With school back in session, the demand for tutoring will increase. With that increase comes a great new employment opportunity: online student tutoring. Whether you're a stay-at-home mom with extra time on your hands now that the kids are back in school or an individual who needs a little side income, online student tutoring jobs are plentiful and varied. But be wise: seek reputable companies with ethical tutoring practices.

Ready to dive into this opportunity? Here are some reliable options worth exploring:

  • Tutor.com: With this site, think of yourself as a freelance tutor. Your services are posted and sought by students and parents, from fourth grade through the first year of college, in an online classroom forum. You'll be paid an hourly salary for the number of hours each month you tutor, with typical pay running from $10 – $14 an hour. Additional bonuses and incentives are available. A degree is not required (and certain college students can even apply!), but applicants must pass a concept test. Find out here if this option is for you.
  • SmarThinking.com: This online-only peer-to-peer tutoring approach serves college students and allows individuals to work from home for as little as nine hours each week. Applicants must choose a field—writing, mathematics, biology, nursing, and Spanish, etc., and, in most cases (but not all), possess an advanced degree. Employment is quite competitive. Tutors are paid an hourly salary, regardless of how much or if they tutor during their dedicated hours. Bonus: applicants are paid for online training, which is not the case with most other online tutoring companies. Sound good? Apply here.
  • Tutorvista.com: This online tutoring platform wants to use their tutors immediately upon hiring. They require a minimum 4-hour-a-day commitment. Still, the service is work-from-home, and they offer tutor certification. For these highly-qualified positions, a Master's degree in the subject area is required. It's also one service that uses an online whiteboard to aid in tutoring, making the learning exchange fun between tutor and student! Learn more and apply here.
  • e-tutor.com: This company, established in 1997, is one of the smaller operations. But it serves a big population. K-12 students get help here, whether they are public school students, homeschoolers, or those working for credit recovery or through the summer. A Bachelor's degree is required to tutor in a subject area, and tutors also write instructional content. Those with strong writing skills are favored. Learn more here.
  • Local community colleges and universities: If you live near a college or university, visit their writing lab or learning lab website. Some institutions use online tutors through learning management system platforms, third-party platforms, like AskOnline, Skype, and even e-mail. If you already have an existing tutor certification (like this popular one through the College Reading and Learning Association), you'll be an attractive candidate. Or if you're an alum of the school, all the better! If there is not a direct posting for such a position with your desired institution online, call them directly and inquire.

To help you learn more about these and other online tutoring companies, spend some time reading testimonials of what current and former employees say. Jobitorial.com and Glassdoor.com provide candid feedback.

Online tutoring is a viable work-from-home opportunity that can not only provide additional family income but also a sense of pride and accomplishment through helping others with their own education.
So if you're ready for the challenge—and have the time to spare—consider online tutoring.

This is a guest post by Audrey from Texas
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