Wondering whether it’s time to take the leap and start working as a freelance TEFL teacher in 2022? Well we’re here to say, do it! Freelancing doesn’t come without its challenges (but then what job does?!) and it comes with so many positives! We’ve put together our top 5 reasons to freelance as a TEFL teacher in 2022. Check them out below!
1. You get to be your own boss!
That means you get to set your own schedule, decide what hours you’re going to work and when, decide your teaching rates, and you get to keep 100% of your earnings! So you can fit TEFL teaching into your lifestyle, rather than having to fit your life around a job, and you can make sure you’re earning what you’re worth!
2. You get to pick what type of classes you teach!
You get to fully curate your own teaching schedule, which includes what and who you teach as well! Freelancing is the perfect way to start specialising in different areas of TEFL, once you’ve found the area you’re most passionate about. This could be anything from general conversation classes to Business English or IELTS coaching! And because you’re able to select the students you teach, rather than having them allocated by an employer, if you find you’re more suited to teaching one age group over another, you can focus your efforts on that age group (e.g. adults).
3. You can freelance as much or as little as you want!
Don’t think you want to freelance full-time just yet? No worries! You can work part-time freelance and part-time with a school/online employer if you want to, in the beginning! This is actually a great way to dip your toe into the freelancing pool and get a feel for it/build up your student base, before you commit to jumping in full-time.
4. You can be creative and flexible with your classes!
The sky is the limit! With no-one imposing a curriculum or lesson structure on you, you have real freedom to be as creative as you want with the lessons you plan. You also have the ability to really tailor your lessons to the needs of your students and the flexibility to work around what’s going on in your student’s life. For example if your student is having an off-day, you don’t have to stick to the school’s schedule (as you would if you were employed by someone), you can give them a break/make the lesson easier, to suit their needs for that day. And, trust us, your students are far more likely to come back for more, and actually enjoy learning English, if they feel listened to, prioritised, and interested in the material!
5. You can teach from anywhere!
Freelance TEFL teachers work online, which is the perfect way to teach English from wherever you happen to be in the world! You could be working from the comfort of your own home or from a beautiful beach in far-off countries like Thailand and South Korea. You really aren’t tied to one destination either, so you could even become a digital nomad and island hop in-between your classes!
Ready to become a freelance TEFL teacher in 2022, but need to get qualified first? No worries! Arrange for a free call back with one of our TEFL experts, and they will be happy to talk you through your options. You could also take our free course matching quiz to see which course is your perfect fit.
We hope you have a great time freelancing in 2022!