Preply connects tutors with students but requires you offer the first session — for each student — for free

Expected pay: You set your rates

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Commissions & fees: 100% – 18%

Where: Nationwide (remote)

Requirements: 18 or older; verify ID and any claimed credentials

What is Preply?

Preply is an online tutoring site that expects tutors to provide many lessons for free. It also charges high commissions when tutors actually do get paid.

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How it works

To sign up here, you simply need to fill out a profile, upload a photo and a two minute video describing your tutoring skills. You do not need tutoring experience or certifications.

You’ll then fill out a schedule of your availability, which boils down to what times you are willing to schedule lessons each week. Your availability is not easily changed from week to week.

You set your own rates here. But before you set your rates, be aware of the site’s high commissions — ranging from 100% – 18% of your pay. (see below)

When you’ve completed the sign up process, the site will start booking students for your lessons.

Preply Review:

Online tutoring jobs are usually pretty great. The jobs provided by Preply are the exception to this rule.

There are a host of reasons why. First, and foremost is that the site demands that tutors provide their first session with each and every new student for free. The session is not free to the student, mind you. Preply simply takes 100% commission on those first sessions.

That’s a great deal for Preply and a miserable deal for you.

After that, you pay a 33% commission on each lesson. Eventually, the site’s commission drops to a more reasonable 18%. However, if you last that long, you’re a glutton for abuse. After all, 10 new students means you work for 10 hours for free. No other tutoring platform asks for this kind of limitless freebie.

You also have a limited control over your schedule. The site will schedule students into your “available” time slots, without your approval. If you failed to adjust your calendar for some other commitment, you have to figure out a way to reschedule the session.

Worse, users complain that the platform itself is unstable, forcing tutors to go off-platform to complete their sessions after a site crash. Whether or not you get paid when going offsite is another question.

Bright side

The site accepts tutors for more than 100 subjects and you don’t need credentials. That’s all the good news we’ve got.


Once a student marks your session as “confirmed,” Preply will transfer any pay you’re due to your Preply account. To cash out, you click on the “withdraw money” icon and choose whether you want to be paid through Wise, PayPal, Payoneer or Skrill.


Fortunately, jobs in tutoring are plentiful. And most of them offer decent pay and excellent working conditions.

Our top recommendation in the tutoring space is Wyzant. It’s one of the most established tutoring platforms, takes tutors in hundreds of subjects; and has millions of monthly customers. Tutors set their own rates and availability and only pay a site commission when they book clients. At that point, Wyzant charges 25%. You are NEVER expected to work for free. Want to sign up with Wyzant? Click here.

Or, to find a better tutoring job, check out our blog post on a dozen highly-rated tutoring platforms. Some of these platforms specialize in specific areas, such as math, programing or English as a Foreign Language. But many offer hundreds of subjects, including art, music and dance.

We also recommend Outschool, an online teaching platform where you design the curriculum. Although each class must be approved by the site, they’re looking for appropriateness for the age group, not whether you follow a set curriculum.

What their users say: (from Indeed)

“After my first few classes, I realized several negative things:
– as teacher you earn nothing of first class of every new student!
– of every further class, 33% commission stays with Preply
– that’s why I had to raise my price/ hour, and it was a huge mess.
– Students just can book classes, without a confirmation of my side.
– payout is not correct! And support just doesn’t answer for days. A payout history is only available on demand
– the virtual classroom broke down several times, so I had to meet my students at Skype anyway. No technical support available.”

“The pay system is ridiculous. Every new student’s first lesson you literally get $0. My first day I worked for 4 hours and got $0 because it was 4 new students. After that, if the same students decide to do more lessons with you, the company still takes 33% commission.”

From Glassdoor:

“NO support or poor support. When the platform has technical issues that require the use of Skype to communicate with the students or some other functional video conferencing any attempts at communication with the support will be met with silence and then more silence. Thus resolution of normal issues are left to the teacher AND this change of video platform due to technical issues with Preply will be held against the teacher as your “TIME ON” the Preply Space is all that is important.”

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