Do you like meeting new people and getting paid to do it? Then you’ll love Nicetalk Tutor!
Recently, I found an app that allows me to make some extra money chatting with English student online. The app is called Nicetalk Tutor and it is available for ios and android. This service allows you to help Chinese students practice their English. You don’t need any certifications or teaching credentials. You just need to be able to hold a conversation in English.
Nicetalk Tutor is a video chatting service that allows students to find you when you go online. Once you connect, you simply have a conversation with the students in English, giving them a chance to practice their English skills while you get paid for your time. This is an great simple way to make some money while meeting and getting to know people in your spare time.
How Much Does it Pay?
Nicetalk Tutor pays $10 per hour and you get an additional $10 when you sign up and teach for 30 minutes. Nicetalk pays out by Paypal every Monday with a payout threshold of $20 dollars. As a tutor, you can also earn a referral fee of $20 when you refer another tutor and they teach for $30 minutes.
What Do Tutors Do?
The requirements for being a tutor is just the ability to speak English. All you really need to do is be able to feel comfortable meeting new people online and holding a conversation with them. You don’t need to do any formal teaching. In fact, I think it’s better for them just to hold a casual conversation. This is simply a way to allow the students to practice their English.
The students find you when you log onto the app and they will send you a request to chat. When you accept the request, it starts a video chatting session. The teaching experience is really fun, because you just introduce yourself and talk to the student.
I started off my chats, just by saying hello and asking them where they are from and go from there. I found some of the students to be very good English speakers and I was able to hold a complete conversation with them. I’ve moved on to topics like asking them if they’ve ever traveled to America, what they do for a living, how long they’ve been speaking English. There are very few restrictions on what you can talk about. They really leave it up to you to have a free conversation. It has a very natural feel to it.
In my experience, I’ve talked to students of varying ages, including a 10 year old, who was learning English in school to a young patent lawyer in Beijing! It was actually a lot of fun and gave me some opportunities to learn a little about their culture as well as sharing some of mine.
How Do You Sign Up?
The first thing you need to do is head over to their website and sign up to be a tutor. Just follow the link below to do that:
Once you sign up, you will need to download the app for your device. They have a apps for ios and android. Just search for nicetalk tutor on your respective device.
Once you download the app, you will need to get formal approval to be a tutor before you can start earning.
Installing the App
I have both and android phone as well as an ipad, so I downloaded the app on both devices.
I did find that on my ipad, I needed to go through the additional step of trusting the app. Here’s what you need to do if you run into this issue on an ios device:
IOS Device Installation Tips
If you’re running iOS 9 you may run into the “Enterprise Developer Not Trusted” which can be resolved:
Settings >> General >> Profile
You should see the app listed at that screen. Tap on it. Tap “Trust (name here)”
I didn’t run into any problems installing the app on Android. However, I did find that I occassionally ran into some bugs uploading parts of my profile, such as my photo. This could be a server side issue on their end since this is a new service. I just had to try a couple times to submit the uploads.
I felt like overall, the app seemed a little more stable on the ios version than on Android, but I’ve been able to use both devices for tutoring. So there were no show stoppers on either device.
Get Approval to be a Tutor
I found getting approved to be really easy. You just submit a video demonstrating your English speaking abilities. The process for making the video is built into the app and you can re-take the video before submission to make sure you are satisfied with it.
The video can be casual. The approval video itself is private just for purposes of approval, so it’s not something that the students can view. I simply started with a short introduction of myself and some of my interests. I left off with a short message about how I liked meeting new people and my eagerness to help them learn about my culture. In all my video was about 1 minute long.
Once I submitted the video, I was approved in 24 hours. I’ve read in other places that the approval could be as short as 2 hours.
As soon as I was approved, I was able to start accepting calls and tutoring.
Some Things to Do Once Approved
I highly recommend filling out your profile quickly. I actually did it when I was waiting on the approval. In the profile, you can tell the students a little about yourself.
This actually helped me in one case where the student was studying the same subject as my profession here and she chose to talk to me because of my profession that I wrote about in my profile.
Part of the profile allows you to also make a short introductory video for the students as well. This give them a chance to see a short 30 second video about you to help them chose a tutor. I also listed a few of my intersts so that the students to could see that we may have some things in common.
What I Do
I found Nicetalk Tutoring to actually be a really fun way to make some extra money. I sign on in the morning when I having my morning cup of coffee. I will then read the paper while I enjoy my coffee and wait for the calls to come in.
The calls have been really casual and enjoyable. When I get the call, I just say hello and introduce myself and just talk to the student. It’s very low pressure and the time passews very quickly.
The app keeps track of how much you are earning per minute and pays out through paypal.
Overall, I just found this a nice way to meet some new people and make money at the same time. It’s really been a lot of fun for me.
So, if you like meeting new people and learning about other cultures and sharing your own, this is a great way to have fun, help others and make some extra money while doing it!