Where to advertise online as a TEFL tutor

It’s easy to see why so many are drawn to TEFL tutoring – flexible hours, a variety of students, the ability to work from home. If you plan to become a TEFL tutor, understanding how to advertise yourself is vital.

The internet has become the go-to place to market yourself and with good reason: there’s an infinite amount of job advertising and listing websites. But with so many to choose from, it can be difficult knowing where to start.

Here we have listed the best and easiest to use sites –

Gumtree

By far the most popular website for local community trading in the UK, Gumtree is an excellent place to advertise your services. With such a large user base, it would be a mistake not to make your own account. Gumtree focuses on local listings which is great if you’re looking for English learners in your own area.

Facebook

The social network colossus that is Facebook provides its own advertisement service. Advertising on Facebook is massively useful as you will be able to connect to the 1.4 billion users on the site. Much like Adwords, Facebook will let you choose who your ads target (age, location, interests, likes, language etc.), allowing you to specify who your ads reach.

Google Ads

Google Ads is one of the best ways to promote your services out there if you have a personal blog/website – which will be discussed later in this post. You pay to ensure your ads appear on top of the search results when people search for certain keywords in Google (e.g. ‘TEFL tutor in Gasgow’). You pay for every click your ads receive, but, the more clicks your ads get the more attention you get from potential students.

Job Listings Sites

There’s an endless number of websites out there all displaying various job posts and listings. These are generally simple to use and occasionally free to post on. Remember, advertise yourself on as many listing sites as possible to give yourself more reach. Here are a few sites to consider:

  • Free Ads – This jobs listing site is pretty handy as it allows you to advertise yourself in a ‘Services’ category which eventually leads to a ‘Language tuition’ sub-category. As well as that, it’s totally free.
  • TEFL.net – A job listing site, but specifically TEFL orientated.

Tutor-Only Sites

  • Verbling – Verbling is for language tutors only. From English to Arabic, this site provides a platform to connect language tutors with prospective students.
  • My Tutor Web – Become a part of the highly qualified network of tutors on My Tutor Web. Applying to be a tutor here will link you to potential students.
  • Tutorfair – Similar to Verbling and My Tutor Web, this sites connects you with possible students. A special feature of this site is the ability of students to find local tutors via a postcode search.
  • Home Tutors Directory – This is a site dedicated to listing private tutors. You do have to pay to make an advertisement on this site.

Blogs

Having your own blog or website can make a big difference. Blogging allows you to market yourself as the perfect online TEFL tutor. If you decide to build your own then WordPress is a great way to start.

There are two other big website-builders: Wix and Squarespace. Both are great and provide a similar service, however, there are some key features:

  • Wix has by the far the largest number of website templates out of the two.
  • Squarespace provides very stylish, responsive templates. This means media and browsers will resize themselves automatically to suit screen size.
  • For blogging, Wix provides users with ready-made templates specifically for the purpose of building a blog.
  • Wix also has a free version, however, it severely limits what you can do with the coding of your site.

Hopefully, I’ve been helpful in giving you information on where to advertise yourself as an online TEFL tutor. Try any or all of these websites and methods.

Thinking of becoming an online TEFL tutor, but you don’t think you have the right qualifications? Have a look at some of our own TEFL courses to get you on the right track.

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