This post is sponsored by DaDa. As always, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.
It brings me such joy to share my story about working for DaDa! Recently, I was able to land a work from home job which is perfect for my family’s needs. No matter what path of life you’re in currently, working from home does sound pretty enticing, right?
In order to figure out if working from home is ideal for you, think of a few reasons as to why you would want to do it. For me, the reasons were easy to find. I wanted to have more freedom in my schedule and only work specific hours. In my previous jobs at brick and mortars, I was not able to set my schedule exactly like I needed. I had to take into consideration the store hours, the busiest days, and even my coworkers’ schedules. I desired more time during the day to spend with my son. Before when I had to walk out the door to go to work, he would sadly watch me go and sometimes even cry after me. It truly broke my heart! Another big reason is that when my son is sick, I want to be able to give him the proper care and attention he needs and not have to rely on another family member to do so.
If you still haven’t found your why, ponder over these questions a little: Would you like to save money on gas or fares for commuting? Would you like to cut back on the amount of money you spend shopping for new work apparel? Would you prefer less office distractions or co-worker debates and drama? Would you enjoy a custom environment where you can decorate how you please and be as loud as you’d like on breaks?
Why I Enjoy Working For DaDa
After teaching for a month, getting to know the platform, and receiving my paycheck (yay!) I am happy to explain more about DaDa to you. Let me start by saying that I never thought I’d actually become a teacher! If you asked me a year ago if I would consider it, I would probably say no. However, I didn’t know teaching online was even a thing! Personally, I believe teachers are very undervalued here in the US. They truly are heroes and shape our children to learn and grow beyond just the educational aspect. With DaDa, I never have felt that way. I receive a generous pay, have the best students, and have collected several bonuses already within one month of working!
Do You Have To Spend A Lot Of Money Like A Traditional School Teacher?
I did a bit of research and learned that there IS a little investment into becoming an online teacher. However, compared to what a traditional teacher pays, it is very affordable. You must have a computer and webcam and reliable internet access. If you’re reading this blog post, you can probably check off both of those requirements. My computer has a webcam built in, but if yours doesn’t this one is under $25! A headset with microphone is also required, (here is one that is normally $20 but currently on sale for $15!), a sky blue shirt which can be polo-style or a traditional tee, which I personally prefer (this one is less than $10) and some fun classroom decorations to put on the wall behind where you’ll be seated. Fun fact: Since all of my sky blue shirts were graphic tees, I just turned them inside out to start out 😉 I found all teaching supplies in the Dollar Tree’s teacher section or Target Dollar Spot like these hand puppets I use for my younger students who are just starting and may be shy, along with the flash cards. If you have children of your own, know that these won’t go to waste! I use the flash cards in my spare time to teach my son the alphabet, numbers, and shapes! Everything that I listed is a small investment you can complete over time, and you can even print things off at home using free online resources, including the DaDa logo that they provide.
Work Schedule & Teaching On Your Terms
While your schedule is very flexible, you need to be committed to the contract hours that you set for yourself. This ensures that you gain regular students quickly and you are a reliable employee! If you’re unsure of how you you’ll like it, if you are offered a position you can sign the 6-month contract rather than 1-year. Teachers are required to work at least 2 hours per day and 2 days per week. If you do the minimum, the 2 days can only be on the weekends, not during the week. Available class time slots are between 6-9:10 pm (Shanghai time) Monday through Friday, and 10am-12:06pm/2pm-4:06pm/6pm-9:10pm (Shanghai time) on the weekends. You can use a time zone converter to learn what your working hours would be according to your location. Even though you have the comfort of working from home, you need to have the proper space and time that allows you to focus on teaching. I personally scheduled my classes at the times where I know my son Royce will be sleep and I can be distraction free!
After a month or two of working with DaDa and having a good attendance record, you can apply for part-time classes. These are extra classes outside of your contract hours. Some apply often and are able to work full time, while others like myself only apply when I have extra time and would like an additional boost in my income for that month. You get to set your own hours with part-time and select from different time slots offered, which is great for those who are saving for a vacation or even something on the expensive side that they want! Many traditional brick and mortar jobs don’t allow you to add on hours whenever you need them.
Now for the big question: What is the pay rate? While I can’t disclose my exact salary, I was pleased to accept the offer that I received. Your pay is determined on your performance of the mock-class which is with a real student. They look for lots of TPR (Total Physical Response) and enthusiasm while teaching and interacting with the student. Pay starts at $14 USD and can go up to $25 if you have a bachelor’s degree or higher, teaching experience, and truly have fun while teaching the student! You are also evaluated after one year of teaching and can request a raise during this time. The pay is generous and higher than what I’ve ever received at a previous company. It has been such a blessing to my family and our financial needs.