A Day in the Life When Working From Home on VipKid.


I have officially been teaching for VipKid for 100 days!  If you don’t know what that is, it’s a company based in China that connects Chinese students with American teachers to learn English through their online portal.vk6image source

I work from home, which allows me to bring in an extra $400-$1000 per month, just working a few hours each week (between 10 and 20).  

To learn more about what’s involved in working, read this article I wrote that answers a lot of FAQ, and if you have more questions, feel free to send them my way!  Write in the comments, or send me an e-mail at tlcohen91@gmail.com.

If you have a (mildly) fun/ outgoing personality and don’t mind working with kids, want to be able to roll out of bed, turn on the computer, and get to work, then I highly recommend applying!  Or maybe you prefer to work at night?  You can begin work as early as 9 pm and go as late as you want!  Even if you’re *kind of* considering it, just do it!  Apply, get hired, and have it as a back up for extra money.

You can work as much or as little as you want, and take days or weeks off when you are busy, which means you can work 0 hours, or 3-4/ hours per day, which is what I do.

The “open” times for this company in China (it is based in China, as you will be teaching Chinese kids) is from 9:00 AM-9:30 PM, which is a 12 hour time difference for us here on the east coast of the USA.  That means that “work hours” are from 9:00 PM-9:30 AM.  There are definitely teachers that choose to work all night, or from 4 AM – 10 AM.  

I am not one of them.  

I am a morning person, but not THAT much.  Instead, I prefer to do ‘split shifts’ on the days when I have nothing else going on, or just work in the mornings on my busier days / when I have work at other jobs.

To put it more consisely, I “open” my schedule from 7:00 AM – 9:30 AM  and from 9:00 PM- 10:30 PM, Monday- Friday.  If all of my slots get filled with classes, I teach 6 classes in the morning (each 25 minutes) and 3 classes at night (each 25 minutes). 

How much could I earn?

  • $8.00 ‘base pay’
  • $1.00 for completing the class
  • $0.50-$1.00 for each completed class that month
  • Total: $9.50-$10.00 for each 25 minute class, which is $85.50- $90 per day, or $427.50-$450 per WEEK.
  • (In reality, I earn about $200/ week because I don’t choose to work as much as I could).

Am I getting rich off of this?  No.  Am I making some money?  YES.


Here is a look into what my morning looks like:

6:00 AM.  Alarm goes off and I hit snooze.

6:09 AM.  Alarm goes off again, I check the app to see if my classes are still on and I get up.

Vipkid app

6:09-6:20 AM.  I put on running shorts and my orange t-shirt.  I sort of brush my hair, and put on some heavy make up (makes me look less dead).vk8

6:20 AM.  Turn on the computer and make sure it’s plugged in and charging.  I also organize my work station (a.k.a organize the markers, plug in the headphones, fill a glass of water, get some paper, make sure my “reward system” is set up, and check to make sure I have my ‘props’ or flash cards I want to use [don’t get scared, this doesn’t have to be a lot- maybe a ball or a cup if the student is learning it that day]).vk2Here’s my ‘classroom’, in all it’s glory.

6:30 AM.  Go downstairs with the dog and let him out, then make coffee and eat a bowl of bran flakes because I am an elderly woman to my core.vk7

6:50 AM.  Back upstairs to open the VipKid website, and just generally ‘get in the zone’.vk5

6:57 AM.  Enter my first class, but I don’t open the camera.  If the student is there, I write “Hello!  Class will begin in x minutes”

6:59 and 55 seconds.  Open my camera with a huge smile and say “hello!!!!”

7:00-7:25 AM.  Teach teach teach.  It’s actually so enjoyable and the kids are really fun!

7:25- 7:29 AM.  Quickly write constructive feedback for my student and the parents.  Then I stand up, stretch, pee if I need, adjust things on the computer, get ready for next class.

7:29 and 55 seconds.  The same as before.

8:00 AM- 10:00 AM.  I repeat this cycle until all classes finish.  More often than not, a student or two doesn’t show up for class (which you are still paid for!!!) so I use that time to get more coffee, work on this lovely blog of mine, or waste time on Facebook.  Sometimes Teddy gets lucky and gets a walk.

10:00 AM.  Work is done!  Now I have the full day to do what I want!  Take today (Saturday) for example:  After class, I had a snack, met a friend to get my nails done, went for a walk, had lunch, made tortillas with my mom, and wrote three blog posts.  It’s only 2:30 PM.  

Once school starts, this schedule will change and I will probably only teach one hour in the morning and one in the evening and then spend the rest of the day at school.  Still, that will be an additional $40/ day, which comes to (at least) $200/ week and $800/ month (but likely more because I will teach a few hours on the weekend too).  

I hope that gave you some insight into what it’s like working for VipKid!  If you want to apply, please USE THIS LINK and then contact me and I can give you helpful pointers!

**FYI:  A college degree is required to apply for this job.

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