These 9 Online Tutoring Companies Let You Teach Without a Classroom

A woman uses her laptop to tutor students remotely.
Kirsten Cherry uses VIPKID to teach English to students in China from her home in Twin Falls, Idaho. Drew Nash for The Penny Hoarder
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If you have a knack for teaching and the desire to earn some extra money on the side, you might want to consider a tutoring gig.

And the good news is, you don’t even have to leave your house to be a tutor anymore!

9 Companies That Let You Teach Online

We’ve sorted through the deep, seemingly endless abyss otherwise known as the internet to come up with 9 of our favorite online tutoring jobs available.

1. VIPKID

As an online tutor for VIPKID, you’ll provide one-on-one ESL tutoring to students in China. You must have a bachelor’s degree, but you can tutor from anywhere in the world, as long as you have a stable internet connection.

The base pay as a VIPKID tutor is $7 to $9 per 30-minute session, but you also have the opportunity to earn incentives, based on participation and how many classes you finish in a month.

2. Chegg

Chegg Tutors is open to applicants worldwide. There are tons of open tutoring subjects, from calculus to biology — even astrophysics!

To sign up as a Chegg online tutor, you must provide two forms of proof you are either currently or were previously enrolled in a university. Once your profile is approved, you will be matched with students seeking tutoring in your chosen subject. Tutors earn $20 per hour.

3. Brainfuse

Brainfuse offers 24/7 live tutoring in a wide variety of subjects, from elementary to college level. Since this company offers live tutoring through a virtual whiteboard, you don’t even have to own a webcam or mic.

The rate of pay depends on the subject you’re teaching but it’s usually $10 to $15 per hour.

If you want to become a tutor for Brainfuse, you must have a bachelor’s degree in the subject you will be tutoring. Previous teaching or tutoring experience is highly preferred.

4. Tutor.com

Tutor.com doesn’t require past experience, but you must be considered an expert in your subject. Some subjects require a bachelor’s degree, such as accounting, economics, finance, college essay writing and college statistics.

To qualify, you must be at least a sophomore in college and be able to commit a minimum of five hours a week. The pay rate for sessions depends on the subject you are tutoring, with the opportunity to earn incentives. Glassdoor salaries show the average rate is between $9 and $13 per hour.

When you apply to work for Tutor.com, you will have to take a subject test and go through a mock tutoring session. You will also have to pass a background check.

5. Skooli

Skooli offers tutoring for K-12 courses, as well as college-level classes. If you’re a certified teacher with a bachelor’s degree, have a master’s degree or a specialized instructor qualification (like ESL), you can become an online tutor for Skooli. Skooli tutors are paid $25 per hour.

To apply, you must provide proof of qualifications and education, and if you are a good fit you will then be verified.

6. Yup

Are you good at math or science? If the answer is “yup!” then this company is a good fit for you. Yup offers 24/7 online tutoring in math up to Calculus AB.

To become  an online tutor for Yup, you’ll be required to take some exams to ensure you know your stuff.

Online tutors for Yup make between $10 and $13 per hour, according to Glassdoor.

7. Landi Subject English

This online tutoring job is another good opportunity for any ESL tutors out there. As a tutor for Landi Subject English, you would be teaching English to Chinese students between the ages of 5 and 10.

If you want to apply for this online tutoring job, you must be able to commit 12 hours a week, holding tutoring sessions between 6:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. EST.

Applicants should also have a bachelor’s degree. Having a teaching certificate such as CELTA or TEFL is preferred, but not a requirement.

If you meet these requirements, you will be paid $16 to $23 per hour, with pay raise opportunities available every six months. The company also offers performance and referral incentives.

8. Elevate K-12

With Elevate K-12, you will instruct live online group classes while students are in school, as opposed to after-school, one-on-one online tutoring. You don’t have to create lessons — a curriculum is supplied to you.

As an online tutor for Elevate K-12, you will be given a pre-assigned group of students and have a set schedule each week. Your schedule is determined by how many hours you can commit, but they must be between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST.

Tutors for Elevate K-12 make between $13 and $21 per hour, according to Glassdoor.

9. TutorMe

TutorMe offers 24/7 online tutoring for over 300 subjects, as well as ACT and GRE tutoring.

To be considered as an online tutor, you must be currently enrolled or have graduated from an accredited university. You also need previous tutoring or teaching experience, as well as mastery of the subject you wish to teach.

The acceptance rate for online tutors with TutorMe is only 4%, so be sure you are fully qualified before applying.

If you meet the qualifications, you will be paid $16 per hour.

Kaitlyn Blount is a former staff writer at The Penny Hoarder.