It’s a good idea to start by working with a mix of platforms for several reasons.
First, you are likely to get additional bookings and make more money.
Second is risk management. Say you primarily work with VIPKid, you might want to look at similar platforms such as DaDa ABC, 51Talk, Qkids, etc. If one of the platforms does not generate enough income or no longer fits your personal goal, you still have other options.
The third reason (probably the most important one if you teach English online) is to gradually position yourself. Different platforms have different pricing, branding, teacher requirements and student profile.
By initially working with a handful of platforms, you can progressively figure out which one fits your own goal and style best. The better the platform fit, the more you will enjoy working with it and get more bookings as a result.
Some criteria to evaluate platforms are: salary structure, company overview and culture, teacher requirement, teaching method and student type.
The first, and most important to many of us, is salary or payment structure. With the number of hours that you put into teaching, you will want to make sure the income can sustain your lifestyle.
Regarding the company, what is its past history and future growth opportunity? Is it financially stable? What do other teachers say?
Third, what is the platform’s requirement for teachers? Do you need to get qualifications, or do you just need to be a native English speaker from a specific country? How is the teacher recruitment, onboarding and training process? The lower the entry barrier for now, the higher the competition in the future.
Last but not least, which kind of teaching experience you will get working with a particular platform. Is it 1-1 tutoring or small class tutoring? Are you teaching adults or children? Do you have preferences?
If you don’t have time to do all the research, I have done it for you. You can download the ‘Comparison of major online English teaching platforms’ to find out which ones suit you better.
Are you applying for jobs with English language teaching platforms? Book my workshop ‘Improve your teaching credentials‘ to do a mock interview and teaching demo to get feedbacks.
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