BlingABC pays pretty darn good compared to other online English teaching platforms, which generally already pay a decent rate in my opinion. It's no wonder why there are so many people looking into making a little money on the side, or possibly more than that, working remotely teaching English… It can be fun, often provides flexible hours, and of course you can work from anywhere with Internet.
But how does BlingABC stack up against the competition? Will it be worth it to become a BlingABC teacher or is this just a waste of time scam?
I can tell you one thing for sure, it is definitely not a scam. However, whether it is worth your time or not depends on what type of opportunity you are looking for. There are some downsides to working here as will be discussed in this review, such as the schedule not being as flexible as other similar job opportunities out there.
What is BlingABC?
BlingABC is an online education platform for Chinese students to learn English… And, vice versa it is a online education platform for English speakers to teach Chinese students and make money doing so, just like VIPKID.
The company is part of the New Oriental Education and Technology Group and works with education programs across China, with a pool of over 1.6 million students that could potentially use the platform… So obviously the market demand is there.
As you may have noticed from the screenshot above it mentions the "EFL" teacher position, which I want to make clear is basically the same thing as "ESL".
But anyways… This place offers the opportunity for native English speakers to join the platform and make money teaching, as long as you meet the requirements that will be discussed in a bit and are willing to sign a six month contract.
Overall, this is a very good English teaching platform. They offer competitive pay, room to grow, a fun environment where you can build relationships with students and more.
Working as an English teacher..
Classes are taught in groups of three. It will be you (if you become a teacher) and three students… Although sometimes there might be less if some of the students don't show up, which does happen.
You are not required to prepare any lesson materials, but using your own props always helps and creates a more enjoyable experience, which can help you get better feedback and ultimately help you get paid more.
One of the nice things about working as a teacher for BlingABC is that you get assigned the same students to work with over and over again. This allows you to get to know them, their personalities, how they learn best, and develop relationships. This is one way how this particular platform differs from a lot of other similar ones out there.
You will be required to work at least five hours a week minimum, which will be done in the evening, from 6 PM to 9 PM.
Most classes meet two times per week, once earlier in the week and once later in the week. So you will have to have availability, for example, Monday evening and Thursday evening. You can't only have availability Monday and Tuesday because classes are not scheduled close together like this.
How it works is you will meet with the same students two times per week over a period of 1-4 months, depending on what time of year it is and other factors.
How much money can you make?
One thing that is for certain about BlingABC is that they pay pretty darn good. And, what is really nice is that they have a systematic pay scale where you can earn more and more over time. The way it works is that when your six month contract is up, if you re-sign with them they will give you a raise if you have done a good job and received good enough feedback.
The base rate of pay is $21-$27 per hour, but you can earn bonuses on top of that earning up to $32 per hour, so in a nutshell $21-32/hr. On the website they claim that it is even possible to earn up to $51 per hour if you are an exceptional teacher and have been there a while.
Payments are made once a month via direct deposit.
If teaching here is a position that you think you will like, you must first meet these requirements below before applying...
- Bachelor's degree
- TEFL/TESOL/CELTA or other teaching certifications that are recognized
- Native English speaker (neutral accent)
- Experience teaching ESL
- Device requirements
- Good internet connection
- Desktop or laptop computer
- Windows or Mac operating system
- Webcam & headset
* What I mean by being a "native English speaker" and having a neutral accent is that you can be a native speaker from the US, UK, Australia, South Africa, Ireland and so on.
* You are required to have a full bachelor's degree. The area of study that your bachelor's degree is in does not matter. As an alternative, Englishunt accepts teachers that only have 48 college credit hours.
Application process & getting started
If you meet all the requirements and want to apply, the application process is pretty simple. The steps you will have to take are as follows…
- Sign up online and fill out the application
- Submit your resume
- Schedule interview and perform a demo class
- Sign contract for 6 months
- Go through orientation and training
The interview and demo class is by far the most stressful part of the process, however they give you a few tips to help you get by. You will be given the demo class material beforehand, so it is highly advised that you look it over and become familiar with it. It is also advisable to have supplementary teaching tools at your disposal, such as props.
Some of the things you will be evaluated on are:
- Error correction
- Giving instructions
- and appropriate input level (difficulty of speaking)
Didn't get accepted?
It's not the end of the world. You can apply again after three months have past.
How BlingABC compares to others
When it comes to teaching English online, there are a lot of different places out there. You are by no means limited to just a couple different options. That said, BlingABC does seem to be one of the better options. They offer very good pay and a nice teaching atmosphere that can be very enjoyable.
The only real downside compared to other similar places is that the scheduling is not quite as flexible here. That said, with the English teaching opportunities that offer very flexible schedules, you often don't have the ability to build relationships with the same students over and over.
It all depends on what you are looking for, but all in all, this is a good company to work for.
Feel free to check out our list of ESL teaching jobs for other online English teaching options.