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How to Make $20+ an Hour Online

How to Make $20+ an Hour Online

I know I’ve spent a lot of time following links from Google and Pinterest promising me ways to make money online that end up being absolutely worthless. They don’t give enough information, are outdated, require way too much work for the return (I’m looking at you, survey sites), and on and on. This is not one of those posts! I currently work as an independent contractor for 2 companies that pay me $20 or more per hour. Let me tell you how!

how to make $20 an hour as an independent contractor

You may or may not be familiar with online ESL companies. There is a big trend in China and many other Eastern countries to hire North American teachers to teach their children English. Most Chinese children learn English in school but from Chinese teachers, so they often speak English with a strong accent and not always with correct grammar. With how difficult the transition from Chinese to English is (and vice versa!), it is totally understandable. But, since the goal for many of these children is to study in America or work for American and international companies, speaking English without an accent is desirable.

That’s where you come in! You can be hired to teach ESL to children in China (and, depending on the company, other countries in Asia). There are a few basic requirements.

  • You do NOT have to have a degree in teaching or education,
  • You do NOT have to have previous ESL experience or certification,
  • You do NOT have to have a special teaching or ESL license.

You DO have to:

  • Be a native, North American English speaker
  • Have a bachelor’s degree (in any field)
  • Have some sort of experience teaching children (can be as basic as babysitting or leading a Bible study).

There are dozens of companies out there. If you use my referral link, I will get a one time bonus and will guide you through the entire process! The two companies that I can personally recommend are:

How to make $20 an hour as an independent contractor


VIPKID is the big name company in this field. It has been very successful and has thousands of teachers and students. Pay is per 25 minute class and you will be offered a base pay between $7-10 a class during your interview. You can also earn up to $2 more PER CLASS if you 1) show up to class on time =$1 (easy!) and 2) teach more than 45 classes a month =$1. This brings up your potential HOURLY pay to $18-24 per hour.

You are free to set your schedule how you want. All lesson plans are provided by the company. Parents book for their children. You might open slots that do not get filled (some teachers struggle more with this than others). Peak class times are from 6am-8am CST. You can open slots anywhere from 7:30pm-8:30am CST.

How to make $20 an hour as an independent contractor


GogoKid is a very new company on the online ESL field. A big draw of GogoKid is that teachers have generally been offered higher pay than at VIPKID. GogoKid is also currently offering a $300 bonus to new teachers who complete 3 classes in their first month. Base pay is the same, but you are more likely to be offered more than at VIPKID. There is also a credit system that can bump up your pay up to 1.25x your base pay.

I think GogoKid’s interface is nicer looking than VIPKID’s and their lessons look more modern. That being said, it is a startup and has had some growing pains. I would recommend GogoKid for a seasoned teacher or someone who is able to roll with the punches and not get extremely worked up about slow communication and policy changes. The benefit, though, is that you would be entering into a much newer company with fewer teachers, which is why I chose to join.

make $20 an hour as an independent contractor from home

If you are reading this and thinking, “This sounds great, but I’m not a teacher!” do not worry! I have heard from MANY brick and mortar teachers that the skills they use in the classroom are NOT the same skills that are required to teach one on one English classes. My degree is not in teaching and I have no formal classroom experience, but I have excellent feedback from parents. With VIPKID in particular, there is plenty of support and training to assist you in teaching. And, like I mentioned before, you are not creating lesson content. You just teach the material that is given to you.

If neither of these companies sound like a fit for you, there are dozens of others that I could suggest though not recommend from personal experience (I was hired with a third company but haven’t moved forward with it because I’ve been busy with my 2 current companies).

Honestly, I am passionate about helping people find ways to make money at home, so I would be more than happy to help you find the company that is right for you! If you do want to apply for GogoKid or VIPKID, I would be honored and thrilled if you used my referral links. Let me know before you apply so that I can offer you personalized assistance with your application, getting through the interview process, and getting hired! You can contact me by leaving a comment, using the contact form, or DM on Instagram. Instagram is the fastest way to get in touch with me because I’ll receive an instant notification.

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You also may be interested in this post for creative ways to make money with your art!

make $20 an hour as an independent contractor from home

make $20 an hour as an independent contractor from home – perfect for stay at home moms and teachers. A great sidehustle.

make $20 an hour as an independent contractor from home

make $20 an hour as an independent contractor from home

Creative Ways to Make Money with Doodles

Creative Ways to Make Money with Doodles

Have you ever wondered how you might monetize your creative pursuits? The internet has provided endless ways to connect, share, sell, and buy. This is great news for budding creatives! Sure, you could just sell original pieces, but technology and the web have provided dozens of fun ways to produce and sell your artwork. Read on for some ways you can use digital versions of your art to make some cash!

Creative ways to make money with doodles

Digitizing your art really opens up your possibilities. With a digital copy, you can produce an endless supply of your artwork and put it on a variety of products or prints. This is a good blog post on the subject, or here is a Skillshare class with a few different methods.

  • Create vectors with your literal doodles! These can be packaged into a collection and sold on your website or a website like Etsy. Here is one class to explain the process to you. Here’s another one.
  • Love to make cute little watercolor animals, fruits, flowers, or other illustrations? Try creating downloadable sticker packs or clip art with a collection or your work!

Creative ways to make money with doodles

  • If you love doing line art, try your hand at making some intricate adult coloring pages for download. Mandalas and botanical scenes seem to be pretty popular!
  • Use a service like RedBubble, Printful, or Society 6 to add your artwork to shirts, phone cases, pillows, hats, and more. With RedBubble and Society 6, your items can be found by users on these sites. With Printful, you list the products in your own shop and connect to Printful. RedBubble also allows you to add their products into your personal shop.
  • Are you great at arranging repeating patterns? Put your artwork onto fabric using Spoonflower.
  • Are you a whiz at creating interesting textures and backgrounds in Procreate, Photoshop, or Illustrator? Package some backgrounds together and sell them as stock images or digital scrapbook papers.
  • Do you love to create hand-lettered phrases? Try putting your witty sayings on mugs, shirts, or wall art using Printful! Watch this Skillshare class for some in depth info on using this process with Etsy.

None of these are get rich quick schemes, but they can add some extra money each month and give you reasons to make something that you love!

I would love to know if you’ve tried any of these ways to make some money with your art. Comment below!

10 Real Ways to Make Extra Cash Quick

10 Real Ways to Make Extra Cash Quick

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Dave Ramsey, well known radio personality and financial advisor, is a proponent of the “debt snowball,” where you pay off debts from smallest to largest. As you knock out smaller debts, you can add those payments to the larger debts. I love this idea of starting small, getting quick results, and then using that to fuel bigger things. I like to think about making money this way as well, like a money making snowball. Creative pursuits and businesses take money to get going—you’ve got to purchase supplies, perhaps some classes to increase knowledge, websites or hosting to sell your goods, and more. So if money is tight already, what can you do to be able to afford the basics to get your creative business going or just fund your hobbies in general? Here is a list I’ve compiled of quick, simple things you can do to earn some extra money, which you can then put towards other pursuits to earn more income.

These are my personal favorites that I use and recommend:

1) VoxPopMe

App | 1-2 minutes | $15-50 / month | $15 to cash out | PayPal

This is an app that you download on your phone. It gives you questions and you respond by video survey. Most questions pay around $0.50, but only take 1-2 minutes to complete. If you diligently answer the questions, you can become eligible for higher paying surveys. For example, I got a survey where I went into Target and made three 1 minute videos of me talking about the products I saw on a particular aisle. This survey paid $30. You can cash out at $15 and the app deposits directly into your bank account. It only takes about 1 business day or less for me to receive my funds after cashing out.

2) Usertesting

Website and app | 15-20 minutes | $20-100+ / month | 7 day payout | PayPal

Usertesting is a website that lets you test websites and give feedback. There is also an app to test websites on your phone as well. Tests take about 15 minutes to complete and pay $10 each. You must think aloud as you complete the tests and your voice and computer screen are recorded and submitted. Tests are first come, first serve, and sometimes have very specific criteria that you must meet in order to test. Payout is exactly 7 days after testing to your Paypal account. There are also often surveys that determine your eligibility for moderated studies, which are longer, but have a much bigger payout. I have yet to qualify for one of these. They pay $60-90 for 1 hour’s worth of time.

3) Swagbucks

Website and app | 1 hour + | $50-150 / month | $3 for gift cards, $25 for PayPal

Swagbucks has been around for a while, but I hadn’t really heard great things about it until recently. It’s not my favorite way to earn but some people love it. I was able to earn just over $160 in 1 month (but had to spend about $25). You can earn several different ways with Swagbucks. There are rebates where if you spend a certain amount on a website, you’ll get money back. There are also surveys that you can fill out. Most of these are terribly low paying (like $1.00 for a 20 minute survey), but if you fill out some surveys you’ll have opportunities to take higher paying surveys. After just a couple of weeks of trying Swagbucks, I got a survey where I had to watch the Grammys and note which advertisements stood out to me. I received $60 for this survey. Even so, I found that I was having to spend a lot of time hunting down deals and offers and then making sure my credits were awarded correctly. As I said before though, some people love the format and make $50-200 a month using Swagbucks.

4) Ibotta

App | 10 minutes | variable | $20 to cash out | PayPal, Venmo, Amazon

Ibotta is a little different from the other apps and websites mentioned here as it is only a cash back app. However, you can get cash back on things you normally buy, so it’s worth mentioning. You download the app, find rebates on groceries and other items, and upload your receipt to get credit for the rebates. It’s very easy and rewards can rack up quickly. There are also several cash out options once you reach $20.


Website | 30 minutes / class | $15-20/hour | Payout is 1 / month | Direct deposit

Right now, my highest paying side hustle is with VIPKID. I was hired in April 2017. When I started, I taught 25 (30 minute) classes a week and made around $1000 a month. Since I had my second child, I’ve just been doing about 16 classes a week (2 hours/4 days a week) and getting around $500 a month. I really love this company and it’s helped my family out a lot, so if you’re interested in it you can reach out to me via my contact form and I will give you more information and help you get hired. A bachelor’s degree is required (but it does not have to be a teaching degree—I do not have a teaching degree and have never taught in a brick and mortar school).

Now, for some opportunities recommended to me by friends:

  1. Cambly – $10/hour, no degree or experience required. Take phone calls from people all over the world wanting to speak to a native English speaker!
  2. MagicEars – $22/hour advertised, degree required, experience preferred. A competitor to VIPKID.
  3. Leapforce – $13+/hour, no experience required. It seems that when you become an agent for Leapforce, you sign nondisclosure forms, so what you do and how much you can make is a little hazy. However, it has to do with search engine evaluation. Read more on their website.
  4. Outschool – On Outschool, you create and list a class which you teach live to the children who sign up for your class. You receive 70% of the payment for the class, while Outschool takes 30% as your listing fee. No degree or experience is required and you get to choose your topic.
  5. Etsy + Printful – If you create an Etsy shop account, you can link it to Printful, populate it with items that are sold and fulfilled by Printful (but designed by you), and pocket the profit with minimal interaction from you! See here for an example of a listing that I created with Printful. See here for an awesome Skillshare class that goes more in depth with this process.

Do you have a favorite fast cash app or website? Or is there one you’ve heard about that you’d like me to try out? Comment below! And don’t forget to sign up for my email list to receive the best tips and insight!

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