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Teaching English online is a lucrative way to earn money online and it’s the best first step you could take to creating a work-from-home or location independant lifestyle. If you’ve ever wanted to get a taste of what it’s like to work from home, teaching English online offers a secure and relatively stable income to do so.

Who’s it for?

Teaching English onlne is perfect for part-time work, mom’s who never want to miss out on their children’s important milestones and for people wanting something secure while they work on another business or do something creative. 

What you’ll learn

As a single mother, teaching English online gave me the freedom to live in Bali with my 2 kids, while working only 3 hours a day / 5 days a week. It’s an easy job. No prep, no commute, no time consuming reporting. It creates more hours in your day than going to a regular job. You don’t have to worry about unpaid overtime, because you can’t work overtime. The class starts, the class ends!

Here I’ll talk about the best companies from all my experience and research so that you can start off with the highest salary possible for your experience and qualification and receive the best support. 


Learning English is a booming industry in China and the rising middle class pay top $$ for it. These educator positions are from 6-9pm Beijing Time which is 8-11pm Australian time, also 11am-11pm Sat and Sunday Australian time.

You choose your hours with a minimum of 4-8 hours a week depending on the company and sign a 6 month contract.

Holidays are not penalised as long as you give 1-2 weeks notice, however not showing up for class, or cancelling just before is penalised.

They pay into paypal or a bank account on the 15th of the month for the previous month.

The first step is to send a resume that outlines all your teaching experience (can be teachers aid at school, camps, anything). Once you’re selected for an interview the biggest KEY is not nail the MOCK lesson!

Depending on how well you do in this lesson is your offer. I’m fairly sure you wouldn’t be offer anything less than US$18 (AU$26)…

My place in all this is helping you nail the mock lesson and it’s in my best interest you get hired because if so, I receive a small commission.

You will need to have or be in the process of getting a TEFL certificate (Teach English as a Foreign Language).

Course are taken online here are some links to companies I’ve studied with and recommend:

Premier TEFL

i to i TEFL

Whales English – Start the application

UUABC Referral Code: 1njcmg SEND CV to

Why Every Single Mother Should Go on a Silent Retreat

Peace and Quiet

This may seem obvious, but honestly it’s worth it’s weight in GOLD. If you have been raising kids on your own, giving yourself 10 days peace and quiet will help you balance and reset.


Ok, technically it’s not very restful if you were to fiercely stick to the schedule that starts with 4am meditation. However, if you choose to meditate in your room as much as possible. You’re able to sit on your bed which is much more comfortable and allows you to feel rested.

Time out for You

As a mother you’ve spent probobly most of your time thinking about your kids and putting them first. You haven’t had much time to think about yourself or to prioritise your goals, dreams, desires and own mental health. Commiting to a 10 day Vipassana Silent Mediation Retreat gives you the space to dig deep into your inner pysche and release some internal blocks and issues that may have been holding you back. It also just gives you time to clear out your busy mind and give your brain a rest!

Gain Clarity

You didn’t go into a relationship wanting to end up single. Suddenly reality hits and you go into survival mode trying to figure out how to keep your lifestyle and house or assets together and also agree upon fair child care arrangements. It can be a jumbled mess at the best of times. Once things have settled down, you are probably at a stage where you’re seeking some clarity. Giving yourself a 10 day block is one of the best things you could do. If you can arrange it with child care, great! Perhaps parents or other trusted family members could help. Do your best, but if you need to wait until your kids are a bit older, just put it on your bucket list to do!


What is Vipassana Meditation?

The official website describes it abstractly as a way of self-transformation through self-observation. It explains that it focuses on the deep interconnection between mind and body, which can be experienced directly by disciplined attention to the physical sensations that form the life of the body, and that continuously interconnect and condition the life of the mind.


Vipassana meditation is a state in which the mind is brought to rest, focused only on one thing and not allowed to wander.


When you bring your mind to rest, you can observe your sensations which is either a pain (for example your back aches from sitting on your bum, or you get itching sensations and random weird stuff happening because your mind is going nuts sitting still for once) or pleasurable sensations of tingling vibrations kinda like when you just hop out of cold spa after a hot sauna (but of course it’s difference for everyone). Anyway, it’s a feeling that feels good. Imagine almost like a subtle sustained orgasm (if you took away the fact that your having sex and just isolated that feeling of euphoria).



Katie Joy

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