Teaching English is a very appealing job choice for many young people around the world and for obvious reasons. There are plenty of jobs available, salaries are competitive and it provides a great opportunity to build life experience through living abroad and travelling.

In recent times, as technology has begun to play a bigger and bigger role in our lives, teaching English online has become a new and popular way of making good money from home.

There are now plenty of companies out there who specialise in online English education. TEFL teachers can sign-up, choose when they’re available and begin teaching right away.

The biggest market for online English teachers is in China where they offer salaries of between $12-25 per hour. Most jobs are for teaching young children and therefore classes are usually around 30 minutes at a time.

Many of these companies that recruit online English teachers also have their own online learning platform which teachers and students use for their classes.

While some companies require their teachers to have a bachelor’s degree, others do not. However, teachers with a bachelor’s degree will typically make more money.

Note: You’ll still need a TEFL/TESOL certification to teach English online. If you haven’t got yours yet, then check out this helpful post.

Benefits of Teaching English Online

The benefits to being an online English teacher are numerous.

First of all, you have ther power to set your own hours. This means that even if you already have a job, you could teach on the side during your off time to make a little extra cash.

Online teaching also allows you to work from home as all you need to execute a successful lesson are a computer, internet connection, headset and microphone.

Lastly, teaching English online can be a lot of fun! You get to interact with young children in a meaningful way and watch as their English abilities improve in leaps and bounds!

Online English Teaching Industry

Teaching English online is gaining in popularity as demand rises and new recruiters pop up to take advantage of this lucrative field.

Just take a look at this Google Trends graph showing the amount of web searches for ‘Teach English Online’ in the US over the last 5 years.

Since the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak hit China at the end of last year, many schools have begun utilizing online systems for delivering classes to students who are stuck at home.

Interestingly enough, earlier this month, Canadian ESL (English as a Second Language) teachers were being recruited to teach English classes online to children in China who were unable to attend school due to shutdowns or quarantines.

Many online English teachers say that their hours have increased since the coronavirus broke out and in many cases, they are even making more money.

Qkids, a well-known online English teaching platform has begun offering $200 to teachers who get someone else to sign-up. This shows just how in-demand online English are right now!

Where to Teach English Online?

There are a number of companies that recruit online English teachers. Here are a few well-known ones that we picked out for you:


VIPKid recruit US/Canadian ESL teachers to teach English to Chinese students from kindergarten through to middle school. They pay up to $22 per hour and you must have a bachelor’s degree to apply.


Qkids recruit US/Canadian ESL teachers who have a TEFL or teaching qualification to teach young Chinese learners. They also require a bachelo’rs degree and pay up to $20 per hour.


DaDa hire native English speaking ESL teachers who hold a bachelor’s degree. They also specialise in young Chinese learners and pay up o $25 per hour.


Teaching English online is a fantastic way to make good money doing something rewarding while never having to leave your home!

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