Get paid teaching English online with or without a degree. 10 Ideal companies to work with.


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But I’m not an English Teacher.  I heard this very often and most people thought that you can only teach English when you have the degree in Education. Not anymore. It’s alright if you majored in Business and now a full time housewife. And did you know that some of these companies even accepts college students?.  Most of these companies don’t necessarily look for licenced teachers. Although it won’t hurt if you do. Some of them even give higher compensation if you are. Some give more if you’re experienced. But, if not it’s alright you can grow with them and get your experience from these companies. Some will let you set your own rate and hours.  Most of them provide training and help if you’re inexperienced. It’s a good start for people who want to work at home online.

Tip: If you have no experience in teaching or even tutoring, I suggest you apply for companies that has a lower rate per hour. They are the ones that usually accepts good but inexeperienced applicants. It’s a good way to start in this field.

But I’m not a native speaker. So am I. But I worked and tried some of them. Although, most of these companies require native speakers. Some look for non-native speakers as well. Based on my experience new learners want to talk with non-native teachers, especially beginners. Then, they choose native speakers as they level up their English speaking skills.  Still, many prefer both.

So how to get the job?

Each company varies from one another. Some are looking for mostly native speakers, Some are not. Do you like to talk to people? Do you enjoy chatting with different types of people, learning different cultures? How about teaching kids? Some of them have a market for children. But mostly adults from different parts of the world. Koreans, Chinese, Taiwanese, Japanese, you name it. They don’t require teachers to speak the student’s language. Most of the learners speaks basic English already. Furthermore, each of these companies requires a good internet connection, some need a webcam some don’t. Most requires a degree while others don’t. You should check the list and choose the company that suits you best.

Here is the list you should check out.

First, Let me begin with Palfish. I recommend this app because I worked here last year and it was great. I like that this is a fun way to teach. Another nice thing about Palfish is it’s just an app. You can teach anywhere you like. As long as there’s a wifi. So convenient. I once had a busy student. He’s a commuter and he used to have classes while he’s on a bus on his way home. They hire both native and non-native teachers. You can earn from $15/hour to $45/hour. You can read my full review here.
Here’s another  company that requires  English native speakers with any “formal” or “informal” teaching experience. Pay is around $14-$22/ hour. By the company name itself you will be teaching children ages 5-12 years old. VIPKID needs thousands of part time remote workers to teach English online to kids in China. Worrying what to teach? VIPKID provides lesson plans to teachers. This is another amazing work-from-home opportunity and don’t worry, users do not need to know any foreign language to be able to qualify. So, If you’re a teacher who’s tired of the classroom setting, and wants to work at home. Here’s a company you should try.
This is just not an English online school, It’s a language site that provides teachers and tutors from different countries teaching different languages. It’s a site where you can set your own rate. They offer informal to professional lessons. Some teachers charge $15 per 30 minutes. This is not bad. And the application is a breeze. So you should check this one out.
This company has been around for years. It’s a Taiwan-based company. Although the pay may not be as high as other companies. If you’re looking for an experience this is a good place to start. They also don’t require teachers to speak chinese. Based on my experience. Taiwanese speaks English. But they just need to enhance them. Schools provide English subjects but they focus more on the written skills. That’s why they look for people to practice their speaking skills.
5. Tutlo
Here’s another app that doesn’t look for a degree. They offer 20-minute lessons to students who want to learn any language. It provides help and training for inexperienced teachers as well. Tutlo pays $11/hour. You can teach at your own convenient time. Payments are made via paypal. You can apply here
Is a language company that provides teachers from different parts of the world. You can teach English and any other language you choose by a native speaker from that specific country. English teachers can earn $13/hour. You can apply online here. If you want to teach your own language you can apply here.
Here’s a website that’s more like Italki. You will set your own profile and wait for the company to approve it. It’s a language company that offers different language teachers. You can set your own rate. Just like Palfish they suggest starting low to attract more students. Pay starts from $10 to $20/ 45 minutes of class and you can change your rate as you grow with the company.
You can apply here.
8. SameSpeak
If you’re a native English speaker, Here’s a nice company to start if you have no degree as well as experience in teaching English. You can be a  personal conversation coach in no time. And they hire from 16 years of age which is pretty good work at home side job for students. In addition, teachers can also work at at their own convenient time. Payments are also made via PayPal.  You should check them here.
9. Nice Talk
Same as Palfish, Nice Talk is an English-teaching app that pays. It’s a Chinese company that won’t require you to speak Chinese to be able to teach English. In addition, Nice talk only accepts native English speakers. If you’re a native English speaker with experience in teaching English and wants to work at your own convenient time anywhere. Therefore, you should give this a try and check this one out. Pay is $10/hour. You can apply here.


 Here’s an interesting site that allows anyone in the world to become an English or Spanish tutor. It’s more like chatting with new friends online. They pay by the minute. Therefore, if the student likes you he will probably stay longer and talk with you. Means more money in your pocket. They pay $0.17/ minute or $10.20/hour.  You can choose a 2-hour shift or not, so it’s still very flexible.


Each company has their own requirements. You can choose to teach professionally or informally. It’s up to you whether  to  teach via mobile phones or with your computers. You can teach on shifts or you can teach at your own convenient time. You can teach at home or wherever you want. This list provides all that. In conclusion, we all have the power to choose if we want to work 9-5 or work from the comfort of your own home and set your own hours. Thus, making it easier for you to work at home.

20 thoughts on “Get paid teaching English online with or without a degree. 10 Ideal companies to work with.

  1. Thank you for your informative blog. I have bookmarked it and plan on referring to it again as I work on finding a position.

  2. Thank you very much for such valuable information. I will read on them more and selct 1 to work with!

    Thanks again and blessings!

  3. Hi Ivy. Thank you for sharing these sites with us. I am looking for online jobs both for my blog and to build a work at home career. ESL tutoring is something I am interested in. But since I am not based in the U.S, I am having difficulty finding a job that suits me. But anyway, it is great that you have put together this list. Keep up the good work!

  4. Hi there! Thank you for this info, I just became TEFL certified and looking to gain experience. The thing with VIP kids though, is that they require North American teachers with American accents. That is really off-putting for native English speakers who are not from North America!

    1. Hi Victoria,

      You’re welcome. I think most schools really do require teachers to have American accents If I’m not mistaken Chinese institutes prefer their teachers to have that accent. Chinese parents in particular.

  5. I’ve been with Cambly for almost a month, and for the most part, it’s a FUN job. Even more importantly, they pay when they say (weekly…BONUS) and the amount you’ve actually earned. Highly recommended.

  6. I am an ESL Teacher for VIPKID. I have several friends who want to get into this business, but don’t have the required BA degree. This blog has been super helpful! I am going to show it to my friends who don’t have degrees! Thanks for the info!

  7. Hi Ivy,

    Just what I am after as I look into teaching English (without a degree) as a new career. I am not American though, I’m British Will this be a problem as I saw you mention to someone else that American is preferred?
    Can I realistically earn a full time wage doing this? I have a job already but desperately want to be working from home. Single parent so a full time wage is needed.

    Many thanks for the information! 🙂

    1. Hi Suzie,
      Yes, It’s possible. Some companies do prefer those with American accents. But in general, all of the companies would hire natives (English-Speaking) teachers. You can start with Tutor abc, cambly, palfish. Once you gain teaching experience you can create your own profile in ITALKI so you can set your own rates and hours as well. Best of luck!

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