachelor’s degree.

You can choose your hours of work as it rosters 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can apply for the roles here.

#2. Qkids

The best part about this online teaching company is it also accepts tutors who are enrolled in university to get a bachelor’s degree. Teaching lessons will be provided, and you need to be in the US or Canada to be able to teach with this company. The pay is $20 per hour.


#3. Palfish

Palfish is an app through which you can teach English to Chinese students. You do not need to have any prior qualifications to teach via Palfish; the only requirement would be to have a reasonable native English speaking fluency.

The starting pay might be low. But based on the reviews, there can be an increase in your pay. You just need to register with your phone number and provide a short description and video.

#4. Cambly

Cambly is one of the most reputable online tutoring companies out there. The tutoring sessions are quite flexible, and you can set your own schedule.

Though the pay is quite low with this company, it can be one more work-at-home option for you. You just need to sign up as a tutor on the website and record a short video.

#5. VIPKid

VIPKid is a very famous online English teaching company that has been reviewed a lot these days. With this organization, you will be primarily teaching Chinese kids. The hours are quite flexible, and you need to have a bachelor’s degree in any field and some formal or informal teaching experience.

The roles are available in the US and Canada. The application process is simple. You will go through an interview and a demo class before getting hired.

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#6. Italki

Italki is another popular language teaching platform where you can start teaching English online. You have to register and fill out your profile. You get from students who find your profile, so having a good profile makes a difference.

You will be paid in italki credits, which will then be paid out in cash twice a month. The best thing about this company is it accepts tutors worldwide.

#7. GoFluent

You must have heard about this online teaching company that hires tutors to teach English. This company recruits from very selected states in the US, and you can apply directly on its website. It does require a formal qualification for you to be hired as a tutor. You will have to work a minimum of six hours per week.

#8. SameSpeak

SameSpeak is another company that hires tutors to teach English online. This firm employs “coaches” to teach English online. Though you do not need any formal educational background, you should have good command over the language.

It will also help if you have excellent social skills. The pay is $10 per 30-minute session, and the payment is through PayPal.

#9. Open English

Open English hires native English tutors from the US. It does not require any formal qualification, but it does ask for previous experience in teaching non-native English speakers.

You have to fill out a form on the website with your details and background experience. It also indicates a minimum of 25 hours per week work requirement on its site for tutors.

#10. NiceTalk

This online tutoring option is the easiest to teach with as all your teaching is done through its app. You will be teaching conversational English to Chinese students. Just download the app and register with your details like your name and previous experience.

Once the registration is done, the students will choose your profile and call you if you fit their needs. So it’s advisable to fill in all the relevant information. You also need to record a video to display your skills.

#11. Landi

This is a relatively new company that hires tutors to teach English online to students in China. You should be a native English speaker with prior experience of ESL tutoring. A degree in teaching or a specialized subject is desirable.

The pay is up to $25 per hour. It hires from the US, the UK, and Canada, and you should be able to commit at least 12 hours over 3 days per week.

#12. DaDa

This is a popular company in ESL teaching. It hires tutors to teach students from the ages of 5 to 16 years. You need to have past teaching experience and a teaching certification. A bachelor’s degree is required to apply.

The usual teaching hours are around 15 hours per week, and if you get through, you will be offered a 6-month or 12-month contract. The pay is up to $25 per hour.

It is possible to teach English online and earn money from home flexibly. 

With the big boom in the online teaching world, you can expect a very good chance of getting an online teaching job even without any prior or little experience.

If you want to use your English language skill, then this is the perfect way to earn money from home.

Have you applied to these companies? What was your experience? Please share in the comments.



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About Sireesha Narumanchi

Hi, I am Sireesha, and thank you for stopping by to get to know me. I am a work-at-home mom, a side hustler, and a firm believer in making "working from home" a success for everyone. I have worked in a remote job for over 11 years and tried many side gigs. I have been featured on many popular websites like Forbes, Business Insider, American Express, QuickBooks, The Muse, Moneyish, Virtual Vocations, Spark Hire, Bustle, Fairygodboss, Side Hustle School, Payoneer, Jobbatical, and Skillcrush.Read more...

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  1. Such an awesome and great article it is well in detailed, provides good tips for the first time online teachers. Working from home is quite challenging, you will be responsible for managing your own time. And I feel like teaching online has been key to that elusive work-life balance. Flexibility, devotions when it comes to study, and you will have more freedom to go or travel wherever you want as long as there is access to the internet. You can work remotely anywhere and anytime. You may also have the choice to work full time or part-time.

  2. I used to teach with Cambly for 2 years. Was making very good money. 15-1800 hundred a month. I really loved the teaching
    However, had to take wife twice to emergency room. Both times I had scheduled students. First time had to cancel, Cambly restricted me and one week probation.
    Second time, told me they would let me know when I could teach again — so I quit. They did not care about me, just their bottom line. What about taking care of your teachers?

    1. Hello Ken,

      I am sorry for your experience with Cambly. Some work from home companies have very strict rules and deadlines. But it’s vital for any company to keep their employees first if they want to scale their business.

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