Magic Ears Review – How this Mom Earns $26 Per Hour
Are you looking for ways to make money from home?
Have you ever thought about teaching English to kids in China?
You get to make a positive difference AND make money with a flexible schedule.
As a mom and writer for this site, it is my mission to find the best jobs for moms (and really anyone) that offer a flexible schedule and pays well.
From my research, I found that Magic Ears is one of the best companies hiring individuals to teach English as a second language online. And most importantly, I found that it pays the best!
So, in true “Tried and True Mom Jobs” fashion, I had to find someone who works for them to see if it’s really “real” and what it’s all about.
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I had an awesome opportunity to interview Amy, who works for Magic Ears while she stays at home to raise her two sons. She does this FULL-TIME.
Amy is making it happen for her two boys! If you’re interested in teaching English as a second language don’t leave this site without checking out the interview below.
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Here’s How You Can Make Money with Magic Ears
1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you started working for Magic Ears?
I am a single mom to two sons with multiple special needs. As I began my new life after divorce, I searched for a way to earn an income that did not compromise the needs of my sons. Home-bound with one child and unable to leave the house to work, I was looking for a legitimate way to earn money within a flexible schedule and work environment that still allowed for me to homeschool, run therapies and be available for doctor’s appointments during the day. It seemed like a wish list that was impossible to meet.
This is when I discovered the online ESL industry. It seemed almost too good to be true for me. A writer and trained journalist, I have a natural affinity for grammar and the constructs of the English language. And, while I also hold a law degree, my aspirations for a legal career had to be placed on hold so that I could care for my children.
I had spent more than 15 years immersed in the field of language acquisition and development while working with countless professionals that were caring for my sons. ESL instruction appeared to be something that not only would hold my interest but could also be something to which I could contribute. A natural fit.
I was working for another company when I saw a discussion about Magic Ears on a social media ESL page. It was my goal to diversify my portfolio by working for more than one company, and Magic Ears caught my attention. A young, dynamic company, it offered a different class format than my current company offered.
The curriculum was also a departure from what I was teaching at the time. The pay was higher at Magic Ears, and the company booked classes for me so that I did not have to spend time building a student base. Most importantly to me, Magic Ears offered a generous sick and cancellation policy that was attractive since, in my household, life happens unexpectedly. I decided to give it a try.
2. How Long Have you Worked for Magic Ears?
I have worked for Magic Ears a little more than a year and a half. I’ve taught more than 3200 classes with more than 12,000 Magic Ears students.
3. What are Magic Ears Requirements?
You need to have a bachelor’s degree in any subject or proof that you are currently enrolled in a BA program, a 120-hour ESL certificate (TESOL, TEFL, CELTA) and have at least one year of teaching experience (which does not strictly mean classroom teaching experience) and native English speaker from US and Canada Only.
Please Note: The Chinese government recently made it a requirement for all online ESL teachers to hold a TESOL/TEFL/etc. Certification. There are many affordable options out there, and Magic Ears Facebook Q&A group is a great resource for identifying those opportunities.
4. Can you Describe the Magic Ears Interview Process and Best Tips to Get Hired?
Magic Ears has a Facebook Q&A page for prospective teachers. There is a social media administrator as well as many active teachers there to answer any questions. This is the best place to start.
It is helpful to have a mentor through the process although not required. A simple inquiry on the Q&A page about mentorship will help any prospective teacher find someone who is a Magic Ears teacher experienced with the interview process. There is also a Magic Ears YouTube channel with instructive videos on the interview process, setting up your online classroom and teacher tips and tricks. The process consists of a demo or live interview.
The next stage is a 1v1 training session with an experienced teacher and trainer. I found this to be most helpful when I was going through the process. The final stage consists of a trial class.
5. Can you Describe What you do?
I quite simply have the best job ever. I adore children and the learning process. Each day, I log into the Magic Ears platform and am transported across the ocean and into the homes of Magic Ears students.
I facilitate curriculum created by Magic Ears on their incredibly interactive platform. We learn letters, sentence structures, conversational skills and pronunciation while also working on extended casual conversation.
Magic Ears prides itself on making the learning process fun, as we believe that children remember their lessons best in this environment. Classes can hold up to four students so that children can share in the lesson and learn together. My classroom is productive, lively and fun.
6. How Can you Book Classes as a Newbie?
Magic Ears believes that teachers should be in the business of teaching and not marketing themselves to prospective students and parents. As such, teachers do not need to worry about finding a student base in order to have work. The company books all your classes for you.
7. How Much Do you Make with Magic Ears?
I started out making $22/hour—more than I was making at my other company. I now make $26/hour. You can also earn up to an extra $2 to your base pay per class for performance and availability.
8. How Often Are you Paid?
We are paid once monthly.
9. Can You Set Your Own Schedule? What is your Magic Ears Schedule?
Yes! The beauty of this type of work is that you oversee your schedule. You decide what slots you are going to open. You are allowed two cancellations a month, but Magic Ears has a generous sick and emergency cancellation policy.
I came to this industry in desperate need of full-time work that would allow my children to continue their therapies undisturbed. I am thankful to have constructed a full-time teaching schedule between two companies. I teach for Magic Ears roughly 35 hours a week while my children sleep (5 am-9 am EST on weekdays and a little longer on the weekends).
There are also evening hours available on weekends and on summer weekdays.
10. Can you give us some Pros and Cons for this job?
By far, I find that teaching these children a skill so vital to their futures to be very rewarding. Without leaving my home, battling a commute or bad weather, I can make a positive impact on the lives of others. This feeds my soul.
I am able to do this while also being a full-time mother to my children. It is a win-win situation for me.
The hours for this job might be considered difficult for some. I am a morning person, and I am a mom, which means that I don’t spend a lot of time sleeping, anyway. For these reasons, the hours don’t bother me so much. However, it is important to practice self-care when working nontraditional hours – taking time off to recover so that your health and energy do not suffer.
11. How Do You Manage Your Time and Raise your Children?
Easily. I am finished teaching by the time my children need me each day. Other projects that I might have can be worked around their schedules.
Wow! What a great interview! Thank you, Amy! I think it’s so awesome that Magic Ears finds the students for you AND supplies the lesson plans. They are making life so easy!
For best results getting the interview check out Magic Ears ever-growing collection of video resources on their YouTube channel. It’s a great way to gain insights into what Magic Ears looks for in their teachers (high-energy, error correction, etc.), they have example classes and interviews/demos to help you understand what you’re getting into before you even begin the process.
If you’re interested in working for Magic Ears and meet their requirements you can apply here.
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