I had my VIPKID interview on Saturday and flunked it for no clear reason. I was nervous, but I had  practiced and think I hit most of the things they look for. Of course it could be my wicked accent, but I would like to know what the problem was. So I appealed to their Recruitment Team and asked for the detailed assessment of my interview.

When Tom did his interview, he got an extensive email, showing how many points he scored on each aspect that they are measuring.

  • Introduction and Class Pacing
  • Engaging Class and Interactivity
  • Attempted to the Lesson Objectives
  • Use of Tools
  • Speaking Speed and Language
  • TPR (Total Physical Response language teaching method)
  • Teacher Demonstration
  • Encourages full sentence output
  • Correct student’s mistakes

In addition they look at aspects like do you look presentable, how do the audio and mouse work, how is the lighting, are you visible at all times and what does your background look like.

Tom is busy preparing for his mock interview, so for now helping him to get that done, while I wait for the results of my appeal. I have heard you can re-apply under a different email, but not ready for that yet.

New Income Possibility: VIPKID

I have been reading a lot of articles about how to make extra income, and VIPKID keeps coming up over and over. It is a Chinese company which connects Chinese kids to teachers to help them learn English. All the work is done on line, from the comfort of your own home, or from wherever you have a good internet connection.

You have to pass a pretty extensive interview process and give mock lessons, and my husband passed his first interview today! He will now have to review some teacher materials and then pretend to teach a class. When he passes, he will get his official contract. I decided I will try it also, no idea whether I will succeed, but I have my first interview tomorrow, so keep your fingers crossed!

The hours are totally flexible, although the weekday ones could be early in the morning, or early at night, so that you work during daytime hours in China.

I will keep you posted! If you are curious and you are considering signing up for a trial, click here to visit them.

Jazzy at Road Affair has a really good article about teaching VIPKID while traveling the world. It sure convinced me!

Disclaimer: if you click on any of these signup links, I might get financial compensation at no cost to you. 

Earning Report I: January 2018

Before I started this blog, I did some reading on how to make money online and I stumbled upon Making Sense of Cents. She makes a lot of money with her financial blog, and she has great financial tips to help manage money and pay off debt. But what I really liked was that she posts a monthly income report, showing how much money she made from her different income sources. It is fascinating to see the high numbers she is making now, but also be able to see the low numbers she started out with.

I will share my numbers from the beginning, which are still low numbers, and hope that I will be able to post higher numbers as time goes by.

This month I only have two side income sources, my caregiver work, and some peanuts from Ibotta. I will add more over time.

I worked 17.5 hours as a caregiver, at $20 / hour, so I earned $350. This is before taxes.

‘Free’ money!

I made $25.25 on ibotta. If you use this link to share, you will get $10 after you redeem your first $10 of coupons/offers.  And I will get $5 for successfully referring you. Not a lot of money, but it is fun to see whether I can make this grow.

I am not going to count this as income, but I want to mention that we exchanged credit card rewards points for $300 worth of Amazon gift cards.

And technically, I found one penny, but I don’t think I will count that either 🙂 Thank you, Iliana!

Grand total this month is $375, most of it from my caregiver work. Which is a nice side hustle, not taking too many hours, but very rewarding.


Make Money With Ibotta

This is my very first blog post with an affiliate link to kick off the ‘How to make money with blogs’ part of my story. I have been using Ibotta and have been happy with the offers and payout I get just for shopping for things I buy anyway.

I started in 2016, made $24 pretty fast, but never got around to transferring it to my bank account. When I started this blogging journey, and when I saw how much debt our liabilities added up to, I decided to check it out again.

Started using it a week ago and made $7 already. Which admittedly is not much, but on the other hand I spent 10 or 15 minutes working on it, taking pictures of receipts and bar codes. $7 for 15 minutes of work is $28 per hour.
Today I transferred my full balance ($31) to my paypal account and from there to my bank account, so I can report that that works fine too. Planning on using this ‘free’ money towards debt and get a baby step closer to being debt free 🙂

My next goal is to refer my friends, or my readers to sign up for ibotta. Whoever signs up gets a free $10 start once they redeem their first offer, and I get a kickback to kick off my journey to financial independence. Click here if you want to try ibotta and support me.

Update 1/28/2018: Ibotta only works for readers in the USA. Too bad.

‘Free’ money!