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If you have a talent for explaining academic subjects to children than you might enjoy working from home as an online tutor. As an online tutor you will work one on one with students, helping them in a particular subject. You need to be well versed in the subject you are teaching. You will need to be able to explain concepts to students, and help them to understand the subject. All the sites I looked at required you to be able to communicate well in English, and to have a high speed interent connection.
There are many different ways to find work as an online tutor. I think most people would prefer to work with an established company. These companies have tools to help you as an online tutor, such as online whiteboard programs. They also take care of all the billing and paperwork needed. Unfortunately, none of the companies I found stated how much they pay, but judging from what they are charging students, my guess is that pay is in the $8 to $12 an hour range. All the companies I looked at paid their tutors as independent contractors. That means there are no benefits and you are responsible for paying your taxes.
Tutor.com seems to be the leader in online tutoring. They require that you live and are legal to work in either the United States or Canada. You must also be a college graduate, or be currently enrolled in an accredited US or Canada college degree program. You must pass an education and criminal background check. You can work from 5 to 30 hours per week. Mostly during the hours of 4pm to 11pm Eastern time Sunday through Thursday.
Tutorvista.com does not have a country requirement. They are active in both the US and UK markets, so English is required. They offer 24/7 availability so there are more potential hours available for work. To work for tutorvista.com requires a masters degree in the subject you are teaching, plus some teaching experience. They also require that you work at least 4 hours per day.
AimforA offers tutoring to students in North America, Europe, and Australia, offering a large range of teaching opportunities. The require excellent verbal and writing skills in English and a bachelors degree and teaching experience in the subject you would like to teach.
If you prefer to work on your own, BuddySchool.com is an interesting alternative. They are more of a matching service. You register for a free account, set up your profile and availability, and then students will be able to sign up with you for a session. You set your prices and BuddySchool takes care of the invoicing. Right now it is completly free to use BuddySchool, both for students and tutors. They have a rating system for both students and tutors. Anyone can sign up as a tutor at BuddySchool, however, there is heavy competition in popular subjects. Some tutors are as low as $5 per hour, and in fact I saw some tutors who were free.
I did find a few services that offered online tutoring jobs, but charged a membership fee. I did not review them because there are plenty of options that do not require any fees at all. Many of these fee based job services just give you information you can find out on your own for free. In general, you should not need to pay to apply for a job.
Do you work as an online tutor? Do you work for a company or are you offering your own service? Please leave a comment and let us know about your experience!