Elton Curtis has been working as an online tutor/teacher for the past 4 years, first as an ESL conversation partner through Cambly, then as an ESL tutor through iTutorGroup, and most recently as a tutor through Varsity Tutors. Elton is known for being quick to sing, and he has an infectious smile. In our conversation, we discuss some of the ways the ESL industry has started shifting in the past year and some of our shared experiences with one of the companies where we overlapped for nearly 3 years. We also chat about the importance of having a backup plan to fall back on when working as an independent contractor for some of these virtual companies as things can change quickly at times. There is a wide number of options available to people who do want to teach or tutor in the online setting, and it can be fun work with an opportunity to build rapport and relationship with the students you meet with on a regular basis; however, the students sometimes come and go as there is more and more competition for their business. Elton has worked online in several capacities but has settled on teaching as his lifelong goal, with public speaking as his passion. You can reach out to him for private tutoring for your loved ones or find him on Varsity Tutors and coming soon to Outschool.
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