By Mike Haaren – Rat Race Rebellion Co-Founder – Aug. 13, 2018
Work from Home Jobs – No Experience or College Required – Get Paid to Chat with English Learners – Set Your Own Hours – Nationwide
If you speak fluent English and are looking for a side gig you can do online, Cambly continues to recruit people to chat with English learners. You’ll need a smartphone or tablet, or high-speed internet on your computer, and be willing to chat with people who want to practice their English. Work from any state.
(The company’s Facebook and Twitter feeds are out of date. But Tutors continue to post reviews to Glassdoor and Indeed, so it looks like the company is still cranking.)
“Travel” the World from Home
While the “get paid to chat” jobs often serve students from Asia, Cambly seems to draw from a wider base. In addition to Asia, it has students from South America, Saudi Arabia, India, Turkey, South Korea and others. If you’re like me and enjoy experiencing other cultures, it could be a good way to get paid to share your language and culture while learning a lot about others, too.
“Anytime, Anywhere Money”
You can log in when you have some free time and start taking calls within minutes, the company says. Or you can schedule blocks of time when you want to be available online. (This seems to produce more calls from students, Tutors say.) There’s also “Priority Hours”…
This option gives you “priority access” to new students. In Cambly’s words,
“Priority Hours are 1-hr time slots when you will receive priority access to new students. During your Priority Hour, we will actively feature your tutor profile and send you calls from new students. Additionally, you’ll be guaranteed to be paid for a minimum of 15 minutes of chat time per hour regardless if students call. During a Priority Hour, you are required to be online and answer all calls that come your way during that Hour.”
However, it’s not clear whether “priority hours” are still available or how often they’re allocated. Since workflow at Cambly seems to be iffy, you may want to treat this as an extra-cash option that can provide work-from-home and tutoring experience, rather than core income.
Get Paid Weekly Via PayPal
While you chat with students, Cambly automatically tracks your time. You’ll earn $0.17 USD per minute of tutoring (an hourly rate of $10.20). Pay is sent every Monday via Paypal.
- You must have $20 minimum in earnings before payment is sent.
- Since you’re paid per talk minute, it’s unlikely you’ll be chatting for a solid hour and net $10.20. At least not regularly. Best to have another gig on hand for downtime. InboxDollars is looking for poll takers, so that’s one option. And Palfish is another company that pays for Tutors, no experience required. For more on them, click here.
The Signup Process
The signup was pretty simple the last time we checked. Fill in the blank forms, do a quick video for Cambly’s internal use, and verify your email address. There will be some questions about any certifications or teaching experience you might have, but it’s just fact-gathering – neither one is necessary. Then they’ll review your application and get back to you with a yes or no.
Reviews on Glassdoor average a little over 4 stars, which is higher than most jobs & gigs we see. A lot of people would like to get more chat time. And you may get a rude or dipshi* student occasionally, though apparently you can ban them. That’s a plus not available to on-site teachers! (I used to teach on-site. We’d have loved that option! lol)
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