I hear from people all the time who think working from home would be the best thing for their family! They can’t commit to being outside the home when they have littles or they know they can be more productive on their lunch break if they could just be at home. Often times the idea of working from home seems like a far off dream, something that sounds great but might not be practical. And how do you actually find a legitimate work from home position?
Well, I found something that I love, and I’m excited to tell you about it!
I was looking for the perfect work from home job opportunity when I was recovering from Lyme Disease. I knew I needed to ease into working again but substitute teaching for multiple days in a row was too much for me. To be honest, I was growing tired of spending my days asking middle schoolers to stop talking and focus on their school work. (Middle school teachers are doing incredibly hard work!)
Teaching English online to Chinese students through VIPKID seemed like something I could do every day and still enjoy it. I applied. Went through the interview process. And got to work. It’s been wonderful! In my second month working for VIPKID, I earned over $1,300…and that was by teaching part-time from home, wearing leggings and being cuddled up in a blanket! It also helps me to not be so homesick for China…
This post contains affiliate links.
Teach English Online from Home with VIPKID
How does online teaching with VIPKID work?
According to VIPKID’s website,
“VIPKID provides an international learning experience to children in China between the ages 4-12. Headquartered in Beijing, the company offers fully immersive one-on-one English language instruction provided online by highly qualified teachers. The curriculum is based on the U.S. Common Core State Standards and uses a flipped-classroom approach to foster creativity and critical thinking skills.”
As you can see in the screenshot above from one of my classes, when you teach, you enter an online portal where you use your webcam to teach a student over the internet. VIPKID creates the curriculum. You just review the curriculum and pull in any beneficial props to enhance the learning environment and then show up to teach! There is some prep work to get your classroom ready. But once you get the hang of things, there’s very minimal prep work before classes! That’s something I really love.
How much do you get paid?
The pay is one of the best perks about working for VIPKID. There’s nowhere else I could work part-time hours on a schedule I set (and take off whenever I would like!) and make more than $20 an hour! As a VIPKID teacher, you can expect to be paid between $14 and $22 an hour.
There is a base pay per 25 minute class of $7-9, with a $1 participation bonus for showing up on time to that class and a $1 bonus per class if you teach more than 45 classes per month. Your base pay is determined by performance in your initial interview with VIPKID. Two of those 25 minute classes make up an hour as there’s a 5 minute window in between classes.
Here’s are a couple examples of how pay could work for you:
- Let’s assume you make $8.50 per class and are always on time. You teach a total of 20 classes during the month. You would end up making $9.50 per class, so your total pay for the month would be $190.
- Let’s assume you make $7.50 per class and are always on time. You teach a total of 100 classes during the month. You would end up making $9.50 per class, so your total pay for the month would be $950.
What hours do you work for VIPKID?
When you work for VIPKID, you work during the hours when Chinese students will be available to take English lessons. This means there’s a time difference to deal with, which can be a little tricky! Peak times in Beijing are Monday-Friday 6-10 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-10 p.m. BJT. This means for me, in Central Time it’s Monday-Friday 5-9 a.m. after Daylight Saving Time (4-8 a.m. during Daylight Saving Time) and Saturday-Sunday 8 p.m.-9 a.m. There are more times open but they don’t get booked as easily as the peak times.
You can open up your schedule a couple weeks in advance to begin receiving bookings once the company opens them up for the parents to choose from. As an independent contractor with a profile on the VIPKID app, parents choose teachers they would like for their children. It may take a little while to begin getting bookings, but gradually parents will discover you and you’ll get bookings! The VIPKID sales team also assigns trial students to new teachers to give you experience with teaching. Trial classes are free for the student but you get paid for them!
My ideal schedule for VIPKID is 6-9 a.m. most days. It can be tiring to wake up to teach in the morning, but it feels amazing to get work done early in the day. It frees me up to go exercise, work at my other job, or do tasks around the house. As long as I get quality sleep the night before, working for VIPKID is quite energizing!
What are the requirements to get hired as a VIPKID teacher?
- U.S. or Canadian Citizen – You need to be able to legally work in either the U.S. or Canada. This doesn’t mean you have to currently live there. You can even work
- Bachelor’s Degree – You don’t necessarily need a teaching degree but a four year degree is required. You have to prove this by sending in a transcript or a picture of your diploma.
- Experience working with children – Past classroom teaching experience is a big help, but is not necessary. If you’ve babysat, taught your own children, been a coach or a camp counselor, or worked with youth at church, you can share about that experience on your VIPKID application.
- Technology – You need a laptop or desktop computer and a stable internet connection. It can be helpful to have an ethernet cord so the connection remains stable. I’ve heard great things about this super long ethernet cord. Headphones with a microphone and a mouse (instead of a track pad) are required. I use this set of headphones and this mouse.
Is VIPKID a MLM or Pyramid Company?
Since I’ve included my referral link for applying, I want to clarify how VIPKID works. VIPKID is not a pyramid company or MLM, but teachers can refer new teachers. We are paid a one-time commission for referring new teachers. If you use my link, get hired, and teach your first class, I’ll receive a commission. If you’re interested in applying, I’d love to help answer any questions you have to walk you through the process! My email address is email@example.com.