Earning Extra Money as a Foreign Language Tutor

by Joyce Shang

Can you fluently communicate in multiple languages? Maybe you migrated to the USA in search of a better future. Or perhaps you were raised in a bilingual family. Or maybe your linguistic affair began later on in life when you took language classes just for the sake of learning something new.

Either way, you deserve an applaud! Being able to speak two or more languages can help you get high-paying jobs as well as to adapt to the American culture easily. Plus, if you've other career dreams, you can still reap the benefits of bilingualism.


There are a lot of creative and attractive side hustle options that can put your language skills to good use, and help you earn extra income without taking a toll on your full-time work commitments. The supplement money can help boost your living standard in the States, and you can even send some money back home using a money transfer operator like Ria Money Transfer. So if you're a bilingual looking for some supplement income, below are some of the best side job ideas for you.


Tutoring part-time is one of the easiest ways to earn some extra money in the United States. You'll be hired on an hourly basis, working specific hours at the office or if the company is more flexible, you might get the liberty to choose your own work hours, as well as provide online language classes. Most students prefer afternoon or evening classes, so you don't need to worry about getting late to your 9-5 job.

Freelance translation

Another popular option for bilinguals is to work as a freelance translator. There is a big market for translation services in the States, and it can be the perfect supplement to your income. List your services on online freelancing platforms like freelancer.com, Fiverr, or Upwork.

Freelance writing

If you have a genuine interest in writing, why not merge that with your language skills? You can create your personal language-learning blog, earning through ads and affiliate marketing. However, in order to get paid, your blog needs heavy traffic. So, invest some time and energy in building a strong audience base first. If you're looking for paid writing options, again consider signing up on Upwork and Fiverr.

Create Youtube videos

If you're confident on camera, making videos for Youtube might be the perfect option for you. Once you've built your audience, you can start making tons of money through the ads that play before each clip. It will certainly need hard work and patience, but once you've crossed the first 1000 subscribers, things will get a lot simpler.

Create original course material

You can also make dollars by creating unique and quality language e-books, problem quiz sets, worksheets, posters or other academic course material for schools. Pay rates may range from $5 to the hundreds and thousands. If you're working through an agency, you will probably be charged a small commission, and the rest is yours.

Language app or game development

Developing a language app or game is one of the highest-paying side jobs for bilinguals. However, this option requires a bit more determination. Your app should be better than the competitors, so make sure to do your homework first. If you're not tech-savvy, it's a good idea to hire a developer to help bring your idea to life.

Provide language classes at a museum, or library

Many museums and libraries in the U.S. organize events, meets, and courses to attract returning students. If you're good at marketing yourself, you can easily make $12 to $50 an hour or more for full course contracts. If you can commit some more time, look for local community colleges that offer language classes. Don't worry; many reputed colleges give preference to experience over credentials.

About the writer

Joyce Shang is a contributing writer at Sparkwebs LLC, a Digital and Content Marketing Agency. When she's not writing, she loves to travel, dance and read books.


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