4 ESL Jobs Online From Home That Pay- No Degree Required-Part 1

I recently did a post on 5 Great Work At Home Jobs-Not Just For Moms. I had a reader request a list of ESL jobs online. Since I am all about finding you legitimate jobs that you can do from home, I am fulfilling that request.

I researched ESL (English second language) jobs online from home. These are teachers tutoring English to children in other countries. Some may offer tutoring for other languages as well.

During my research I noticed there were some that required a degree as well as so many years of teaching or substitute teaching experience.

This will be part 1 of a 2 part post. For this post I will do ESL jobs online from home that do not require a degree or a certain amount of years experience. Part 2 will be the jobs that do require a degree and most likely some experience.

First Up Is SameSpeak

SameSpeak (samespeak is actually how the logo is written) tutors English to students. You must speak natural (primary language) English, and be at least 16 years or older. I wish I could have had a job like this at 16.

I was not able to find what teachers have said about their time at SameSpeak. Their blog page contained no blogs.

Samespeak, is conversational coaching English job as you do not need to meet any educational guidelines and there is no experience necessary.

You will need to register and be verified to be a coach. The actual website states that they have a surplus of coaches at the moment. When you register, they will notify you when verification resumes.

To me this sounds like it may be that you are able to register, but not be verified until they have matched students with other coaches that are waiting. You can still register and try one of the other jobs that I have listed. Who knows, maybe you can juggle 2 different teaching companies and make really good money.

I decided to post this because, the pay is $10 per 30 minute lesson. It isn’t as high  or as low as some other sites, but you don’t need a degree or experience. And $10 for 30 minutes is a good rate to me. Some of the other site are $10 an hour.

There wasn’t as much information, like most of the other listings have. Below you can click on the picture and take a look to see if you might be interested. I didn’t see anything saying you had to know a specific language, other than English.

Coaching Material: made available to you once you have registered.

  • Instructions appear in each lesson
  • an instruction page is provided on the site
  • an audio of a sample lesson is available
  • contact admin@samespeak.com if you have any issues

Items you will need:

  • Computer
  • Headset with microphone
  • HIGH SPEED internet (dial up and satellite will not work)
  • Skype account: you will need to use the free test calling service
  • PayPal account: if you are under 18, you will need a parent or guardian to sign up for Paypal account for you

Your students will be in a school/educational environment. They will learn by hearing you (the conversational coach) live presenting the lesson.

If hired, you will get paid every Friday. You need to have at least $100.00 in your account. If you have less than that you will need to make a special request to release the payment, which takes 3 to 5 business days to show up in your account.

Next Stop Is Cambly

Cambly is set up differently. Now mind you, these companies all set out to find learners (those wishing to learn to speak English) an English tutor.

Cambly offers its learners 24/7 access to speakers (tutors) through video chat. Cambly’s students speak over 30 different languages. Their students are from 130 countries.

When I went to their job search, I clicked on the first one which the location was Japan. Not thinking anything about it, I just clicked on it. I got a little nervous when I saw that it wasn’t written in English.

But luckily there was a text translator that popped up. Thank goodness, or I would have just had to find another ESL company to research.

After it was translated, I backed out of the site because it was not a tutoring job. I typed in my search bar Cambly tutor jobs.

Finding a good amount of information was a challenge. I was looking to see what tutors had to say so I checked on Indeed, although I am not to impressed with the service of indeed, I did screenshot a review of a Cambly employee,

Cambly employee review, review of cambly by employee

Employee review on Cambly

Cambly pays $0.17 a minute ($10.20 an hour). You will be paid via PayPal every Monday. It isn’t much more than samespeak. Cambly tracks your time that is spent with your student. It is said they PAY on time and also have bonuses.

Teaching here is more like online chat. If you are a caring and genuine people person and make a good impression on your student then chances are they will want to keep talking with you. This leads to you getting more pay. It will also lead to better reviews for you which will lead to more students requesting you as there tutor.

Cambly states you can work whenever you want. When you are ready to work just log in and you will be receiving calls with in minutes.

You will chat with people all over the world. How cool is that? You will be able to learn from your students as well. No experience is needed with this company either.

I couldn’t get any further. When I clicked get started to finish my research, I was prompted to sign up or login with my Facebook.

Once you are logged in, it will bring up a screen that test your internet speed. I knew it was over for me. The area I live we can only get satellite internet. Video chatting or computer to computer calling will not work with satellite.Internet speed test

If you don’t have HIGH SPEED internet then I wouldn’t waste my time applying for any of these jobs. They rely on video chatting. Any time you will be using some type of video, you have to have packet loss to do it.

If you have high speed internet and would like to check out Cambly, just click on the picture below.


Our Next Stop Is Tutlo

Tutlo (pronounced toot low) only expects you to know English. No need to know any other language. You do not need a degree OR any experience.

Once you fill out the application, you only have to wait 2 business days to know whether you were accepted or not. That is unless it is a holiday of course.

For this one you have to be at least 18 years of age or older. You just need to have the passion for teaching others English and a good conversationalist.

Tutlo employee video, employee's description as a tutor working at Tutlo

Details of Tutlo by employee

You of course need reliable high speed internet and a computer OR any device with a web cam. Yes you heard that right.

The platform they have is designed easy enough for beginners to be able to teach. Not sure how to conduct a class, don’t worry they have material to help you with topics for any level as well as conducting a lesson.

The pay is $11.00 for 60 minutes. You will get paid weekly and a PayPal account is their only payment method. The pay isn’t as good, but for those of you who really have an interest in teaching ESL online from home with no degree.

There is a perfect opportunity to build up your experience so that you can apply for one of the better paying jobs down the road.

You can set your own schedule. You shouldn’t have to worry about them having more teachers than students. They will have plenty of students if they are only paying $11.00 for an hour. They are probably not charging the students as much as other programs like this.

To apply for Tutlo just click on the picture below. You will be required to record a video introducing yourself. If you have no experience I would suggest you use this to convince them of your capability to perform this job.

Tutlo application

Now Arriving At PalFish

By clicking on PalFish above, you will need to enter your phone number to proceed. This one wasn’t as easy to get information on as the others.

This one is based off of a mobile app that you download from Google play store. I am hoping to be able to give you enough information without having to apply personally. I don’t work for these places, I just try to find you a good job.

using app for palfish, tutor using Palfish app

Palfish employee explains working for Palfish using the app

They are different as you can set your own price to get paid. Mind you now, that doesn’t mean you can start out charging $20.00 (an hour) per lesson.

Again, you don’t have a degree or experience, so you definitely want to start your price low until you get good reviews rolling in.

Teachers typically charge $10.00 to $18.00 dollars per hour. Some are as high as $20.00 to $30.00 per hour. They either have degrees, certificates and or experience. The good news is that the minimum is $10.00 per hour.

PalFish will hire native and non-native tutors. It is said there are many ways to earn money with them. One is teaching languages other than just English.

You can also earn money by charging a fee when a student ask you a question and you answer it. If you don’t answer the question you do not get paid. You are also allowed to accept donations. Hmm. I am assuming this is due to performing free lessons in order to get followers to be trusted or seen as a quality teacher.

I am not sure about PalFish “hiring” you as it is suggested that once you get the app, download it and set everything up, you should do free classes until you have enough followers and the confidence in being able to provide lessons the students or parents will want to pay for. Hence, the reason you want to start out with a low price.

I wasn’t able to get as much information as I had wanted. Hopefully I did get enough for you to decide if it was worth you checking on.

Here is the link to for google where you need to download the app. If It is not compatible, they do now have an application for a computer or laptop as well.

I am including another link that is from a teacher who wrote a review about PalFish. I was not able to message him nor leave a comment to find a legitimate website, and to ask him questions in regard to this company.

We Have Come To The End For Now

This was a little tougher than I had anticipated. I cam across quite a few that were not hiring, or you needed a degree as well as experience in. I will be providing a post with the ESL sites that you need a degree for in my next post.

ESL tutoring seems to be very popular. I cam across a couple that provide multiple languages for anyone to learn. I even cam across a couple that helped business with employees who spoke different language than the employer.

If you didn’t find anything of interest, please keep checking back. I am dedicated to helping you in your search for that work from home job opportunity.

As with any other jobs online, ESL jobs online from home aren’t for everyone. It isn’t for me. But I have a job I love, and I work for myself and for you. I love my job.

If you would like to try your hand at having your own business that you can try absolutely free, then I will be glad to help you with that as well.

You will be provided the tools and training needed to get your business rolling. The best part is, you can start your own at home business opportunity based off of something you love doing.

No matter if it is body building or farming. You can start a business based on that. You can just write short stories or freelance writing. The possibilities are endless.

I feel like I owe you a free try at something I believe in. Someone offered it to me and since then I have been building this site to help others find a job or help them build their own business ever since.

Start Where I Did FREE
If you have worked for any of the places in this post I would love to hear about your experience. If you know anything I may have wrong or that I may have missed with the jobs posted here, please do let me know in a comment below.

If you have any questions, suggestions or comments I would love to hear them and I would love to reply.

Thank you,

Best Of Luck In All You Do

Lee Ann






Lee Ann Cermak-McQuay

I am a family oriented mother and love being involved with my little ones. My husband is the best guy a girl could ask for. I love helping others which is why I created this site. I know what it is like to NEED to work and earn an income, but not be able to do it outside the home. I am now able to help others find work they can do from home. And I love it.


  1. Interesting and informative post. And it shows the job opportunities we have available today. There are multiple opportunities for teaching online courses with subject-specific content. I think you are offering an excellent support to those who are looking for jobs. It is also important that you share your personal experience which makes listed options more attractive to try.

    • I agree with you. I honestly never realized how many different job opportunities there really are, until I started searching for work at home jobs for others.
      Thank you very much for your kind words. I hope to continue to bring awesome work at home opportunities to my readers. That is what my purpose here is. To help others.
      As for my personal experience, if I were to post a job that I have personally been involved in, I will definitely put my personal experience.
      Thank you for the suggestion.
      Best Of Luck In All You Do
      Lee Ann

  2. This is fantastic and one method of earning money from home I haven’t heard of. Will definitely be giving this a go when I have a spare few hours! Just to clarify, you only need to speak English, you don’t to speak the language that your students are?

    • If you have a few hours to spare and love helping to teach others, then this might be for you.
      Most of the ESL jobs online that I cam across, DO NOT require you to speak any language other than English.
      There are a few sites that teach various languages. If your native language is French, then you would want to check into one of those.
      If you check one of the sites I have listed, please do let me know what you thought.
      Best Of Luck In All You Do
      Lee Ann

  3. Wow I never considered these opportunities as possible sources of extra income. I used to be a preschool teacher so I love kids. I love teaching. I like that a lot of these options don’t require a college degree. I also like that you don’t have to speak another language to qualify. I think $10 or $12 per hour is reasonable considering there is no college degree or trade school training involved. I bookmarked your site because it has a lot of great information that I have been looking for. Thank you!

    • Thank you Sophia and I am glad you found my information useful. I love hearing that. My soul purpose it to provide you with work from home jobs that are legitimate and to give you the best that I can.
      If I didn’t have my own online business, I would definitely apply for one of these.
      Please do stop back by I am working on part 2 for ESL jobs from home online that require a degree.
      I will continue posting about work from home jobs after that as well.
      Best Of Luck In All You Do
      Lee Ann

  4. Lee Ann,
    Thank you for your survey of ESL opportunities with no degree needed. I’m actually going to pass this info on to my wife and daughter, both of whom may want to give it a go.
    My only critical feedback on your article is, I’m not as confident trying these sites out as I would be if YOU had actually tried them out. I do appreciate that you saved me the search time — and, to be honest, thought of the whole ESL thing, ’cause I didn’t. But your “review” only goes as deep as sign-up for these places, so I still don’t know how reliable they are for pay, ease of use, etc.
    Thanks again for the great 2nd income ideas, and for all the links!

    • Thank you for taking the time to read my post and for passing on the information.
      I REALLY appreciate your honesty as I want my readers to know of my honesty.
      I have not and will not work at the jobs (unless my business were to go under) that I research and write about. I devote all my available time to my website. This is what I do for a living.
      After reading your comment, I did however go back and add more information. Some of them were hard to find information on.
      I do thank you. You have helped me provide my readers with the best information I can find and honesty.
      Best Of Luck In All You Do
      Lee Ann

  5. wow.. as a mum looking to supplement my income this is really interesting stuff. i had no idea this opportunity was out there, and will certainly be investigating more opportunities like these. A real good and informative read. Have you been able to sign up to any of these yet ? be interested in your own experiences.

    • Thank you and I am glad you enjoyed this.
      The internet supplies us with endless opportunities to work from home. It is just a matter of weeding out the bad to find the good. Once you know what you are looking for it becomes easier to find the legitimate work from home opportunities.
      As for my working for the companies listed, no I have not.
      I will not lie and say I did, which I wrote in the post itself. If I were to work at every single job I research I wouldn’t have time for my business.
      I started this site in order to work from home for reasons beyond my control. which you can read my about me here https://legitworkforparents.com/legit-work-for-parents
      I do research each job to a great extent. I also welcome anyone who has worked at any of the positions on my site to leave me a comment with their experience. If the job was not up to expectations it will be removed from my post.
      I care about those who rely on my post, which is why I do this.
      I wish you the best of luck in all you do.
      Lee Ann

  6. Hi Lee Ann,
    What a great article you have created, really good information on working from home teaching the English language to prospective students.This article is very detailed and full of information on places to where I can look for work from work from home opportunities teaching children.

  7. Hi Lee Ann –
    It’s interesting to know that there are online platforms for language tutorial. Thank you for researching this. I wish I knew about these online English tutorial gigs before. I would definitely recommend it to my daughter. She’s almost done with her 3rd year in college and now that summer break is just a few days away, she’s thinking of looking for a job again. Maybe this would be a good option for her. It’s something that she can do anywhere as long as she has a laptop and good internet. Thanks for the tip!

    • Thank you for your time.
      I am in the process of writing part 2, ESL jobs online from home that require a degree.
      It should be published soon and I would recommend maybe reading it as the pay may be higher since she will carry a degree/or is currently attending college.
      I hope she will find either of the 2 post helpful in her search for a job over the summer.
      Like you said, she will be able to do it from anywhere. She will also be able to earn a reasonable income without having to put in overtime.
      She can be her own boss : )

  8. What a great way to make a little extra cash, and sounds fairly easy. All you need is good English skills, and to be a conversationalist. I don’t think the pay is bad, for those who do not have a degree. A great way to get started for sure. I really didn’t know there were so many choices.

    • Thank you for taking the time to read and leave your comment.
      I never really realized how many jobs there actually were online.
      The variety is simply amazing.
      When you know what to look for, you are no longer pulling up data entry or survey taker jobs. You can find legitimate work from home jobs that actually pay cash and not pay you with a point system.

  9. This is so nice, i have always wanted to do workonline but did not have an idea on how or where to do it, your article has really given me a very important information where to start especially the ESL work. Thank you the information.

    • Thank you Mercy.
      Since starting my site I am learning more and more each day.
      I honestly had no idea as to how many different job types there were for those who are looking to work online from home.
      I haven’t even scratched the surface yet.
      I wish I had done this type of research for myself when I was looking for a job.
      I have been in training at Wealthy Affiliate where I have learned about researching as well as how to build my own online business.
      If you are interested you can check it our free of charge https://www.wealthyaffiliate.com/a_aid/c5a3c84a/campaign/clickhere.
      Let me know what you think : )
      Lee Ann

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