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From the Email Bag – Online Teachers and Tutors Still in Demand
By Christine Durst & Michael Haaren
Jan. 24, 2013
Dear Rat Race Rebellion:
I’ve been a public school teacher for five years and just got
laid off. I’m expecting our first child soon, and I’d like
to work from home now if I can. Are there any online jobs for teachers
or tutors? – Jenny in Portland, Ore.
Dear Jenny: You may
not have been lucky when they laid you off, but your timing is good
where online education is concerned. We’re seeing more and more
online teaching and tutoring jobs, led in part by higher
education’s growing shift toward MOOCs – massive open
Among the employers of online teachers, Connections Academy often hires
home-based K-12 teachers and occasionally tutors, too. As we write,
they seek a Music Adjunct Teacher in Oregon, for example, and a
part-time English Tutor, with no state restriction.
To give you a sense of what they’re after, here’s an
excerpt from their tutor job description: “Working out of their
home, the LiveTutor will ‘virtually’ manage a synchronous
virtual classroom accessed by pre-screened students from Connections
Education schools across the country. The virtual Live Tutor
‘classroom’ will operate every evening through 6:00 pm
eastern time and will cater to students seeking assistance in English
and Literature courses in grades 6-12.”
If you’re interested in the tutor post, however, don’t
tarry. It begins the first week of February and the job will probably
fill quickly. For details on this and other Connections Academy slots,
go to http://www.connectionsacademy.com/careers/home.aspx.
Elsewhere, Middlebury Interactive Languages recently advertised for
online teachers of Spanish, French, German, Latin and Chinese. For
more, go to http://www.middleburyinteractive.com and click on
“Careers” at the bottom of the page.
Tutor.com also hires home-based tutors in the US and Canada. Per their
site, you must “possess strong content knowledge in English,
math, science, or social studies at the level you wish to
tutor—our service covers elementary grade through first year
college.” For more, go to http://www.tutor.com/apply.
Dear Rat Race Rebellion:
I often see home-based customer service jobs on your site, but it seems
like they often don’t hire in my state, California. Why is that?
– Todd in Sacramento, Cal.
Companies sometimes exclude applicants from certain states due to tax
reasons, or the location of their training facilities or company
offices. Other times, the preferences or needs of the company’s
clients may dictate applicant locations.
But don’t let it get you down. We’ve identified over 85
companies that hire home-based customer service agents, often with no
state restriction. Thousands of virtual jobs and freelance projects in
other career categories also have no state limitation. Just job-hunt
diligently, use reliable sources, and don’t forget to keep your
scam radar on.
Christine Durst and Michael Haaren are leaders in the work-at-home
movement and advocates of de-rat-raced living. Their latest book
is Work at Home Now,
a guide to finding home-based jobs. They offer additional guidance on
finding home-based work at www.RatRaceRebellion.com. To read features
by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators
Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.
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