Setting a price per lesson as an online language teacher can be challenging, but there are a few factors to consider to ensure that you're pricing your services fairly. Those factors are the subject, qualification, experience, preparation time and lesson format, and target market.
Firstly, consider your experience and qualifications in teaching language. If you have a master's degree in linguistics and years of experience teaching language, you can charge a higher rate than someone who is just starting out.
Next, consider the subject matter you will be teaching. For some languages, there are many teachers (for instance English, Spanish, and German) and the competition is high. If you teach language that is not that popular, you may set up a higher rate easily.
In addition to the subject matter, consider the format of your lessons and the level of personalization you offer. One-on-one lessons with personalized lesson plans will generally command a higher rate than group lessons or pre-made lesson plans. Don´t forget the preparation time required for each lesson. If you need to create lesson plans, grade assignments, or provide additional resources for your students, you may need to factor in this time when setting your rates.
Finally, check the market you are targeting and the average rates for language teachers in that market. If you're teaching English as a second language to students in China, for example, you may need to adjust your rates based on the local market. You may check the average prices on language platforms such as Italki or Preply.