How to get started as an online teacher of English

In an earlier post [link], we discussed what English teachers can do to find more students. In this post, we wish to explore what steps a freshly minted teacher can take to get their online career off the ground.

One of the key aspects of building a successful online career, is organization (administration) and time management (efficiency). Without a boss and a group of work peers motivating you to do your daily work, you will need to be extremely self-motivated, especially on the days that you may lack the drive to put in the hours.

Have a plan. As they say in top management circles, strategy is more important than technique. Having a successful long term strategy begins with a plan and knowing your goals. Take a piece of paper and write down what it is that you like about being an English teacher. This list will motivate you on your ‘off’ days. Next, get clear about what you’d like to accomplish as a teacher and how. This is where your plan begins to take shape.

Garner clicks. A sure way to succeed in the cyber-world is by establishing a cadence of regularly released content. When you publish a blog post, a video, or even hold a podcast in which you show your audience your teaching style, you make students anticipate your newest piece. Short, fun videos explaining the meaning of unusual phrases are extremely popular. Choose from idioms, phrasal verbs or colloquialisms. Translating lyrics of popular songs could be a fun way to get more clicks. When preparing a content calendar, make sure to be realistic about what you are able to do and stick to the plan.

Get digital. If your dream is to work outside the physical classroom, you’ll need to familiarize yourself with a variety of tools that allow you to do so. Google Drive is great for document storage and sharing, Skype for facilitating worldwide communication and PayPal allows you to get paid no matter your timezone. Since pay can be low for starting teachers, as can be their exposure to a student body, we recommend you join the SpeakingFit community and begin to earn money and grow your student base immediately.

SpeakingFit is a free app that helps non-native English speakers to master the language and perfect their pronunciation. It is also a growing network of English teachers and students you can become a part of today. Don’t wait! Download it here and watch your career expand. As an early adopter, you’ll get free access to all the content and a whole new network of students.