With the current state of the world, most of us have found ourselves spending more time at home than ever before. It’s so much harder to find work, and many people may not know where to start when looking for jobs online. Especially if you’re in college or a fresh graduate!
I’ve put together a list of five online jobs for college students who have little to no experience! In my opinion, these are some of the best online jobs for students because of their flexibility and pay.
These are all online jobs that I have personally done. I only want to recommend things that I have experience with, so you know that you’re getting the truth from me. With that being said, let me know in the comments if you’ve tried any of these online jobs or have other recommendations! I’d love to hear from you.
5 Easy Online Jobs That Are Great For College Students (And Everyone Else!)
SayABC – Online Teaching Company
SayABC is one of my favorite teaching companies on this list. They were one of the first official online jobs I had and I’ve never had anything bad to say about them.
What is SayABC?
SayABC is one of the largest online teaching companies in China, and it is growing every day. They’re almost always looking for teachers, and I’ve never had an issue getting regular classes with them.
You’ll be teaching kids from the ages of 4-12 in group classes. The classes can have up to 6 students (as of 2020!) but I never had more than 4 students at a time. Although this sounds overwhelming, it was actually quite fun!
The kids would love to compete against each other, and it was fun to see them interact. The longer you would teach a class, the more comfortable everyone would become.
What kind of classes will I teach?
There are two types of classes you can teach: Homerooms and trial classes.
Homerooms are 40-minute classes that run twice a week. They will either be Monday and Thursday, Tuesday and Friday, Wednesday and Saturday, or Saturday and Sunday.
Trial classes are just that, a trial class to get a prospective student to join the platform. These are also 40 minutes.
How are the classes booked?
Classes are booked through the platforms, and parents cannot choose the teacher. Your classes are assigned based on the availability you have up. My advice is to open 5 weeks to 14-week slots. That gives you better chances of receiving more consistent classes and bookings.
Say ABC has one of the highest pay rates, starting at $13 per 40-minute class. (When I started in Jan’19 it was $15, but they’ve recently lowered it to $13.) However, you can earn up to $4 in incentives, bringing it to $17 an hour.
They offer five different time slots based on Beijing Time. Their classes normally happen in the afternoon after students finish school. You’ll have to calculate this for your respective time zone.
Monday – Sunday: 3:50pm – 4:30pm, 4:40pm – 5:20pm, 5:30pm – 6:10pm, 6:20pm – 7:00pm, 7:00 – 7:40pm
Saturday & Sunday: 8:50am-9:30am, 9:40am-10:20am
I loved teaching for SayABC because their teacher support was one of the best I had experienced. They communicated with the teachers through Skype, and would always respond to any messages.
The signup process is fairly simple, you’ll either have a face to face or recorded interview, in which you’ll have to teach a short demo class. Then you’ll do an orientation through the platform to prepare for your first real class, in which you’ll be evaluated. After that, you’re ready to start teaching!
You can use this link to sign up and be sure to enter this code (EAIQEF) so they know who referred you!
Gogokid – Online Teaching Company
What is Gogokid?
Gogokid is a fairly new online teaching company that launched in the summer of 2018. I started working for them in early 2019, and I worked for them for about a year.
It’s an English teaching company that welcomes kids from the ages of 3-12 years old.
What kind of classes will I teach?
Similar to SayABC, there are two kinds of classes you can teach: core and trial classes. Core classes are regular students on the platform, and trial students are students who are just starting out with Gogokid.
Their peak teaching times are a bit similar to SayABC, in the mid-afternoon to late evening Beijing Time. This is from about 4:30-8:00 pm on the weekdays, and 8 am – 11 am/ 4:30 pm – 9 pm on the weekends.
How are the classes booked?
There are no minimum or maximum hours that you need to teach with Gogokid, which gives you some flexibility in your schedule. You can choose to open or close your hours weekly, and you don’t have to lock in for weeks at a time as you do with SayABC.
Parents will book teachers directly, which makes your rating very important. I noticed that after receiving a few 5-star reviews, my bookings went up significantly.
What do I need to have to teach with Gogokid?
This particular online job has four requirements:
- Bachelors Degree
- One year of teaching experience
- Native English Speaker from USA or Canada
- Able to legally work in the USA or Canada
Most Chinese companies are now also requiring teachers to have a TEFL or TESOL certificate as well, so keep this in mind.
Pay Rate: Gogokid pays between $14-25 per hour. As with most Chinese companies, there is a base pay that everyone begins with.
Each 25-minute class has a base pay of $7-10. You can increase this pay by earning points, which you receive from teaching classes and 5-star parent reviews.
Gogokid points system works like this:
Everyone starts with 100 points when first hired.
Once you reach 110 points, your base pay goes up by 10%.
Once you earn 120 points, your base pay goes up by 25%.
To get a better idea of what this looks like, let’s say your base pay is $8.50 per 25-minute class. Once you reach 110 points, you’ll earn $9.35 per class. When you earn 120 points, you’ll get $10.62 per class.
This allows you to earn about $21 per hour! Not bad right?
Gogokid was great for me because I liked the ability to be able to earn more based on my hard work with the program. The onboarding process was simple and straightforward, and my interviewer was located in the States, which is rare for most online teaching companies.
You can sign up for Gogokid with this link here.
Preply – Online Tutoring Company
What is Preply?
Preply is one of the lesser-known websites on this list. It’s a tutoring and learning website where students are matched with tutors teaching various subjects and languages or hobbies.
What are the requirements to teach on Preply?
There are no explicit requirements for teaching on Preply. If you have any degrees or certificates you can display them. This may help you book more classes. You’ll also be required to submit an introduction video so students can see who you are.
How are the classes booked?
Once you sign up, you have two options.
You can either: (1) apply to posts made by students looking for teachers, or (2) get requests from students who have seen your profile.
You’re able to set your hours and times for classes, and students can book within the time frame you have set. It’s great because you get to decide when and how long you would like to teach.
The one downside to Preply is their payment module. For the first class you have with every new student, Preply takes 100% commission. Once the student decides to continue with you, they take an 18-33% commission. This number depends on how many classes you’ve taught with the student.
I remember being pretty annoyed with this, but I did like that I could cash out immediately after the class was finished. This makes it perfect for college students who can’t wait to get paid at the end of the week or month.
If you’re someone who would like to teach a language other than English, I encourage you to check Preply out!
I only worked for Preply for a few months, but I got regular students pretty quickly, so it made it worth it.
Cambly – Highly Recommended for Busy College Students!
If you’re like me and you have some serious commitment issues, then Cambly is one of the best online jobs for you. One of the main reasons why I loved working for Cambly was because of the flexibility.
I wish I had known about this company when I was in college! It would have saved me so much time and stress from trying to find jobs to work around my crazy college schedule.
What is Cambly?
Cambly is a web platform that allows English language learnes to practice conversation with native speakers at any time! People are able to hop on and off as they please. Students can sign on to talk from a mobile device or computer, but teachers will need to use a laptop to log on.
You could pretty much sign on to work at any time, although some times were more popular than others. I worked for Cambly during transitional periods over the past two years. I would hop on if I didn’t have a stable job, or if I needed some extra cash for the month. It’s the perfect job for college students looking to make a little cash on the side with fairly little effort.
Here’s a quick breakdown of Cambly.
The first thing you need to do is sign up. You can sign up using this link here.
What are the requirements to teach on Cambly?
One of the best things about Cambly is that you don’t need any teaching experience. When I signed up I didn’t have my English qualifications yet, all I had was my native speaking skills. I made a short introduction video and waited to get accepted. When I applied in September of 2018 it took me almost a month to get accepted, but I just had a friend apply who got accepted within 1 day!
Once you’re accepted, you’ll get the green light to start tutoring! It helps to fill out your profile and disclose what you’d like to chat about.
How are the classes booked?
Students will choose you based on your interests and where you’re from, so give them a good idea of what to expect from a lesson with you.
Cambly gave me the opportunity to talk to people from all over the world, so no conversation was ever boring.
I spoke to people from Brazil, Saudi Arabia, India, Thailand, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Russia, and the list goes on and on.
Similar to Preply, you have two options for teaching on Cambly. You can either use Priority Hours to go online and get calls from students. Or, you can set times for students to make reservations.
Most beginners will use Priority Hours to get regular students, then switch to reservations once they get enough students.
Pay Rate: Cambly automatically tracks your talk time, as you get paid by the minute. Their paying rate is $0.17, or about $10.20. Once you get in, you can qualify to teach for Cambly Kids, which has a slightly higher rate of $0.20, or $12. Cambly pays out every Monday to Paypal once you reach their $20 minimum.
You can use this link to sign up here!
Freelance Writing – My Current Job!
If you haven’t already, check out my article What I Wish I Knew Before Becoming A Freelance Writer.
At least one of these online jobs needed to be outside the teaching world. If teaching isn’t your thing, perhaps freelance writing may be more your speed!
I did the whole freelance writing gig a bit backwards. Most people start a blog before they get into freelance writing, but I did the opposite. I’m curious to see if having a blog will help me get more work, so I’ll keep you guys updated!
What If I Don’t Love Writing….
When I tell people I’m a freelance writer, most people seem to think that you have to be a great writer or have some special knack for writing. I wish you guys could see some of my earlier work. To be frank, it kinda sucked. I never wrote in an active voice, my thoughts were all over the place and it was just plain boring! I also wrote in this awkward third-person voice that was so weird.
It took me months of training to get to the point where I would turn in work and it wouldn’t come back full of corrections.
Where Should I Look For Freelance Writing Jobs?
If you’re looking to get started doing freelance writing, I highly encourage you to check out Upwork.com. It’s where I got started freelance writing and there are hundreds of new jobs posted every day.
All you need to do is get at least one job! Once you land your first one, they’ll (hopefully) give you good feedback that will make it easier for you to land your next one.
When it comes to freelance writing, don’t sell yourself short. No one is perfect at something the very first time they try to do it. I know I definitely wasn’t.
I never thought I would get into freelance writing, but now I love it! Even if freelance writing isn’t for you, Upwork still has hundreds of other jobs that might be a good fit.
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