September 20, 2009 12:24pm CST
Has anyone decided to supplement their income by teaching something online? At the moment, I work 30+ hours a week while attending school fulltime. It's a lot of work, and I'm considering quitting one of my part-time jobs and seeing if I can make even half of what I did by teaching the English language online to save myself commute and a bit of time. I've found a site or two that lets you do that, but they ask for commissions and the like. I've also heard that you can set up your own business by using things like Skype, but I'd like to research this a little more before I dive in. So, does anyone teach anything online? If so, what's the subject? How much do you charge per session? Do you teach groups or one-on-one? What experience- if any- do you have? I myself am an English major, but I have very limited tutoring experience, so I'll be looking into grammar exercises and such to help students with. Thanks for any input you have!
20 Sep 09
I don't teach online, although I teach other people about internet marketing and what not, from my view having worked online for almost 2 years now. You should go with the website you speak about, it's obvious they'll take a small amount of the money you make, because they are connecting you with clients, therefore they are helping you. For example, when you hire a building company, you spend say $100 on goods, then $400 for the workers, you get two workers for that day, you'd think they'd earn $200 each? No, infact the company would take $100-150 for getting them the job. It's just how buiness works, unless you want to open up your own buiness, which if your only doing this for a short period of time, a few years prehaps, it really isn't worth it. You could go with the website, see how it turns out, then think about going freelance as well, but it's up to you. Good luck with your idea though. :)
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21 Sep 09
Hey, thanks for your insight! Yes, I think it would make much more sense to go along with an already-established website and get a feel for how things work. I've also found a blog or two from people who teach online as their main source of income (not a very big income, mind you), so I'll be reading those too. Thanks again, and good luck with your own endeavors!