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13 Ways to Make More Money In Prague as an EFL Teacher
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Chris Westergaard



Joined: 14 Mar 2006
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Location: Prague

PostPosted: Sat Apr 20, 2013 11:48 am    Post subject: 13 Ways to Make More Money In Prague as an EFL Teacher Reply with quote

Most TEFL Teachers in Prague make about 20k-25k a month (That's in CZK not dollars!) Here are my tips to get past 30k and even up to 40k a month.



1. Get Good: Being a good teacher is the first thing you need to do. The better you get in the classroom, the more likely schools are going to give you more classes, pay you more and give you better clients. Students will recommend you more and approach you more for private lessons for themselves or for their friends/company. Try to improve on your skills daily. If you reach a wall, ask someone to observe you or video your lesson and review it. Also, ask to observe some good teachers and learn from them.

2. Ask for a Raise: Czech's hate giving out more money. That's just the way they are. No one is going to give you a raise, you'll have to ask for it. If your students are happy and your classes are filling up, ask for a raise after about 4 months of teaching.

3. Get on a Good Schedule: Traveling all over the city for classes does nothing except eat out of the potential time for you to earn money. Try and block your classes so that you're generally teaching at the same place and one after the other. It can be exhausting at first to teach back to back to back lessons, but traveling all over the city or having hours of breaks between lessons is way worse.

4. Get Privates: Easier said than done, but still relatively easy to do. Being good helps, marketing yourself helps more. We'll talk about tips for this below

5. Create a Business: Go the extra mile to look professional. Create a blog, a business card and some basic promotional materials. The blog is free via Wordpress or Blogspot and can be basic. Just have some information on yourself, your rates, some reviews, and your contact information. If you can add pictures, then that's great. All of this can be done in a matter of a few hours. The business card will cost some money, but shouldn't be more than 200-600 CZK to create and print. Likewise, a couple of flyers that you can post up around the city won't cost much either.

6. Market Yourself: Now that you have a blog and some other materials, use them. Post your blog on message boards and classified sections in various online resources. The blog can be in English, but if you can add some basic Czech to the listings, that will probably help. Do this all of the time. The more people see your name and your services, the more likely they will remember it and recommend it to their English learning friends. Hand out your business card to everyone you meet and post a flyers around the city in appropriate places.

7. Consolidate Privates: A trick that I used to do was put two private students of the same level for a small group class. If you are charging around 300 CZK per private student, you can probably charge 400 CZK for pairs. If you have 3 students, charge 500 CZK...etc. This is a very easy way to maximize your hourly rate.

8. Get a Zivno: This is a must. A Zivnostensky not only allows you to work at multiple schools with ease, but also for companies directly. Teaching directly for a company can double what you'd normally be paid at a language school. I use Easy Visa S.R.O http://easyvisasro.com/

9. Contact Businesses Directly: So few teachers do this, but the ones that do often are very successful. Contact all types of businesses and promote yourself to them. You'll need a Zivno to be able to do this legally though.

10. Get Reviews: Reviews and referrals are more important than qualifications and experience when it comes to what students look for. Try to get your current students to write a review for you that you can then post up on your blog. Encourage your current students to mention you to any friends they might have. Maybe one of your students works for a company that is looking for an English teacher.

11. Get a Professional Space: Teaching in a coffee shop or your apartment might work well in the beginning, but if you can find some kind of professional space you'll be in better shape. If you can rent a room in an office for a few hours a day to do your classes, that might help a lot.

12. Get More Training: If you don't have any qualifications, get them. Also think of add on certificates to help you out with specialization.

13. Specialize: Cambridge Exams and Business English are usually the most common types of specialization. If you are unfamiliar with the Cambridge exams, research them. The tests, if you know what you're doing, are actually pretty easy to pass. If you can market yourself as a specialist, and back it up with results, you'll be in great shape.

Hope that helps! If you have any questions or comments, leave them below.

Chris Westergaard
The Language House TEFL
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scot47



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2013 7:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Or give up Bohemia, head to the Middle East and get paid like a professional.
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spiral78



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2013 12:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

True, but you can't do that with just a CELTA;-)
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gloomyGumi



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 04, 2013 10:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

scot47 wrote:
Or give up Bohemia, head to the Middle East and get paid like a professional.


hahaha nip that shit in the bud. i agree. too much trouble there.
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scot47



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 04, 2013 1:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bohemia and Moravia ? Great when you have just left Uni. You are free, 22 years old and have no responsibilities and limited life experience. Wait. You will soon tire of being permanently broke in Central Europe on a TEFLer salary. The time will come when you are happy to sign up as one of the educational shock troops for the Middle East.
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johncoan



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 1:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, you'll be close to starving unless you:

a) work all the hours God sends

b) get well-paid work with 'respectable' institutions (the British Council are hiring freelancers right now! hurry!)

and even if you do BOTH, your mates back in the UK will be earning five times your salary....
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Moto



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 9:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

johncoan wrote:


and even if you do BOTH, your mates back in the UK will be earning five times your salary....

Maybe ...but who in their right mind would want to live in the UK Rolling Eyes not me .
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Sashadroogie



Joined: 17 Apr 2007
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Location: Moskva, The Workers' Paradise

PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 10:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tovoreshi!!

Just come to Russia. Forget Prague, the UK, and the Middle East. Live life to the full, with proper earnings.

However, most of the OP's list is still valid here too. : )


Sasha
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johncoan



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Moto wrote:
johncoan wrote:


and even if you do BOTH, your mates back in the UK will be earning five times your salary....

Maybe ...but who in their right mind would want to live in the UK Rolling Eyes not me .


I hear that a lot. It's standard talk for expats aiming to reassure themselves that they made the right decision to move abroad.

Life in the UK is superior in many ways to life in CZ.
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sisyphus



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2013 10:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

err. Is the OP living in the real world? Its one thing to promote your business but its another thing to provide completely unrealistic views of the market and salary expectations. I think this is misleading people and please refrain from it. The Czech market ( and believe me I know it from a professional viewpoint) is in no way a easy Tefl gig now. In fact it is in decline and there is very little work. Please MODS stop this peddling of TEFL schools its unfair to teachers and misrepresentation legally.
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Chris Westergaard



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 21, 2013 7:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sisyphus wrote:
err. Is the OP living in the real world? Its one thing to promote your business but its another thing to provide completely unrealistic views of the market and salary expectations. I think this is misleading people and please refrain from it. The Czech market ( and believe me I know it from a professional viewpoint) is in no way a easy Tefl gig now. In fact it is in decline and there is very little work. Please MODS stop this peddling of TEFL schools its unfair to teachers and misrepresentation legally.


I think someone needs a hug. Stop by the school and I'll give you hug. It will all be OK.
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spiral78



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 21, 2013 8:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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sisyphus wrote:
err. Is the OP living in the real world? Its one thing to promote your business but its another thing to provide completely unrealistic views of the market and salary expectations. I think this is misleading people and please refrain from it. The Czech market ( and believe me I know it from a professional viewpoint) is in no way a easy Tefl gig now. In fact it is in decline and there is very little work. Please MODS stop this peddling of TEFL schools its unfair to teachers and misrepresentation legally.



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Chris wrote:
I think someone needs a hug. Stop by the school and I'll give you hug. It will all be OK.


I was thinking along the same lines as I watch the newbie teachers trekking pretty happily along the streets these days. But I'm not offering hugs, sorry. Chris is a better man than I. Cool
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sisyphus



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 21, 2013 11:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chris Westergaard wrote:
sisyphus wrote:
err. Is the OP living in the real world? Its one thing to promote your business but its another thing to provide completely unrealistic views of the market and salary expectations. I think this is misleading people and please refrain from it. The Czech market ( and believe me I know it from a professional viewpoint) is in no way a easy Tefl gig now. In fact it is in decline and there is very little work. Please MODS stop this peddling of TEFL schools its unfair to teachers and misrepresentation legally.


I think someone needs a hug. Stop by the school and I'll give you hug. It will all be OK.


Yeah mate Im wrong youre right. I mean all the experienced guys who posted like johncoan, scot47 and yours truly know nothing.....risible. Rolling Eyes
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Chris Westergaard



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 21, 2013 11:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Think you really need a hug. I'm just offering advice for people on how they can make more money in the city. If you disagree with the 13 points that I brought up, you are more than welcome to offer another 13 point list. If you don't want to contribute or help people, that's up to you, but trying to be mean or negative doesn't help anyone. So please try and contribute something to how new (or experienced) teachers can earn more money in Prague.
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emmett grogan



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 21, 2013 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Teaching in Prague is an awful gig. Its not helped by a lot of the long term expats who now run schools and look to employ the cheapest teachers findable. I recall going to one small school run by an American for an interview, I left 30 minutes later having taught this guy how to teach. "I like funky teachers" was his bizarre motto.

There is no way you could make anywhere near north of 25k a month at one or a variety of the usual chains. You spend so much time on the subway to and from classes, students cancel in advance all the time, in fact the students have seen so many jesters calling themselves teachers pass through town that motivation to learn is absolutely minimal.

Long, cold winters too.Oof! No fun when yer skint.
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