Hey there! I'm Linda! I was born and raised in Maine, spent the last 6 years in Portland, and now call the Boston area my home!
Most days you can find me playing on the floor with my daughter, writing love letters to my husband, and reading with a cup of tea!
I am mostly known for being able to find all the things my husband has lost, making as much food as I can from scratch, my obsession with chips and salsa, and my mad organization skills.
It’s well known that I wanted to be a teacher my whole life. And I was a high school chemistry teacher for four years, but left when I was pregnant with Lily, for a myriad of reasons. Mostly, I was already feeling burned out and it didn’t feel right to try for so long to have a baby just to go back to work when my six weeks was up. So, I took a break.
I did some subbing in a local school district for a bit, and then when Steven started to work for Hyperlite, I no longer could do that, which was fine. So around Christmastime, I saw a post on FB and someone had mentioned they work for VIPKID and they really like it. I was really intrigued because I was starting to miss teaching, but knew I wasn’t ready to go back to a public school anytime soon. So, I looked into the company and learned a little bit about it and was hooked.
All this time, I had no idea that you could teach English online to students in other countries, but now that I’m in it, I’m realizing just how many companies there are like this out there!
So, I put in an application and went through a super thorough interview process and was hired at the end of January. Here is the lowdown on VIPKID and what I do.
Because the parents are the one booking the classes it can be a slow start to making money. It took me almost 90 days before I really started to get consistent bookings, and others will get them within just a couple of weeks. There’s not much rhyme or reason to it, unfortunately, but once you start getting bookings it really takes off!
For full disclosure, in Feb I made $35, March, $57, April $92, and for May, my goal was $500 and I well exceeded that goal. $500 a month is what I’d like to make each month, so that’s what I’m focusing on.
I always knew I’d find a way to teach again in some capacity, and I’m so happy to have found VIPKID! I wanted to share this because I’ve gotten some questions about what it is I’m doing! If you’re interested in a way to make money, and have a Bachelor’s degree in anything and have some sort of experience working with kids, this could be a great option for you! If you need a way to make money NOW without waiting for bookings to roll in, I know of a couple of other companies that schedule the classes for you instead of parents so it’s a quicker start! If you’d like to know more, reach out! I’m happy to answer any questions!
Linda is a Boston-based photographer specializing in weddings and creating family legacies. You can see more of her work online at lindabarryphotography.com, on Instagram, or on Facebook. If you want to reach out directly: firstname.lastname@example.org. To sign up for the monthly newsletter full of encouragement and real life, click here!
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