The 11 best online teaching jobs in 2021 that let you work from home

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Looking for a job that gives you the ultimate work-life balance? Then teaching English online may be the perfect fit for you!

Still not sure if you should teach English online?

Take a look at the benefits of teaching English online:

  • Freedom to work from home or anywhere with an internet connection.
  • Flexibility to set your own working hours. 
  • A rewarding way to earn and save money.
  • No need for lesson planning. 
  • Making a difference in students’ lives wherever they are in the world.

Sounds pretty great, right? 

These days, there are plenty of online teaching jobs to choose from. So, we thought we’d make your job search a little easier by rounding up some of the best ones out there today. 

We’ll list our top 11 of the best online English teaching jobs based on pay, incentives and perks!

Plus, we’ll give you the inside scoop on our top five jobs. You’ll meet five online teachers who’ll share their thoughts!

What are the best companies for teaching English online in 2021?

  1. GoGoKid
  2. DaDa
  3. iTutorGroup
  4. QKids
  5. VIPKid
  6. Skooli
  7. Magic Ears
  8. BlaBla EdTech
  9. Whales English
  10. Preply
  11. Stewart English

1. GoGoKid

GoGoKid, a company based in Beijing, connects Chinese students with native-English speakers from around the world through their virtual classroom.

It's on a mission to revolutionize language learning through the use of cutting-edge technology.  

As a GoGoKid teacher, you’ll teach 25-minute, one-on-one online English lessons with young Chinese students. But you don’t need to worry about lesson planning since it provides you with its professionally developed curriculum. 

Aside from English-language skills, GoGoKid lesson plans also focus on fostering students’ creativity and critical thinking skills.

Speaking of creativity, GoGoKid encourages teachers to create a fun and engaging learning environment for their students by using their own teaching props. 


GoGo kids online english teacher

Working with GoGoKid at a glance

Pay: $14–$25 USD per hour

Time commitment: no min. or max.

Student age: children 

Required qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Min. one year of teaching experience
  • Native English speaking proficiency
  • Eligibility to legally work in the U.S. or Canada
  • TEFL certification preferred
  • Clear criminal background check

Apply to become a GoGoKid teacher!

What’s the best thing about being an online GoGoKid teacher?

"Teaching English online has given me the unique opportunity to have a global impact while working remotely on a self-created schedule.  Waking up to the sweet, smiling faces of my eager-to-learn students, I can't help but feel like I'm the luckiest person in the world." – Asha, on Instagram @teacher.asha

2. DaDa

DaDa, based in Shanghai, has the humble mission of ensuring every child’s happiness while learning. And they do that by inspiring their students with meaningful teaching materials and innovative lesson plans. 

As a DaDa teacher, you’ll engage with young Chinese learners through one-on-one video tutoring sessions. Teachers can pick their own schedule, so you can build a flexible teaching timetable that fits into your life. 

DaDa also offers teachers extra perks like bonuses and referral rewards.

DaDa teacher teaching english online

Working with DaDa at a glance

Pay: $13.50–$23 USD per hour

Time commitment: 4–20 hours per week

Student age: 4–16 years old

Required qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Min. one year of teaching experience
  • Native English speaking proficiency
  • TEFL certification

Apply to become a DaDa teacher!

What’s the best thing about being an online DaDa teacher?

“Some students have been with me for over a year now and they consider me more of a friend that’s part of the family rather than just a teacher at this point, and nothing is more rewarding than the bond I am lucky enough to have with them. I love that, if they had a bad day, they feel like they can talk about it and the fact that they trust me enough to do that is priceless.” – Manuela, on Instagram @dadaabc_manuela 

3. iTutorGroup

iTutorGroup is also based in Shanghai and offers personalized learning experiences to students and business professionals in a variety of subject areas. 

As an iTutorGroup teacher, you’ll interact with students one-on-one in a virtual learning environment. You’ll teach English to both kids and adults, as well as teach business English. 

Interested in sharpening your teaching skills? iTutorGroup offers professional development to help you improve as a teacher. 

Plus, if you want to learn a new language you can learn to speak Chinese for free with complimentary Chinese tutoring. 

iTutorGroup Olga teaching english online

 

Working with iTutorGroup at a glance

Pay: $1,500–$2,000 USD per month (on average)

Time commitment: min. 5 hours per week

Student age: children & adults

Required qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Min. one year of teaching experience
  • Native English speaking proficiency
  • TEFL certification 

Apply to become an iTutorGroup teacher!

What’s the best thing about being an online iTutorGroup teacher?

"I love working with iTutor because they made my dream come true! My biggest passion, teaching, is now possible online and I can't think of any better way of working and making money." – Olga, on Instagram @itutor.olga

4. QKids

QKids is based in Xiamen and delivers a narrative game-based learning platform to over 600,000 Chinese students and counting. The dynamic learning curriculum makes learning English both fun and effective!  

As a QKids teacher, you will get to teach alongside adorable cartoon characters through animated storytelling and interactive games. There’s no need to plan lessons since all lesson plans are already provided through the app. 

You can also take advantage of attendance and performance bonuses to boost your teaching income.

Online English Teacher with her teaching props

 

Working with QKids at a glance

Pay: $16–$20 USD per hour

Time commitment: min. 6 hours per week

Student age: 4–12 years old 

Required qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Native English speaking proficiency
  • Eligibility to legally work in the U.S. or Canada
  • TEFL certification and/or teaching license
  • Some teaching experience preferred

Apply to become a QKids teacher!

What’s the best thing about being an online QKids teacher?

“What I love most about teaching English online is the flexibility! With Qkids I have the ability to set my schedule around my availability. That means I can be present with my family and support my household with a gratifying job at the same time!” – Katie, on Instagram @qkids.katie

5. VIPKid

Also based in Beijing, VIPKid links young Chinese learners with passionate native-English-speaking teachers through online language learning. 

As a VIPKid teacher, you’ll have one-on-one tutoring sessions with students in China using their highly interactive platform as your virtual classroom. They’ll provide you with pre-made lesson plans, so the only thing you’ll need to prepare are some engaging teaching props.

Teachers will also have the opportunity to earn extra income through bonuses and referrals. 

VipKid Sarah teaching English online

 

Working with VIPKid at a glance

Pay: $14–$22 USD per hour

Time commitment: no min. or max.

Student age: 4–12 years old

Required qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Min. one year of teaching experience
  • Native English speaking proficiency
  • Eligibility to legally work in the U.S. or Canada
  • TEFL certification and/or teaching license preferred

Apply to become a VIPKid teacher!

What’s the best thing about being an online VIPKid teacher?

“I love the flexibility and freedom that it gives me as a mom.  I make my own schedule, I’m done teaching before my kids wake up, and I’m free to be the mom that I need to be to them the rest of the day. ” – Sarah, on Instagram @sarahsteachingcorner

6. Skooli

Skooli is a top online tutoring platform based in Canada. 

The platform looks for people who passionate about education and want to help students learn English among other subjects. 

If you're a former or retired teacher, or even a working teacher looking to supplement your income, online English tutoring could be great for you!

Working with Skooli at a glance

Pay: Competitive 

Time commitment: no min. or max.

Student age: children, teenagers, adults 

Required qualifications:

  1. Bachelor’s degree
  2. Major: English or a related field
  3. TEFL certification preferred

Apply to become a Skooli teacher!

 

7. Magic Ears

Magic Ears is an innovative online English learning platform based in the U.S. for students from the ages of 4-12. 

It’s their mission to bring a global classroom experience to every child and provide online career opportunities to teachers everywhere.

The supportive, friendly culture makes working for Magic Ears feel super rewarding!

Working with Magic Ears at a glance

Pay: Competitive 

Time commitment: no min. or max.

Student age: 4-12 

Required qualifications:

  1. Bachelor’s degree
  2. Speak English at a high level
  3. TEFL certification preferred

Apply to become a Magic Ears teacher!

8. BlaBla EdTech

BlaBla EdTech is based in Shanghai, China. It’s a super unique online learning platform! 

ESL content creators help Chinese young adults learn English through curated video content.

It’s their mission to bring learners fresh online videos that help students learn at their own pace. 

BlaBla EdTech prefers teachers with experience who also have the skillset to make quality video content for their platform. 

Working with BlaBla Tech at a glance

Pay: $11.5 USD/hour plus, gratuities and commision

Time commitment: 4-6 hours per week on average.

Student age: 4-12 

Required qualifications:

  1. Bachelor’s degree
  2. Minimum one year of teaching experience
  3. Speak English at a high level

Apply to become a BlaBla EdTech teacher!

9. Whales English

Whales English is an online school based in Beijing, China. It caters to language learners from the ages of 3 to 18. 

It’s their mission to provide high-quality education for children from all socio-economic backgrounds to minimize the gap between the privileged and underprivileged. 

On this platform, teachers will teach a curriculum based on National Geographic Learning and OXFORD READING TREE from Oxford University Press. 

Working with Whales English at a glance

Pay: $18-26 USD/hour + bonuses

Time commitment: 8 hours during peak hours

Student age: children 

Required qualifications:

  1. Bachelor’s degree
  2. Speak English at a high level

Apply to become a Whales English teacher!

10. Preply

Preply is a global marketplace for online language learning based in Brookline, United States. 

It’s their mission to create a fun learning space for teachers and students. With Preply you can teach multiple languages. 

Working with Preply at a glance

Pay: you choose what you charge

Time commitment: no min. or max.

Student age: children, young adults and adults 

Required qualifications:

  1. High school diploma
  2. Speak English at a high level
  3. Experience teaching one-on-one online classes

Apply to become a Preply teacher!

11. Stewart English

Stewart English is an online language learning platform based in Bucharesti, Romania. 

It’s their mission to create a learning atmosphere that encourages students to learn and gain confidence with languages. 

You can teach English, French or German on this platform. 

Working with Stewart English at a glance

Pay: you choose what you charge

Time commitment: no min. or max.

Student age: children, young adults and adults 

Required qualifications:

  1. Bachelor’s degree
  2. One year of teaching experience

Apply to become a Stewart English teacher!

Start teaching online today!

If you’re ready to ditch your 9-5 and enjoy a better work-life balance, then it’s time to start a new career teaching English online. 

Already a teacher? Great! You can easily transition from the classroom to online teaching. 

To get started teaching online you’ll need a Bachelor’s degree (in any subject) and a TEFL certificate. 

Not TEFL certified yet? Enroll in an online TEFL course today and get certified to teach English to foreign language learners in as little as 6 to 12 weeks.

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