When I mention the opportunities in online learning I notice that a lot of people seem to try to make this whole process way, way harder than it has to be. You can, of course make it just as hard as you want it to be … that’s your prerogative, but if you want to start making dollars, today, then this is one strategy you can implement for very little more than you already have invested in a computer and internet access.
These techniques will work no matter if you are US born, Filipino born or “made in” any other nation, and they will work equally as well from the Philippines, from the US, or anywhere else.
Step One: Forget about business partners, services and other places where you sign up and they take your income. This is a low dollar, grass roots, hands on effort and I want you to keep all the profit. By the way, nothing in this article is an affiliate link or anything else that I profit from … just so you know.
Step Two: You need a way to receive money, so pen a PayPal account. There are other online money transfer providers but PayPal is the largest in the world and now, bingo, you are set up with a banking service and a way to accept credit cards.
Step Three: You need a way to interact with your students so open a Skype account. Presto. You now have a way to interact by voice and/or video with your prospective students
Step Four: Decide what to charge. prices I have seen here in the Philippines average around a couple hundred pesos per hour … you can learn more from the next step. (hint, here in the Philippines, Koreans wanting English tutoring typically pay around P1,000 per hour. Don’t start too low.
Step Five: Type in a phrase like “learn English online for Koreans from a native English speaker” (try both with and without the quotation marks) and start exploring. You will learn a lot from following up some of these offers. You’ll see freelancers, online school, books and other learning aids available, and more (don’t succumb to buying shiny objects).
Step Six: based on your market research above, decide of a name you want to be known by and got to www.blogger.com and start posting about your new business. What do you write? Simple, I just gave you the outline for the first six posts, write about your experiences and the good, the bad and the ugly about getting your feet on the ground in this business.
Step Seven: Write a blog post that mentions your business, hours of operation, how much you charge, etc. Don’ write ordinary “blog post” stuff, this blog is your business website by another name.
Step Eight: Get 1,000 visitors to your blog. Here’s a way to do that for free. (remember, don’t buy anything!)
Then keep building traffic.
So far you are in a position to accept money, have away to communicate, are building an online presence and you are learning the ropes. Total investment so far? Zero dollars and no cents.
What are you waiting for now, an engraved invitation? Or perhaps you need a “Round TuIt” … you know, one of those things that everything is always on hold for until you get around to it? This could be the day you started being a success, but it absolutely will not be if you don’t make a move. You are guaranteed to miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.
Thanks > Kollage Kid
If you need some more technical and business guidance:
OK, I looked this over since I posted it, and I also have some questions from many people who aren’t really clear on a couple concepts. One question I have had several times is, “If this is so easy, why aren’t you doing it, Dave”? Well that’s a very good question. part one of the answer is, I didn’t say it was easy. I said that anyone with normal spoken English skills and a computer and the free program Skype can do it, but it’s work.
It;s a legitimate business opportunity that you can pursue from anywhere you live, and it requires virtually no investment .. but … like any conventional or self-employed venture, it requires effort. I’m 65 years young and I enjoy being retired. that’s one reason I don’t teach English online as a business (Although I was really, really tempted to bu7y that example site I showed you earlier 😉 )
The second reason is, like any successful business, it requires a certain amount of setting up, planning and developing specific techniques for the market … and I spend way too much time on other profitable on-line ventures as it is … I don’t care to start something else again from scratch. I’d rather build the properties I currently have to be bigger and better.