Welcome to VIPKid, new teachers!
Many new VIPKid teachers struggle with getting regular bookings (or sometimes ANY bookings) in the beginning. I get it. TOTALLY. I signed my VIPKid contract in December of 2017, didn’t have my first booking until March 2018 … and didn’t teach an actual student until May! Eek!
But don’t let that freak you out! First of all, my experience with getting started at VIPKid seems to be extremely unusual. Plus, I did just about everything wrong that it is possible to do wrong during my first few months. Now, I teach 3-4 afternoons per week, I have a bunch of regular students, and I teach pretty much whenever I want. So even though I had a really rough start, it has gotten A LOT better.
But … don’t do what I did! I want to share with you all of the mistakes that I made at the beginning of my VIPKid experience, so you can not make them. Learn from my mistakes! Don’t put yourself in the same frustrating and discouraging position that I did! Here’s what I learned (by making all the possible mistakes as a new VIPKid teacher):
Blurry, yet totally adorable
Hey there everyone! I’ve completely fallen out of the habit of posting here about my day to day life in Austria. We’ve traveled to new locations, gotten a couple of new Corgis (!) from Italy, and become reasonably good skiers (more the kids than me!) from a couple of ski weeks in the Alps. Life is an adventure (as always) but one of the reasons I’ve not been blogging as much is that I’ve been working. A few years ago, I started working as a freelance copy writer and editor. I’ve had some fantastic opportunities writing for a variety of companies and websites, everything from a nail salon to a new age health site to a clothing designer to a coloring book company! It’s been a lot of fun, and it’s been incredibly satisfying to help small, woman-owned businesses polish their public presence.
But the inconsistency of freelance work can be daunting — I can go from being overwhelmed with work one month to having tons of free time the next. And frankly, I get used to the income during the busy months and kind of miss it during the quiet ones. So I wanted to find something else I could do to help keep my income level a bit more consistent.
I started looking for something that would really suit my life. I wanted to be able to make some good money for the time I would invest. I wanted to have the flexibility to be available when my kids are off of school. Ideally, I wanted to work from home. And, in a perfect world, it would be something I’d enjoy as much as I like writing. So my search began.
And what I found was VIPKid.