How to Make Money & Travel

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I love what I do and I love that it gives me the freedom to go where I want when I want. Given I have an internet connection Tee Hee. This allows my husband and I to RV full time. I teach ESL (English as a second language) with VIPKID as an independent contractor. I also teach yoga and my husband teaches meditation on our website http://www.soulsgonewild.com 

VIPKID is NOT a scam. I was a little worried at first but it is a completely legit company.

What is required to work with VIPKID?

1.You must have at least a Bachelors Degree. It can be in any field. I have a Bachelors in Agricultural Business lol.

2.You must be able to pass a background check.

3.You must be able to work in the U.S. or Canada.

4.You will need at least one year of experience teaching, tutoring, coaching, or mentoring. I worked for the YMCA for 1.5 years working with kids. 

If you meet these basic requirements and would like to apply use this link https://t.vipkid.com.cn/?refereeId=10605971&refersourceid=a01  Just fill out the application and you’ll be on your way!

After applying you will be able to set up an interview. They have you do a kind of demo of how you would teach a class. I highly recommend watching some youtube videos about the interview. That is what I did. Also, wearing an orange shirt is not required but you will get bonus points for wearing one. 

After your interview you will hear within 24 hours whether or not you have made it to the next round of the process.

I love VIPKID. I teach Chinese children from the ages of 4-12 how to speak English. It works exactly like video calling while clicking through slides in an online classroom. The slides are apart of the lesson plan for that child. The curriculum is already set for you. Each class is at least 25 minutes long. After each class you have to give feedback on how the child did for that class. You get to set your own schedule. The pay is based on your experience level ($14 – $22/hr). You don’t have to be super with technology. There are professional IT people, called fireman, ready to help you are having problems during class.

How it works. You log into your VIPKID account and there you will see what children have booked your time slots. You will be able to see their info and what material you will be teaching. You have to teach for at least 25 minutes per class but don’t go over 30 minutes. There are about 25 ish slides per class so time management is key. Try to manage 1 minute per slide. After the classes you need to leave feedback. If you don’t you will get docked in pay. I usually have a bunch of classes back to back. so I will jot down quick notes during class and then do all of the feedback when I am finished with classes.

You get to set your own Schedule. When I joined the team we had to have at least 15 time slots available each week. This means you only have to teach 7.5 hours a week. Obviously you can do more. You open the slots you are available to teach. The parents of the kids are the ones who book the classes. 

The only really tricky part, at least for me, is the time difference. Beijing, China is 12 hours ahead. (This will change with Daylight Savings Time. China does not change their clocks.) The prime time for teaching is 6:00 AM – 10:00 AM Monday – Friday, Friday 9:00 PM – Saturday 10:00 AM, and Saturday 9:00 PM – Sunday 10:00 AM. That is wicked right??? Everyone has their own preference on how they set their schedule. Some get up early, some stay up all night on weekends, some people do both. It is totally up to you. I love that my days are free to go out and adventure.

The pay breakdown. You get a base pay, depends on your experience. You get $1 per class for just showing up and being on time. Pretty easy right. You will get another $.50 per class after you teach 35 classes that month. If you reach 45 classes in a month it will go from $.50 to $1. Pretty awesome right!!!??? It gets even better. A parent cannot book your time slot within 24 hours of the class time unless you allow it by clicking the 24 hr button. That would allow the parent to book that class within 24 hrs. If someone books that class within 24 hrs, BOOM, you get an additional $2 for short notice. You also get paid for the class if you have a NO SHOW student or the student is having an IT issue. 

Example: 

$9 per class base pay (this is not a guarantee, just an example)

$1 per class for being on time

$.50 per class after teaching 35 classes in a single month. Turns to $1 per class after teaching 45 and greater in a single month.

$2 additional if booked short notice

<than 35 classes is $10 per class

>or= to 35 classes is $10.50 per class

>or= to 45 classes is $11 per class

So if you teach your 46th class for the month and its a short notice booking you would get paid $13 for that one 25 minute class.

If you are worried that you are not super tech savvy, don’t. There are people ready to help you. That is one thing I love about VIPKID. They want their teachers to be prepared and comfortable. There are firemen to call during class if something isn’t working correctly. I also have the added bonus that my husband is pretty tech savvy, thank goodness. 

Being a teacher with VIPKID has been one of the coolest jobs I have ever had. I really enjoy having fun and educating kids. The freedom of making my own schedule, the pay, the support from the VIPKID community and the ability to travel are what make this job so great!

Interested? Apply today: https://t.vipkid.com.cn/?refereeId=10605971&refersourceid=a01

Do what you love,

-Heather

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How to grow your dog walking business!

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My wife and I ran a dog walking business for a little over two years. We experienced tremendous growth our first year which required us to hire employees the following year. In March of 2018 we officially sold our business to travel in a RV full-time. We are now working on building our new brand – Souls Gone Wild. My wife teaches yoga and I teach meditation. Anyway, we wanted to share some of our secrets on how to grow your dog walking business!

The first topic I would like to bring up is word of mouth. Don’t be shy about talking about your business, especially when you are just starting out. When it comes to dog walking, trust is a big issue, so when you do a great job for one of your clients, they most likely will refer your business to a neighbor, friend or family member. As an incentive, we would always offer a free walk if a client referred us. Something else that is good to have are business cards. Sometimes you meet prospective clients while you are out dog walking. It is always good to have extra business cards on you, so when someone asks about your services, you can give them your card with all of your information.

That leads me to the next topic – internet presence. You will need a web site that has all your information for prospective clients to review. It is always good to have the following information available; contact information, service area, services offered, rates, etc. Get your business on google and yelp.  This gives people a way to find your business, connect them to your web site and a way to leave reviews.

Ah, yes – reviews. This is an important topic. Having reviews gives you credibility. When people find you on the internet and like what you offer, they will usually finish with seeing what clients think about your business. Having reviews puts you on the map. Don’t be afraid to ask for reviews in the beginning. We asked for reviews and some people ignored it and others were happy to leave us one. Others also left us reviews without us even asking, which was great. After a while we stopped asking. 

We had a lot of success gaining clients from Rover and Care. With rover, clients will reach out to you. The main thing to be aware with Rover though is that most dog owners that use rover usually expect low rates and for their to be no “policies.” We found that some people were not bothered at all that we were a business and had certain rules, but some will definitely be turned off by it. Care was great because we could look at dog owners posts and see their general location, dog walking needs and expectations. I would look at the site a few times a day and would constantly be reaching out to people. The key to both sites is to respond quickly and setup a meet and greet. When we showed up to someones house we a business t-shirt on, business insurance, reviews and background checks we would almost always win over the client. 

Something my wife and I did pretty often in the beginning stages of our business were mock-ups. Mock-ups is a technique you do in meditation to attract your needs or desires. It’s kind of like the law of attraction. This is actually something I teach. More information can be found on our web site: www.soulsgonewild.com

Bottom line, if you do a good job, speak up and put yourself out there, you will do just fine. Be persistent and don’t fret about competition. There are plenty of dog walkers and dog walking business out there. It is good to aware of your competition, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be in competition with them. That will only suck away your energy and deter you from focusing on your own business. 

If you have the money to do online advertising, go for it. I think it can help, but I don’t think it is necessary. We did just fine without it. Find what works best for you! If you feel you need some help or more insight I would be willing to do business consulting, however, if you are starting or operating your business near Philadelphia, PA – I won’t be able to provide consulting. Email: soulsgonewild@gmail.com

Good Luck and have fun!

-Andrew

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