When I came to Thailand, I was under the impression that I could do some tutoring on the side to add to my income. I have since found that, though it is possible, I would be taking a huge risk unless I am working for some tutoring agency. Now I am looking at doing some tutoring on line as, in my understand, on line work would be paid in US dollars (paypal) and therefore doesn't fall under Thai rules.
Has anyone had experience with on line tutoring? I have also looked at and applied for some editing work, but so far I have not received any assignments.
Online editing is very desirable and hence very competitive; my only advice is do not do "test" assignments--chances are it isn't a test and it's just someone looking for free editing. Without experience or impeccable qualifications, finding this editing work will be difficult.
Online tutoring--there are a lot of companies out there and I was hired by one about two years ago, but I quit before actually teaching since technical problems just made it impossible to actually do any teaching. I just looked the site up--it's gone!
In short, online tutoring is a small niche market and it isn't growing. There's too much competition from other ways to learn English. I think online editing is worth pursuing, but it isn't easy.
^Sounds like a bunch of bullshit to me. What Thai person is aware of your visa or work permit status? Why would anyone in this small town care about you tutoring?
In a separate thread a few weeks ago, I was told the following here:
it will be almost impossible to tutor legally, unless if it is through your place of work, and you are using their building. To set up a business would be a huge expense if you were thinking about just a few hours tutoring... I am not sure the exact figures, but it used to be 4 Thai employees for every work permit. So, for you to legally tutor in a company you and your wife set up, your company would first have to pay tax for so many Thai employees.
I can't see someone being fined by the education board. If you are working illegally, surely it would be immigration who would be on your ass?
you're confusing starting a business with private lessons.
if you have people wanting private lessons, find a good place for the lesson and do it there.
its illegal , but unless you are advertising and being blatent about doing it , there won't be any problem
just keep it low key and don't brag about all the $$$ you're making.
starting a language school is a whole other situation.
Thank you, Fred. I originally asked about just doing some tutoring on the side and it went off into the discussion you saw above. Someone here in Smallville apparently did some tutoring, but I think it got back to one of the tutoring schools and he got into trouble. I don't know all the circumstances however I will avoid doing it here as a result. Glad to know I have a better chance in a larger community.
^makes sense. Maybe you need a bigger city.
whats the population of where you are now?