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Jobs Opportunities for Former ESL Teachers

For many years, moms, dads, retirees, and others had a vast amount of opportunities to work at home as online ESL teachers for children around the world. Most of the teaching opportunities were working with children located in China. Now that market has taken a huge hit due to new policies instituted by the Chinese government. New policies are limiting the amount of tutoring and instruction children receive out of their normal school day. As that has occurred thousands of teachers across the world have been affected and are scrambling to accept jobs. These include those that have worked for companies like VIPKID, QKids, Zebra English, Magic Ears, and more.

Some have been able to find other jobs, while others are still pounding the virtual pavement looking for jobs that offer the flexibility and financial freedom that their ESL jobs with their former Chinese-based companies provided.
Here are some options both online and in-person that ESL teachers can consider. Some because they still allow for teaching, others for their flexibility, and others because they are still online.

Substitute Teacher

Each school district has its own requirements for being a substitution teacher. Some are looking for long-term, filling in for a teacher a month or more, or short-term subs. Short-term subs are commonly invited to fill in for a teacher from day to day and then given the option to select or reject that assignment.

A great thing now is that with the proliferation of online schools, there are also online substitute teaching positions available.

Online Tutor

Online tutoring is available for children and adults in a variety of general subjects and electives.

In-person Tutoring

In-person tutoring is not new. There are multiple franchises and independent tutoring centers across the country that have various schedules for tutors.

Private Tutor

As a private tutor, you will be responsible for getting your own clients, but you will also be able to keep all the profits. Private tutors can tutor in person and online.

Customer Service

One of the most popular work from home jobs is a customer service representative. Customer service positions are available in many well-known companies. Some companies have positions with independent contractors. Most of these independent contractor positions allow you to select your own hours in 30-minute blocks


Many individuals have been able to make extra income shopping and/ or delivering for various companies. Some are very well-known companies include Shipt, Instacart, and Amazon Flex.

  • With Shipt you have options to shop and deliver for customers in your selected area. Shoppers are paid for the shopping and delivery services. They also receive all the tips left from the customer.
  • Instacart is another shopping and delivery service comparable to Shipt
  • Amazon Flex allows independent drivers to pick up products from delivery stations and deliver them to customers. Those that deliver for amazon grocery can receive tips from delivery customers.


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