+33 Awesome Resources for the Freelance EFL Teacher in Japan

So you teach private English lessons?

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→Online Schools←

 BestTeacher  : Skype Lessons + Audio Recording + Message Correction

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Requirements: Test & Interview required.
Payment:  600~1,000 JPY/hr  (340JPY for 25 min lesson, 35JPY a correction, 10JPY for everything else)
Experience:
Sadly, I failed the test. Wasn’t able to finish it (kid attacks etc.), but the test was hard.


Lyngo is another company with Japanese students.

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Requirements: None (no exp. needed)
Perk: They provide training
Payment:  900~1,300 JPY/hr  (Paypal)
Experience:
Applied and am still waiting for a response.


Eigox a new Japanese company that has a simple and strait forward design.

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Requirements: Native Speaker, Send introduction video of self
Payment:  600 JPY/hr  (Paypal Only)
Experience:
Simple strait forward site. Doesn’t supply any perks, such as teacher materials etc.


Cena Academy good company looking for high quality ESL tutors.

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Requirements: Bachelors or higher, Teaching Credentials
Careful: Have interview lessons are not paid
Payment:  18 USD/hr  (Paypal Only)
Experience:
Simple application form so I applied but haven’t heard back.


English Everywhere looking for high quality teachers with teaching experience.

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Requirements: EFL/TOEFL qualification (necessary)
Payment:  ?? JPY/hr  (Paypal Only)
Experience:
Mention several times that they are very strict and anyone with out teaching certificates will automatically be declined.


Hello English (http://www.helloenglish.us/) very small Japan oriented company.

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Requirements: –
Payment:  ?? JPY/hr  (Paypal Only)
Experience:
Application process is simple. Send an email with an introductory video of yourself. Thats it. (no response back yet)


E-Communication (ecominc.co.jp) good sized company based in Japan, with bilingual staff to help.

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Requirements: 
Perks: Access to online textbooks, videos etc.
Payment:  2,000 JPY or 16 USD/hr  (Bank Transfer / Paypal Only)
Experience:
Send in a resume. Had two 5~10 minute interviews where you perform a mock lesson on the spot. If you live in Japan, you can opt for the higher JPY payment, but need to give them your My Number card.


YesNo  – Interesting online school but offered real life lessons only.

→Teacher DataBases←

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Charges students by contact information.
~2 Contacts =  ¥1,800
~5 Contacts =  ¥2,800
Tutors: Free Account
Sign Up:  Very Easy, Simple profile page
Very popular site in Japan, with many teachers and stiff competition. Also, the business strategy doesn’t help the discovery of new teachers.


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Charges students by contact information.
~5 Contacts =  ¥3,910
Price for tutors: Free
Sign up: Kind of Annoying – long form, but all straight forward information.
Also very popular site in Japan. I personally got a student from this site, relatively fast. Friends have also had good luck finding students here.


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Price for tutors: Free
Price for students: Free
Sign up: 5 mins – Need to fill in alot of information, including schedule and interest, but they are all pull-downs or buttons.
Overall:  Very interesting site that is completely FREE for both Students and Teachers. On top of that, teachers are able to search students and email them, which is defiantly a feature I will be using.


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Price Students: Free
Price Tutor: Free
Sign up: 10 mins – The process is pretty annoying. Picture is required right away. Need to select railway and station information right away.
Overall:  Student page is smartphone accessible *only smartphone* There is a clear and very customizable group lessons, location and schedule. Looks very promising.


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Price Tutors: Free
Sign up: 1 min – super easy to create an account. You can set up your profile afterward.
Overall: Different than other sites. This is a job search site for ESL teachers. Created by ESL teachers for ESL teachers, it launched earlier this year. Excited to see what good can come of it.


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Cost Teachers: Free
Cost Students:
Sign Up:  Account creation is easy, but there is a quick quiz on the site’s policy and guidelines.
Overall: The site uses its own coin based currency. Students buy anywhere fro 80 ~300 coins. Lessons average at 9 coins. What sets them apart, they have corporate plans, so you should see a good healthy amount of students.


121sensei.com

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Teachers: Free
Students: 5 contacts =¥3,500
Overall: The site is extremely simple, and really isn’t a beautiful at all. But it lists all the details students are looking for, and I was able to find students off of it relatively fast.


→Lesson + Resources←

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Awesome site with over 10,000 Free worksheets, lesson plans,  projects and more.  You can search a specific lesson plan out, or browse by grammar, topic etc. Great site, will definitely be turning here first for resources.


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Great site for the busy teacher. With Wordsmyth, just enter your student’s vocabulary list or troublesome words and create great high-quality vocabulary quizzes instantly.


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Incredible start-up from Taiwan that gives incredible tools for English learners watching youtube videos. Turns an average youtube video into a learning lesson, with quizzes and vocab lists, etc.


Stickyball – Nothing Fancy, just good option for worksheets.
Film English – Video Lessons for free 
All Ears English – Free English Podcast
Go Natural English – Free Video Courses & Premium as well
Tripppin – Online courses free account, interactive
Anglo – Link  – Video and Written Lessons requires free account
Real-English – Video Lessons, with and without subtitles. Beginner friendly

→Organization + Management←

  1. bit.ly – Share and Manage links.
  2. Trello: Keeps track of everything.
  3. Evernote: The workspace for your life’s work.
  4. Dropbox: Free space up to 2GB.
  5. Yanado: Tasks management inside Gmail.
  6. Wetransfer: Free transfer up to 2GB.
  7. Pocket: View later, put it in Pocket.
  8. Mailtoself: An iOS extension to mail notes to yourself from any app.

→Billing + Online Payment←

There are tons of online resources  for Billing and Online Payments, but even if the company offers services in Japan, they usually tend to be different or cost more. So I narrowed down the top 5 providers in Japan. Unfortunately, as most Japanese things are all the links are in Japanese.

PayPal – Most well known and a safe bet. Overall, it isn’t the cheapest.
SPIKE – From my research, spike-free has the cheapest sur charges for small business. 
Stripe – Also very well known service, and offers service in Japan as well. 
WebPay –  Supports JCB, and offers reasonable prices
Yahoo!ウォレット FastPay – Also has very cheap sir charges depending on the price of purchase and supports JCB.

→Booking + Scheduling←

 Acuity Scheduling Good booking for free. Simple design.
Bookeo – for online booking ($20/mo)
HealCode – Very interesting features including Facebook App integration, multiple lesson and package deals etc.
Timely  – Very iOS 6 design. Has many features for multi-staffed business ($19/mo)
youcanbook.me – ($10/mo) pretty basic but great price.