Hello teachers, welcome to my Brainfuse Review.
Of all the ways you can make money online, one of my favorites is online tutoring. It's one thing to earn an income from home, doing it while help others is even better.
You may be looking for a way to supplement your current income, or for a broader work-at-home strategy to do your own thing full-time. Companies like Brainfuse are a great opportunity.
Of course, there are a lot of scams, false promises and misinformation online, so if you're wondering if Brainfuse is legit, you're not alone. To be honest, I was wondering the same thing.
Let me start by saying, I owe a lot to my past teachers and I'm extremely grateful to ALL teachers (including you, so thank you). I know how hard your job is and I have a ton of respect. It takes patience and dedication to be a teacher.
And, it's a critical job that I think is being taken for granted these days.
So when it comes to making money online and teaching, we're talking about two topics that are close to my heart.
In this Brainfuse review I'm going to explain what they do, how they do it and whether they can help you get what you want; a legit work at home job with flexibility...
So, stay with me here 🙂 ... I'm going to cover the following topics:
- What is Brainfuse?
- Is Brainfuse Online Tutoring a Scam?
- How Does Brainfuse Online Tutoring Work?
- Brainfuse Tutoring Job Reviews and Complaints
- What I Like About Brainfuse Online Tutoring
- What I Don’t Like
- Where Do You Go From Here?
Please note, I am not a member or an affiliate for Brainfuse. This review has been researched with information and/or testimonials that are available online in the public domain. Any recommendations and/or conclusions are strictly opinions and may not apply to, or agree with, all persons or situations. See full disclaimer for more info
What Is Brainfuse?
Brainfuse is an online tutoring company where students and teachers meet in a dynamic online workspace. Based out of New York and located at 271 Madison Ave, they've been around since 1999... an exceptionally long time in the online world.
As a teacher, Brainfuse provides you with a unique opportunity to help others while working from home.
Brainfuse is also associated directly with educational institutions and public libraries such as the NYPL (New York Public Library).
Is Brainfuse Online Tutoring a Scam?
Of all the scams I've found online, not many pretend to be legit online tutoring sites. Generally speaking, if they say they provide online tutoring jobs, that's what they provide.
But we are talking about making money online, and it's better to be safe than sorry. So, like all of our reviews I wanted to go through and verify that Brainfuse was legit.
To be honest, I wasn't too concerned knowing they worked with schools and public libraries. But, to be thorough, I wanted to check whether Brainfuse had a solid online presence and reputation.
My first stop was their Facebook page.
First, it's a good sign they have a Facebook page. Second, it's a relatively active page. At the time of this review, Brainfuse has more than 1,500 followers (highlighted in the image below) as well as some staff pictures taken from what looks to be a trade show.
It's true, you can fake a lot of things online. But scammers are lazy and rarely would they go through the effort photoshopping fake trade show images.
In addition to teacher reviews on various sites (which I'll get more into below), I also found discussion of Brainfuse as far back as 2006 in this New York Times article. Brainfuse is mentioned along with a similar site you may be familiar with called Tutor.com.
Another less obvious sign they are real is that they requirement a Master's degree.
Scams rarely put up barriers to entry. Instead, they break them down and make it as easy as possible for people to join.
So, is Brainfuse a scam? And are their online tutoring jobs a scam?
No, they are not a scam. Brainfuse is 100% legit, as are the tutoring jobs they offer on their site.
If "easy to join" is what you were looking for though, keep in mind, legit companies are only as good as the people they hire. In the case of Brainfuse, requiring a Master's degree is not only for proof of education, it's also a to limit the number of applicants.
That doesn't mean you can't make money online if you don't have a Master's degree though.
They can also be a stepping stone to something more serious like an online business.
You may be at home because of difficulties with your health for example, or young ones to look after.
If that’s the case and a full-time income online is what you want, knowing how and where to get started is what you need in order to get what you want.
How Does Brainfuse Online Tutoring Work?
If you’ve decided to join Brainfuse as a tutor, here’s how it works…
To apply, you need to submit your resume (in PDF form) to their site. They’ll look at your resume and if you’re considered, they’ll reply to your email for further discussion about the job.
You’ll be required to take a Brainfuse Tutor quiz before you can proceed with your application. And, if you’re applying for a lot of subjects, you’ll be required to take on more than one quiz.
Here are some of their available subjects:
If you’re applying to be an English tutor just as an example, you’ll be required to take their grammar test. And, a grammar quiz can also be one of your tests if you’re applying for the position of Brainfuse online paper reviewer (in the English/Writing subjects).
I goes with out saying, but I'll say it anyway just because...
... you need to pass in order to proceed with the training. The good news is that they'll give you multiple chances to take the test. You don’t even need to request re-takes because quiz results just get reset automatically (just give it some time).
Simple enough, right?
While this is good for some, experienced teachers and online tutors may prefer a more stringent filtering process. You may have a lot of education and experience but that won't necessarily give you a competitive edge.
If you're a new teacher though, or someone who is new to online tutoring, a relatively simple hiring process is exactly what you're looking for.
Now, if you pass their tests and get accepted, the next step is training. From the research I've done and the available correspondence from other tutors, the general consensus is that the training is not too hard. It deals more with the Brainfuse platform specifically than it does the actual tutoring process or individual subjects.
As an independent freelancer, your working hours on Brainfuse are flexible.
You can set your own hours by scheduling in advance or logging onto to the platform any time to see if there are available students.
Having said that, your hours are only flexible if there are tutoring jobs when you need them. You may have to shuffle your timetable to line up with your student's schedule.
The good thing about being a freelancer though is that you're not limited to just Brainfuse. You can also apply to other online tutoring sites and/or fill your spare time with various work-at-home jobs.
Your Typical Day as a Brainfuse Tutor
Working at Brainfuse as a tutor basically requires logging into your account and tutoring/teaching students... so it goes without saying you should enjoy working with students.
Tutoring is done on a dynamic platform that includes a writing lab where you can review student documents and help them live one-on-one.
The following video is a student demo of the Brainfuse platform from their perspective, followed by a brief tutoring demo...
Again, your experience with Brainfuse will depend on whether you enjoy helping others. If you have experience teaching, you'll know how frustrating it can be at times. If you're a parent you'll have a pretty good idea tool 😀
But if you do enjoy tutoring and you have patience, this may the job for you.
How Much Does Brainfuse Pay?
Pay rates vary and I'm going to refrain from providing hard figures. Most of the information regarding Brainfuse's pay is anecdotal.
Brainfuse classes are one-hour long and according to multiple Brainfuse job reviews, tutors are reporting rates in the $11 to $13 per hour range with deposits made every 2 weeks, either through PayPal or direct deposit.
Having said that, if you have experience yourself with Brainfuse and are able to provide further insight regarding pay rates, it would be great if you could provide some feedback in the comments section. It will be helpful for others who are considering Brainfuse.
Brainfuse Basic Requirements
The current requirements to apply for Brainfuse jobs are...
- You must be a resident of the US.
- You must have a Master’s Degree.
- You must agree to a background check.
Of course, the application process does take time and when hired, the number of available students may be limited.
If you're in need of some extra spending money in the meantime, online survey sites are an option to fill your spare time.
Market research companies like Survey Junkie are a simple way to get paid for your opinion. Inbox Dollars is another site that pays for doing things you may be doing online anyway, like searching the web, watching videos and visiting websites.
Of course, online surveys won't replace online tutoring as far the amount of money you can earn... but if you've never made money online before, they can be a good place to start.
For something more significant, an online business may be what you're looking for.
Making money from home might be something you need because of medical issues, children to look after, or maybe you're just tired of working for a boss.
If that’s the case, knowing how (and where) to get started is what you need in order to get what you want.
Brainfuse Online Tutoring Jobs - Reviews and Complaints
When searching for reviews and complaints, the first organization I usually go to for reference is the The Better Business Bureau. They have a listing for Brainfuse, but Brainfuse is not officially accredited.
Also, at this time, they are not rated (NR), which is odd for a 20+ year old company who's file was opened in 2010.
According to BBB, background information was requested from Brainfuse, but none was given. .
I don't want to get too hung up on the BBB because accreditation is not required by any business. There are also no Brainfuse complaints filed by either students or teachers with The Better Business Bureau either.
Where we do find some positive and negative reviews, is on Indeed. There, Brainfuse currently has a 2.8 out of 5 rating based on 69 reviews. That will likely change depending on when you're reading this.
Here are some of the positive things people said about them...
- Some people found fulfilling remote jobs on Brainfuse.
- You get to set your own schedule.
- According to some reviewers, Brainfuse has a good tutoring platform.
Below are some of the negative reviews found on Indeed's review site…
- Poor support from management (unless you screw up, and then they’ll call your attention to your error).
- Low pay for teachers/tutors.
- The designated time limit can result in a poor quality of work.
- Tutors can get anywhere from 2 to 6 students per session (and you’re not allowed to reveal this to your students).
- There can be rude students in your virtual classroom (which can be hard to deal with because they’re considered paying customers).
To be clear, I'm not here to pass judgment or validate these complaints. I'm only referencing them for your information.
I'll also say that generally speaking, people are more likely to leave a negative review when they are unhappy than are a positive review when they are happy. Therefore overall ratings are often skewed to the negative.
Some similar comments and feedback can be found on Glassdoor. Brainfuse currently has an overall rating of 2.8 out of 5 stars over there, based on 80 reviews. Here are some of the pros according to their site users...
- Tutoring on their platform is fun and easy.
- You can choose your own working hours.
- It’s a rewarding experience to teach students.
Some of the cons on Glassdoor are...
- Pay is low.
- Some students can be difficult and demanding.
- No guarantee there will always be available work.
What I Like About Brainfuse Online Tutoring
- Brainfuse is legit. I know, this is low bar when it comes to things I like about Brainfuse, but when it comes to making money online, the legit companies are vastly outnumbered by the scams.
- They provide teachers with a means to earn extra income.
- Making money from home is great, but it's even better when you can do it while helping others.
- Since Brainfuse online tutoring jobs are done remotely, you can set your own working schedule.
What I Don't Like
- According to some reviews, communication with Brainfuse’s management is poor and several tutors have reported difficulty contacting the support team when experiencing issues.
- You may be required to tutor more than one student at a time, but students are not supposed to know this.
- Pay could be better. Depending on where your live and your current financial situation, $11 to $13 per hour may be a little on low side.
- Reports of getting rude students in the (virtual classroom) seems to be a commonly reported issue. This may not be the students fault if they are under the impression you are dealing with them exclusively while also tutoring others at the same time. I’m guessing some students can get rude because they’re not aware that you could be handling several students at once (you’re not allowed to tell them).
Where Do You Go From Here?
If you love teaching and would like to tutor students from your home, Brainfuse is a legitimate option.
The pay may or may not work for you, but you can count on getting paid. Brainfuse does pay their tutors consistently and on time. In most cases though, they will not provide a full-time income, nor do they claim to. Work is dependent on student availability.
Work at home jobs like Brainfuse can be great to supplement your current job income, or they can also be one of several jobs if you're a diversified freelancer working in the gig economy.
It hasn't been the easiest of times to keep up, I get it. Money doesn't seem to go as far as it used to. At least in my experience it hasn't, and working from home can provide a legitimate way to catch up. Especially if you're buried under a stack of bills or falling behind on debt payments.
You might be a single parent at home or unable to work due to health challenges that make a regular job difficult. Or, maybe you just hate your job and you’re looking for a way out.
If that's the case there are option. An online business may even be what you want.
With all the scams and schemes out there though, knowing how and where to get started the right way is what you need in order to get what you want.
To be clear, they won't make you rich and I can tell you it's not as satisfying as online tutoring, but if you've never made money online before, they can be a good first step.
As I said in the earlier part of this review though, I have great respect for teachers – and if working from home is what you want, online tutoring is a great way to do it.
I hope my Brainfuse review has been helpful and if you have any comments, questions, or experience with Brainfuse (or online tutoring in general), please share in the comments section below.