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VIPKID is one of the most popular online teaching companies, mainly due to their effective marketing strategy and being somewhat of a pioneer in the industry.
Aside from VIPKID, there are literally hundreds of different companies to choose from, with some that offer a very similar, if not better, packages for teachers than VIPKID. In this article, we’ll take a brief look at the top 10 VIPKID competitors to give you a better idea of the different options available to prospective teachers.
As a benchmark, here are some details about VIPKID’s hiring policy and pay rate:
Teacher Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree holders from USA/Canada with TESOL.
Now let's proceed with VIPKID's competitors:
SayABC is growing in popularity and they’re quickly becoming one of the major players in the online teaching scene. Many things are attracting teachers to this company, but the main draws are probably the pay and inclusive hiring policy.
SayABC is a haven for South African teachers, who are deemed by many other companies as ‘non-native speakers’. SayABC also offers some great attendance bonuses which can bring the rate of pay up to about $28 per hour, which is competitive, to say the least.
Teacher Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree holders from any native English speaking country and TEFL.
Check out how SayABC and VIPKID compare below:
DaDa is another more mainstream company that you can find a lot of information about on DigiNo. They have an active community of teachers that provide new teachers with help and support.
Here is a full hiring course from Teacher Jason:
DaDa has recently changed some policies including a new pay structure for new teachers. You can read the new pay structure here.
Teacher Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree & TEFL holders from the UK/US/Canada/Australia/New Zealand
See how DaDa and SayABC compare by clicking the image below:
Qkids is a company that operates in a very similar way to VIPKID. Their teacher requirements are almost identical to that of VIPKID, with the main difference being the location requirements. Qkids requires their teachers to live in the US/Canada which is fine for anyone who is not wishing to travel but could be a drawback for those looking to live the digital nomad lifestyle.
Teacher Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree and TEFL holders with experience from and residing in USA/Canada
Click the image below to see how Qkids compares with SayABC:
First Future are one of the more unique opportunities as they are a B2B (business to business) online teaching company.
How does a B2B company differ from a regular online teaching company?
Instead of parents of students purchasing classes from teachers, First Future offers packages to schools and educational institutes. The students are then provided by these educational companies.
This means that regular students are a much more likely occurence and your schedule as a teacher is more likely to be filled. Here is a video made by First Future:
Teacher Requirements: Native English speakers with a Bachelor’s Degree, TEFL and teaching experience.
Outschool is unique as you can actually teach thing not just limited to English.
Art, music, animation, storytelling…minecraft. It's all viable to teach in one of the fastest growing platforms in online teaching currently:
Click the image below to read an example of a skill taught on Outschool:
Like VIPKID, Magic Ears only hires teachers from the US and Canada. Whilst this is a bit annoying for teachers from elsewhere, it does mean that there is less competition for jobs for those who meet the requirement.
The main difference between VIPKID and Magic Ears is the class size. Magic Ears work on a 1-4 basis, meaning that each class can have up to 4 students, whereas VIPKID is only 1-1.
For teachers with a lot of skill and experience, Magic Ears’ pay rate can be as much as $4 more per hour than VIPKID – if they offer you the top end of the pay range. See the comparison table of Magic Ears and VIPKID in the DaDa vs VIPKID article.
Teacher Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree & TEFL holders from US/Canada
Pay Scale: $18 – $26
Teacher Requirements: Native English speakers with a minimum of 3GB RAM and TEFL.
Pay Scale: $16 per 50 minutes
Check out a review from a PalFish teacher below:
Cambly is a super-flexible, login-and-talk-style company that is used mostly by adults. Only a small percentage of teachers teach on Cambly full time as scheduling and earnings are a little unreliable, but it’s a great option for those looking for a supplementary income as teachers can log in 24 hours a day.
Teacher Requirements: Native English speaker
Pay Scale: $0.17 per minute ($10.20 per hour)
Check out how Cambly and PalFish compare below:
Whales English, formerly known as Sprout4Future, is a smaller, less-popular company that is growing in popularity. One bonus of working with Whales English is the generous pay which can be up to $30 per hour.
With Whales, you teach two students at once. More information is available below:
How do Whales English and DaDa compare?
Gogokid is similar to VIPKID as it prefers to hire teachers from the US and Canada. Many teachers who have left VIPKid have found Gogokid to be a natural transition.
- $14-$25 per hour
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Although a lot of the major teaching companies are mentioned in this list, it’s by no means exhaustive. Preply and Amazing Talker are also worth considering if you’re on the hunt for a good teaching company. Good luck with your search!