- Current Employee, more than 1 year★★★★★
Perfect Job For MeDec 26, 2017 - Major Course Teacher in Mineville, NYRecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
Easy to do from home. No commute, no child care, no savvy business clothes, no commuting in the snow, and the best part is every day is "bring your cat to work day!" My cat, Bootsie, loves my job as much as I do! No kidding, I've had parents post reviews on my cat! The kids love it! Payment is once a month. I don't mind that because then it its a big check. You know what to expect and money is in the account on time. I love the children I teach. It is amazing how close you get to the family from the other side of the world!
You'll read that there is not enough work. I don't think that is accurate. I've been with VIPKID going on six months. My first contract is at an end. My first month I made $55.00. The next month I more than doubled that, and every month after has been going higher and higher. I am now teaching about five hours a day and making very good money for wearing pajama bottoms and an orange t-shirt. My monthly is in the four figure range. The thing is you have to give the parents a reason to schedule with you. Sitting around waiting for bookings to come is not good. You won't get far teaching only trial students; although, trial students become regular students and they will remember your smiling face. The trick to getting more bookings is to take advantages of their certifications in different areas. In November I got certified to do the major courses and my schedule is now completely and totally packed. I literally have a very full schedule, teaching around eleven classes a day. You hear a lot of complaints about missing classes. When you teach, even at a school, attendance is important. As far as online schools go, VIPKID is the most liberal. I could have worked with DaDaAbc and made a lot more money. Their attendance policy is HORRENDOUS! You are locked into a schedule that will not vary, cannot travel. I have two homes and I could only teach at one. My travel was stopped. VIPKID encourages their teachers to live a life. Its great stories for the kids. When I am at my place in Brooklyn, they are pretty amazed to see NYC. My students get to see a variety of things, which VIPKID was pretty smart to encourage their teachers to live a life.Continue reading
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An ok side gig if you don't try to make it more than it isMay 2, 2023 - Online English TutorRecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
Flexible, you choose your own schedule, and lesson prep is minimal. If you do the lessons, quickly fill out the post-lesson assessment and leave, it's not terrible for the $15 or so/hour. Some of the kids are really cute and fun to teach. Fine as a side gig, but unstable and low-pay if you try to make it more than that.
The hourly pay advertised is misleading. As an independent contractor, you earn only about 75% percent of what they pay you due to taxes. If they pay $20, you're earning $15. Working with little kids online can be intensive and energy-draining. The company went a bit overboard with the amount of props that were expected. The "cheerleader" type of energy they encourage from teachers did not work for me, and I found that my students responded better to simply an interested, genuine person.