Things We Recommend
There are so many choices available to us now, sometimes it can be hard to even know where to start, let alone to be sure that we make the right decision.
This page gives you information on the products, tools, services, courses and much more that we have found useful whilst building our business.
Everything recommended here has been tried and tested by us. If we didn't love it, we don't recommend it.
If you want to ask us more about anything head on over to our free Facebook group, we'd be happy to help.
Choosing these can be a big barrier to getting started and a vital component of growing your business - it really doesn't have to be hard!
Books and Bits
It may be old fashioned, but we still love to learn from books and even if your business is fully online there are a few things that you might need.
Continual learning is a huge part of forming and sustaining a business of your own. Here are some of the courses we found especially valuable.
Tech Tools That Made Building My Teaching Business Easy
This was the first tool we invested in when our freelance teaching business started growing.
We hate admin, so having a tool that runs our scheduling, automatically send out terms and conditions, payment links and links to video calls for lessons was very much worth the investment.
Setting up Acuity also saves a lot of time each week, freeing up time for more teaching hours.
This changed the game for our business!
Kajabi is our web host, online course platform, email manager and so much more!
We have previously built 50+ online courses using lots of different platforms and tools and hands down Kajabi is the simplest to use. We highly recommend it.
If you are thinking of growing your business or creating online courses have a look at what Kajabi has to offer.
Making it easy for people to pay you is a must for building your business. This is especially true if you will be working online only.
Using a reputable software gives your customers confidence, demonstrates your professionalism and protects the reputation of your business.
Stripe is one of the biggest online payment software platforms in the world. It is easy to use, powerful and flexible.
Books and Bits
Language Learning with Technology by Graham Stanley
A fantastic and comprehensive book. It puts pedagogy first, with content organised around areas of language.
Bose QuietComfort Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones
It is certainly possible to teach online without spending a fortune on headphones, but given how long you will be wearing them everyday you may want to consider this investment eventually.
Teaching English Online
A free course by Cambridge Assessment English delivered via FutureLearn.
This is an excellent course, especially if you are new to teaching online. It contains practical information on planning and delivering online lessons. There are various start dates throughout the year.
Upgrades are available for a fee if you want long term access and/or certification.
It would be fair to say that we knew absolutely nothing about marketing or running an online business when we first started.
Then, once we started learning, we were quickly overwhelmed by just how much there was out there and sometimes it is hard to tell what is reputable.
The free courses on HubSpot Academy are a great place to start if you want to grow your business.
This technically is not anything to do with teaching, but I know many of you dream of writing your own novel.
Our Founder, Claire, finally completed the first draft of her first novel and it would not have been possible without Louise Dean and the wonderful courses and community she has created at The Novelry.
If you dream of becoming a writer have a look at her different courses and levels of support.
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We alone recommend things we have tried, tested and loved.
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