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Is Italki a Scam or a Good Way to Make Money Online?

By Kyle / September 7, 2017

If you are looking to make some money teaching a language online then Italki is one of your choices. But is this place any good? Or is Italki a scam that is going to just be a frustrating waste of time?

If you are interested in this money making opportunity then this review is for you. I know there are a lot of people looking into this so I decided to write this review for you guys and gals. I’ll be going over how this place works, how you get paid, the upsides & downsides, and more.

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  • Website: italki.com
  • Legit?: Yes
  • Recommended?: For some people; more on this


Italki is an online education platform that people can join to learn a new language. They have over 2 million students (so they say) and 75 languages available so its one of the bigger language platforms out there.

Not only is a good place to learn a language, but it is also a good place for some people to make some extra money online teaching a language. You can teach pretty much any language you want to, including English, which I’m assuming you speak since you are reading this.

The 2 Types of Teachers

There are 2 types of teachers that you can become at Italki and the requirements for each differ. There is the Professional Teacher and the Community Tutor.

Professional Teacher

The name says it all. Professional Teachers teach planned out lessons and have prepared material. You will also be engaging in informal conversational language here too. The requirements to become this type of teacher include…

  • Native or “near-native” speaker
  • Must be professionally certified
  • Must have professional experience teaching a language

Community Tutor

The Community Tutor is easier to become. Here all you will be doing is engaging in conversational language with your students. The requirements for this position are…

  • Native or “near-native” speaker
  • 18 years or older

With both positions you are able to set your own pay rates.  This may sound amazing but as I will explain its not like you can just charge whatever you want to.

Also another requirement for both of these positions is that you have a computer, good internet connection, a headset, and skype.

How Teaching Works

As a teacher you will be able to set your own schedule and your own pay rates. But its not like you are guaranteed a certain amount of hours or classes or anything like that. It is up to the students to request tutoring/ teaching lessons from you. For this reason it is very very important that you make an insanely good profile.

You need to put time into creating your profile if you want to get work because this is what the students will see when they decide to go with you or not. So talk to them, tell them a little bit about you, your experiences, why you want to help them, etc. You will be required to have a 1-3 minute video introduction on your profile and this is arguably the most important of all because students will be able to hear you, see you and get a sense of what you are like.

If a student likes what they see and wants to take a lesson with you they will be able to get in contact with you and schedule one based on your availability. Italki also has what they call Instant Tutoring where there is no scheduling of lessons. Here students are able to log onto the platform and find a lesson right then and their. This is good for teachers because they have the chance to pickup lessons on the fly.

You will earn credits called ITC from teaching which you will then be able to cash out for real money via Paypal, direct deposit, Skrill, or AliPay. They send out money twice a month.

How Much Money Can You Make?

The question here is how much “can” you make, not how much “will” you make.. because no one really know how much you will make. There are teachers that make a full-time income doing this but its not like you are going to start out that way.

Being able to earn a lot of money is all about going out there and teaching, getting positive feedback and getting repeat students.


Overall Italki receives very good reviews from both students and teachers alike. There really aren’t many complaints at all. I guess the only complaint that I feel is even worth mentioning is that it is difficult to start out as a teacher.

When you start out teaching you aren’t going to be making much… that is pretty much the bottom line. You are going to have competition from other teachers and the students will pick who they want to. Even if you have an amazing profile you still will find it tough to start because you won’t have any ratings and feedback.

Italki has a rating system where at the end of each lesson students and teachers can rate each other. Building up positive feedback has a huge effect on the amount of work you get.

Another reason that you won’t make much at first is because you will have to set your rates low if you want any work at all. With little to no feedback students just aren’t going to request lessons from you if you charge high rates.

Final Thoughts & What I Recommend

First off, Italki is definitely not a scam. They are legitimate and provide a real and important service. I would recommend this money making opportunity for those that are looking for supplemental income at this point in time. It is possible to grow this income into a full-time money maker but when you start that is not realistic, as I went over above.

There are also other language sites that you can teach with that are very similar such as SkimaTalk, Cambly, Tutor ABC, and VIPKID.

As an alternative to this, if you are looking for an online job that you can work any hours you want then you might want to take a peek at how I make money online.

I make a living working online for myself. What I do is enjoyable and has lots of potential which is great. I have written a post on what I do to make money online, how it all works, and how others can do the same. You can click the link below to read about it.

–> Click Here to learn about it 

Comments, questions, concerns??? Leave them in the comment section below and I’ll get back to you ?

About the author


My name is Kyle and I am the owner of Earn Beast. I created this website to explore the various ways of earning and mainly focus on teaching others how they can make money online. To learn how I make a full-time income online, Click Here

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