Work from Home
Teaching English online allows you to turn on your computer, log in to the teaching system, and get to work. You can do all of this with no shoes on. Your students will see you via webcam, so it helps to have a collared shirt on and your hair brushed or combed to at least give the appearance of professionalism. You can be comfy in a pair of shorts or sweatpants, however, and nobody cares or knows. Take a break between classes to grab some more of your favorite coffee.
Spend Less Money and Time
You also can eliminate the need to spend gas money and the time commuting if you worked outside your home. You'll put fewer miles on your car and pay less money for your gas each month when you teach English online.
Many online English teaching companies allow you to work more or less hours, depending on what you want to do. You can also set your own work schedule if you decide to open your own online English tutoring company. You can work full or part-time for many different tutoring companies.
Check out some of the many online English tutors at ESL Employment and Buddy School. Be aware that if you start your own English teaching company, you will be competing heavily with the thousands of other online English tutors and teachers out there.
Lack of Intense Lesson Planning
Some online English tutoring companies require you to do some homework grading and lesson planning. You may also have to communicate with all of your students via email between classes, which can take up a significant amount of time for which you are not paid. However, many of them have pre-prepared lessons that you teach using whiteboard technology, headphones with a microphone, and a web cam. You may spend 15-20 minutes, or even less, going over the lesson before class to be familiar with your lesson.
Online classes usually peak out at around six students. You may do individual tutoring and teaching as well. Students are often from the same culture and speak the same language. They also are at about the same level of English, which helps lessons flow more smoothly.