Looking for the best online teaching companies?
Updated October 2020
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Our Favorite Online Teaching Platforms
As you will see, there are a lot of online teaching companies, so which ones are the best? The following are the biggest, most popular companies that are hiring online English teachers.
Please note that the most popular companies in the world require the following:
- Be a citizen of the United States or Canada due to accent.
- A bachelors degree to meet ESL regulations.
- Have some sort of experience teaching.
The teaching experience can be meet in a variety of ways. It could be in the form of being an ESL teacher, a school teacher in America or some sort of volunteer opportunity you’ve done.
VIPKID – The Industry Leader
VIPKID is currently the industry leader in the online teaching space and the most reliable and stable company to work with. With students from northern China and roughly 40,000 online teachers based in America, Canada and abroad – if you’re looking for a good paying online position you need look no further than VIPKID.
- Established company and curriculum.
- Excellent pay, bonuses and always on time with payment.
- Well developed support network of teachers.
- Fun and easy teaching environment once you’re hired.
- Can live abroad and teach with VIPKID.
- Must be a citizen of the United States or Canada – no exceptions.
- Must have a bachelors degree and some experience teaching children – again no exceptions.
- Multi-step application process. This weeds out lazy people however.
VIPKID is a process to get hired as they pay well and have high standards. Once accepted, it’s simply a matter of opening classes and teaching.
The industry leader in online teaching.
Learn more at our VIPKID review.
QKids – A fun Online Teaching Platform
Qkids is big platform that has over 100,000 Chinese learners aged between 5 and 12 years old. Class is about 33 minutes long in all with a scheduled 10 minute break in between back to back classes. Which makes it impossible to teach 2 classes in 1 hour.
However, the company books you instead of the parents booking you. If you’re looking for an excellent alternative to VIPKID check out Qkids.
- Qkids is a well developed platform with an excellent curriculum.
- High pay and good bonuses.
- They make for a great backup for VIPKID.
- The company books you. Perfect if you’re wanting something part time.
- You must be a citizen of the United States or Canada – no exceptions.
- Must live in the United States or Canada – no digital nomad teachers.
- The company books you. Not ideal if you want to teach a lot of hours (20+ per week).
- Must be available a minimum of 6 hours a week.
Teach online with this excellent online teaching company
Learn more by checking out our Qkids review.
Magic Ears – An innovative company
Magic Ears operates a little different than other online teaching companies. Teachers once hired are assigned various ranks that dictate pay as well as booking rates. As teachers get promoted in rank they earn more and are able to get more hours with ease if they choose too.
If you’re looking for something that you could do full time, Magic Ears may not be the right choice. But if you’re looking for something part time, Magic Ears is an excellent option.
- Magic Ears has some of the highest hourly pay rates around.
- Various performance bonuses.
- An ideal company for those looking for part time work.
- Can do Magic Ears as an ESL teacher living abroad.
- Must me a citizen of the United States or Canada – No exceptions.
- Some may not like the promotion system Magic Ears uses.
- They expect a high energy, teaching style.
Teach online with Magic Ears.
Learn more about Magic Ears requirements here.
Palfish – Phone App for all nationalities
Palfish is a phone app that offers two programs to language learners. The first option is called “free talk” and you simply have conversations with adults where you get paid per minute to have conversations.
The second option is a higher paying dedicated kids program native English speakers can apply to. While Palfish is open to all nationalities, the kids program is restricted to native English speakers.
- Excellent option for native speakers outside of North America.
- Have the option to teach adults with the”free talk” program or apply to the kids program.
- Conveniently teach from your phone.
- Non native speakers can apply to the “free talk” program.
- The kids program is restricted to citizens where English is the native language.
Teach English online with your phone
Learn more at our Palfish review.
Cambly – On demand conversations
Cambly is a platform that connects language learners with native speakers for conversations. You’re strictly having conversations with adults instead of teaching pre-made lessons to children. As such, this casual nature is excellent for language learners to have situational advice on topics like punctuation, grammar as well as slang.
No degree or teaching certificate is required as you’re not considered a teacher. The only requirements are that you’re a native English speaker and you have a access to the internet and are using a laptop with a webcam and a pair of headsets.
- Teach adults through conversation.
- Cambly is available 24/7. You can open your availability and get booked at potentially any time.
- You simply log in and have conversations around pre-determined topics for a period of time.
- No obligation to teach any minimum amount of hours.
- Low requirements mean low pay.
- Calls are not guaranteed.
Casual conversations to help improve non-natives with their speaking and listening abilities.
Learn more at our Cambly review.
italki – Online Teacher Marketplace
What makes italki unique is that they are not an online teaching company like the other on the list. Instead, they are a marketplace for language learners of all languages.
With italki you can find teachers for any language, not only English. The advantage of italki is that you have a bit more control over your hours and pay than working with an online teaching company, but the converse of this is that you don’t have the same schedule week to week and you have to make all the teaching material yourself.
You can charge however a much higher rate for your time. But again, while you can charge a high hourly rate, it depends on if students are willing to pay.
- Good opportunity for non native English speakers to teach their native language.
- Allows teachers from outside the United States and Canada to make a lot of money from online teaching.
- The selection process takes time. Not anyone can become a teacher.
- You have to make all the material yourself for your class.
- You have to organize class and how class will be conducted each week.
The best online teacher marketplace.
Read our comprehensive italki review.
Outschool – The creative online teacher option
Outschool is a unique option for the online teaching space, instead of being restricted to teaching English to young learners like most platforms you can teach whatever class you want on Outschool.
If you have a deep interest or knowledge on some specific field of interest, consider making a class on Outschool.
- Can teach anything, not only English.
- Can make more per hour than what an online teaching company will pay you.
- Once your class has great reviews, getting students is organic and easy.
- Like all marketplaces, new courses take time getting reviews and students.
- You’re in charge of your class. That means the material from start to finish.
The creative option for online teachers.
Read our Outschool review here.
Online Teaching Companies Directory
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.
The list below is curated for companies that:
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.
3) Pay a decent hourly rate – No company paying anything less than $10 per hour is allowed on this list.
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.
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.
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.
Dada was the main competitor to VIPKID. Where VIPKID strictly wants North Americans only, if you’re a native English speaker from outside America or Canada take a look at ABCDaDa. They offer a similar teaching experience and pay rates. The biggest difference is you’ll need to give your availability far in advanced where with VIPKID you can set your schedule week to week.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. With italki you go through an extensive vetting process and then are able to start teaching students your own self made courses. You are allowed to charge $4 to $80 an hour with italki.
Outschool – A creative course platform for teachers. Teach anything your passionate about to learners under 18 years old.