Can Teaching ESL Online Be a Full-Time Job?

It depends on this one simple thing

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Nothing makes you feel more alive than teaching children all over the world…from your home.

Even through some of the most challenging classes, you know that what you’re doing is making a difference in a child’s life, and it makes your heart full.

So, if you’re like me, you want to make this passion a full-time gig that will support you and your family.

Can You Teach ESL Online Full-Time?

Well, in short, you certainly can. In fact, I did it for about a year and while it wasn’t the easiest job, I made it work…because, well, I had to.

At first, ESL online was just this awesome side gig that could help me transition from my heinous job in higher education to freelance writing.

Amazingly, no other job has made me feel as fulfilled as teaching ESL online to children.

And it was fantastic when it was just a side hustle, but when I wanted to turn this extra cash into a full-blown career…that’s where I started noticing the hurdles.

The Math of Teaching ESL Online Full-time

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Unfortunately, most ESL companies don’t give teachers much control over their bookings…it’s kind of luck of the draw depending on which companies you teach with.

So, that’s the first thing to consider: what does your current schedule look like with your fave company?

Then, it comes down to adding other companies if you need more courses…and lastly, the math of your finances.

In other words, how much is enough?

And not just to cover basic bills…I’m also talking about taxes, health insurance, dental, and all those #adultthings we need to worry about.

With all that being said, if you can swing it financially with your teaching schedule, and be comfortable knowing it can change, you can teach ESL full-time online.

Adding Something Equally Fulfilling

I didn’t tell you anything you didn’t know, did I?

Unfortunately, there is no easy answer to this question. But what I can tell you is that there are ways to make it work…and maybe that means you pick up something else.

Yes, another side-hustle.

Are you a good writer?

Could you be a substitute teacher?

What about a part-time job doing something fun?

The truth is, it’s always a good idea to have a backup plan in case your bookings slow down.

But since I’m one of those woo woo follow-your-heart cheerleaders, I say do what makes you happy, and what you’re good at, and the money will follow.

Usually, if you love your job enough, you’ll find a way to make it work.

So, what it comes down to is this one simple question.

How much do you love teaching ESL online?

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Writer | Oiler | Nature Lover | Goatherd | Authenticity & Intentional Living Coach for Women

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