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Tutor ABC is kind of a middle of the road option that will give you some training materials and guidance, but expects you to get a TEFL certificate and to be available during certain times that have high student demand.
At the top of the flexibility spectrum, Italki and Verbling offer the teacher full freedom to chose the hours they are available.
Any language school can go out of business or shut down. What’s an incredible opportunity now might be gone in a few years.
One individual site might suddenly lose 70% of their site traffic due to an update in Google’s search ranking algorithms and have to start firing teachers.
There are several ways of teaching languages online that fairly closely mirror the experience of teaching at a university or in a cram school.
Those are pretty inflexible, but there are also a lot of options that give you more scheduling flexibility.
But remember, if you can’t differentiate yourself, the wage floor is very low in an online market.
Using someone else’s platform is the easiest way to get started.
If you’re teaching online, you can teach from anywhere. It’s fantastic work for a Digital Nomad who wants to save more money.
I don’t know of any online platforms that require teachers to be bilingual, but it’s definitely an asset.
I’ve see quite a few taking advantage of their foreign language skills to connect with students and teach them more effectively, especially beginners who just can’t understand that much English yet.
In general, you can’t expect to get much help or training from your schools.
It’s somewhat questionable whether an in person school will really give you that much training.
Online teaching is growing at an even more explosive rate—14.2% per year in Asia, 13.8% per year in Latin America.