How does setting your own hours and grabbing a coffee whenever you want sound? Geat, doesn’t it? That’s what life is like as a freelance English teacher. “But those can’t be the only perks of teaching online, can they?” No, you’re right, there’s more; let us talk you through the differences between being employed in a typical 9-5 job and teaching English Online.
Cancel the commute
A 9-5 office job is, well, just that. It’s showing up to work for 9 am and finishing work at 5 pm. It’s pretty straightforward isn’t it? Well, no, it isn’t.
The office commute is one of the most dreaded parts of the working journey. Your job may begin at 9 am, but you certainly aren’t setting your alarm to roll out of bed at 9 am. Depending on how close you live to the office, you may be fortunate enough to have a little lie in in the mornings. If you live quite a distance away, then you may need to get up hours before you start getting paid for your job. That's extra valuable time from your life, you’re giving to your job instead of spending it on you and whatever else you want to do.
When quitting time hits, what time do you get home at? I bet it’s not 10 minutes later, unless you’re one of the lucky few who works close to home. You might spend hours in a hot, stuffy bus, or your car in traffic just to get home to eat and go to bed. Sometimes you might have some extra energy and squeeze in the gym, go for a run or work on a hobby. More often than not you're just too darn tired to do anything. What kind of life is that? It’s certainly not your best kind.
As an online English teacher, you eliminate all of these soul-draining commutes. No more getting up hours earlier than you need to, just to get to the office in time. Your office could be the spare room in your house, kitchen or even your bedroom. Find a clean and tidy corner and set up your background and start teaching. When you finish your classes for the day, just turn off your laptop and do whatever you want! Stop wasting time in busy traffic and start putting time into you and your life. Do you feel that? That’s the joy of free time. Start living your dream by testing your English level to see the best course for you.
You chose your own hours
Teaching English online gives you the freedom you oh so desperately want. You can set your own hours; starting and finishing when you want. Even if you still wanted to go to a physical location to teach, you can choose classes that let you avoid the morning and evening traffic rush.
Being employed in a full time job with set hours can be a bit of a pain, especially when life gets in the way. Sure some employers are flexible with start times, but that doesn’t eliminate the stress of knowing you still need to be here at a certain time, or you need to work time back. Or, the dreaded thought of missing your alarm clock! No matter what happens, you still need to answer to somebody about your work hours.
One of the best benefits of teaching online is being able to set your own hours to fit around your life. You best take advantage of it. Whether you are a morning person who is powered by the sunshine, or a night owl who enjoys staring at the stars; you can find students who want to learn on your time. Teaching English is your job, you way. You’re the boss and you call the shots.
Commute from your bed to your teaching studio (your kitchen, maybe your dining room) or change things up. Teaching English online provides you with so much flexibility that you can teach from anywhere you want: your home, the park or even the RV while traveling around the country. As long as you have a good internet connection and fulfill the company's teaching requirements, you can teach from everywhere and anywhere.
Cut the Costs
We’re about to get really honest here and talk about how much of your income is spent on transportation to your job. Some may argue the length of time spent commuting to work is no one’s fault, but your own. And they’re not completely wrong. The office building can’t just up and move to suit one employee, but you could move home to be closer to work. This would save on the commute time and money, but should you have to? We’ve already discussed why your time is precious, but how much money you spend and save is just as important!
Think about all the things you could buy if you weren’t spending money on bus or train passes. Sure, you could walk, but it’s not a beautiful sunny day every day. Some days there will be bad weather and unsafe conditions for walking to work. If it’s a wind or rain storm or there’s ice on the sidewalks, it’s not just unsafe, it’s unappealing. Nobody wants to show up to work soaking wet from the rain and exhausted from battling the wind. Some days it’s easier to just jump on the bus or train.
If you don’t get the bus or walk, you probably drive to work. Cars are just piggy banks except you don’t get the money back at the end. You put so much money into them, but you never see the return on investment. Insurance, tax, maintenance and fuel; these are all daily, monthly and annual expenses that eat up all your money. Let’s not even talk about if your car stops working and you need to buy a new one…
Becoming an online English teacher cuts the cost of commuting. The furthest you are required to go is to your classroom, which is conveniently in whichever part of your home you choose to make it. No bus passes or fuel costs, imagine how much you’re going to save! If you just started teaching English online, you may not necessarily be earning more yet, but you’re certainly leaving with a lot more disposable income at the end of the day!
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