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Woman teaching English online from home.

To be honest, I LOVE teaching English online.

Sure, there are some small challenges with working from home.

There are the occasional feelings of loneliness and I may never wear non-stretchy pants again (OK, that part I’m good with!).

But the downsides are easy to overcome. Teaching online is beyond worth it!

Want to know the best part?

Flexibility! Which means more time for myself.

It gives me the freedom to take time off or travel when and where I want.  And it saves me from the dreaded morning commute.

Plus, the extra money in my pocket doesn’t hurt either.

I’m hooked! Check out this video where I share my experience teaching online for a living:

Sounds great, right?

It gets even better:

The demand for online English teachers is super high! There has never been a better time to search for online teaching jobs you can do from home.

And I know from experience it can also feel overwhelming sifting through so many online ESL teaching opportunities.

That’s why to make it easier, we put together this roundup of some of our favorite online English teaching companies that are hiring!

Before we jump into the list of companies hiring, let’s have a look at two crucial things you’ll need to have/do before you send your application in.

2 things to do before you apply for an online English teaching job

1. Be fluent in English and hold a bachelor’s degree

There are a select number of online English teaching companies that don’t require a degree but for the most part, you need proficient English language skills and a college degree (which doesn’t have to be in education).

2. Make a list of online English teaching job must-haves

Before you start looking for an online teaching position, ask yourself:

What do YOU really want from an online English teaching job? For me, personally, it was the following three non-negotiables:

  1. A flexible online teaching schedule (without set hours)
  2. The freedom to travel while I worked
  3. Good pay! (here’s a salary calculator to see how much you can make)

So, as promised, here’s our roundup of the best online teaching opportunities.

Do keep in mind, since the news of new tutoring regulations in China there are a few online tutoring companies on this list taking a step back and preparing for a pivot, yet TBD.

Scroll down to the bottom for a list of bonus companies hiring in 2022.

8 of the best online teaching companies to work for.

  1. Skooli
  2. VIPKid
  3. Preply
  4. QKids
  5. iTutorGroup
  6. BEILS Turkey
  7. Whales English
  8. English Hunt

1. Skooli

Working with Skooli at a glance:

  • Hiring fluent English speaking applicants with a bachelor’s degree in English or a related field
  • Teaching English online to a range of students at the middle school, high school and university level
  • Pay is competitive and varies based on qualifications/teaching experience

Skooli is a leading online tutoring platform with students from all over the world.

They’re looking for people who want to take their passion for education and combine it with either a full or part-time work-from-home teaching gig.

If you’re a former or retired teacher, or even a working teacher looking to supplement their income, teaching English language learners online with Skooli might fit the bill.

Looking for a rewarding work-from-home job that offers flexible working hours and a highly competitive salary?

Then it’s time to join Skooli’s fast-growing team of online teachers.

Learn more about teaching English online with Skooli today >


VIPKid Global Platform Update:

Beijing-based VIPKid recently announced the official release of its newly expanded global education platform. This tutoring platform update means that it will now be accessible to students all over the world! 

Join the VIPKid Teacher Network to stay up-to-date.

Working with VIPKID at a glance:

Are you interested in teaching? (Check)

Do you live in Canada or the United States? (Check!)

Do you have an irregular schedule (i.e., studying or working full/part-time) and want maximum flexibility to choose your work hours AND change your availability week to week? (Double-check!)

Then VIPKID might be a great option for you. The hours are flexible. You can start teaching and build your schedule as you wish.

They also pay really well. VIPKID teachers make between $14–22 USD/hour (teachers are given a base salary of $7–9 per 25-minute lesson).

Your base salary depends on your performance in your interview and demo lesson.

On top of the base salary, there are many participation incentives and bonus opportunities.

For example, you can earn cash with referrals and enjoy perks with VIPKid partners like Amazon, ClassPass, and TurboTax.

Learn more about teaching English online with VIPKID today >

Man teaching English online to Chinese students

3. Preply

Working with Preply at a glance:

  • Hiring fluent English speakers who hold a high school diploma, a teaching credential/license, and at least 2 years of teaching experience
  • Teaching English online one-on-one with students at all levels, up to university
  • Receive payment right after class and withdraw anytime
  • You choose what you charge!

Preply provides you with tutor support, a tutoring platform, and the freedom to set your schedule, price ($!) and working location. Also, Preply is one of the few companies in which tutors can receive payment immediately following class and withdraw anytime. Companies typically pay tutors at the end of the month or on specific pay dates.

With access to over 200,000 students from all over the world, Preply allows you to grow your own online language tutoring business. Leverage Preply’s resources and work as many or as few hours as you choose. Perfect for anyone who’s looking to make extra money on the side, or teach online remote full-time.

Learn more about teaching English online with Preply today >

4. Qkids

Working with Qkids at a glance:

  • Hiring fluent English speaking US/Canadian applicants who have completed a bachelor’s degree and hold a teaching license or ESL certificate (such as TEFL)
  • Teaching English online to Chinese students (Kindergarten to grade 6)
  • Pays up to $20 USD/hour

All teachers receive a base pay of $16 per hour with a $1 attendance bonus for being on time and other performance bonuses.

Qkids teachers are required to commit to a minimum of 6 hours per week.

Just log onto the teachers’ app to check your schedule, which will be released weekly on Sunday evenings.

You can even make changes to your schedule if you notify the Qkids coordination team 24 hours in advance.

Learn more about teaching English online with Qkids today >

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5. iTutorGroup

Working with iTutorGroup at a glance:

  • Hiring fluent English speaking applicants with a bachelor’s degree
  • Applicants must have a TESOL or equivalent/willing to obtain certification
  • Teaching English online to Taiwanese children/adults
  • Pays up to $24 USD/hour

Do you want to teach adults? Do you want to teach children? Do you want to make a bunch of money? (You know you do!)

iTutorGroup teachers are paid $18–24 USD/hour, along with the chance to earn bonuses based upon the number of students in their class and the ratings awarded by students in their online classroom feedback.

Teachers must teach at least 10 peak hours per week (within the 10 hours, at least four hours need to be during the weekend).

This should still leave plenty of time for you to study, run errands or play with your dog. (Or cat. I like cat people, too!)

Learn more about teaching English online with iTutorGroup today >

6. BEILS Turkey

Working with BEILS Turkey at a glance:

  • Hiring TESL/TEFL certified ESL Instructors with previous teaching experience.
  • Monthly salary up to $1200 USD.
  • Opportunities for remote teaching and paid professional training and development.
  • Online platform content and lesson plans are provided.
  • You can create a flexible schedule for yourself (many lessons are held later afternoon and on weekends).

BEILS, also known as the Burlington English International Online Language School, is a unique education platform that offers online English learning for students all over Turkey.

English is taught by experienced teachers, who engage students in their learning process.

With BEILS, you can have a direct impact on students all over Turkey while working from home.

Learn more about teaching english online from home with BEILS Turkey >

7. Whales English

Working with Whales English at a glance:

  • Hiring fluent English speaking applicants
  • Teaching English online to students from elementary to high school levels
  • Pays up to $26 per 50 minutes of classes + bonuses

With an hourly pay of up to $26 an hour, Whales English is one of the highest paying online teaching jobs. Plus, the performance bonus is a nice cherry on top!

And, how does a 50-minute class sound instead of working a full 60 minutes? You could take a quick break and brew up another pot of coffee in between classes.

With Whales English, you’ll get to teach full immersion language classes, so feel free to be your chatty self to help your learners pick up the language.

The best part about working with Whales English:

You’ll get a lot of support from the company. How about some professional development and additional career opportunities?

They’ll also offer you a host of teaching tips and tricks to up-level your online teaching game.

Whales English has two peak working hours for teachers to choose from:

  • 6 am to 9 am EST, Monday to Friday
  • 9 pm to 9 am EST, Saturday and Sunday

Just remember that with Whales, parents select teachers, so be sure to make a memorable first impression and bring your A-game to every class!

Learn more about teaching English online with Whales English today >

8. English Hunt

Working with English Hunt at a glance:

  • Hiring applicants from the United States with 48 college credit hours or ESL certificate
  • Teaching English on the phone to adult students in Korea
  • Around $20/hour

Do you love to chat on the phone? Now you can get paid to do it!

With so many adults eager to learn English in Korea, English Hunt wants to provide them with opportunities to practice their conversational English skills by speaking about their daily lives and culture.

English Hunt has two shifts for teachers to choose from:

  • 6 am to 9 am EST, Monday to Friday
  • 6 pm to 12 am EST, Saturday and Sunday

AM teachers need to be available for the entire shift, but those taking the evening shift can be more flexible.

So make sure you have a solid internet connection to avoid any interruptions.

Heads up, digital nomads!

While English Hunt only hires US applicants with a US bank account, you can live anywhere in the world while working for them.

Just make sure you have access to PC technology because their software is not compatible with Apple products.

Learn more about teaching English online with English Hunt today >

Updated! MORE noteworthy additions hiring in 2022. Teach English from home with these online teaching companies. 

The new tutoring regulations in China may have temporarily closed some doors.

But when one door closes another opens.

Take a look into these noteworthy online tutoring companies, as well as these 7 Non-Chinese ESL Companies currently hiring online English teachers.

  1. Cambly
  2. Blabla EdTech
  3. Turito Inc.

1. Cambly

Working with Cambly at a glance:

  • Hiring fluent English speaking applicants
  • Teaching English online to adults to kids
  • Earn $0.17 USD/min ($10.20 USD/hour) on Cambly and $0.20 USD/min ($12.00 USD/hour) on Cambly Kids

With Cambly, you can help people from 130+ countries around the world build their English language skills with 1-on-1 lessons.

This is a great opportunity for new teachers, or people looking to earn extra income on the side, as you don’t need any teaching experience to get started. There’s no minimum education requirement either.

There’s also no preparation, lesson planning, homework assignment or homework correction necessary.

You can start tutoring at any time of the day based on your schedule. Work as little or as much as you want. No minimum hours, ever!

Learn more about teaching English online from home with Cambly today >

2. BlaBla EdTech

Working with BlaBla Tech at a glance:

  • Hiring fluent English speakers with ESL teaching experience.
  • Teach young adults (ages 12 to 35) in China and worldwide.
  • Create online English learning videos and host English audio chat rooms.
  • Get paid by the total number of published videos.

Learn more about teaching with BlaBla EdTech today >

3. Turito Inc.

Working with Turito at a glance:

  • Hiring online SAT tutor applicants who speak English fluently, have a TEFL certificate, bachelor’s degree, teaching license/credential, and at least 1 year of teaching experience.
  • Experienced in teaching SAT, ACT, PSAT, and SSATs; experience teaching online; experience guiding students to Ivy League schools is a bonus.
  • Earn $USD 20-30/hr
  • Students in middle school, high school, and all levels

If you’re confident in test-prep for major exams, this teaching job may be for you.

An online learning platform based in Alpharetta, Georgia, Turito specializes in helping students prepare for their SATs, ACTs, PSATs, and SSATs.

Turito caters to students with 1:1 online tutoring by experienced professionals.

Work remotely and teach students based in the US, Canada, Australia, Singapore, Europe, the Middle East, and India.

Apply to become an SAT Online Tutor with Turito Inc. >

Online teaching companies to keep an eye out for future opportunities

Whether they’re due to hire soon or on pause due to the updated 2021 regulations in China, these online companies are currently not hiring but worth keeping an eye out for.

  • ZebraEnglish
  • Magic Ears
  • DaDa ABC
  • Gogokid


Working with ZebraEnglish at a glance:

  • Hiring fluent English speakers that are legally allowed to work in the US or Canada
  • Teaching English online to Chinese students aged from 3 to 8
  • Earn $16-$26 USD/hour

Funded by Tencent and produced by Yuanfudao, the leading online education company in China, ZebraEnglish is a popular English education platform in China.

As a ZebraEnglish teacher, you will provide one-on-one live classes for Chinese students through a unique online platform.

ZebraEnglish’s advanced technology and education tools do the heavy lifting in terms of teaching grammar, vocabulary and more.

You will also have the opportunity to attend a free workshop and participate in a referral program that offers $100 USD for any recommended teachers who are hired.

This is a job best suited for teachers who want to enjoy a long-term and stable schedule, that still has room for flexibility.

Learn more about teaching English online with ZebraEnglish today >

Magic Ears

Working with Magic Ears at a glance:

  • Hiring fluent English speakers who hold bachelor’s degrees or current university students
  • Teaching English online to students aged from 4 to 12
  • Make up to $26 USD/hour

With Magic Ears, you will provide a unique 1-on-4 classroom that creates a fun and effective learning environment.

They provide you with a state-of-the-art curriculum and user-friendly platform that makes teaching fun.

You will automatically become part of a supportive community culture that allows you to work as part of a warm and happy family.

No prior teaching experience is required, so this is a great opportunity for university students seeking part-time work or a new online teacher who wants to build up their experience.

Learn more about teaching English online with Magic Ears today >

DaDa ABC Tutoring Update

As of August 2021, DaDa announced they will no longer sign or renew any new contracts for domestic students in China. Impacted by China’s tutoring regulations, DaDa has put a pause on hiring new, foreign English-speaking teachers.

Working with DaDa at a glance:

  • Hiring fluent English speaking applicants with a bachelor’s degree
  • Teaching English online to Chinese students (kindergarten to grade 9)
  • Pays up to $25 USD/hour

Do you have a set routine and are looking for a consistent weekly work schedule? Do you have some empty spots in your Google calendar?

DaDa is one of the highest paying online teaching companies, so if you like money and routine, this might be the company for you!

DaDa teachers make between $15–25 USD/hour, depending on their TPR (Total Physical Response) performance in their interview.

So make sure you prepare and practice so you can nail your interview and make the big bucks.

Unlike some of the other major companies, you don’t have to be North American to work for DaDa. They are open to fluent English speakers from all over the world.

How are lessons scheduled?

All you have to do is provide your weekly availability (minimum of two hours, two days/week) and DaDa will assign students to you.

DaDa does require 30 days of notice if you want to change your schedule. However, if your available time slot does not get filled and your standing time is greater than 30 minutes, you will still receive half payment for this period.

It’s as easy as A, B, C, DaDa!

Gogokid Tutoring Update

As of Aug. 2021, Gogokid has paused hiring due to the new regulations in China which affected foreign-based online tutors.

Working with Gogokid at a glance:

  • Hiring fluent English speaking US/Canadian applicants with a bachelor’s degree
  • Teaching English online to Chinese students (kindergarten to grade 6)
  • Pays up to $25 USD/hour

Gogokid is another one of the highest paying online English teaching companies, paying their teachers $14–25 per hour.

Teachers can choose their consistent availability during the following times (EST):

  • Monday – Friday, from 6–10 am
  • Saturday – Sunday, from 9 pm–10 am

Learn more about teaching English online with Gogokid today >

Woman teaching English online from home in front of her laptop.

So there you have it: eight (plus!) of the best online English teaching companies that let you work from home!

Before we sign off for the day, let’s take a quick look at some guidelines and questions that you can ask a potential online English teaching employer.

Of course, you can always Google around to find the answers for yourself – there are lots of reviews on company Facebook pages, YouTube, Reddit, chatter on various Facebook and LinkedIn groups dedicated to teaching English online, and of course, company reviews on Glassdoor!

Questions to ask before you apply


  • Do I need a degree to apply?
  • Do they accept applicants from my home country?
  • Is an ESL certification, like a TEFL certificate, needed?

Teaching schedules:

  • Is there a minimum number of hours I have to work?
  • What are the peak teaching hours? (Remember to convert to your time zone if necessary!)
  • How often can I make changes to my availability?
  • Can I make last-minute changes to my schedule?
  • Is it OK to work from anywhere in the world?


  • Who are my students? What is their age? Where are they from?
  • Is there anything I need to prepare for my lessons?
  • Do I need to buy any technology or props to teach?
  • What are Internet requirements?


  • What’s the base pay like?
  • Am I paid by the hour or lessons taught?
  • Are there any bonuses?


  • Do I get paid if a student cancels the day before or within 24 hours?
  • What happens if my student is a no-show?
  • What happens if I get sick?

Recommended reading

Get started teaching English virtually today!

So you’ve (hopefully) pulled together a shortlist of your top online English teaching companies and are ready to start applying for jobs.

Just remember: it’s essential to make sure you get a solid grip on whether you’re really ready to teach online.

While you’re at it, check out our earlier blogs on what teaching online is like and what a typical day is like as a home-based online English teacher.

Oh, and don’t forget to get your Teach Away profile in top shape so you can apply with just a click and land that dream home-based online teaching job faster.

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