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Teaching English online? Beginner Tips Here

Its time to end that 9 to 5 and pursue a life of travel. Some might feel that way. Teaching English online can get you there.

The questions main question asked, is of course:

“What Now? Where do I begin?”

The first thing you need to do is acquire a TEFL Certification.

Not only does this give you the ability to apply for beginner online work, but you will learn the basics of teaching, that will stand you in good stead.

If you have, or can, acquire a BA this will give you a significant advantage in finding work.

Traditionally, it is native speakers from the UK, US, AUS and NZ that stand the best chance of getting accepted into online schools.

Ready to Begin Teaching English Online?

South Africans have to work a bit harder, and sorry to say, so do black teachers. No matter where you are from .

Other things to keep in mind are, where are the best places to live?

Since you will be living on Beijing time, it is good to keep in mind that 6pm-9pm are peak teaching times. If you still need to have a day job, calculate what that means, and if it is sustainable. If you are able to work online as a teacher full-time, then you may want to explore the possibility of moving closer to China time.

Living in Thailand means that I am only 1 hour behind China time. Meaning that I am teaching English online during the evenings and have the day to write blog articles and complete my BA. Why not check Thailand out as an option before making that decision. Choose a cheaper time to visit.

Of course the majority of South East Asia is very affordable. The only requirement of course is fast internet. Anything 4mps and up should be good enough.

Payment is often done through Paypal or Payoneer. So set yourself up with one or both of those accounts.

And of course you need to apply through a teaching platform. Try Palfish, my current teaching choice.

What else does a new online teacher need to know?

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