How Much Money Can I Really Make Teaching English Online?
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So, how much money can I really make teaching English online? It’s pretty obvious, but if there ever was a time to teach English online, this would be it. With self-isolation, quarantine and lockdown going on all over the world, hundreds of thousands of English language learners are sitting at home.
Many of these learners would only be exposed to English at school and if those schools haven’t made plans for their teachers to teach online, these students have been left to their own devices. On the other hand, there are those English language learners who are now at home who have a lot of time on their hands and who can spend this time learning a language.
Plus with the job market in a spin and nobody really knowing when we’re all going to be able to get back to normal, this is a guaranteed way to safeguard your income to get through these trying times.
So let’s take a look at how much you can realistically earn teaching English online.
When you compare the different companies for teaching English online, you will find salaries can vary. But so do the jobs. When looking for online teaching rates be sure to consider the big picture.
There are a few things you need to consider when looking at teaching rates.
- What is the base rate?
- How long are the lessons?
- Are there any bonuses/incentives?
- How many hours can I teach?
- Are materials provided?
Let’s look at some examples to see what we mean.
VIPKID is company which offers one-to-one lessons for English language learners in China. Students are between the ages of 4 and 12. Teachers teach through an interactive learning platform and lesson plans are provided. Teachers for VIPKID must be resident in the US or Canada and have a Bachelor’s degree.
The base rate for a lesson is $7 to $9 a lesson, depending on your qualifications and experience. Doesn’t sound great, does it? But wait, there’s more. You get a $1 bonus for starting and ending your lesson on time, which isn’t exactly hard. Then, if you work more than 45 lessons a month, you’ll earn another extra $1 per lesson. So now the rate per lesson is $9 – $11 (assuming you work more than 45 lessons a month). And now what if we told you a lesson was 25 minutes, so you can do 2 lessons an hour. Which brings us to an hourly rate of $18 – $22, which is suddenly looking quite nice.
If you want this to be a full-time hustle, which it can be, and you teach 5 hours a day 5 days a week (any more and your head might explode), that gives you a weekly salary of $450 – $550. Let’s say you have to pay 25% tax, you’re left with $337.50 – $412.5, or a monthly salary of $1 350 – $1 650. And don’t forget that you don’t have expenses like petrol or public transport.
Palfish is a mobile app, so you teach on your phone or tablet. You can teach English to children or adults (all usually in China) but the best way to earn money is through the Official Kids Course. You teach 25-minute lessons to kindergarten children. Teachers don’t need to have a degree but you do need a TEFL certificate or a Teacher’s qualification. There is weekly minimum of 4 hours you need to teach and you need to be available for those minimum classes between 5pm and 9pm Beijing time. Materials are provided.
Payment starts at 50 RMB a lesson, with a 5 RMB bonus for being on time. So working 5 hours a day 5 days a week, your weekly rate is 2 750 RMB a week or 11 000 RMB a month, which is currently about $385 or $1 500. Minus 25 % tax we are left with $288 or $1 125. In terms of bonuses, for each lesson you teach you earn points which are added up at the end of the month and which may entitle you to a higher rate for the next month. For example, if you teach over 100 lessons a month your base rate for the next month will be 55 RMB and if you teach more than 150 lessons it’ll be 60 RMB.
Palfish also have a FreeTalk programme which is conversation-based lessons with adult learners in China. No materials are provided and teachers set their own rates. The minimum rate you can charge is 1.5 RMB a minute. So while you might want to start out at that rate, you should soon up your rate to the average of 2RMB to 2.5 RMB per minute. This gives a starting hourly rate of $12.50 and an average teaching rate of $16 – $20. However Palfish take 20% commission from their FreeTalk programme.
But if we do the Maths:
- Minimum: 90 RMB/hr x 5 hours/day x 5 days a week = 2 250 RMB/wk or 9 000 RMB/mth
- 20 % commission – 25 % tax = 1 350 RMB/wk or 6 400 RMB/ mth = $190/week or $903/month
- Average (2.5RMB/min): 150 RMB/hr x 5 hours/day x 5 days a week = 3 750 RMB/wk or 15 000 RMB/mth
- 20% commission – 25% tax = 2 250 RMB/wk or 9 000 RMB/mth = $315/week or $1 200/mth
These are just two of the companies you can teach English online with. There are a truckload more. Also, bear in mind that this post only covers teaching English online through a company. This makes it easier to find students, or for students to find you, and you usually don’t have to deal with payment issues because the company pays you direct. Of course they will take a commission or a percentage but that’s deal with before the rate you are quoted, and it saves you time and effort. There is the other option of working for yourself, but we can talk about that another day.
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Rights concerning the processing of your personal information
- Right to restrict processing of personal information
- In some situations, you have the right to require us to restrict the processing of your personal information. We may restrict your personal information by temporarily moving the information to another processing system, making the information unavailable to users, or temporarily removing published information from a website. We may also use technical methods to ensure the personal information is not subject to further processing and cannot be changed. When we have restricted processing of personal information, this will be clearly indicated on our systems.
- You can require us to restrict processing in the following circumstances:
- You are concerned that the information we hold about you is inaccurate. You can ask us to restrict the information until we can determine whether the information is accurate or inaccurate.
- We are processing your personal data unlawfully and you do not want us to delete the information but restrict it instead.
- We no longer need the information for the purposes for which we collected it, but they are needed by you for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.
- You have objected to the processing (see below), and we need to decide whether the legitimate grounds we have to process the information override your legitimate interests.
Processing you think is unlawful
- If you tell us that you think we are processing your personal information unlawfully, but you do not want the information to be erased, you have the right to require us to restrict the processing of that information.
- We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the processing is unlawful, and may also ask that you provide evidence to support this view.
Processing of personal information you think is inaccurate
- You can tell us if you think the personal information we are processing about you is factually inaccurate. You can require us to restrict how we use your personal information until we can verify the accuracy of the information. We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the information is inaccurate, and may also ask that you provide some supporting evidence of the alleged inaccuracy.
- If we find that the personal information we are processing about you is inaccurate, we will take appropriate steps to correct the information.
Personal information is no longer needed by ELEARNING FUTURES LTD but needed by you in connection with a legal claim
- In most circumstances, we will securely delete or dispose of personal information when we no longer need it for our legitimate business purposes. Our approach to retention is outlined in our corporate retention schedules.
- However, if the personal information we no longer need would assist you in establishing, exercising or defending a legal claim, you can require us to keep the information for as long as necessary. We may ask you to provide an explanation and any available supporting evidence that a legal claim is ongoing or contemplated.
Right to erasure of personal data (“the right to be forgotten”)
In the following circumstances, you have the right to require that ELEARNING FUTURES LTD securely deletes or destroys your personal information:
- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.