Is Cambly a Scam? – From a Tutor’s Perspective
Cambly is a pretty cool opportunity I came across recently where you can get paid for being an English tutor online. It sounds like a great little gig to make some extra cash but I was wondering if Cambly is a scam possibly so I decided to do a little investigating into this place.
In this short review I’ll be going over what I found. I’ll cover how it all works, the requirements to become a tutor, the pay, what other people are saying, and ultimately whether or not I think this is a good opportunity.
- Website: cambly.com
- Type: Paid to tutor job
- Cost: Free to join (as a tutor)
- Legit?: Yes
Ok, first off, I want to make it clear that I am reviewing this place from a tutor’s perspective. I am looking at the money making opportunity available and reviewing it from this angle.
What Is Cambly?
Cambly is a site that offers English tutoring on demand. People from all over the world can become members and pay to have an ESL (English as a second language) tutor whenever they need one. They have an app that is available one both Google Play and the App Store where you can video chat with a tutor easily and almost instantly.
Just about anyone that is a native English speaker can become a tutor here. There isn’t much in the way of requirements. You can get paid by the hour and work whenever and however much you want.
This place is very similar to VIPKID if you have ever heard of this place.
How It Works
Ok, so the students that are subscribed to Cambly can access tutors all around the clock 24/7. And I mentioned that you can work whenever you want and however long you want. But you may be wondering how this all works. Let me explain.
When you are a tutor you set your own availability. If you want to only be available from 1am – 2am in the morning you can do that, of if you want to be available 24 hours a day you can do that too.
But setting your availability doesn’t guarantee you work. All this means is that when students go on to the app, or login online, and go to find a tutor, they will see that you are one of the available tutors.
Students then get to pick which tutor they want to use. They can view your profile and call you if they choose.
What Tutoring Is Like
There is no “you have to do this” when you tutor type of thing and that is one of the things that I like about this place. Every lesson that you have is 1 on 1 and customizable. And you can teach the way that you see fit.
When you become a tutor you can write on your profile what you specialize in. There are tutors that specialize in Business English, Conversation English, etc. The students that will call you will have seen your profile and are interested in learning from you based on your own specialization.
So you have the freedom to teach as you choose to some extent. But of course you are also going to want to teach in a way that is in demand and that students are actually looking for.
There isn’t really anything as far as requirements go. Pretty much you just need to be a native English speaker to become a tutor. This is another reason that I like this place because just about everyone I know could make a little extra money doing this.
There is no experience necessary, no interview to get hired, not much at all.
Some tech requirements that you must meet however are that you need to have a webcam and microphone and your internet must have at least 1.0mbps upload and download speeds.
The Sign Up Process
Signing up is pretty simple and straight forward. It shouldn’t take all that long and consists of 4 steps.
1) Test Internet Speed
The first thing that you will do is test your internet speed to make sure it is up to par. As I said above, you will need at least 1.0mbps upload and download speeds. Their system will test this for you and all you have to do is click a button to run the test.
2) Record Video
Next you will record a short video for the Cambly team. This is just where you introduce yourself, say why you want to work for Cambly, talk about why you are fit for the job, etc. Its simple and doesn’t have to be professional.
3) Fill Out Profile
Next you need to fill out your profile. Here you will put your profession, tutoring style, lessons you are qualified to teach, certificates you hold, etc.
You should take your time and make sure you do a good job here because the students will see this when they go to select a tutor.
Lastly you submit your application and then just wait to hear back.
The pay is the same across the board. Tutors get paid $0.17 per minute which equates to $10.20/hr. That is decent pay for when you are actively tutoring. But the problem is exactly this… being active.
As I went over before, you can set your own hours of availability but there is no guarantee that a student will request your services during this time.
Payments are given out weekly if you have made at least $20 for that week.
What Other People Are Saying
Whenever I look into an opportunity like this I like to do research on my own and form my own opinion. However, I still think it is very important to see what other people are saying that have experience. And from my research the overall opinion of tutoring for Cambly is good.
For example, on Glassdoor Cambly has an average rating of 4.1/5. If you are familiar with Glassdoor then you know that often times people come to leave negative reviews and bash companies that they have worked for. It is an anonymous review site where anyone can leave reviews of employers. So seeing a 4.1 rating is actually pretty darn good.
Final Thoughts & What I Recommend
Cambly is definitely not a scam. They are a legit business and offer a legitimate opportunity for native English speakers to make extra money. Just don’t expect to earn a lot of money here. If you try to go in and make this a full-time job its just not going to work out and you will be disappointed. This should be a way to supplement your income, that’s it.
I would recommend being a tutor for those that are looking to make some extra money on the side and that like to meet people from all over and help others. You will meet and talk to people from all across the world and have to help them learn. So if you aren’t a people person or your communication skills aren’t that good then this might not be a good fit for you.
The main thing to keep in mind is the money. You aren’t guaranteed any pay. You only get paid when you are active and there is no guarantee of when that will be and for how long. The income from this is unreliable.
If you are looking for a full-time income opportunity online then I would suggest looking at how I make money online.
I actually make a living working for myself online and I enjoy what I do. I have written a post on what I do to make money online, how it all works, and how others can do the same. You can click the link below to read about it if you are interested.
Comments, questions, concerns??? Leave them in the comment section below and I’ll get back to you 🙂