Best Referral Bonuses offered by ESL Companies

What Online ESL employers Have the Best Referral Bonuses?

Are you great at recruiting teachers and looking for the best referral bonuses you can get? Maybe you are great at online marketing or you weird influence and have access to a large community of potential English tutors. If so, recruiting other teachers and sharing your love of teaching English online will be a good fit for you.

If you are interested in working for a company that offers very high referral bonuses there are many ESL companies to choose from.

Some Online ESL Companies that Offer Great Referral Bonuses and Programs

Landi English is known for a great referral program. Check with their current rates. As of 2020, they were offering this to current teachers:

For your 1st – 10th successful referrals you will receive $80 each!

• For your 11th – 20th successful referrals you will receive $90 each!

• For more than 20 successful referrals you will receive $100 each!

HAWO (Formally 51 Talk)

$150 referral bonus for every for fully launched Group Teacher

SayABC – In 2019, SayABC offered $100 per successful referral. The company is winding down as of 2021.

GogoKid – Gogokid offers $120 per successful referral as of 2019 too. *Gogokid has ended as of August 2021 due to China’s curtailing of foreign online tutoring. Please stay tuned as the situation is changing rapidly.

VIPKid– As VIPkid is the big-name player in the ESL for kids market, their recruitment often floods the market. No surprise then that they offer$100 in your pocket for each successful referral.

Remember, for all of these ESL companies, to get the referral bonus, the teacher must actually get hired and teach a class.

Online ESL Employers often offer incentive schemes

There are two kinds of referral bonuses:

Refer a Teacher Bonus

Many online ESL companies offer current teachers bonuses and incentives in addition to their pay, including bonuses for referring another teacher to the company. In effect, you are recruiting for the company. A top Human Resources recruitment tip is to promote employee referrals. When you are an employee who refers other employees to your company, you are acting as a freelance recruiter or HR agent. Companies offer this because they get better retention and loyalty from teachers who have been referred by their friends. The referral program has many benefits for the company. It creates a strong company culture if current teachers refer their friends and colleagues. It also incentivizes current teachers to promote the company in a positive manner. In this way, the referral program acts as free advertising for the company, too.

Almost all companies offer bonuses in some form if you convert a trial student to a paying student.

Refer a student

ESL Companies need paying students, first and foremost. Some companies offer teachers a bonus if they refer the company to a potential new trial student. Almost all companies offer bonuses in some form if you convert a trial student to a paying student. Companies often offer free trials to students and need them to buy a package of classes after the trial and they rely on a great teacher to sell that package to the student through an engaging and personable class.

Here is a list of some major online ESL companies and their referral bonuses. Some offer points and some offer money.

Let’s talk more about the two kinds of referral bonuses

Refering a Teacher

Referral bonuses are a recruitment tool. Recruitment refers to the process of identifying, attracting, interviewing, selecting, hiring, and onboarding employees. Usually, online ESL companies do not expect you to interview or onboard teachers. However, some encourage you to mentor the applicant through this as well. It helps the company cut down on labor and it also helps ensure the success of your application as they have a personal assistant through the process.

Don’t Spam

If you are going to encourage people to use your referral code to get a referral bonus, you should be personally available to help the applicant apply to the company. The ESL field is flooded with referral bonuses and you will quickly seem like a spammer if you do not offer real service and offer real value to the applicant. I suggest creating a simple packet of information on your desktop with some basic Q and A about the company and its hiring process and then you can email the packet to the applicant. There are many websites devoted to sharing tips for online recruitment and I suggest reading them too.

Tips for Making the Best Referral Bonuses

Stay away from video chatting with each applicant. I did this when I began my online teaching English journey and it was a waste of time. If a friend of a friend said they wanted to apply, I would video chat with them about their credentials and explain the job to them. I had absolutely no one actually apply after extending myself in this way. Alternatively, when I posted my referral code on FB groups or Reddit groups specifically geared towards job searching for online English teaching jobs, many people used my code.

If someone wants to apply, they will show initiative and then contact you. Only *after* they apply, would I send follow-up messages and texts. Rarely have one of these applicants wanted to video chat. They already did their research but they did need me to be available at stand-by for questions during the process.

Bottom Line: Many ESL companies offer bonuses to current teachers to hire other teachers. If you do this, be sure to mentor applicants if they use your referral code, but do not video chat with applicants who have not already begun their application.

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