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Make Money Online: QKids Review

Make Money Online: QKids Review

Want to make money from home? Then consider teaching English online through QKids (also known as Funbulous or JiuQu English). No teaching certificate required. They revamped their E-learning platform and have made teaching English a breeze. Unlike many of their competitors, QKids does not require teachers to purchase a bunch of props to teach their lessons. Instead everything you need can be found on their interactive learning platform. Read below for my QKids review and insights. I have been teaching with them for about a month now and I am loving it! 

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate or referral links where I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I promote products that I know and love.♡

Qkids Referral Code:YZLPPL

Requirements:

  • Native English speakers who are based in United States, and Canada.
  • Earned a degree or are currently enrolled in a university program.
  • Prior teaching experience or similar work with children.
  • Technical: webcam, sufficient Internet speed, usb headset, direct ethernet connection, and a mouse.
  • Must teach a minimum of 12 (30 minute) classes per week. QKids will schedule your classes for you so there's no stress over finding students.

Application Process:

  1. Fill out the initial form on the QKids website.
  2. Film a short 1-minute video:
  3. Introduce yourself: name, degree, country, teaching experience. Takes 30 seconds max.
  4. Tell a VERY short children’s story (I did 5 little pumpkins). Show your TPR skills (body-hand motions).
  5. Type in a referral code if you'd like. Mine is YZLPPL.
  6. Note your tentative availability on the form. (This can be changed no worries).
  7. Triple check everything and click submit!
  8. You will get an email requesting an interview.
  9. Have scans of your birth certificate, passport, and social security card prepared in case they ask for them.
  10. Download WeChat to communicate with the management and they will ask you to download their teaching platform.
  11. Demo class with a staff member (It's easy no worries)
  12. Paid training and 3 trial lessons scheduled and passed. Feedback is given.
  13. Pass the trials and congrats! You did it!

Job Duties:

  • Teach English to children in China between the ages of 5-12.
  • Classes will require you to teach between 1-6 students (Varies).
  • Learn the interactive teaching platform through paid training.

Time:

When they send you materials everything is in eastern time. This is handy because other programs such as DadaABC use Beijing time which can get confusing. You get to choose which times you can teach each week. Just send them an email informing them when they request your tentative hours in the beginning.

Below are the available time slots in EST after March 11th. (China does not observe daylight savings time)

Schedule:

  • QKids will book your classes for you.
  • Your schedule for the week will be available every Sunday morning.
  • Notify QKids 24+ hours in advance if you need to cancel a class to avoid a penalty.

Pay:

  • The base pay is 8.00 per hour, however, there are A LOT of bonuses for things like being on time. I’ve found it averages out between $16 - $25 per hour (2 lessons). 
  • There is also paid training to learn the QKids software.

Pros:

  • Simple and quick hiring process.
  • Kids are adorable.
  • The interactive learning platform is fun and easy to use.
  • Lessons are all prepped for you.
  • There is no paperwork.
  • The money will be sent directly to your bank account or PayPal.
  • Easy side-hustle.

Cons:

  • Hours can be quite early for those in Eastern Time.
  • QKids uses a rating system. However, they don’t explain or give the teachers any feedback for that rating scale. It sometimes seems like parents can dock you rating points for problems with the platform that has nothing to do with you.  ** Update ** They have done away with the rating system and instead give you feedback for each lesson! : ) The staff must have taken teacher feedback into consideration and it's all better now.

Final Thoughts:

Overall, I am loving teaching with QKids. It’s an easy side-gig and I love the kids. The teaching platform is very fun and modern. It’s very rare that I experience any glitches with the software. Some suggestions I have for aspiring online ESL teachers is to create a kid-friendly background and to have good lighting. Personally, I use a halo light, but you can also place lamps around you. Be sure that your lighting doesn’t make your background too bright because you want to be visible.

I wish you the best of luck in your application process! It’s nice and speedy. Remember you can type in my referral code if you’d like YZLPPL, because when I interviewed they requested a code and I had to hunt for one! Good luck!

Prepare for Teaching: 

Have you tried teaching English online? 

Leave a comment below! 

 

Hello everyone! I am a Boston based blogger that loves all things travel and lifestyle. You can usually find me working away at my university job, snapping pictures, or trying out some new Korean food spots. I lived in Seoul for two years as a public school English teacher and am earning my Master’s degree in higher education administration.

14 Comments

    • Janelle (Simply Nel Belle)

      I do have to update the times now. They recently send an update that because China does not observe daylight saving times the hours will be pushed a little later as of March 11th. Looking forward to it!

  • Stephanie

    I’ve worked with a few other companies before and I was not impressed. They provided very little support for the workers and basically left you to figure it out on your own. This company sounds like just the one I’ve been looking for! I love teaching and earning a little extra income is always a plus!

    • Janelle (Simply Nel Belle)

      Yeah I like them because you can stay in constant contact via WeChat if there are any issues. It’s been very convenient.

  • Keating

    I’ve never heard of QKids! I know VIPKid is super popular right now and a lot of people are loving it a lot. I might be looking into one of these. Thanks for your honest review!

    • Janelle (Simply Nel Belle)

      Yeah I had planned to work with VIPKid, but saw recently that people are having problems getting students because there are too many teachers. Good luck with your search!

    • Janelle (Simply Nel Belle)

      You don’t necessarily have to have actual teaching experience. If you’ve ever done babysitting that could count too. You may be able to apply through out ESL programs so keep a look out!

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