The 37 BEST Online Teaching Companies

By Editorial Staff •  Updated: 05/31/23 •  Teach Online

Welcome to Teach and GO’s online teaching companies page. You’ve found one of the most comprehensive directories on the web.

The following is a list of online teaching companies. Most companies are focused on ESL but quite a few are focused on tutoring, test prep, and reading and writing skills for children. If you’re looking to get started teaching online go with the recommended platforms first.

Our standards:

1) Have a website in English that is secure (https) as you have to send personal information to apply.

2) Allows you as a native English speaker to apply and begin the hiring process.

Websites in a foreign language, tutoring centers that want you to teach online in their office, or small time operations that are not actually hiring are excluded.

Our Top 11 overall

Below are our current top options for teaching online. Things have changed dramatically since China banned online teaching, but there are still a lot of great opportunities for those that work hard.

We strongly suggest you get comfortable using an online teaching marketplace where you can set your own rates and find your own students. It’s more work, but long term it’s more profitable.

VIPKID – The industry leader

VIPKID is the company that started it all. At their peak they had over 50 thousand teachers and were paying $20-25 an hour. While you can’t do VIPKID full time anymore, teaching with them is still an option. Learn more.

iTalki – The best marketplace

The iTalki marketplace is designed for language learners of all ages and skill. From young learners to business professional. It’s also not just an English only website. You can teach any language you like that you’re qualified for. Learn more.

Cambly – Cheap and easy

Cambly connects you with adult language learners who want to have English conversations on a specific topic with the goal to improve their English. The pay is low, but Cambly is a good option if you’re a native speaker looking for some extra spending money.

They also have a dedicated “Cambly Kids” program that pays much better but requires you to have specific teaching qualifications. Learn more.

Preply – Language marketplace

Preply is a language marketplace similar to iTalki. You create your own profile, set your own rates and market yourself. Preply supplies the potential students on their own internal platform which is much more convenient than iTalki. Learn more.

Outschool – Fun after class programs

Outschool is a platform for students aged 3-13 years old whose parents want them to learn online after school. Outschool is not only language focused, rather you can create a class on whatever topic you are passionate about and teach that.

You can also set the class size as well as the enrollment fee. Parents leave feedback on your class and the better it performs the more students you get organically. Learn more.

EF Education – Online programs

Education First Education or EF Education offers programs to help both students and teachers go abroad or learn online. They currently offer an opportunity to become an online teacher.

Fiverr – The freelance marketplace

Fiverr is a very popular freelance website where you can offer pretty much any professional service you want. Everything from web design, SEO or content marketing. To unboxing or explainer videos. You can also teach a language on Fiverr too. Learn more.

Star Kid – Teach children in Hong Kong

Based in Hong Kong, this platform uses the Jolly Phonics system and curriculum based on Cambridge English to teach English phonics to younger learners. The lessons are one-on-one and last for 30 minutes. To apply you must have experience as a teacher, a TEFL at a minimum and be a native speaker.

Skima Talk – Teaching marketplace

SkimaTalk is a platform that caters to both young learners and adult business professionals in Japan. As a tutor, you have the flexibility to set your hourly rate, but it also means that you need to promote your services to attract potential students.

Lingoda – Teach languages online

Lingoda is an online language learning platform that offers personalized and interactive language courses in English, Spanish, French, German, and Business English. The platform uses a combination of live group classes and private lessons with native-speaking teachers to help students improve their language abilities.

Verbling – Certified language teachers only

Verbling is an online language learning platform that connects students with certified language teachers from around the world for personalized, one-on-one language lessons. You need to have required certifications to become a teacher, but if that’s you checkout Verbling.

Country Specific platforms

Now let’s get into our long, curated list of online teaching companies. We decided to break everything up by where the company is located. To teach with any of the companies below you’ll want to be a native speaker of the language you wish to teach.

If it’s becoming an English teacher then getting a TEFL is always a good idea.

China

VIPKID – The industry leader in the online teaching space. 50,000+ teachers, a solid curriculum and a built in platform to teach young learners based in China.

SayABC -A Beijing based company. They teach children aged 5-12. Teaching material is provided for you as a teacher. Booking rate is based on the company assigning you class. You can teach up to 4 students at once. Must also live in America or Europe.

Landi A platform where you can teach Chinese children. The want native speakers and pay between $12 and $25 USD per hour.

Swoosh English is based in Hong Kong. Swoosh helps medical professionals pass tests in English.

Palfish – A mobile app to teach on a phone or tablet. Get paid to have conversations with adults or apply to their kids program.

ALO7  tutors English to kids and prefers native English speaking tutors. Pay ranges between $15 to $22 an hour. ALO7’s student base comes from large educational institutions in China. Alo7 is a start up by PhD graduate from MIT Media Lab.

English Town – They are a Hong Kong based company who hire mostly South Africans and Europeans who speak English as a second language. They offer a low hourly rate and prefer bilingual teachers.

WonderKids is a new company with about 40 teachers so far. They are looking for teachers with at least 1 year of teaching experience (it looks like non-native speakers are welcome to apply). All of the students are Chinese and between the ages of 5 and 15. They pay $15 USD per hour for individual classes and $20 for group classes.

FirstFuture is currently only accepting applications from native English speakers. I believe they teach both adults and children. No degree or TEFL certificate is required. They pay $12 USD per hour with bonuses.

GoGo Kids is a company based out of Beijing China. The match teachers with Chinese students for after hour classes. Teaching times are after school for students, 6 pm to 9 pm Beijing time.


North American

Outschool – An afterschool marketplace of courses where students can learn everything from computers, science, art, music and of course English.

Skooli – A professional tutor marketplace. Must be a licensed teacher to apply.

Cambly – One demand conversations with native speakers. Get paid per minute to talk.

Ginseng English – A competitive, well paying position. They pay well (though the exact payment is unknown) and hire only the most qualified of teachers. That means ESL certificates, master degrees, experience teaching and so forth.

Open English – They primarily target a South American student base. They currently offer an uncompetitive pay of $10 an hour. You’ll also need to be an American to even pass the application process.

Rype App – They market themselves as “personal trainers” for language learning. It’s unclear how much teachers can make, but they are known to have a rigorous hiring process as a way to have only the best teachers.

Global Mate New York – Want to teach South Korean professionals? Check out GMNY! Only Americans need apply.

Golden Voice English – Based out of Canada and paying a competitive $20 Canadian dollars an hour, Golden Voice English student base is made up of Chinese students age 5-12.

Voxy – New York based operation hiring teachers with 3+ years of experience.

LOI English – Using the domain name “Skype English Classes” they have re-branded themselves as LOI English. They are currently hiring teachers. Minimum 25 hour a month time commitment is required.

Way Up – They pay 10-13 USD an hour and are looking to hire entry level candidates. Ideally, they want college students or recent grads who are looking to make an extra side income.


British

IQBar – A British company looking for teachers with experience teaching children. 1 year is typically all that is needed to apply and get started.

Tutor Supply – If you’re a qualified teacher, Tutor Supply is for you. Only qualified teachers need apply.

ESL Starter – Teachers of American or Canadian nationality. I know, it’s odd as this is a British company. A TEFL certificate and experience teaching is also helpful.

Two Sigmas – High paying online teaching company. As such, they want native English speakers with experience teaching.

Barons English – Teach English online to Koreans, Chinese or Japanese.


Japan

Are You Best Teacher – One of the oddest offerings on this list. Low paying company where you’re paid to reply to messages, edit conversations and submit voice recordings.

Native Camp – A leading Japanese English company looking for native English speakers to teach Japanese students.

EigoBiz – They are looking for teachers with a TEFL and a year of experience. They teach conversation and you can set your own rates within a pre-determined range.

English Everywhere – Teach an English course to Japanese students.

OKPanda – An instant messaging platform for teach English.

Weblio – An online teaching platform for Japanese students that primarily hires Filipinos.


South Korea

Tutoring Lab – Conversation with Korean students. Students choose what the conversation is about.

English Hunt – Teach everyday conversation using a softphone installed on your laptop.


Global

The following are from various countries around the world. Phillipines, Middle East, Russia.

Vivaling – Based out of Singapore, they offer classes in various languages and are looking for native to near native speakers for each respective language (English, German, Spanish, French, and Mandarin).

Douroosi – Marketed as the “Middle East’s fastest growing tutoring platform.” They are a platform that connects language learners and teachers.

OTeacher – A play off of the popular ODesk website, OTeacher is a language platform based in Iran looking native English speaking teachers.

Latin Hire – Based in Chile, they’re looking for American teachers to teach English.


Online Teaching Apps

Most online teaching platforms require you to use your laptop but there are quite a few teaching apps where you use your phone and conduct a lesson. Typically with the following teaching apps you’ll be engaging in a predetermined conversation over the phone. These are apps are great alternatives as well as compliments to other teaching platforms.

Cambly – Cambly was designed to be an on demand platform for English language learners to engage in conversations with native English speakers on their schedule.

Palfish – The most developed of all the teaching apps, Palfish provides language learners an interactive experience for a wide variety of subjects from phonics to conversation.

Boxfish – Boxfish is a another solid choice for those looking to diversify their income with another teaching app. With Boxfish you teach English on your phone or tablet device.

Online Teaching Marketplaces

Not wanting to signup with an online teaching company and instead want to do it more independently? This section is for the best teacher marketplaces. You set your hourly rate, you create the course material and you mange student expectations. It’s a lot more upfront work but long term and prove to be a lucrative income source.

Italki – The leading marketplace for students and teachers.

Outschool – A creative course platform for teachers.

Preply – Another great language marketplace where you can find students.

Best Online Teaching Companies

So that’s it for our guide on the best online teaching companies. There are a lot of country specific platforms as well as a few great marketplaces where you can build out your own teaching business.

Editorial Staff

I'm David Unwin and I head the editorial staff here at Teach and GO. I've taught as an ESL teacher in Thailand for 5+ years at all levels of education, from elementary to University. I was also one of the first 1000 VIPKID teachers. I and my team now share my extensive experience as a teacher here at Teach and GO. Learn more.

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