By Mike Haaren – Rat Race Rebellion Co-Founder – May 24, 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.
“Travel” the World from Home
While the “get paid to chat” jobs often serve students from Asia, Cambly seems to draw from an even 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.”
Get Paid Weekly Via PayPal
While you chat with students, Cambly automatically tracks your time. You’ll earn $0.17 USD per minute ($10.20/hour). 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. So you’ll probably want to treat this as an extra-cash gig rather than a major income source. On the flip side, when things get quiet, you can work on another side gig while you wait for your next learner!
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, which is understandable, given how straightforward the work seems to be. And you may get a rude or dipshi* student occasionally, though apparently you can ban them. I used to teach — on-site — and that option, alas, was unavailable.
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