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How I’m Making Over $700 Monthly as a Part-Time Teacher — Without Leaving My Home!

Note from MSM: After we posted about this unique Work-At-Home opportunity last year, we had TONS of readers send in testimonies of their great experience teaching with VIPKid! We thought it would be inspiring to hear a direct testimony from a reader who started as a new teacher with VIPKid and loved it.

Guest post from Meagan

My husband, John, graduates from chiropractic school in April, but isn’t able to practice until he finishes all of his Board Exams and gets his license in August.

As a homeschooling stay-at-home-mom of 3, I’ve done my best to bring in extra income whenever able to supplement the school loans. Throughout the 5 years that he’s been in schooling I’ve cleaned a car dealership and tutored at night, and I currently nanny a child 40 hours per week in my home.

But, the loans will run out and we’ll need to several months of expenses until John can practice — which seems daunting at best and down right scary at worst.

As John and I prayed and discussed our options, it seemed prudent for one or both of us to pick up extra part-time work in the months leading up to his graduation. Yet, for various reasons the thought of leaving home, pumping milk (as our youngest is 13 months and not yet weaned), and being spread even thinner filled me with dread.

A few days after this conversation, I opened my inbox to read the daily update from The very first article listed was about a Work-From-Home opportunity with the company VIPKid — an online ESL company in China that contracts Americans, with a Bachelor’s degree, to teach English online to Chinese students.

At first, I was skeptical of VIPKid, but I’ve been a reader of MSM for the past 5 years and know Crystal would never recommend something to her readers unless she was positive about the quality. So, I jumped in and started the application the next day.

The interview process with VIPKid was intense and involved role playing to demonstrate your ability to teach English to a 4-10 year old Chinese student. But I was hired within 2 weeks of starting the interview process and had classes booked my first week of teaching!

I was also skeptical of the pay base of $14-$22/hr, but it is accurate and I personally make $20/hr. I set my own hours and teach from 5:30 – 7:30 a.m., Monday – Friday and a few odd hours on the weekend. My first month I earned $688 and my second month I earned $780. (Keep in mind this income doesn’t have taxes taken out.)

This VIPKid teaching process hasn’t been without challenges. My husband has had to step it up by helping more with the kids and other chores. It has also been a big adjustment for me to go to bed and wake up earlier (thanks to the 12 hour time difference.)

Another challenge as a VIPKid teacher was one of logistics. We live in a 2-bedroom townhouse with very few private spots to host a video-chat classroom. Some people teach in a closet, the basement, or just put up a sheet behind them. My solution was to turn our downstairs bathroom into a mini-classroom!

I decorated the walls, set up bright lights, repurposed a rolling set of drawers to house my classroom props, and set up boxes on the vanity to make a “standing desk”. The location is far enough away from the bedrooms so I don’t disturb sleeping children, and everything is easily put away when classes are done!

It has been a blessing to be able to stay at home and teach while the kids are sleeping. It feels good to know that by the time they wake up, I’ve already earned $40! VIPKid has been such a creative and unexpected answer to our prayers.

Meagan is a homeschooling mom of 3 (ages 8, 5, 1). She has an Education degree and loves crafts.

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  • I have a couple of friends who do this and it is working out wonderfully for them! What a blessing!

  • Amanda says:

    Great testimony.

  • Patty Conrad says:

    I needed this encouragement as I wait to get bookings. I was hired in December and everything is accurate, however I would add that it can sometimes take a few months to get regular bookings. in China right now is the time for Spring Festival/Chinese New Year so my bookings have been few and far between. I have been encouraged by other seasoned teachers to be patient.

    The company provides lots of training and encouragement and there are many online groups for support, plus many teachers with helpful YouTube videos.

    • Meagan Hemingson says:

      Patty, I’m glad that you’re sticking with it! I’m sure that your schedule will pick up soon. Keep doing workshops and (you’re probably doing this), but try opening as many 24 hour bookings as you are able to reasonably do. That might get you more clients 🙂

  • Beth says:

    How much time does it take to prep for a lesson? I’ve done teaching before and specifically ESL and the lesson prep can vary widely depending on the situation. My husband does free lance work and the rule of thumb is that every hour you spend actually working and getting paid you spend almost another hour doing prep, networking, managing taxes, etc. Any thoughts on how much time you actually spend doing this?

    • Meagan Hemingson says:

      Hi, Beth! It takes me 5-10 min to go over each lesson and set the props out for teaching in the morning. Sometimes it takes less time if I’ve already taught that lesson before and can just copy my prep notes. Setting props out the night before I teach takes 5 min tops. If you have more questions, please e-mail me at 🙂

  • I have heard good things about this service. A sweet friend of mine has been doing it for months and LOVES it!!

  • Alecia says:

    How are they about time off? I have a few weeks a year that I am completely unavailable. Do they let you work around your schedule, as long as it’s not excessive amounts of time off?

    • Meagan Hemingson says:

      Hi, Alecia! You would be an independent contractor, so you set your own schedule and work as little or as much as you want. All you need to do is let VIPKid know that you’re taking an extended break. Many people take maternity leave, time away to care for sick family, vacations, etc. It’s very flexible! If you have any more questions, please e-mail me at

  • anonymous says:

    Yay!!! I love working for VIPKID!!! This has been my favorite job ever. I started in October, 2017 and this month alone I made $2000 (pre-tax). I am also a homeschool mom, and being able to make $60 before breakfast. 🙂 God has answered our prayers through this job.

    • Meagan Hemingson says:

      That’s great! I’m wondering if you live on the East coast to get such sweet hours or maybe you get up super super early 😉 It has been such a great, flexible job that leaves me free to care for my family the rest of the day 🙂 I’m glad it’s been an answer to prayer for you, too!

      • anonymous says:

        I live in the Central time zone, so my bookings this past month were generally 4:00 – 7:30 AM, and then some super-late Friday and Saturday nights. For February, I have tightened up my schedule to start at 4:30 instead of 4:00, and I eliminated my late night slots, just so I would have more energy for homeschooling and housekeeping. When we started out, we had 8 very specific and important financial goals (including getting out of debt on several fronts). God has allowed us to meet six of our goals, so I was at peace with tightening up the February schedule. Your picture of your baby with the VIPKID shirt is darling, by the way! 🙂

        • Meagan Hemingson says:

          That is so encouraging to hear! That is my goal once my husband starts his practice and is fully supporting us with his income. Then, I can start a giant VIPKid Debt Snowball 🙂 Keep up the great work. I’m sure we’ll have an “I’m Debt-Free” post on MSM from you in the future!

  • Melissa says:

    Can you work just 5 hours a week?

    • Mandy Sietsema says:

      YES! You can work as much or as little as you want!

    • Meagan Hemingson says:

      Hi, Melissa! Yes, you are able to work just 5 hours a week. You would be an independent contractor for the company, so you get to set your schedule and how much or how little you want to work. I started out win less hours and slowly added more as I got used to it. Some weeks I do more, some less.I hope that helps! I you have more questions you can e-mail me at

  • Mandy Sietsema says:

    I started teaching at VIPKID after reading an earlier post about it. Thank you so much! This job came at a much needed time for our family financially. I love that I can be done working by the time my kids wake-up, and I don’t have to pay for childcare!

  • Donna says:

    Hi … I’m just beginning my interview process. I’m a little nervous about appropriate props and how to ace the interview. Any tips?

  • Eugenia Auchincloss says:

    This sounds interesting. I taught middle school for 16 years but am not ready/willing to go back to the classroom full time.

    • Meagan says:

      Hi, Eugenia! Since I wrote this post, I’ve now been teaching with VIPKid for over 1 year. I love it! It is still incredibly flexible and pays very well. I have complete control over my schedule and when I teach or take time off. The last several months, I’ve bumped up my hours to part-time (25 hours/ week) and have consistently made $2000/ month (pre-tax). For me, this looks like teaching from 5am-8am (CST), Monday-Saturday. I also teach 6:30 – 9:30pm on Friday night and select Saturday nights. I have the whole rest of the day to homeschool my family and help my husband launch his business. It has been a blessing. If you have more questions or need help with the application process, you can e-mail me at

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