Teaching English Online: How to Embrace the Entrepreneurial Mindset

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As more ESL teachers shift to online instruction, teaching for marketplaces and online language schools, and offering private tutoring services, many are branching out, starting their own online teaching businesses, or scaling and expanding already established private tutoring businesses. For teachers considering starting their own business or expanding a small online teaching business, an essential first step in the process is a critical shift from the employee mindset to the entrepreneurial mindset. Join Bridge and a panel of teacherpreneur experts as they discuss the characteristics of an entrepreneurial mindset, how they differ from an employee mindset, tips for making the shift, and the reasons this mindset is important for any teacherpreneur. Join us and launch your online teaching business with confidence!


Rachel Story
Rachel Story, a Bridge instructor and English Teacherpreneur, is a nomadic ESL teacher originally from Tennessee. In 2010, she moved to China to begin teaching ESL. For five years, she taught at a variety of schools and training centers in Beijing and Kunming. In 2016, she began teaching English online with VIPKid and traveling full-time. Since then, she has been teaching, traveling, and living around the world with her husband Sasha. Together they document their travels and teach others how to become traveling teachers on their blog.
Shailly Jain
Shailly is a business development professional with over 20 years of experience in education, sales, marketing, university admissions, language assessment consulting, collaboration with international students, and stakeholder management. The Expert Series sponsor, Pearson, is a leading global publisher of English language curricula and resources, courseware, and assessments.
Wilim Abrook
Wilim Abrook is an experienced online English teacher and Head of Education & Community Development at award-winning virtual classroom software company, LearnCube. In his role at LearnCube, Wilim provides support and training to hundreds of online education businesses and thousands of teachers across the globe. As every school is different, this training requires an in-depth understanding of schools' internal protocols and professional practices. This experience in combination with his own active online teaching practice gives him unique insights that he is always excited to share.
Shelynn Riel
Shélynn Riel is Bridge's Expert Series Moderator and regularly contributes articles and ELT news reports to the BridgeUniverse blog. She has served as an English language instructor for over a decade, a program coordinator in both university and community-based programs, and an English Language Fellow with the U.S. Department of State. Her interests include holistic teacher development, learner identity, and decolonial ethics in the language classroom. She is the co-creator of The Teacher Think-Aloud Podcast, which focuses on reflective practices for teachers around the world.

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