Verbal Planet

Language teaching and tutoring marketplace.

Summary
Verbal Planet is a well developed language learning/tutoring marketplace for MANY different languages. What sets VP apart from other services in this category is a set of features (e.g. separate logins for tutors, analytics engine) which makes it easier to use for both the tutor and the student.

 

How To Use It:
Sign up and create a profile, then wait to get approved for teaching. Check out the site features for marketing yourself, and set your hourly rate. Teach. Money is deposited into Paypal only (no option for direct bank account deposit).

 

Recommended For:
This site is solid and pays well enough to actually travel on. Recommended for language teachers who want to earn nomadically.

 

Pros:

  • Higher average hourly rates than competitors like italki.
  • No commission is charged by Verbal Planet on lessons.
  • VP has a great reputation among learners – you are bound to get students.
  • You get paid in advance and can then use your Skype account to communicate with students, so you are not bound to communicate in-app.
  • The site is feature rich and was obviously made by some skilled web developers. Features include 24 hour reminders for sessions, ways to track your income, and (assuming you do a good job) your positive ratings automatically promote your profile, attracting more students.
  • Lots of shiny graphs!
  • Trouble thinking of cons seems to be a common theme among reviews of VP.

 

Cons:

  • VP charges a fee for booking.
  • The ability to use Skype lets tutors use a stable communication platform that they likely already have, however, if you would prefer communication to be handled in-app, this could be considered a con.

 

Things To Know:

  • Recommended to remind students to leave feedback if they are satisfied. Your tutor rating matters!
  • Bookings made outside of Verbal Planet will result in sanctions or deletion of your profile.
  • Paypal only.

 

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