This is a complete guide for those of you that want to work at PalFish. If you’ve not already done so use this link to sign up for Palfish.
- Make sure that you are on your mobile phone when you click the link. Why? By using that link once you join Plafish we will contact you to further help you if needed.
- Once you get things set up at PalFish use this link for your Payoneer account so that you will receive $25 back once you have made $1000.
Two types of jobs on PalFish
There are two types of teachers on Palfish. The first is the regular teacher that is open to both native and non-native teachers. The second is for the Palfish Official Teacher. You have potential to make decent money with each, but with the Palfish Official, it is more likely that you will get more hours on a regular basis. As a regular teacher, you will need to make more of an effort to sell yourself to potential students. You can a full list of requirements here.
Teaching on your phone or tablet:
You will need an iOS(iPhone, iPad, iPad Mini, iPad Pro) or Android(Phone or Tablet) based device. If you have an older phone or tablet you might not be able to teach on Palfish. There is no official list of devices that are not allowed to be used. We have worked with a lot of teachers on Palfish and most of them do not run into an issue. If your device is not compatible Palfish will let you know as soon as you log into the application.
Now that all of that is out of the way, let’s get started.
Important: Use this link while you are on your phone. if you do not use the link we will not be able to contact you.
After clicking the link, enter your phone number on the screen:
Download the App
After you enter your phone number and hit the submit button the app will download. Install the app (Android in this case):
After the Palfish App is installed you will enter your phone number again:
You will be sent a verification code. Enter the code:
Next, you will upload a picture, choose your sex, create a username, and create a password:
Now you need to fill in your profile information:
Read the guide below for the next steps. As long as you followed the steps above we will contact you to help you out. Look for our messages:
See you on Palfish!
For those of you who do not want to read, just watch the video:
Palfish Application Process
The first thing to do is to create an avatar:
- This must be a picture of you, do not use a picture of your dog, a Hollywood star, or some other image.
- Make sure that the image is clear and that there is plenty of light on your face.
- You should be the only one in your picture. No matter how cute your cat or dog is, leave them out.
Create an awesome introduction:
Note: I cannot overemphasize enough how important is that you set up a proper introduction. Do not get lazy, just spend the time to make it look good. If you have email access on your phone, then simply get everything set up on your computer, email it to yourself, and then copy and paste onto your profile. This will save you a lot of time and your thumbs will thank you for it.
You should include the following information:
- College degree or information about the one you are attending.
- Prior teaching experience. If you do not have any then simply highlight how eager you are to begin teaching online. Always be honest!
- Write out what the students will receive from you being their teacher. Too many teachers focus on “me me me”. “Oh, I lived in Mexico for five years”, “oh, I love to cook”… Instead, focus on how you can help improve their pronunciation, how you can help them to gain more confidence speaking, and other solutions they are looking for.
- Spell out the ways that you can help them that lead them to want to take lessons with you. Do not spend time talking about grammar or use any sophisticated terminology or jargon. Keep it simple and friendly.
- The main reasons they are on Palfish is to practice speaking and pronunciation.
- Do not be arrogant, but sound confident. There is a fine line to walk.
📱Tip: : Download the Palfish app for students and take a look at some of the top profiles. This will let you take a look at the top profiles.
📱Tip: : Attract more students by using the right amount of emojis. To make life easier use the Emoji Keyboard.
Create a recorded self-introduction:
- The introduction should be 40-60 seconds.
- Include your teaching philosophy, hobbies, and other interests.
- Spend the time to create a lengthy but pointed self-introduction.
- Record when you are in a quiet environment with no noise in the background.
- Use the microphone on your earbuds. The microphone attached to it is usually clearer than the built in one on your device.
- Focus on clear and precise pronunciation. Students want a teacher that is easy to listen to with excellent English skills.
- Talk about how you can help them with their pronunciation and speaking skills. Do not spend a lot of time talking about yourself. Keep that to a minimum.
📱Tip: Write out what you are going to talk about. Practice it a few times by recording it and then playing it back.
Create an auto-reply message:
This is a simple message that the students will first hear from you. They hear this when chatting with you for the first time.
📱Tip: Learn how to say hello and goodbye in Chinese(Mandarin). Begin and end your recording using these.
Use one of the following methods, Palfish does NOT have other payment methods like PayPal.
Palfish Verification Process
The Palfish verification process can take up to 2 business days. Be patient and wait to hear back from them. Double check all of your profile information to ensure that you have filled out everything correctly.
While you’re waiting you should read the guide “A Guide to Palfish”. If you don’t hear back from them in a few days, then feel free to contact the “Palfish Team(T)” to find out where you’re at in the application process.
One of the great things about the Palfish Team is that they are more than willing to help. This is one of the great things about Palfish Team, and it does not matter even if you are a non-native teacher.
Within the two day period or just a little after, you will receive your application result from a message from the Palfish Team. Pay attention to their message.
You are not able to reapply. Make sure that you take the time to do a great job the first time you signup. However, you might be asked to modify your information instead of disqualifying you.
Important note: You are allowed to change your tuition rate twice a month. Keep this in mind when you start out, and there are no exceptions.
Palfish Introduction Samples
Introduction Sample Teacher Tom:
🇺🇸 Hello! I am Tom Cruise, also known as Teacher Tom 👨💻. As you can tell from my flag, I am from the US, 🌉 San Francisco to be exact.
👍 You will easily be able to understand me since I have a neutral American accent. Maybe I can be your favorite 🎏 Palfish teacher 😀
💡You can receive help with your 📢pronunciation during our lessons. It is one of the areas that my students 💘love to take.
🏆Do you like to practice your conversation skills? Great! We can talk on 🐠Palfish and I will give you useful corrections when necessary. 👨🏫
📱I have been teaching online for over six years. Yep, getting old 👴. Get the attention you deserve from a seasoned teacher.
🏫 My degree is in Business Management and my 📝 TEFL certificate is focused on teaching 👨💼Business English. I speak a little Chinese since I lived in China for a few years 🇨🇳
🔔 We can talk soon and get to know each other better 🙏 while I help you improve your English. Pretty soon, you might be talking like me 🇺🇸 haha!
Introduction Sample Teacher Emma:
🐼My name is Emma Watson and I am 26 years old. I am from the UK 🇬🇧and am living in Thailand 🇹🇭
🗺I love that 🐠 Palfish 🐟 allows me to connect with students from China 🇨🇳 like you!
👩I can help you 👍 with your pronunciation and speaking 🗣 skills. Even though I am from the UK 🇬🇧, I have a bit of a neutral accent.
📣 Do you want to improve your conversation skills? Do you want to speak 🗣 with confidence? 🤗 I can help you with either of those as well!👊
📣 You will find 👁 that my classes are fun 😹 which makes it easy and enjoyable 🤣 for you to improve your English 🇺🇸.
China 🇨🇳 is such an incredible 😍 country and I look forward to hearing 👂 about your experiences. I can share 👐 my culture with you along with my adventures 🗾 in all the countries I have travelled to.
📣 Oh, I have a degree in classical literature and have a TEFL 📝 certificate as well. You might enjoy 😂some of the short stories 😍 that I have published online 🖥.
📣 You can take conversational classes 😊, English for travelling 🗺, common English phrases and idioms, or English for studying overseas🗽🌉🗼. Just relax in my classes and be ready to learn 😉!
🎉👩 I cannot wait to help you with your English 😉!
Introduction Sample Teacher Tim:
👋 Hello from 🇨🇦 Canada! My name is 👱 Tim Horton and I love 😍 meeting students from 🇨🇳 China! I am 32 years 🗓 old and have two wonderful 👦👧kids and a beautiful 👩wife.
🎊You can learn about what it is like to live in the ❄⛄cold of Canada 🇨🇦while improving your English. If you want to improve your pronunciation while learning new vocabulary, then I am your teacher😉!
📢 Do you need help with 📝IELTS? 👨I am a certified IELTS teacher and have taught over 📖1000 lessons online and many more in person😊.
How about just conversation 🤔practice? No problem 😉! You can practice with me while I also 🙏help you with your pronunciation 🗣skills.
📣 If there are any other 📚subjects that you want to learn then just let me 👈know. Be sure to look for my moments as I have a lot going on these days that I want to share 🙏.
I 🎓graduated from the University of Alberta with a degree in Elementary education. I have a 📝TESOL certificate and I am a 👍certified IELTS teacher.
👀 Look at my open 🗓schedule to book a lesson. I work in the early 🌅mornings which is your afternoon and 🌃evening time.
If you have any❓questions please 📧 contact me. I am looking ➡ forward to meeting and helping you 🙏!
Tips for Success
One of the main goals for most teachers is to become a Palfish Official Teacher. Keep in mind though, even as a Palfish Official Teacher there a limited amount of peak hours and it takes a lot of motivation to hit all of the bonuses. If you are thinking about making Palfish a fulltime job you will need to teach other lessons as well and conduct live lessons as well.
As a regular teacher, you will want students to learn about you and your teaching style by doing a few free live lessons. Take the time to prepare for the live lessons since they can make a negative impression if not done properly. You can use your computer for the live lessons. I suggest you do since you will want to share slides during the lesson. Use a headset or high-quality microphone as well.
📱Tip: Good lighting and a high-quality microphone can go a long way.
As a standard teacher, you will want to use the Moments in order to build up a following. Moments are like a Facebook feed. You have the option to follow the students and comment on their Moments and they can do the same with the teachers. You can do written comments or recorded ones. Make recorded ones since the students want to hear your voice and love to listen to people speak English.
When you add Moments, try to add ones that are video based. It is easy enough to do. Record yourself out at the park or another interesting place, and talk about what the students are seeing. End the video by asking them a question to answer. Follow up when they answer the questions. Be sure to follow them. Of course, there are other ways to do this and this is just one suggestion.
📱Tip: Use emojis when you are writing Moments.
Write down canned responses to give to your students after each lesson. Keep those on your phone in some sort of notes or another program. Edit them somewhat when you give feedback after each lesson so that they are somewhat authentic. The point is to make sure that you are giving enough feedback.
If you are not a Palfish Official Teacher, then you will need your own lesson plans. Unlike teaching from your computer, you will not have the ability to screen share the lessons. Print them out to follow along, or if you have a computer, then you can follow along with it as well. You can use a site like this to find lesson plans.
Note: We will continue to add more to this guide. Stay tuned and be sure to share with others!
Full details Palfish Official Teacher
PalFish sets the price of the course and provides materials and slides for the teachers. Ofﬁcial teachers can also create your own courses, seminars and live streaming to teach other students that are not in the ofﬁcial course.
The base rate is ¥ 50/25mins. If you attend the lesson without lateness, you can get an extra ¥ 5 as a bonus. If the student did not attend, the ¥ 5 bonus will not be granted no matter teacher was late or not.
For teachers who teach over 100 lessons in a month, the next month’s base rate will be raised to ¥ 55 per lesson. (E.g. if you attended a lesson without lateness, the total payment would be ¥ 55 + ¥ 5 bonus = ¥ 60)
Anticipated revenue: $912+
For teachers who teach over 150 lessons in a month, the next month’s base rate will be raised to ¥6O per lesson. (E.g. If you attended a lesson without lateness, the total payment would be ¥ 60 + ¥ 5 bonus = ¥ 65.)
Anticipated revenue: $1481+
For teachers who teach over 210 ofﬁcial kids lessons in a month, the next month’s base rate will be raised to ¥ 65 per lesson. (E.g. If you attended a lesson without lateness, the total payment would be ¥65+¥ 5 bonus = ¥70.)
Anticipated revenue: $2248+
– New teachers can get a ¥ 100 reward for buying props.
– Teachers can get a ¥ 200 bonus when a student joins PalFish after having a trial lesson with you.
– Attend a lesson without lateness can get a ¥ 5 bonus.
– Teachers who have perfect attendance (No absence, no lateness, and no cancellation) in a month can get a ¥ 200 bonus.
– Teaching certiﬁcation preferred BUT NOT REQUIRED (TEFL, TESOL or others)
– Have experience in teaching kids
– Native English speakers from Australia/U.S./U.K./Canada/Ireland/N.Z. with a neutral accent
– Can be online for more than 10 hours per week (between 6200—9:00pm)
Here is a video to help you pass the Palfish Official Teacher interview: