VIPKID Vibes: Mastering the Short Notice Game

It’s been weeks since I’ve posted about VIPKID. Thanks for your patience. This isn’t an update–I’ll do one of those next time for my 1 year anniversary! OMG.

Today, I wanted to share my thoughts on Short Notice bookings.

To make some extra cash for doing the exact same amount of work, I’ve started opening more Short Notice bookings. In an effort to keep this simple and to the point, here’s a list of Pros and Cons.


Pro: An Extra $2

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An obvious pro, and let’s face it, the ONLY reason anyone would do this. Two dollars isn’t life changing and might not seem worth it, but consider this. If you book just one short notice class a day, and you work six days a week, that’s an extra $48 a month–for working the same amount! This is doable. I had five short notice classes last Friday alone.

Con: You Can Lose Money

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Keep in mind, this is a gamble. If you decide to wait to open slots until the day before, you risk them not booking at all. So instead of gaining an extra two bucks, you lose that AND what you would’ve made for the class. I do not recommend doing this until you already have a pretty full schedule. And I would definitely start small. Try one slot a day, at different times a day, and see how that works out. Then the next week, do a few more. Have I lost money? Absolutely. But by the end of the month, I made more than I would’ve without any SN.

Pro: You Can Meet New Students

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It’s extremely rare for a student I’ve had to book a SN class, so I’m meeting many new faces a week. You never know when you may find a new regular. I’ve had some SN do a priority request afterward.

Con: You Can Meet New Students

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Yes, this is a pro and a con. Since I haven’t been opening as many slots during the frenzy, I’m not seeing some students that I normally would. Unless they priority book me, or happen to catch one of the few slots I open Sunday night, I won’t see them.

Pro: When The Slot Books Early

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This usually happens on the weekend. A class will book that morning for a class that evening. Sometimes a class will book during the evening for the next morning. In either case, these don’t feel like SN classes at all, because by that point, I haven’t looked at any of my other classes yet. So it’s like that class was booked all along.

Con: When The Slot Books Late

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Since most SN classes book overnight, I set my alarm earlier than normal so I can see if a slot booked and what class/student it is. I’m still someone who has to look over a lesson before I teach it, so this is not ideal. I review for classes the night before. Luckily, this hasn’t been a problem, because almost always they end up being a lesson I’ve taught before. Or it’s a level 2 class that’s pretty basic.

Pro: The Magical SN-SNS

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A short notice student-no-show is such a gift. This happened to me Saturday night. At around 20 minutes, the fireman cancelled the class. I later found out it was marked Student IT, but I get paid regardless. Paid extra, that is. ๐Ÿ™‚ I straightened up my classroom, and it was glorious.

Con: SN are Rare for Later Slots

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I’m in EST and my 9:30 AM slots are the hardest to fill no matter when I open them. If I have an opening in my schedule, it’s usually for 9:30. So SN slots don’t work for this slot. Not for me, anyway. I usually open 9 and 9:30 for the frenzy. This is where you have to play around with the times. For me, the sweet spot is 7-9 AM for SN. In the evenings, it’s 9-10, sometimes 10:30.

What I’m hoping to do is get to a place where I only accept priority bookings and leave the rest to short notice.

Final Thoughts

If you’re someone who is consistently booked, give short notice a try. But start small! This is a gamble, and it could definitely backfire. But if you’re looking to make some extra cash, SN is the way to go. ๐Ÿ™‚

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One More Thing

About incentives… do some math. When I first started, there were incentives literally every week. For example, open x number of slots and get an extra $20. The most recent incentive–after an epic dry spell–was for $50! At first, I thought, well, duh. Why would you pass up 50 bucks?! But after I did some super technical calculations, I learned I can make more just be doing SN bookings. So bust out that calculator, teachers! ๐Ÿ™‚

AND Another Thing

My VIPKID posts get more views than anything else I write. First off, THANK YOU. That’s pretty awesome. But please, don’t be shy! Say hello! Let’s start a conversation. Do you have tips to share? Do you have newbie questions? I’d love to hear from you.

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Thanks for spending some time here! Happy teaching!

6 thoughts on “VIPKID Vibes: Mastering the Short Notice Game

  1. Thank you so much for your advice about short notice bookings! I am a newbie and going to daylight savings is really going to cut into my earnings. I may try to short notice booking a little at a time to see if I can increase my earnings. Any idea what other teachers are doing To make up the shortfall for the new 9 oโ€™clock curfew and daylight savings time? Thank you, ChristyG

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    • Glad you found it helpful, Christy! From what I’ve read, it seems teachers are planning to start earlier in the morning. This is doable, depending on your time zone. I’m trying not to think about it! But there aren’t too many options. You could always open more weekend slots or work more days of the week if possible. Best of luck to you and thanks for commenting! ๐Ÿ™‚


    • Hi, Diane! Sorry I didn’t see this question. If the slot doesn’t book, that’s how you lose money. By opening it later, there is less of a chance it will get booked. So if it books, yay, bonus $2! If it doesn’t, you lose the bonus AND what you would’ve made for the class. Oh, wait. I think I see the confusion now. For me, to get SN, I do not open them until 24 hours or less, so the only way they can get booked is short notice. That’s how you can lose money, since it’s a risk. BUT if the slot is opened well in advance, then you’re not really out anything. I have never–that I remember–had a slot book short notice that I had open longer than 24 hours, so if I want the extra money, I don’t open them early. Does that make sense? Sorry for the confusion!


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