Try Online Tutoring for Good Pay, Flexible Hours!

Do you like people? Do you enjoy teaching? Do you speak any language well? Tutoring online is in high demand. The pay can be quite good! Take the plunge!


The market for online instruction is booming around the world, and qualified tutors are in high demand. The work is flexible, can be adapted to almost any schedule, and pays relatively well. Most services expect a college degree, but if you are a college graduate and looking for flexible at-home work, You'll want to think about becoming an online tutor.

Many professionals can deliver their output from home with very little difficulty: if you're a writer, a designer, a programmer or any other specialist who provides data as a product, there's a clear route to work at home. For the skilled generalist with a college education but no particular professional skill, finding a rewarding at-home occupation requires a little more imagination. If you have a college degree and want to work at home, tutoring is an option to consider. Opportunities are available for all subjects and levels of education. So put that degree to use and make some extra money, all of these while keeping your schedule and working from the comfort of home!

What are the perks?

Flexible hours. Most online instruction is done over Skype and similar programs. You might set appointments with students, or you may be able just to log in and see who needs help. Either way, you have a lot of freedom and control.

High demand. There's a huge demand for online private instruction. All you need to be qualified for most services is a Bachelor's degree, and if you teach English as a second language, you may not even need that. Multiple platforms and agencies are providing online opportunities. Many teachers use more than one.

Good pay. It can be difficult to break into the field, but these jobs tend to pay better than other part-time, online work. Most of the sites listed here pay $15-$25 per hour.

Let's take a look at some of the ways to become an online tutor!

UpWork/Freelancer/Guru/PeoplePerHour

These are major freelance brokerage sites hosting thousands of freelance opportunities in different fields. You set your search filters to find private teaching jobs, look through the jobs clients have posted, and bid. You take only as many students as you want, and negotiate your schedule and commitment. Think you can charge more? You're welcome to set your rates at whatever level you like, though setting them too high might deter some clients.

You don't have to apply to the website itself to start applying for online tutorial jobs: if you can create a pitch that convinces the client you're qualified for the job, you're good to go. The downside of that is that you may have to hustle a bit, as you won't have any guaranteed minimum amount of hours. If you want more than a few clients, you'll have to spend some time looking for them. Keeping things organized and fair can be a little harder without help, too.

Tutor.com

Tutor is one of the largest, oldest, and highest-profile sites in the market. It attracts a huge number of students (just look at that URL), has a flexible and easy-to-use model, and has received lots of awards and recognition from the education industry and the world at large.

No experience necessary. Depending on your subject, you can become an online tutor even as a student of at least sophomore standing. You prove you can do the job with subject exams and sample sessions rather than a resume.

Steady work supply. You can set up a weekly schedule, or just drop in to see if anyone is requesting a session in your field. It's easy and flexible.

Incentives for performance and qualification. You can get more pay with good performance, or if you have an advanced degree or teaching experience. Many users are teachers working on the site to make some extra money.

Light hours. Instructors commit to five hours a week of work, but hours beyond that minimum aren't always steady. It's ideal for a light part-time gig, or to supplement work on other platforms.

Tutorvista.com

Tutorvista is also a vast and reputable operation. Their approach is a little less tech-heavy and somewhat more traditional - which has its pros and cons.

Higher education requirements. Tutorvista wants you to have a post-graduate degree in the subject you want to teach. They also offer higher hourly rates depending on your experience and education, so if you have a Master's degree and are looking for a site that appreciates it, this is the right place to look.

More commitment. The Company wants a commitment of at least four hours a day. Once you're accepted, it's easy to get as much steady work as you want.

Fixed schedule. You can change your schedule as needed, but you'll need to commit to certain hours each week. The good news about that? You'll be working with the same students every week, and you don't have to worry about work availability.

InstaEDU/Chegg

InstaEDU has been a thriving tutoring service for some time and was acquired by the textbook company Chegg in 2014. That can make finding them by name a little confusing, but fear not: it's the same company, and it's still thriving.

Apply through Facebook. Chegg/InstaEDU makes it easy to become an online tutor - you just sign up through Facebook, and they get back to you. They are a bit selective in their hires and want applicants to have at least a little experience, so make sure your Facebook page has your complete education and professional background filled in before applying.

Drop-in appointments. You can set up appointments with students, or just log into the site and see who's requesting help. InstaEDU's model depends on being a quick, 24-hour service for students in a jam, so the work is highly flexible.

Good pay. InstaEDU is more transparent about what they pay than some other sites. You'll get $20 per hour you spend with students, and be compensated similarly for written explanations. Good deal!

Skooli

Skooli's model is similar to those used by the companies discussed above, but with its flavor - the student-to-instructor matching leaves room for a little more competition.

Easy application. You can apply for Skooli through Facebook, which makes things easy, but make sure your Facebook page is complete. They don't post specific requirements about education, but you need at least a Bachelor's degree, and advanced degrees, certificates like TEFL certifications, and teaching experience are welcome.

Compete for students. Skooli lets students browse potential instructors and decide which ones they want. If you have substantial qualifications, can put together an excellent profile, and leave your students happy, it's easy to become an online tutor. Performance gets rewarded.

Even better pay. Skooli pays $25 per hour.

PrestoExperts

If you prefer a little more independence and want a platform to build your own business, PrestoExperts may be the way to go.

Market your profile. PrestoExpert is more like a message board than a full-service site like Tutor.com or InstaEDU. That means a little less support, but also a bit more independence to build your own business.

Choose your platform. Part of that freedom is getting to choose how you prefer to work. Whether you prefer Skype, phone, messenger apps, or email, you can dictate how you want to arrange things. No unwieldy apps you have to use.

Set your rates. If you're an experienced tutor and frustrated with the flat pay at other sites, this could be a great supplement. You set your rates, and if you have the education, experience, and good student reviews to back them up, you have more room to keep growing.

There are other opportunities out there: online searches will turn up dozens of ways to become an online tutor. These six are among the best-established ways to enter the field, and if you are looking at smaller or newer companies, you'll want to investigate them thoroughly to assure legitimacy. As in any profession, you will gain experience, competence, regular clients, and larger and more secure income as you go!