If you haven’t heard of VIPKID yet, this is your lucky day. What I thought was a scam has turned out to be the best work from home job I’ve ever had (and I’ve had some good ones)! Turns out, I’m not the only one who thinks VIPKID rocks! We were recently featured in Forbes Magazine’s top 100 work from home jobs! VIPKID came in at number 5!! Woman’s Day ran a similar article where we were featured as well!
So. What is so great about the VIPKID job opportunity? Since we are number 5 on Forbes’ list, I am sharing my top 5 perks about the VIPKID job opportunity.
#1. You might think my top pick for pros would be the pay (and it does ROCK) but that’s not it at all! It’s the KIDS! These students all live in China so you’re working with them online. You may think that means you don’t get to know them but it’s the opposite! You do get to know them and they.are.precious. Well, most of them, lol. I love getting to know my students’ personalities, reward preferences, and energy levels. I also love to hear about their pets and families.
While we don’t have much “chit chat” time built in to the lessons, there is often a moment when a mom will come say, “Hello” (and take your picture with her cell phone) or a student will show you her new puppy. It takes seconds but they love to share about their life in China. With older students, there are more chances to get to know them as you can extend the lesson and ask them questions about their day, their morning, what they had for breakfast, what they prefer, what they play, etc. I’ve learned about their friends, their favorite foods, their families, pets, etc.
It is fascinating to have a glimpse into their culture. They love getting a glimpse into our world too! I often will show them that it is dark outside when it is morning there, or morning here and they’re heading to bed after class because it’s nighttime there. They are fascinated by the time change. I also occasionally share my favorite food or let them know I don’t like that vegetable either. These students are adorable, brilliant, and fun!
#2. The hours! You get to choose your hours! Well, you get to choose your hours anytime between 9pm-9:30am EST. If you want to work the night shift, you can! You can work through the night, you can work early mornings, you can work late evenings, you can work one hour a day or 5 hours a day (or more). You can work two hours a week or 30 hours a week. There are no minimums and if you can book it, you can teach it! I’ve been averaging 50 classes per week since I started. That’s right around 25 hours a week.
I love having the flexibility to choose when I work. My schedule varies slightly from week to week depending on what we have planned. If I have a girls’ night out planned, I don’t open my schedule for that evening. If we have a family birthday or celebration, I leave that day open. The schedule is flexible and you’re free to schedule when you’d like. Some think the hours are crazy because of the time difference but I like it because I can get up and work while my kiddos are still sleeping or stay up late and work after they’ve gone to bed.
#3. There is very little prep & no grading. Once you get into the groove of teaching you’ll find the lessons are very similar. It takes me just a couple of minutes to look through the lesson, find the props I need (see my post about props here) and then I hop on and teach! I do spend about 20 minutes leaving feedback after my classes. This can be done in between classes, but I feel rushed so I go ahead and do that after I’m done teaching for the morning.
#4. The bonuses and incentives! VIPKID rocks when it comes to bonuses! You can earn a $1 bonus per class just for starting and stopping on time! You can get another $1 per class if you have 45 or more classes per month. They also are constantly running other incentives. They have referral bonuses. It varies, but there is a fun one-time bonus for a successful referral (aka someone who uses your link to sign up to teach, gets hired, and teaches their first class). Those are often small bonuses but it can really add up!
VIPKID has teaching incentives each month as well. Sometimes they group a couple of months together and sometimes they run an incentive for one month. But again, that extra cash adds up fast! You truly can make $2000+ a month teaching from home. Wearing pajama bottoms.
#5. The pay! VIPKID averages $14-$22 an hour. Each class is 25 minutes long and then you have 5 minutes to leave feedback for that class. Most of my referrals have been hired in at $20 an hour. That is excellent income for a job that you can do from home while setting your own hours, working as little or much as you want, and with flexibility to take a day off whenever you need to. I mean. Come on. Who else does that?! That being said, if you want to take a day off, you’ll want to make sure and schedule that time off in advance. Parents book on Sunday night for the following week. So you’ll want to plan ahead and know your personal schedule.
If a time slot is booked and you have to cancel, it will count against your teacher cancellations. You get 6 per 6 months. That doesn’t sound like many, but this is my 5th month and I haven’t had to use one yet. Those are to be used for sick time…not girls’ night out that you forgot about. So be responsible and plan ahead. If a slot gets booked and you forgot about girls’ night out, it’s probably best to reschedule the night out. If you wake up vomiting…cancel the class, lol.
On a side note, I taught for 9 days with a fever of 101. How fun is that to have a job you’re allowed to go to even when running a temp!? I’d get up, teach for two hours, and go back to bed. You can even do this while you’re traveling! I recently took a very spontaneous trip to the beach with my family so my classes were already booked. No problem! I taught while the family slept each morning! More on this option later.
As you can see, the VIPKID job opportunity isn’t only legit, it’s amazing! Don’t let this pass you by. You can schedule your interview here.