Teaching English as a second language is a great way to earn extra income. Kristine is teaching with Qkids to help supplement her income.
I am excited to bring you a guest post today about a side hustle opportunity that may interest you. Teaching English online to non-native English speaking children is a growing opportunity and Kristine has first-hand knowledge of this.
Today’s guest post is from Kristine Bessell of Smart Living Mama.
Kristine is a busy homeschooling mom to four young kids and wife to a professional computer geek. In addition to working part-time as an online ESL teacher, she is the owner of Smart Living Mama, a blog designed to help overwhelmed moms find joy in the mundane and simplify everyday mom life. Kristine draws from her own life experiences to write about topics such as Christian faith, motherhood, homeschooling, organizing, family finances, and more. Her passion is to help encourage other moms while teaching the importance of giving yourself a little bit of grace in this crazy yet blessed calling of motherhood. You can connect with Kristine on Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
My journey to Online ESL Teaching with Qkids
When I made the decision to leave my job in the summer of 2015 to stay home with our kids, we knew that money would be tight.
Quitting my job would force us to have to get a little creative with our budget, but we felt it was worth it for me to be home with the kids.
And even though we were comfortable with our decision, I was still anxious about not having any wiggle room in our budget. I constantly worried about money.
I wondered if there was a way to make money from home part time and decided to start looking online for legitimate work-at-home opportunities.
A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY FOUND
It wasn’t long before I came across Qkids. I had heard a little bit about online ESL teaching (teaching English as a Second Language), but I didn’t know a whole lot about it.
So I decided to look into this opportunity further to learn more about Qkids, and I was super impressed with what I found.
ABOUT QKIDS – COMPANY OVERVIEW
Qkids is a Chinese company based out of Xiamen, China. They are an online teaching service that hires native English-speaking Americans to teach Chinese students English.
Lessons are conducted through virtual classrooms within Qkids’ interactive teaching software and consist of a fully immersive learning atmosphere.
The best part is that both the teachers and students are able to connect to the online classroom from the comfort of their homes!
WHAT IT’S LIKE WORKING FOR QKIDS
Qkids students are typically between the ages of 5 and 12 years old, and the virtual classrooms may have anywhere from 1 to 4 students. Each class is 30 minutes long, with a 10-minute break between classes.
The interactive lessons are taught from within an online teaching platform developed by Qkids. Every lesson is created by Qkids staff and is provided for the teachers, so there is no need for teachers to come up with their own lesson plans.
Qkids Class Schedule
Due to the time difference between China and North America, class times are held at the times most convenient for the students – after school and weekend mornings (China time).
This equates to early weekday mornings and evening weekend hours for American teachers.
Qkids always lists their available class times in Eastern Standard Time (EST). Currently, the available class times are:
Monday through Sunday:
6:40 AM – 7:10 AM
7:20 AM – 7:50 AM
8:00 AM – 8:30 AM
8:40 AM – 9:10 AM
Friday and Saturday evenings:
8:40 PM – 9:10 PM
9:20 PM – 9:50 PM
10:00 PM – 10:30 PM
10:40 PM – 11:10 PM
11:20 PM – 11:50 PM
During Daylight Savings Time (between the months of November and March), these time slots are moved up to one hour earlier (but only if your state participates in DST).
Additionally, Qkids offers extra classes during the months of July and August, when students are on summer vacation. There are usually five extra evening classes available for each day of the week, in addition to the time slots listed above.
Extra classes are also sometimes offered throughout different parts of the year, depending on student schedules and vacation times.
This is a great way to earn a large amount of money over the summer months with a Qkids side hustle!
Getting Paid by Qkids
Qkids teachers earn a base pay of $8 per lesson, which is the equivalent of $16 per hour. Additionally, Qkids offers easily-obtained bonuses to help you earn more – up to a maximum of $10 per lesson (or $20 per hour).
Referral bonuses are also available to Qkids teachers who refer others to work for them.
Payment is made once per month by direct deposit for any teaching done in the previous month. For example, any classes taught from April 1st to April 30th will be paid in the May paycheck. Payment is always made by the 15th of each month but is often deposited a couple of days early (which is a nice surprise when that happens!).
It’s important to note that Qkids teachers are independent contractors, not employees, so Qkids will not deduct taxes from your pay. You are responsible for reporting your income from Qkids as taxable income on your tax return (a tax advisor or accountant can help with this if needed).
Benefits of Working as a Qkids Teacher
The benefits of working for Qkids are many! In addition to having an incredibly rewarding experience teaching young students halfway across the world, Qkids teachers can enjoy:
- A competitive pay rate (including several bonus opportunities!)
- A flexible schedule
- The ability to work from home (even in your pajamas, as long as you are presentable from the shoulders up!)
- Fun, innovative, and easy-to-use teaching platform (which means no lesson planning required on your part!)
- Company contests (with prizes!) and special events
- Working for an incredibly caring and helpful staff
QKIDS HIRING PROCESS
Qkids is continuing to grow and is quickly becoming a leader in the online ESL teaching industry. Because of this, their need for qualified American teachers is continuing to increase.
Applying to become a Qkids teacher is a relatively simple, six-step process:
Submit an Application
Fill out an application (a link to the online application can be found in this post), and include your resume, your available hours, a screenshot of your computer specs, and a 1-2 minute introduction video.
A member of the Qkids staff will review your application and contact you through email if they think you may be qualified to teach with their company. Training videos are also sent, to prepare the candidate for the next step.
This is an initial face-to-face interview done over a video call within the Qkids’ teaching software. Candidates are asked a few simple questions and also demonstrate their ability to navigate through the virtual classroom.
This is a full interview, conducted through the teaching software once again. After the interview session, candidates are asked to demonstrate their knowledge of the interactive lessons and may even be asked to role play a sample lesson.
Candidates teach anywhere from 2 to 5 live lessons with actual students. Trainers review these trial classes and provide feedback. Candidates are paid $8 per trial class.
Receive an Offer
After all trial classes have been successfully completed, an offer to join the Qkids team will be extended by the Qkids trainer.
Qualifications and Requirements
Potential candidates must be able to meet the following requirements:
- Native English-speaking American (United States or Canada only)
- Associate Degree (with TESOL/TEFL certificate or a plan to earn one), but a Bachelor’s degree is preferred (this does not have to be a teaching degree)
- Some experience working with children (this can be any teaching or tutoring experience, homeschooling, babysitting, etc.)
- Availability of at least 6 hours (or 12 classes) per week
Additionally, upon hire, you will need the following equipment:
- PC or Mac (Chromebooks and iPads do not currently support the Qkids teaching software)
- Stable internet connection
- Webcam (either an internal built-in webcam or an external webcam)
- Noise-canceling headphones with a microphone
FINAL THOUGHTS ABOUT MY QKIDS SIDE HUSTLE
Working as an online Qkids teacher has been an incredible journey!
It has allowed me to supplement our household income and give us a little more breathing room in our budget, all while staying home with our kids. It easily fits into our schedule and the extra hours available during certain times of the year has even helped pay for small family vacations!
As an added bonus, I get to do gratifying work by helping young children in China learn the English language. Nothing beats logging into the teaching software each morning and being greeted by smiling faces yelling, “Hello, Teacher!” It’s an incredible way to start the day, and I am so thankful for my little side hustle as a Qkids teacher!
Are you interested in working for QKids? Click Here to learn more about QKids with Kristine’s referral.