Language tutors who offer their expertise on teaching platforms like Italki or Preply often encounter the challenge of commission fees. These platforms provide a convenient space for tutors to connect with a global audience of eager learners, but they typically charge a commission on each lesson's earnings. For instance, Preply charges a 100% commission for every trial lesson with a new student, and after the commission rate varies between 33% and 18% of the hourly rate. Italki has lower commission fees - no fee for trial lessons and then always 15% of the hourly rate.
While the specific rates may vary between platforms, tutors commonly find themselves parting with a percentage of their hard-earned income to the platform operators. As a language tutor, you need to consider the commission and set up your price higher. From my own experience, after some time teaching a student, you can offer them (they will offer you) lessons outside the platform, which is a win-win situation because you can offer a slightly lower price, but still, you get more because now there's no platform commission.
Balancing the benefits and drawbacks of these commission fees is a vital consideration for language tutors seeking to establish a successful online teaching presence.
Commissions on Preply: