Getting Started with VIPKID

If you use my referral code I will send you my VIPKID starter kit and provide free coaching! Please reach out with any questions. Referral Code: ELIZA1018

VIPKID… you may have heard of it from all their Facebook ads or maybe you are new to it all. It is a one-on-one online lesson platform for students in China. You may be thinking that this is a multi level marketing platform for others to make money… it’s not! You teach real students and get real money! The only thing you need is a camera and microphone. It is all on your time schedule and there are no quotas to fill. Online they state you can earn $14-22 per hour, which I average out to about $21/hour. Sounds too good to be true? Let me break it down a bit.

Interview Process

If you think the interview process is a little daunting. I completely agree! Let me help you with some coaching. The first time I went through trying to apply I quit halfway through and did not think about it again. That was until another one of my coworkers brought it up and helped me through the process. It was so much better getting the help from someone who was actively doing it! I did not want to spend a ton of money on props and a backdrop if I wasn’t going to do it. All I did was print off some 2-D props and hang up a fun tapestry on the walls for color. If you use my referral code: ELIZA1018Β I will send you my 2-D starter kit for free!

First, you have to fill out the online application (takes 5 minutes). You can mark down any type of experience you have with students. That can be summer camp, undergrad clinicals, or student teaching experience. From there you complete a live or recorded 10 minute lesson. I chose to do the recorded, because let’s face it I was nervous to try it with a real person. Within 24-48 hours you hear back if you are accepted and can move on. The best part… you can’t fail now!

You complete what VIPKID calls mock trials to be certified in various levels. Do you love working with younger students? Great! Apply for the interactive level 2. Want classes with less prep and older students? Levels 4/5 are for you! You can be certified in as many or as few levels as you would like. I would recommend doing as many as you can before you sign your contract. These do have to be done with a real person on the other side, but they are really nice and provide good feedback if you don’t pass the first time. Don’t worry… I didn’t pass the first time!

The $$$

I know working as a school based SLP may not be bringing in the big bucks, but you love having your summers off and time with your family. That is why I love VIPKID since you work as much as you want. Need a little extra money for that summer vacation? Pick up a few extra hours when it works for you!

Your base pay is determined when you go through the application process and can be from $7-9. From there you can earn a bonus for each class. $1 for showing up and an extra $1 for every class over 45 taught. Each class is 25 minutes, so that is how I get to the average of $21 an hour for myself.

If a student does not show up for a major course or cancels within 24 hours you still get paid in full! If it is a trial class that is canceled you get paid 1/2 for just showing up. The bonus for trials is if they sign up after taking your class you get and extra $5.

Setting Up Your Profile

My profile picture! No you don’t have to wear orange πŸ™‚

I know some people have had difficulty with classes getting scheduled at the start, but 3 days in I was doing great. I went to sleep two days in and woke up the next day with 16 trial books. Want to know what I did?

First, I made my main profile picture something fun. I know they said to make it professional, but I didn’t want to look the same as everyone else. You want to use a bright colored background to catch the parent’s eye since they will be scrolling through lots of teachers.

I think the biggest thing that led to all my bookings is I changed my bio from 1st to 3rd person when writing it. If you want to see my example just drop your email address below in the comments. I also ran my bio through google translator from english to chinese and back to english. It is not perfect, but it helps me see how parents read my profile. Trials are booked through learning partners who may or may not speak english as a 1st language. Making sure they can also understand my bio helps with trial bookings. These trials have then lead to major course bookings with my older students.

I can’t wait to share even more of my experiences with you and provide helpful tips! Be on the look out for more blog posts coming soon.

If you use my referral code I will send you my VIPKID starter kit and provide free coaching! Please reach out with any questions. Referral Code: ELIZA1018