How To Make Money By Teaching English Online?

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You might not have any special skills, but still you can earn money online. Yes, the internet has opened so many ways to earn extra income at the comfort of your home. I’ve already been discussed several online money making ways, and now this post is for native English speakers.

Do you have something to reveal the fact that you’re good in English? Do you know how to teach English online and get money? I’ve decided to dig deeply this matter and thus let me start from the basics.

Requirements for Teaching English Online

You should be proficient in the use of English and flawless grammar. It is the essential requirement to make money online by teaching English. If you wish to pursue your English teaching career to other language speakers or to make your English teaching so much better, you may consider getting any of the below-qualified certificates to qualify as an English teacher.

TEFL (Teach English as a Foreign Language) – It is the most widely specific qualification to teach non-native English speakers (English is not their primary language).

TESL (Teach English as a Second Language) – It is a highly regarded qualification to teach English to native speakers of the foreign language who are presently living in the native English country.

TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Language) – Even though TESOL is not an extensively renowned qualification, it covers a broader range of topics either to teach English overseas or to native English speakers.

CELTA – To get exciting English language teaching opportunities, you may get CELTA (Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Language) English teaching qualification that has international recognition. If you have little or no previous experience in teaching English online, you may opt this course. For this, you must be 20-years-old with a degree/equivalent. This certification program is available worldwide.

The above courses have a combination of theory and practice that explains about vocabulary, grammar, teaching skill and much more.

Getting Started To Teach English Online

After getting a good, accredited course, you can begin looking for opportunities to teach English online. There are different ways to make income with English coaching but before discussing the methods, I would like to introduce some useful tools to earn as an online English teacher.


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1. Make sure to have a PC with good internet connection, Webcam and Headphones.

2. You may use video conferencing software like Skype to interact and share files with the students in real-time.

3. To write/draw, use an online whiteboard application like IDroo. It can even be synced with Skype.

4. Online storage websites like Dropbox and Google Drive (cloud storage) can be used to store and share your English training materials.

5. Giving convenient access to your tutoring materials would establish your online brand as a tutor. Thus, you can utilize Camtasia and YouTube channels.

6. EduCanon would let you create video lessons for your students using YouTube, Vimeo, TeacherTube video content, etc. It is a free, flexible tool suitable for all types of browsers.

7. If you’re looking for an interactive medium or not interested in creating a new website for your private tuition classes, then I would recommend WizIQ for you. It’s an amazing free online English teaching platform where you can upload your English exercises and invite people to attend your classes. You can set up time & cost and will get paid through PayPal.

8. Are you a busy tutor? If yes, you may visit Off2class to get useful course material to teach your students. It is an excellent website for online teaching and conversation classes where you have the ability to earn the independent income.

9. To enhance your teaching experience, it would be upright to use the business management software like Teachworks to schedule, manage and automate your tutoring sessions. You may try this user-friendly software for free.

10. Dictation is a useful teaching tool that converts your voice into text. If you want to narrate essays, write long documents or to send the email to your learners, this exciting tool can be used. It has a distinctive speech recognition feature that uses your microphone to transform your voice into text.

Different Ways To Earn By Teaching English Online

1. Target The Countries

Looking beyond the students is a creative approach to getting English teaching jobs online. Yes, teenagers and professionals from non-native English speaking countries are willing to learn the English language.

Countries like China, South Korea, Japan, Russia, UAE, Saudi Arabia and Thailand are desperately looking for English teachers to improve spoken English. So, you may target them through search so as to offer your English coaching classes through video conferencing like Skype or Google Hangouts.

2. Teach English Through Websites

You can teach English through websites (I’ve attached the details of some sites at the end of the post) which have been specially built to educate English knowledge to the right people.

3. Start Private Tutoring

You can make money online as a private English tutor by creating your website/blog and upload pre-recorded sessions of English for beginners, English grammar tutorial, etc. But you have to market your tutoring service through newspapers, social networks or write tutorials and give for free to the people who seek this service.

It would show your intellectuality to gain more populace in your initial tutoring period. You may also register with an online marketplace like My Private Tutor to let the potential students to reach you.

4. Earn Through Freelancing Websites

Making use of freelancing websites like ODesk and Elance to register you as an English teacher is one of the best methods of teaching English online.

5. Create eBook

Craft an eBook by sharing your English knowledge (Easy English materials with well-explained grammar lessons) and sell this digital product online to make some dough with it.

Websites To Teach English Online

Check the teach English online best sites!

1. VerbalPlanet 

It is an award-winning language training service that offers classes between native speaking language tutors and learners through Skype. Its registered office is in the UK.

2. iTalki 

iTalki has the best language teachers and thus providing a convenient way to learn a foreign language. You could build a brand for your English teaching profession in iTalki with more safety and security features.

3. Colingo 

This site offers the easiest way to become fluent in English. If you’re interested in tech with Colingo, you may contact them.

4. Livemocha

This website is made up of language enthusiasts that offer a competitive salary for you. You may check out their open positions.

5. OpenEnglish 

It is a revolutionary online school that helps the students to learn English through virtual classrooms. They are seeking experienced teachers, and you can fix own hours to teach English.

6. Myenglishteacher 

It has a team of people to help English learners and looking for great teachers. If you’re a native qualified English teacher, you may send your CV and Intro video to them.

7. Samespeak 

You can earn money by teaching English online at Samespeak by coaching a student from another country to speak English in a natural manner. You don’t need to have any experience in teaching English.

8. English4 today

Through this website, you can teach anywhere by providing valuable tutorials to learn English and run own online classes.

9. Kukuspeak 

It is an emerging live on-demand one-to-one English speaking learning institution that recruits tutors from all over the world.

10. TutorGroup

If you have TESOL/TEFL certification along with the previous teaching experience, you may join in TutorGroup to teach English online anytime.


For the past 3 to 4 years, there has been a big explosion in online earning as the people could work within the comfort and privacy of home. There are some online jobs that pay you high but online tutoring jobs are growing at a rapid rate as students would like to get a cyber education.

Besides, online training can be offered at a lower cost than face-to-face tutoring since it is more likely to sharing digital files and interact with the students with innovative online tools.

You don’t have to be a licensed teacher to teach English online at some places. But being a licensed English teacher carries a sense of the esteem with it. Besides, you’ll be given more respect and qualified for some best international schools. Just having your degree would not sound good for an English teaching professional.

At least, try to get a TEFL certificate to display that you have had some English skill. CELTA is considered as the best English language teaching certificate, and you may consider learning the reputable courses, TEFL/Trinity TESOL/DELTA (Diploma course). With a proper certificate, you’re more likely to get good English teaching jobs with the decent salary.

I hope that you’ve gained some knowledge on how to make money teaching English online. What is your opinion about this way of earning money online? Do you wish to start your career as an English online tutor? Do you know any other website to join and teach English online? You may discuss with me via the comment section.

37 thoughts on “How To Make Money By Teaching English Online?”

  1. Teaching is an great job people out in this world always looks for good professionals to learn.Especially this source can help women’s as they can do this from home as they can schedule the free time and earn money.

    1. Nirmala Santhakumar

      Thanks for sharing your opinion about online teaching Shameem. I do agree with your viewpoint and yes, women earn huge money from Internet. Keep coming 🙂

  2. Hello madam, an awesome post as always. I think I really get to learn a lot from your posts that are practical and applicable for all. Also I would like to say this way many young talented students as well as graduates can earn a good amount and fight the joblessness that is around.

    This is by far the best way for a girl to earn from home too . And would help many such girls who are shy of coming out to the open field.

    1. Nirmala Santhakumar

      Hi Swadhin,
      I am accepting your views on online earning opportunities for girls. Yeah, they could make decent income on web at their spare time.
      Thanks for your appreciation, I always wish to present in-depth details for my readers so that they could get benefited with them. I’d appreciate you for leaving your thoughtful comment here, stay tuned 🙂

  3. Hi Nirmala

    It’s really a money making post especially for those who don’t have any techie skill to earn online.

    The resources you mentioned in this post to teach English online are amazing and one can pick a few of them to be registered and start earning money.

    The different purposes to learn English are also worth noting as one can target a group with same objective after developing the mastery for meeting their requirements.

    In all the ways this is the most perfect post to become an online English teacher you never left any aspect unattended that show show extensively you researched for this post.

    Thanks a lot for sharing this very informative post.

    1. Nirmala Santhakumar

      I’d be thankful to your continuous support Mi Muba, it always inspires me to write more. You’re exact, I do research a lot before writing any post and thus found some amazing resources.

      Yes, making money online by teaching English is a good option for non-tech persons as they could earn a passive income at spare time with their English proficiency.

      Thanks for your great appreciation, keep vising here to add value to my post 🙂

  4. Hi Nirmala Mam,
    Teaching is a novel profession and most of the people like it. Now-a-days, it’s really easy to make some money from online in various way and Teaching is one of them. You show here a great and easy way to make money online via teaching.

    Thanks for the helpful post.

    1. Nirmala Santhakumar

      Hi Manik,
      Thanks for finding time to read my post. It’s good to know your thoughts on online earning and teaching. Your regular presence is much appreciated, keep coming 🙂

  5. Hi Nirmala,
    Happy to be here again
    Great Information loaded with lot of links to check in.
    I am sure the readers will surely get some knowledge on this line on how to make money online by teaching.
    English is an important language which spread all over but still a major number of people still ignorant about it and still longing to learn it. For such people this will surely be a great help.
    Thanks for sharing this I am sharing it with my social networks
    May you have a great and profitable week ahead.
    ~ Philip

    1. Nirmala Santhakumar

      Hi Philip,

      Many thanks for leaving your views on English language and yes, there are hell lot of people desiring to learn proper English. I’ve spent quality time to consolidate the useful links for my readers.

      I truly appreciate your interest in checking my post and thanks a ton for sharing it on your network. I consider your comment as a valuable stuff and thus keep visiting to do the same 🙂

  6. Hi Nirmala,
    As a principal of School, first of all, i wanna thank you for sharing such an useful and informative post to your readers as well as new visitors. This will be surely helpful for English Literature’s in Tamil Nadu who are trying to earn money from online.

    Nowadays, the language English is must for everyone. Even a parent of KG student expect their child to talk in English. This post is not only useful for a guy or girl to earn money, it might be useful for those who struggling to develop their English speaking skills.

    I will prefer this post to my school teachers to read.

    Thanks for sharing. Keep coming with this kind of useful posts.

  7. Nirmala Santhakumar

    Hi Raaja,

    You’re most welcome. Thanks for leaving your thoughts here. Yeah, there are countless n0n-native English speakers preferring to learn proper English and hence English tutors are in demand on the web. I do agree with your point that knowing English is essential for all.

    Thanks for recommending this post to your school staffs, much appreciated. Glad with your continuous support, stay tuned 🙂

  8. English is a language which is being spoken in almost all the countries of the world. Its important to learn this language because it is globally accepted.

    1. Nirmala Santhakumar

      Yes, Its a global language and thus non-native English speakers desire to learn it. Thanks Mark White for your comment.

  9. Subodh Kumar Sharma

    Awesome article!
    Another Excellent post that is really helpful to make some extra money from internet.
    Thanks for sharing!

    1. Nirmala Santhakumar

      Hi Subodh,

      Thanks for finding time to read my post. Yeah, teaching English online is genuine way of making money. People who have good English knowledge are earning consistent income at home through this method. Keep coming 🙂

  10. Hi Nirmala,

    Fab resource here!

    Kelli taught English online 4 years ago, to Chinese students. She enjoyed it. Skype was a best friend lol….and the backoffice app used by the school was top notch. For anybody in the US, or anywhere on earth, who is fluent, people are starving to learn English. Universal Language 😉

    Just yesterday we spoke to our friend in Bali. She’s already teaching her 5 year old son English through simple phrases. Knowing how to speak the Big E opens many doors for folks.

    I was so darn lucky. I won the DNA Lottery, being born somewhere, where English is the primary language. You were also exposed to English quite a bit in India too, I suppose, Nirmala, because many folks in your hometown spoke fluently when I visited.

    I can’t believe it’s been 1 year since we met in person. Crazy, right?

    Thanks for sharing this thoughtful resource. Have a fun weekend 🙂


  11. Hello Ma’am,

    Once again, excellent post from you !!! It will be really helpful to those who can teach English in online and also many of them including me would’ve come to know that this websites are there to teach English in Online and its works to make money online

    Thank you , Enjoy Blogging !!!

    1. Nirmala Santhakumar

      Hi Siva,
      Glad you found some useful stuff through my post. Yeah, People with upright English proficiency can make money through the websites which I’ve listed in the post. Thanks for taking time to share your views, stay tuned 🙂

  12. Good advices and very handy resources you shared in this post. I am a professional trainer but not for English, I am providing online interactive SEO courses since quite a long time. Generally I use Skype (the best of all) and few other tools to manage my classes but many of the tools you shared here are new to me apart from Camtasia, WizIQ and few others. Will definitely love to explore Idroo and Educanon in my classes to make them more effective. I think this article will help everyone who are offering online training and courses. Have bookmarked and shared with my friends who are also offering online courses on various subjects.
    Thanks for posting.

    1. Nirmala Santhakumar

      Hi Soumya,

      A warm welcome to my blog. I’m really glad that you came to know some new teaching resources through my post. Also, It’s good to know that you’re taking online SEO classes through Skype.

      Many thanks for bookmarking my post and sharing the details with your friends. It is truly appreciated 🙂

      By the way, I wanna know, how did you visit my blog? Through social media. I’d curious to know the entry resource from you.

      1. Thanks for replying and welcoming me. I just landed from one share, maybe on FB or G+, can’t exactly remember the network. But surely I am the social traffic and not an organic one though can be a direct traffic in coming days. 🙂

        1. Nirmala Santhakumar

          So kind of you Soumya 🙂

          Thanks for replying! Good to know that you’ve reached my blog through social network.

          You’re always welcome here to leave your thoughts, stay tuned 🙂

  13. Teaching always has been a very noble profession. And you made my day by writing/sharing this full of new information, online tools and websites. You have given a new idea to many of your readers.

    Thanks for this gift.

  14. Hello Madam Nirmala !
    You have really said it all, This is another great way of making a living on the internet. Funny enough, When it comes to teaching, people think it is just another inferior job that should be least considered.

    But Imagine if you have not been thought before, how far can you go.. I really respect those who have taken the pain to teach.. Thumps.up.

    and great news, you can also earn from teaching online.

  15. Hello madam,
    Thanks a lot for such a very informative information. your post really helpful for the women who want to earn money from home. In our country so many women sacrificed their dream of teaching due to their family life after marriage but after going through your article they can again start dreaming on their carrier by sitting in home only.
    Keep sharing this kind of topics which is really helpful for the women.

  16. Hello! Nirmala,
    Thanks for the informative article. Many of the resources are new to me. I have a novel idea of teaching English through correspondence. My game plan is simple. I am going to float an ad in the newspapers and invite students to join my Learn at home course. I already have prepared the study material including audio and videos. The course is divided into 30 odd lessons accompanied by tests. On attempting the tests satisfactorily, the student would be awarded a certificate. The fee for each lesson is Rs. 100/- and the audio and video CDs are offered free. I also intend to offer franchisee to desirous jobless English Teachers. I reckon, this would create employment for many.
    Your affirmative feedback would certainly boost morale as I venture in this project.
    Warm regards.
    Avinash Shirsath

  17. yeap, i do agree with all the points you discussed. Teaching English online is really a great idea, this is a great opportunity for self-employment and also can listen and teach the lessons beyond the boundaries. Thank you for sharing an interesting blog.

  18. Hi, Nirmala Mam
    It’s a great and interesting article.Today 0nline teaching is a most popular job and you shared with us many education tools which help us more.For women, online teaching is great oppourtunity and it’s find entrepreneurship.Thanking for sharing this article.One thing if you will covered udemy online course it’s help us more.we will waiting for your next article.

  19. Bidyut Bikash Dhar

    Hi Nirmala,
    Nice Post! This will give inspiration and insight lot of English graduates and school teachers to make money from online sources. I am just wondering! it will worthy to mention Udemy like platform where you can create course and earn a huge recurring incomes from same course. Also i found a great post to become a content writer within 4 week only . check here – .

    Greatly appreciate if you can come up with another post where you can guide how to get more job from the micro job sites.

  20. I have been teaching for over a year now. I have been teaching with VIPKID for the last 6 months. I love it!

  21. Hi Nirmala,
    I chanced on your blog and must say…very well written and informative articles. Would love to try some of the options listed. I will let you know if I meet success

  22. .Today 0nline teaching is a most popular job and you shared with us many education tools which help us more.For women, online teaching is great oppourtunity and it’s find entrepreneurship.Thanking for sharing this article.One thing if you will covered udemy online course it’s help us more.we will waiting for your next article.

  23. informative Post! This will give inspiration and insight lot of English graduates and school teachers to make money from online sources. Would love to try some of the options listed.
    Thanks for sharing this blog

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