What: Magic Ears allows native English-speakers to earn money teaching English to Chinese kids online

Expected pay: $18 to $26 per hour

Husl$core: $$$$

Commissions & fees: NA

Where: Nationwide 

Requirements: Must pass screening interview; have high-speed internet and Skype; ESL credential; teaching experience (experience outside a traditional classroom is considered).

Review:

Magic Ears enlists freelancers to teach English to young Chinese kids. Teachers are expected to work from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Beijing time during the work week, and between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. (Beijing time) on weekends.

Beijing is roughly 12 hours ahead of New York time, so U.S. teachers are often working in the wee hours of the morning or late at night. If that suits you, Magic Ears pays a bit better than the other two English-teaching gigs.

Specifically, Magic Ears pays $9 to $11 per half hour in base pay and offers $1 hourly bonuses for showing up a few minutes early and for teaching at peak times. There is also a less well-defined “performance bonus.” 

Teachers also say that MagicEars’ is more hands-on, providing more advice about your teaching style. (The curriculum is set. What you add is personality and props.) That’s something teachers either love or hate.

The site also will pay you to refer additional qualified teachers to Magic Ears at a rate of $10 per resume.

Our recommendation

Since the job is almost identical to the other teaching positions and this one pays more — and has many good reviews — it gets our highest rating in the category. However, there is no prohibition against signing up for all three, so we’d suggest that you also check out QKids and VIPKID.

What their teachers say: (From Glassdoor)

I have been with ME for 8 months now and they are nothing short of phenomenal to work for. They not only care about the students but they truly care about their teachers. They put so much work into listening to us and to making us better teachers. They are always reachable, pleasant and respectful. They never penalize you for being sick!

I absolutely love working for Magic Ears! They are friendly, accommodating, helpful, fair and kind. The company provides helpful feedback and pays great! They have a very diverse teacher pool.

There was one time that I had to take care of my daughter and had to cancel my classes that day last minute, MagicEars staff was super supportive and gave out all my classes WITHOUT ANY PENALTY or even a word of blaming. Being a single mom with 2 kids, it really meant a lot to me.  

They want you to be in the classroom 10 minutes early as part of the bonus. The thing is, this is not just part of the bonus, it is an expectation. If you are not there 10 minutes early (I could only be 5 min early because of teaching classes with my other company), they will blow up your phone. They want you to be on camera at least 30 seconds early as well. 

Competitive pay. Diligent feedback. Great online portal. Friendly staff. Particular about details, will point out even little areas you need to improve. The hiring process takes a while, but again they are working to be the best and they want to make sure you will fit well with the company.

You will not have a chance to teach if you are a person of color, country, cowboy-ish or other ethnic looking people, or with “slight accent” that Management classifies as a non native or neutral speaking. 

MAGIC EARS RESPONSE: 

We do our best to treat every candidate fairly and equally. Candidates are equally evaluated based on personalities and teaching skills they present during the application process. We are currently

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