One of the many ways to earn a living online is by tutoring students. Many tutoring websites have virtual classrooms where you can interact with your students without either of you having to leave your home.

Your students may be attending brick-and-mortar universities or they may be attending online universities such as Phoenix, DeVry, or Kaplan. Even if they are attending a physical school, many classes are now offered online, so it’s only logical for tutoring to be offered online as well as offline.

Online education can be more cost-effective than a traditional 2 or 4 year degree program. It can also be more convenient, as online classes are usually much easier to fit around a work or family schedule.

Online tutoring can also be more convenient than traditional tutoring, for the same reasons. Online tutoring jobs are not limited by geographical location or time or the need for a physical building or office space in the way that offline tutoring is. Online tutoring can be available 24/7, and all both parties really need is a computer, Skype (or other method of communication), internet access, and a way to receive and make payments.

If you are being paid directly by the student, one way to make sure that you get paid is to ask for the money upfront; you can always refund if things don’t work out. It is better to have to refund then to not get paid at all.

If your payment is coming from a tutoring site such as Tutor.com or Colingo.com, the student is paying them upfront when they set up their account and/or adding minutes to their existing account. If there is no money on their account, these types of sites won’t allow them to interact with you.

Many offline colleges and universities offer physical tutoring jobs as part of their financial aid work-study programs. These jobs generally pay minimum wage and don’t have benefits, but are a good choice for both tutor and tutee. The tutor is paid by the school, and the tutee gets a tutor who has been thoroughly tested and vetted by the school.  The job history is also easily confirmed by the college in question if you choose to add the experience to your resume.

Online universities generally don’t offer tutoring jobs or work-study or even direct financial aid but they may direct you to a site that does offer online tutoring positions, such as Tutor.com or Colingo.com.

The main thing you need to remember about being a tutor whether offline or online is that you need to be able to teach effectively and interact with the student in a positive manner.  Being impatient or rude because the student isn’t able to learn as fast as you might like them to or grasp concepts that are simple to you is not going to help matters, and may actually result in your student requesting a different tutor. If you alienate your students with your attitude that will mean less money for you and if the site in question allows students to rate you they may not be complimentary about your interpersonal skills even if your technical skill with the material is impeccable.