Types of online lessons and how much you can earn
There are so many different types of online lessons it’d be impossible to cover them all, so we’ll take a look at some of the most common ones. Keep in mind what we’ve just covered about how to set your fees. The figures listed below are just a rough estimate and factors specific to you can lead to earning less or more.
General or conversational English
£8+ / $10+ per lesson
Conversational English is a great place to start if you’re new to online teaching or if you’re looking for a side job to bring in some cash. These lessons don’t typically require a lot of lesson planning or in-depth grammar study, their focus is on practical English and increasing your students’ confidence in their language ability.
But don’t think that it just involves you sitting back and simply listening to your student speak! There’s a skill to conducting good conversational English lessons and those able to hone it will be in high demand and able to up their hourly rate.
£20+ / $25+ per lesson
Business English can be a very lucrative area of TEFL and teachers who succeed in finding their niche can earn very well from it. You don’t necessarily need experience in business to be a successful Business English teacher, although it can help, especially when you’re first starting out.
Keep in mind that there can be a lot of preparation work involved with these kinds of lessons. From a needs analysis to preparing a tailored lesson plan, there can be a lot of work outside of the lesson slot, so that has to be factored into your fee.
£15+ / $19+ per lesson
English learners preparing for their IELTS, TOEFL, or Cambridge proficiency exams often look for extra tuition in the run-up to the exam. You’ll need to become familiar with how these exams are structured and assessed, so prior study on your part will be required before you can get started in this area of TEFL.
£15+ / $19+ per lesson
Just like a typical job interview, you will be helping the learner practice talking about themselves, their strengths and achievements, and what they can bring to the role. Roleplay and scenario-based tasks are best used in this type of lesson.
Sample or trial English lessons
£1+ / $1+
How much you charge for sample lessons is up to you and it might be something that takes a bit of trial and error. Making these lessons free will undoubtedly fill up these slots with timewasters and students who will never convert into paying customers,
so even charging as little as £1 can help to drastically limit this
Keep trial lessons short
there’s no need to give them a full-hour lesson! Around 20-30 minutes is enough time to sell yourself and give a potential student an idea of what a lesson with you involves.