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Profy Review Summary

Profy English was a Colombia-based online ESL company offering 1v1 adult classes. It has been out of business since 06/01/22. You can find reviews of alternative companies here.

Pay (per hour):$10
Native / Non-Native Speakers accepted?Both
TEFL / TESOL / CELTA required?No
Degree / diploma required?No
Adult / child students?Adults
Class size:1
Minimum hours (per week):10

Profy Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Any qualified and experienced teacher with C1 or Native-level English can apply (not restricted to specific qualifications or nationalities)
  • Quick and easy application process with no interview or teaching demo
  • Latin American company/students (not China-based)
  • Payments can be withdrawn at any time
  • Longer-term, regular students (for 3-6 months)
  • Teachers trusted to deliver classes with their own materials and no company interference

Cons:

  • No longer in business
  • Introduction classes are unpaid
  • Must attract and convert students through the teacher profile and intro classes
  • Primarily adult students, not good for those who prefer teaching children
  • Teachers are expected to have taught at least 500 classes previously
  • No specific teaching materials are provided – you must create and use your own
  • Almost no reviews online from Profy teachers about their experience (other than a report of low student supply)

Is Profy Legit?

Profy has gone out of business and is no longer a legitimate company. On 06/01/22, they sent the following email informing teachers that the business had run out of money, and outstanding payments would not be made:

Profy email

Profy English Salary/Pay

Profy has been out of business since 06/01/22.

Profy pay is the same rate of US$10 for all teachers. This applies to regular 60-minute classes but not 30-minute intro classes with prospective students, which are UNPAID, though there is a bonus of $20 when those new students are converted to sign up for a course with you.

Profy says that their teachers earn an average of $1,500 a month with around 12 active students (signed up for either 2, 3, or 5 hours a week). This equates to a working week of 37.5 hours producing $375 (not including any sign-up bonuses).

You will receive 100% pay for any student no-shows.

One perk of Profy is that teachers decide when to withdraw their pay. Your account is credited after each class, and you can withdraw to Payoneer or PayPal at any time, with payouts processed in less than 24 hours (though Payoneer can take 2-5 business days to transfer to some bank accounts).

Profy English Hours

Profy has been out of business since 06/01/22.

Profy English peak hours are 6-10am and 5-9pm (Colombia Standard Time/UTC-5), though you’re expected to be ready and logged-in to the platform 10 minutes before class.

You must open a minimum of 10 hours a week, though there is no cap.

Profy classes last 60 minutes for regulars and 30 minutes for intro classes. All regular classes are one-on-one with longer-term students who, on average, take 12 classes a month (they may choose 2, 3 or 5 hours a week) for around 6 months (the minimum sign-up term is 3 months), which offers stability if you can commit to this. Profy teachers, on average, have around 12 active students.

Profy has a 18-hour cancelation policy.

Profy English Requirements

Profy has been out of business since 06/01/22.

The requirements for Profy English tutors are fairly simple. You must:

  • Be a qualified teacher with a certified C1 or Native level of English
  • Have a professional attitude
  • Enjoy teaching and meeting new people

Beyond this, Profy doesn’t provide any specific requirements for particular qualifications or nationalities, though they do expect teachers to have previously taught at least 500 classes according to the questions asked in the profile setup.

Profy English Application Process

Profy has been out of business since 06/01/22.

While their website states that you can ‘become a Profy teacher in 15 minutes’, the company is currently receiving a surge in interest and applications due to China’s clampdown in its own online tutoring industry. This means that Profy is warning applicants that it may take weeks or months for them to review new teacher profiles (usually it should take a week), and only once they have submitted all the requested information, plus their photo and video.

The Profy application process is otherwise fairly straightforward, with no interview or teaching demo to deliver. First you need to sign up for an account by providing your:

  • Name
  • Email address
  • WhatsApp telephone number
  • Password

Once you are logged in to your Profy account, you will need to fill in the following information to set-up your teacher profile:

  • Country
  • Date of birth
  • Gender
  • US tax resident? (yes/no)
  • How many classes have you taught in your career as a teacher? (500+/1000+/2000+/3000+)
  • Teachable languages and type of English accent (US/British/Canadian/Australian)
  • Level of Spanish (beginner/intermediate/fluent)
  • Do you teach kids? (yes/no)
  • Specializations
  • Availability
  • High-resolution professional picture
  • Engaging video

You will receive an email once your profile has been reviewed and published. From this point, you should receive around 10 intro classes in your first two weeks, which the company pushes to give new teachers the opportunity to convert regular students early on. After this, the number of students you attract will depend on how appealing and engaging your profile, video and photo are, as well as having good availability and positive reviews from non-Profy students (which can be uploaded through a shared link).

Upon registering, Profy does provide documents to help you make a good video and deliver a successful intro class.

Working for Profy

Profy has been out of business since 06/01/22.

Being a smaller company, Profy English Reviews from teachers who have worked there are extremely hard to find, nor does the company have a Glassdoor page yet. The Profy website does list some testimonials, which are inevitably one-sided, though they praise the following:

  • student numbers
  • staff support/customer service
  • long-term students
  • fast and reliable payouts
  • straightforward platform interface

We have heard from one Profy teacher, who messaged us to report that there was a ‘limited supply of students’ at the company, while they had experienced better standards at Open English:

Conclusion – Is Profy Worth It?

Profy has been out of business since 06/01/22. You can find reviews of alternative companies here.

Other non-China companies can be found here.

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Dr Daniel Spence

Daniel Spence is the founder of Online Teaching Review. He has been an international teacher since 2008, an award-winning academic, author of two books, and holds a PhD, MA, BA (Hons), and TESOL.

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