Online Teaching on the Side: VIPKid Meets Growing Demand

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VIPKid teacher teaching a student in China from the comfort of her home.

Teaching online is already a rapidly growing profession. Here’s why you should consider virtual teaching the perfect opportunity (which is a whole lot of fun too) if you’re on the hunt for a side job.

Looking for side jobs isn’t exactly a top 10 activity. It’s exhausting. There are always trade-offs, and let’s be honest… side jobs mean less time with your loved ones doing the things you enjoy. But for teachers at least, this isn’t necessarily the case. Online English as a Second Language (ESL) teaching has emerged as a powerful, empowering and enjoyable activity for teachers looking to supplement their day jobs.

Yet it’s not just a useful new way to earn a buck. It’s an industry experiencing rapid growth in demand from the student side. To date, English as second language has typically been taught in limited capacities in classrooms that sometimes have little or no access to native speaking teachers. But since internet connectivity has become a household staple more common than bread, the demand for virtual English lessons has also become a phenomenon in its own right.

Population growth means that student numbers are expected to grow over the next 10 years, and since around 50% of the US teacher population is made up of baby boomers, there is a gradual decline in teaching professionals. Outside of the US too, the demand for English learning is exploding. Now online teaching is set to fill the gaps.

VIPKid has emerged as a frontrunner in meeting this demand, and connecting the teachers of North America with the potentially millions of willing and eager ESL learners in China. So what exactly makes this the perfect side job for teachers?

When looking to supplement your income from a 9-5 job, the usual avenues are waiting tables, bartending or maybe hosting a garage sale from time to time. And while there’s nothing wrong with any of those things, they’re not what you – a teacher – are built for. Online teaching allows you to continue your journey as an educator. Whether you’re supplementing an income, or just filling in time during summer vacation, you’ll be undertaking something that a) you already do professionally, and b) you love!


The growing demand for online ESL teachers doesn’t just mean more students either, it means more students that want to learn! They have a vested interest in it, and they dream of connecting with the professional and educational opportunities available in Western countries through English. Or maybe they just want to watch Nemo without the subtitles…

Either way, these opportunities rely on their successful acquisition of English. To your online students you are so much more than an English teacher: you represent goals, dreams and entire destinies. With so much hinging on learning a new language, your students will be giving their all in every lesson. And all teachers know that nothing beats an enthusiastic student eager to learn.

The era of the teacher is truly upon us. Never before have students been able to access private tutoring in the way they can today, and because of that, never before has there been such fervent demand for the world’s best educators.

But for you, there’s hardly any pressure. With low to no start-up costs, and the kind of flexibility you can usually only dream of, it’s like a dream job knocking on your door. All you need to do is open it!

Learn more about VIPKid here!