Best ways to begin teaching online | How to become an online teacher while working from home

One of the best things I’ve done for myself is to build an online business that I can manage from my home. I don’t mention it often, but I have a debilitating health problem that stops me from being super productive. It means that I am not able to work as much during the week sometimes. My health issues are out of my control and it depends on how my body feels each day. This is the main reason why I can’t work at an office for long periods of time or be on my feet all day. I have to find what works best for my health. Working at home has solved that issue for me.

The best way I began teaching online was to download and learn how to use zoom. Zoom is a great platform that allows you to use video chat. I like using the share screen feature. If you are just beginning to learn how to teach online, learning how to use zoom is a great start. The next app I would recommend learning how to use is FaceTime. If you have an iPhone, FaceTime is much better than zoom. I’ve found that it has better internet connection and it allows you to still work on your phone while also keeping you in the FaceTime call. I am able to open up my notes app with all of my lesson notes while my student is in the FaceTime call. It is my favorite way to teach online.

The next thing I suggest doing is to make photocopies of your books so you can share it with your students. My books are my lesson plans and it’s important for my students to have them on hand. I email them a copy and the process is seamless. It arrives in their inbox instantly. The app I use to manage and store all of my books is called Doc Scanner.

The last part to begin teaching online is to advertise your lessons. Use Canva to create detailed flyers of your teaching service and share it everywhere. Let everyone know about your teaching service. I would also post it on neighborhood groups on Facebook. When you’re posting, make sure to post it every week. As you start to build up a student list, keep track of your lessons in your notes and calendar. Have a system that works best for you. I hope you enjoy teaching and that my advice is helpful for you!

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