If you know me, you know that I started working with VIPKID in 2016. I had just lost a major client, and I was only making around $1,500 a month. It was enough to keep me afloat, but I was struggling.
I had other alternatives, like picking up freelance writing work through writing mills, but the company I used to primarily work for sold out to someone, merged, and ended up taking away most of the work. Once you’re on the outside, it’s difficult to get back in.
Although I have several major outlets for earning quick and easy money, I prefer to have jobs that are consistent. That means I can schedule time to work, know that I have a paycheck coming and not have to worry about too many major fluctuations each pay. That’s why I’ve come to love working with VIPKID.
VIPKID is a Chinese company that encourages English learning through face-to-face video chats. I meet every student, and their families, through those calls. Many of the students start with me after a trial lesson. Others choose to come to me alternating with a second or third teacher. It’s our jobs, as native English speakers, to make sure these children have the best English education possible. With good English training, they have better job prospects and can go far in life. At the very least, being bilingual opens major doors to them.
VIPKID has so many benefits it’s hard to explain them all. The one I would say is the most important is the flexibility. Children schedule me up to three weeks in advance, but it’s up to me to decide my schedule. I work from 6-9 a.m. (current EST during daylight savings) and 7-10 a.m. in the summers. When the kids don’t have school, there are night hours as well. (Generally, you can work any time between 8 p.m. EST and 9 a.m. EST during DST). I split my shifts, so I have the full day open for other activities. That means I keep my writing jobs and now have two incomes.
It was fortunate for me, but my writing work is now full-time. Essentially, I work full-time and part-time jobs. In reality, despite making full-time earnings, I’m actually working 40 hours or less a week, which typically is determined by how fast I get my writing work done. I work a minimum of 25 hours a week, which is spread out across all 7 days. This gives me time to do the things I want to do, to plan for medical appointments, to take on extra projects and to enjoy my life.
If you’re interested in VIPKID, give it a try. They’re hiring at all times- the population of students is ever-growing. You need a BA in any subject to begin. Here’s a link to get started. Enjoy your time teaching, you’re changing lives.