Top 10 questions, answered!

  • What does a typical day look like (before and after covid)?
    • A typical day usually involves 1 – 4 hours of teaching, usually 2 or 3. I mostly have classes in the mornings but that changes based on what time zone I’m in. I used to spend the rest of my free time managing my coliving space but I recently closed that down due to covid. I now spend this extra time exercising, working on LessonSpeak, time with family, or looking for another side hustle.
  • What is the best part of your job?
    • the best part is the fact that I expose myself to people who value self development enough to take action in the form of learning.
  • What is the worst part of your job?
    • The logistics and the length of time in a chair.
  • What are the most frequent or difficult challenges you face while working?
    • It can be difficult to find the right environment to work in. It can be hard to find a place with reliable wifi, privacy to talk, space as to not bother others with your talking, comfortable chair for working
  • What do you wish you’d know before you were starting in this career?
    • I wish I knew how important to remind yourself that at the end of the day you’re interacting with real people.
  • How did you get started in this career?
    • I moved abroad and the low barrier to entry led me to land a job at iTutorgroup. After getting a few bad reviews I transitioned to freelance and created LessonSpeak to help others do the same.
  • What aspects of the job have you struggled the most with, or others tend to have?
    • I sometimes struggle with being present and the nitty gritty grammar rules.
  • When people leave this career, what are the reasons?
    • Teachers aren’t paid enough. The low barrier to entry means that everyone and their mom teaches. Supply is too high but unfortunately I think it will remain this way.
  • If you could change anything from your job or keep the same forever, what would it be and why?
    • I would change the fact that I am very limited in where and in what position I can work from. I would keep the diverse exposure I get to people all over the world. (ps, I think this is what students ACTUALLY want)
  • Why did you choose to go into this career?
    • As someone in my mastermind group put it, “you’re an entrepreneur that became a teacher, not the other way around.” I started it with the full intention of creating a business out of it. I recognized from the beginning that the pay isn’t great but the potential to leverage my skills in this field really stood out to me.

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