Even experienced language teachers are looking for ways to increase their income. No wonder plenty of language students are trying to increase their income with the newly found language skills.

You may need a full-time job to support a family with your income, but as far as student life goes, these jobs may help you get enough money to increase your standards of living. If you’re an educator who’s looking for alternative sources of income, you can do one of these part-time and increase your annual income.

Here are 6 jobs you can do either full-time or part-time to monetise your language skills.

#1 – Tutoring

The straightforward way of going about a career in teaching is enrolling in a full-time job in a school or language courses. But what if your current employment situation doesn’t allow that? What if you’re a teacher who works long hours already or a student who needs to study up to 8 hours a day?

You can still work as a tutor part-time. One of the easiest ways to get a job is to ask around friends and neighbours and get a gig tutoring their kids. If you’re living on campus, you could also provide assistance to younger students.

If these are not a possibility, you could always teach languages via Skype. Find a company that works with freelancers on their terms or a website that connects teachers to students, and you have yourself a job.

#2 – Translation

Even though machine translation is hitting new heights each year, the market opportunities for translators are still rather plentiful. You could talk to companies that do translations if they got any part-time spots open, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

One of the more lucrative and popular opportunities is helping translate hundreds of websites for businesses that are going international. Loads of companies do, and providing multilanguage support takes up a lot of resources. You can join this market to get your share of the pie too.

If you’re more artistically inclined, you can do another popular gig, translating YouTube videos. Even though many people use English YouTube as a learning tool, there are plenty of people who just want access to popular content in their language. This is why channels that do translations of popular YouTubers or educational channels.

You can join a translation team as a freelancer or answer a YouTuber’s call for help and do translations for a bit of monetary compensation.

If that doesn’t fit you either, there’s always the option to do spoken translations in person. It sure requires skill and it’s not easy to land, but if you manage to get this gig, it can provide you with more income than any other gig on the list.

#3 – Checking tests

While this job is temporary, it can be a great source of income for a language student. In most countries and universities early summer is the season that most tests are taken. Sometimes, there are so many tests that the staff can’t handle it. This is why colleges start looking for temporary workers for checking tests in advance.

Check with your college to see if there are any positions available. If you manage to land that gig, you’ll have to work long hours for a few days, but you may get decent compensation.

If you don’t mind checking the same test over and over again, you can extend the duration of this gig by getting a job at a local TOEFL or IELTS company. These companies have a huge number of tests to check each month and will be glad to accept side help.

#4 – Writing

Now, writing jobs are one of the advanced ways for students to make money. The thing is, they don’t just require you to know the target language, but to be a good writer as well. If you are a decent writer, you can get a job writing blog posts for a company or a website and earn decent money while putting in little work.

Don’t feel like you’ll make a good blog writer just yet? You can take up an easier writing job.

Many companies that work with clients abroad have a lot of copywriters positions that need you to compose emails. Instead of working on long pieces of content, your job would be crafting sales pitches or translating the incoming emails for the boss or a sales representative.

The downside of this job is you need to stay in touch at all work hours and create emails at least half an hour after the request. That, however, can be negotiated with your management.

#5 – Guided tours

Are you a student living abroad? You can capitalise on that by giving tourists from your country guided tours. This gig, however, is a bit more restrictive with the schedule.

If you join a company that provides tours, you may not get to choose your time. If you try to get clients on your own, it may prove difficult, especially in a big city where the guided tour market is highly competitive.

#6 – Researcher

Not keen on creating content, translating, or working with people on a guided tour? There’s another way to make use of your language skills. You can find employment at a company that researches foreign markets.

As a part of the research team, you will have to study legal documentation, competition in the niche, and even social media profiles of the company’s target audience. Since all of this should be done in foreign languages, and these companies highly value people who can both do research in a foreign language and compile reports in your native language.


There are plenty of opportunities for language learners to monetize their skills. Learn a bit about the industry you’re going to be a part of, take your time applying for jobs or reaching out for gig opportunities, and you will land a great source of additional income.

Author bio: Laura Vogel is a journalist and a blogger with a big passion for education.

Laura is a big traveller and a freelance artist. She has a lot of experience working with children and teenagers.

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