This is a guest post by Jessica Dais.
Looking for an easy way to make money? Being bilingual, or even just a proficient speaker of a single language, opens the door to numerous job opportunities you may not have realized.
There are dozens of ways you can earn some extra cash simply by putting your language skills to good use.
Here are some:
1. Be a tutor in your free time.
If you go to school or work part time and have some extra time in your schedule, tutoring language students is a great side job. Becoming fluent in another language doesn’t come easy to many people, and there are lots of parents out there looking for tutors to help their children learn faster.
Having trouble finding students in your local area? Consider becoming an online tutor to find even more students.
Most students desire tutoring sessions in the late afternoons or on weekends, so your availability during these times is a plus.
Another way to make some money as a side job is offering translation services as a freelancer.
There are several online job boards that post openings in this field, such as Upwork. Do a quick job search to uncover opportunities to translate for international organizations and businesses near you.
Opportunities as a translator can range from working at conferences to simply helping translate a print publication to another language.
You can also put your language skills to use by helping score standardized language examinations.
Your local testing center will most likely be hiring graders in the month of May, so be on the lookout for this easy, seasonal opportunity that pays well.
In addition to being a proficient language speaker, do you also have a creative side?
If you enjoy writing, consider becoming a freelance writer. You can either create your own personal blog page, or be a guest blogger for other websites.
Check out this bilingual blogger who makes money by reviewing well known products. Her site is available to read in both Spanish and English.
5. Leading Trips.
Although it’s a bigger commitment than the previous job opportunities listed, leading a trip to a foreign country is an exciting option for the adventurous person.
To find opportunities in this field, connect with a local college’s study abroad department, or a global volunteer organization.
Leadership skills are often required for this kind of job, so in addition to being bilingual, you should feel comfortable leading a group.
6. Teaching English.
Lastly, an easy job to get if you’re taking a gap year is teaching English abroad. To make it even easier for you, many English teaching abroad jobs don’t require previous experience.
Those who enjoy traveling and are fluent in English would be perfect for this position.
More information on these positions, and even more job opportunities for language lovers, are listed in the infographic below from TakeLessons.
As you can see, whether you speak English, Spanish, French, or any other language, there is a variety of both side jobs and full time careers available for you to consider.
So, there you have it! Now you know how being fluent in a language instantly qualifies you for a number of exciting jobs.