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The Top 10 Work Opportunities for Online English Teachers


Teaching a language online has become a great opportunity to earn a side or even a full income from home. Working from home has many advantages such as flexible working hours, an improved work-life balance, the establishment of a family-work equilibrium, no commutes and more time for cooking and cleaning the house.

In times of the crisis, an attractive side income can give you the backup you need. So if you have a good knowledge of English grammar, a clear voice, and the skills, patience and persistence you need to teach adults, teenagers and even kids, teaching English online might be the right thing for you.

There are numerous teaching opportunities that have surfaced in the last few years and more and more companies are offering online language training all over the world.


1) VerbalPlanet is one of the best websites to teach English for. It allows you to create your professional profile including your skills, experience, qualifications, availability, and price. VP has a great reputation as an online provider of language training and you are bound to get plenty of students through this website. Students can leave you reviews which can boost your profile and make you stand out in comparison to others. If students are satisfied, they will keep booking with the same teacher which is a real advantage. VerbalPlanet possesses an easy-to-use booking system which functions on the basis of the time zone you indicate in your profile. The site also sends you booking confirmations and reminders 24 hours before the lesson a student has scheduled with you.

If students are satisfied, they will keep booking with the same teacher which is a real advantage. VerbalPlanet has an easy-to-use booking system which functions on the basis of the time zone you indicate in your profile. The site also sends you booking confirmations and reminders 24 hours before the lesson a student has scheduled with you.


2) Gofluent is a French company that started its operations in 2000. It offers three types of solutions: an eLearning platform with multimedia learning modules, an eWriting option which enables students to improve their writing skills by interacting with a coach, and live lessons by telephone with a native teacher.

Gofluent is continuously hiring native Business English Trainers to teach English to students via the phone. Requirements include a high-speed internet access, a PC with Windows XP or higher or MAC with 10.5 or higher, a corded landline, and a quiet work environment. The knowledge of a second language is a great advantage.


3) On BuddySchool, you can register as a teacher, create your own teacher profile and advertise your services. Your profile should be unique and you should keep in mind that you want to attract students and stand out from the crowd. Describe your skills, experience, and qualifications in detail and state your availability.

There is a lot of competition on BuddySchool which is why it is important to obtain a high teacher score. The more students you teach and the more positive feedback you receive, the better your score will be. You should check your messages regularly and respond quickly in order to show your commitment to your potential students. You even have the opportunity to create a paid ad on BuddySchool. This will prioritize your profile in the search option and category lists.

4) TalktoCanada might be of interest for all those possessing a work permit for Canada. The company has been offering English language training to companies and individuals since 2008. As an online English teacher, you prepare and teach lessons, attend meetings with the management and take part in teleconference calls, amongst other things.

Classes take place in a Webex meeting room which includes a whiteboard and a screen-sharing function, as well as a webcam and voice functions.


5) WorldSpeaking provides blended learning which includes multimedia resources, telephone lessons, and e-lessons. Apart from online lessons, the company offers face-to-face courses in various locations, virtual group classrooms, and an online platform that generates study material.

One of the oldest companies that offer foreign language training over the phone, it has evolved into a professional provider of innovative multimedia learning methods. Teachers will gain insight into the online teaching world and be able to gain experience using state-of-the-art online teaching technology.

How to Earn Money Teaching English Online

6) OpenEnglish, the Winner of the 2011 International E-Learning Award Academic Division and other rewards is an e-learning company with a focus on Latin America. The company offers live classes with native English teachers in its virtual classrooms as well as interactive audio and video lessons for learners who prefer the self-study mode.

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To join the team of live instructors, you will have to have experience teaching adults of all levels, be available to teach at least 15 hours per week, have a high-speed internet connection (at least 1MB), a quiet working environment, and speak and write Spanish or Portuguese, as you will mostly be teaching students from Latin-American countries and need to pass Open English’s Live instruction Certification Process.

7) TutorABC is constantly looking for English consultants to teach their students from Taiwan, China, and other parts of Asia. Lessons are fun as they can be one-to-one lessons or group lessons with up to six people. You can teach all levels from beginners to advanced speakers. Lessons focus on conversations and discussions of various topics. Lesson plans are provided by the company. The payment is relatively low in comparison to other

Lessons are focused on conversations and discussions of various topics and the plans are provided by the company. The payment is relatively low in comparison to other e-learning language companies but TutorABC can provide you with enough students for you to fill your monthly schedule and make a nice side income.


8) Learnship Networks is a company from Germany which offers online language training via a virtual classroom. Their classroom is extremely well-developed and offers all kinds of teaching tools.

The company also provides the material which is why the teacher saves time preparing lessons. Learnship also pays relatively well in comparison to other companies on the market.

9) Livemocha is always looking for live tutors to teach students from around the world. They have an online platform where students can take self-study courses, interact with other people from around the world in different languages, and take lessons with live tutors.

Livemocha is looking for tutors who have language teaching qualification or diploma, a minimum of 2 years experience teaching online or face-to-face, are native speakers, and have a good internet connection as well as a webcam and a headset.

Good luck with your applications!

10) OpenEnglish

In order to qualify as a teacher for OpenEnglish, you must have a stable internet connection, a headset and a quiet working environment. The lesson plans you use for your students are provided to you before the classes. The classes have only one to four students which will make teaching very pleasant for you.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.


Patricia on April 24, 2019:

Is anyone familiar with the company ESLStarter (online teaching platform)?

Jarule on February 11, 2019:

Seriously this list is NOT real. I know a company that is the best right now in the world and it not on this list. What a shame?

Taresa on November 20, 2018:

I started work for Likeshuo and in the beginning there were a lot of problems getting the software set up. The horrible TA I was placed with would tell me to do something and then when it didn't work and I informed him, he'd say "Oh I need to change that for you." It was ridiculous. The students were wonderful and I was having a lot of fun and being talked about as a popular teacher. Then the issue with my payment started. I worked 40 classes and still have not been paid for them. The worst part is that the recruiter and the TA and the technical support never responded to me after the first few concerned emails about the payment for my work. The killer is that I did read reviews and felt like "oh it was that person's misfortune, it won't happen to me". Big mistake. Likeshuo is a scam and when they do not pay you, there is absolutely nothing you can do. I have reported it to FBI stopfraud website and I am going to continue posting where-ever I can. It's that betrayal and hopeless feeling that causes me to do this. I do not want ANYONE else getting scammed by this crappy company.

Rostislav Artemen on October 31, 2018:

I recommend to boost your level of language tutoring on

Janisa from Earth on August 07, 2018:

Your article mentions some sites I haven't heard of yet, so I'm going to check them out.

I currently use PopOn, which is an app to teach english conversation and is fairly easy to use

Michelle on May 03, 2018:

Hi, I'm TESOL certified with over 10 years of ESL teaching experience. I took some time off for University, but now I'm currently seeking employment. I live in Canada. What companies are hiring and an excellent choice to work for ?? Thanks very much ;)))

Nhlanhla Sibanda on April 22, 2018:

Hey am more interested to teach English online please help me.Hopefully you will take my consideration to your side thank you.


Nhlanhla S

James McNamara on January 13, 2018:

VIPKID is the best online ESl company I have worked for in 10+ years in the online teaching field. I make $22-25/hour and my schedule is as full as I want.

Use my link and I will be glad to help coach you through the application and interview process.

Americans and Canadians only, sorry, company policy.

Patricia on December 26, 2017:


Does anyone have any experience of working online with Topica Native in Vietnam?

I have just signed a contract with them but now they are asking me to fill out more complex paperwork for payment after my first week of classes. Just wondering if all online companies do this as it quite detailed and time consuming.

TylerA on November 24, 2017:

Someone asked about 51 Talk. I've been teaching through them for over a year now. The $22/hr is a little misleading. You get that if you get to their highest tier of $11/25 min lesson. You can get promoted after a set number of successful lessons. Most people will start at either $8 or $9 per 25 minute lesson. I like them because the lessons are all provided and there's very little preparation needed to teach the lessons. However their attendance policy is brutal. You are fined for missing classes, even if they are notified. That said, I make more than double what I made teaching through an ALT dispatch company in Japan. And I get to where pj pants while teaching. So there's that..

egwatson11 on November 20, 2017:

Hi Jennifer, I noticed that the second company you mentioned (goFLUENT) did not include a URL to their website. May I suggest linking to it to help readers navigate to their website easily?

Maritere Brueggeman on October 22, 2017:

Excellent!!! Thank you for sharing

PeterPanda on August 22, 2017:

Stay away from TutorABC. They have changed ruled to the detriment of the teachers and I make an average of $3.50-$7 ph if a client decides to rate/tip you. Good place to learn but you wont make a lot of money. Support is horrible

Francophone west african ESL specialist on July 23, 2017:

Dear all,

I am a West African ESL specialist with French as a first language. I have been looking for online teaching opportunities for a month now. I have about a 10-year experience in the field, got a BA in English from the USA and other teaching certifications, a CELTA, taught all levels in ESL(general, business and ESP) for eight years and have native fluency. However, most offers are targeted to native speakers or teachers from some countries. Anybody has an idea how to get my dream job? Thanks for your comprehension.

Lulama on July 20, 2017:

Im from South Africa im looking for online teaching can you help

Paloma on June 01, 2017:

Good afternoon

I am a spanish teacher and I would like to work with you.I am looking for a job online, on skype.



Carmen Muller on May 16, 2017:

Good Day I am a Native Speaking South Africa Teacher. I am looking for an On Line Teacher positions. If you can kindly put me on your Data base if any positions becomes available.



loriann on March 31, 2017:

Live mocha is now permanently closed, so you will want to take it out of the article. The link redirected me to Rosetta Stone.

Andy Done-Johnson on March 12, 2017:

Brilliant article - really got me thinking about the potential of teaching online.

Ned on March 10, 2017:

Do Not use OK Panda !! they Paid me nothing for a month due two cancellations because I was Ill. Avoid them.

pooja ghosh on November 24, 2016:

online teaching english is a great idea beacause it allows teachers to teach students at their own flexible time and students on the other hand can get in touch with their teacher at any point of the day and can also solve their subject related problem thus enhancing knowledge about the subject more easily and quickly

sara on October 11, 2016:

English is the hardest language to be fluent in, in the world. However, it is not the hardest language to learn on the basic level.

Victoria Lynn on September 25, 2016:

Great article! I wanted you to know that this article came up FIRST in a Google search!

Sarah on August 26, 2016:

How can I apply for teaching here?

john mes on August 26, 2016:

what about 51talk? or the ones that advertise 22$? is that just for peopel who speak obscure languages which have a demand right now? From glassdoor, it appears 51talk pays slightly more then recovers the pay on fines for negative reviews or mising classes even with notice.

Aref souf on July 23, 2016:


The article is so helpful yet I am bit disappointed because it targets native speakers only . The point is that some non-native teachers have the competence and performance of natives .

Peter on July 06, 2016:

I recommend to boost your level of language tutoring on .

Daniel DiDio on March 17, 2016:

You need to add VIPKID to the list. I have been working for them for over 6 months now and I love it!

Ray Pitcher on February 03, 2016:

I think you've put together a really great collection of site which I struggled to find myself. Hats off to you!

Kids ESL on February 02, 2016:

Thanks for writing this. I'll try and check them out. I wrote this guide on how to teach on Skype from my own experience. It would be great if you have any other ideas.

Cygnet Brown from Springfield, Missouri on January 28, 2016:

Thanks for the information! I see several companies that would be a good fit for me and several that would not.

Kelsey Elise Farrell from Orange County, CA on September 17, 2015:

Great hub and extremely informative, thanks for sharing!

Cynthia B Turner from Georgia on September 13, 2015:

This is a very helpful list. I've been considering looking into teaching English since, as a freelancer, it's nice to have multiple streams of income. I have a friend who actually taught in China for a few years, but is now teaching online from her home in the US. She also has found it to be a good source of income.

Take care.

Paul on August 31, 2015:

Curious: Why is OpenEnglish included twice?

Cesilia on June 29, 2015:

Thank for this article (and for your article about living in Argentina where I live now!) They are all really well written and helpful. Im working for an online company at the moment teaching but the pay is awful...less than £1.50 per class! So I will definitely check out all of your suggestions. Thanks so much!

Seshagopalan Murali from Chennai, Tamil Nadu on June 29, 2015:

Thank you very much. Signed up successfully.

conrod on May 23, 2015:

splendid job with this hub, I can believe I have been researching this for so long without any success. thanks again...

Jennifer Madison (author) from Lohmar on January 17, 2015:

I am glad my articled helped you get into VerbalPlanet congrats! I have been there for like 3 years I think and I am really happy with them! Good luck!! VerbalPlanet is really the best website out there. Try Berlitz as well, they are looking for online teachers at the moment, but they don't pay extremely well. But for a start, why not?

Jadeofheart on January 17, 2015:

This is just perfect! Through you, I have applied to verbal planet and I will be teaching my very first student on Tuesday morning. Thank you!

Though, I don't really like buddyschool, because they require a buck a month to get your profile listed. Thank you so much.

Anyway, do you know any other sites similar to that with verbal planet which has a loooooot of traffic?


Jennifer Madison (author) from Lohmar on October 07, 2012:

Thank you very much Liz-reviews, happy to know my article was helpful :)

Jennifer Madison (author) from Lohmar on October 07, 2012:

Thank you Distant Mind, I am glad you found this article useful!

Eunice Elizabeth from Vancouver, BC on October 04, 2012:

Excellent and very informative Hub Jennifer.

Thanks for all the detailed listings for each company.

Voted interesting, Voted up


Distant Mind on October 03, 2012:

Very interesting and informative! Voted up, useful and interesting!

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