How to Make Money Teaching Online
This post is for teachers or professionals with education experience looking for ways to make money teaching online.
This is a scary time for all of us, but especially teachers. Because of the pandemic, many teachers may be out of work or have less income.
Some teachers have chosen not to teach in person and are now out of a job.
Other teachers may be teaching this school year, but need more income to cover the added expenses of the pandemic.
If you are a teacher or a professional with some experience teaching here are some ways to bring in more money by teaching online.
How to Make Money Teaching Online
Below, you will find some options for making money instructing students of all ages. The roles include anything from tutors, field experts, assistants, special education, and more.
Online Classes on Outschool
Outschool has live and recorded classes for K-12 in a range of topics including science, art, mindfulness, English, social studies, life skills, and more!
With a focus on out-of-school learning, Outschool offers flexibility and variety in order to engage learners around the world. Prices and course lengths vary.
There are some one-time classes, while others are for several weeks or months.
According to this Forbes article from October 2019, Outschool has 10,000 live, video-enabled classes for young people ages 3 to 18.
How to Teach Online on Outschool
If you are interested in teaching on Outschool, then you’ll need to fill out an application that not only asks for education and experience, but also your teaching philosophy, and what you would like to teach.
You will also need to create a sample class and description as well as record a 3-5 minute video where you teach a sample of the class you described.
Once your application is approved you have to have a background check.
To give you an idea of how long it takes from the application to teaching your first class, I sent in my application on July 15, started the background check on July 20, and taught my first class on July 24.
Apply to teach for Outschool here.
How Much Do You Make on Outschool?
You decide the length of time and price of your classes. Outschool takes a 30% cut.
I priced my first class at $5 per kid, for 30 minutes in order to get students and reviews.
I have since taught another class at $12 per kid, for 45 minutes.
What Types of Classes Can You Teach?
You can teach just about anything that is appropriate for students ages 3 to 18. There are a few exceptions. All content needs to be secular and you cannot have classes that promote discrimination, hate speech, or violence
So far, I have only taught math classes, but I plan to create some classes with other subjects soon. You can see my classes and profile here.
As an example, a popular class that is in high demand is Project Pet Shop a Review of 2nd Grade Math. This class is 8 weeks, twice a week, and costs $150 total per student.
Private Tutoring Online
Tutoring is a flexible, rewarding, and quite profitable. I have been tutoring for more than 15 years.
Most of the time, I do not need to prepare anything ahead of time. I just show up and help my students with homework, studying for a test, or completing projects.
If you have experience tutoring in person, it is not too hard to make the transition to online tutoring. Once the pandemic started, I moved my private tutoring to Zoom sessions.
It takes a little time to get adjusted and figure out the best way to share and collaborate.
We do a lot of screen sharing and annotating.
How to Start a Tutoring Business
If you do not already have clients, then here are some suggestions on starting your tutoring business.
Word of mouth is one of the best ways to get students to tutor. Let everyone know that you are now offering these services.
Get some cheap business cards and start promoting your new business.
Post something on Facebook or casually bring it up at your child’s sports game.
You can also contact the counselors’ office at nearby schools and ask them to put you on the list of tutors.
Some libraries will let tutors post their business cards or flyers on the bulletin boards.
Teach English Online with VIP Kid
Work from home teaching English online with VIP Kid. You set your own schedule, there is no planning, and you work with kids one-on-one. You can earn between $15-22/hr. Sign up here.
Teach a Foreign Language with Rosetta Stone
If you are bilingual, Rosetta Stone is looking for tutors for Spanish, German, French, Farsi, and other languages. Although it’s preferred, you do not need a teaching certificate or prior experience. Search for job openings here.
K12 Online Teacher Positions
K12 is known for providing education for anyone and helping students reach their full potential through inspirational and personalized learning.
This education company is dedicated to providing education for any ONE. Our mission is to help students reach their full potential through inspired teaching and personalized learning, and our vision is to become the trusted leader in education innovation.
They are hiring special education teachers, school advisors, and family academic support liaisons for August 2020. Apply here.
Teach English Online with Education First
Education First offers English lessons to groups with an average of 5-6 students, though they do offer private lessons as well. The lessons are between 20-45 minutes long.
Teachers create custom content and Education First provides teachers access to supplementary materials.
According to their site, you can earn up to $20 per hour to start and you’ll make extra for teaching during peak times.
You can earn up to $20 per hour to start, plus you’ll make extra for teaching during peak times.
Teach Kaplan Test Prep
Kaplan, the Test Prep company, has some remote jobs for teaching test preparation. Here are a few of the remote tutoring jobs I found.
Tutor Online for Varsity Tutors
On this live learning platform, over 18,000 private tutors teach as independent contractors with their own teaching styles, methods, and materials.
Those are just of few of the online teaching jobs to help you either bring in some extra cash or move your career online. Depending on the site, your experienced and education, and your availability, there are quite a few options for ways to teach online.
If you know of any others that I did not include in this list, then please leave a comment or send me an email with the information. Thank you.
Rachel Belkin is an Austin, Texas blogger, entrepreneur, speaker, freelance writer, and educator. After selling her lifestyle blog for six figures in 2021, she teaches business, blogging, and influencer marketing strategies that helped her build her business on part-time hours. Bylines include MSN, HuffPost, Medium, NewsBreak, and Hometalk. She has been featured on KXAN, Studio 512, Fox 7 Austin, CBS Austin, and other news and media outlets.