I have found teaching English online to be one of the most rewarding jobs that I have ever had. It has been a blessing in my life and one that I almost passed up because I simplify was ignorant of this extraordinary and growing industry. Frankly, the ideal of teaching online intimidated me. I am glad I changed my mind and I pursued it. I wanted to share some insights that I have gained after teaching online successfully and offer reasons why you should consider teaching English online too.
1. A Booming Industry Equals Massive Opportunity
It wasn’t that long ago that if your wanted to teach English to non-English speakers you would need to work at a traditional school or travel to another country. This is not the case now. Furthermore, the market for teaching non-English speakers was very limited but thanks to the internet- not anymore. If you have a reliable computer with a webcam and an internet connection, you can teach English online to an unlimited number of potential English learners The current reality is that online learning is a relatively young booming industry that is here to stay. Access to the internet has helped create a market of over a billion potential English learners and educational institutions have taken notice. Teaching English online is exploding in growth as an industry, especially in China, and it is providing unlimited opportunity for almost anyone who is interested in leveraging this opportunity to generate an income.
2. Making a Real Difference in the Lives of People
“Give a man a fish and your feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and your feed him for a lifetime.” Maimonides
Teaching someone English is essentially giving them a skill that could “feed” them for a lifetime. English is a global language and it is believed that billions of people rely on it to communicate. It is often used as a common language for many people who don’t have a common language otherwise. Learning English can open doors and create opportunities for people who wouldn’t have had opportunity otherwise. A person’s ability to speak English can increase their chances of getting a job, increase their value to employers, and increase their chances of getting into institutions of higher learning. Learning English has intrinsic value as well such as increasing knowledge and improving memory. The benefits of learning English are plentiful and it is important to acquire for non-English speakers. Teaching English online is an endeavor that can make a real difference of the lives of people.
3. “No Hassle” Teaching
Whether you are a teacher or not, you may be aware that teaching, especially in the United States comes with a large load of frustration. Long hours, low pay, demanding parenting, unmotivated students, out of touch administrators, and student behavior problems often top the list when research is done on why teachers ultimately quit. Most teachers become teachers because that want to inspire and contribute to society with meaningful work. However, forces beyond their control often make these desires almost impossible. The beauty of teaching English online is a person can often realize the benefits of being a teacher without having to endure these difficulties. I have been a teacher in a traditional American school for 15 years and the list I have provided doesn’t even come close to giving a full picture of why I have felt frustrated and even defeated on many days throughout my career. However, as a VIPKid teacher, I can say that these frustrations just don’t exist. I don’t have to stress over lesson plans or grade deadlines. I don’t have to deal with difficult parents. Behavior problems are almost non-existent because many of the students I teach online are motivated and want to learn. When I finish teaching a group of online English learners, I feel good and I know that I have provided a meaningful service. I believe being happy and fulfilled in your work is a benefit that is without measure.
4. The Flexibility of Working from Home
The benefits of teaching English online goes beyond the benefits already listed; it provides an opportunity to make a nice income from the comfort of your own home. The leverage of working from home include flexible schedule, wear and work in comfortable clothing, no commute, save money, and increased time to be with people you want to be with. Teaching English online has allowed me to realize all these benefits and experiences. Furthermore, people’s circumstances may demand a position that only a work from home opportunity can provide. People that may not be able to commute because of a disability or family obligation may need this type of opportunity. For me, I needed some extra money to pay bills, but I just didn’t have the availability to work a traditional part-time job. The schedule conflicts were too numerous. Teaching English online from the comfort of my home has allowed me to make that additional income while being able to fit the work into my schedule without sacrificing my obligations to my family or other commitments. For me it was a rigid schedule but the need for additional income, for others it may be a need to care for children or family members, or for some it may the inability to work a traditional job, whatever the reason: working from home by teaching online can be the key your looking for to solve a real problem.
I have been telling my family and friends that working from home is a dream job because it allows you to benefit from a growing industry that is here to stay while making a real and positive impact lives of people. I am helping children acquire a skill they will be able to use the rest of their life to benefit themselves. Teaching English online allows a person to benefit from all the strengths of working from home and teach in a system that is without all the difficulties people find from teaching in a traditional school. For me, it has been one of the easiest and most fulling jobs I have ever had. I am thankful and blessed for finding this.