5 ways to make money from your language skills
If you can read this, you’ve got language skills. Congrats! In fact, it means you’re already proficient enough to make some extra income on it – and we’ve got some great grow-your-own biz inspiration to get you started!
Make money from your language skills
Teaching is an obvious way to get paid for your language skills – and there are loads of ways to do it to your own tune.
The freelance ideas in this section are a good option whether you’re a single language speaker or multi-lingual genius!
1. Become a Tutor
Most students look for time slots in the late afternoons or on weekends, which can fit perfectly around any 9-to-5 commitment.
As for pay, there’s quite a range here in terms of what you can charge. In metropolitan cities, the average is between $25 and $80 an hour, while in more suburban areas it’s between $12 and $50.
2. Freelance Translation
With your bilingual or multilingual skills, there’s also money in taking side jobs translating articles, books, websites and other forms of text. The most common way to land these positions is through word-of-mouth, and there’s a big market for it.
3. App and Game Development
The mobile market outpaced computer use in 2013 and 80% of Internet users now own smartphones.
There’s clearly a growing demand, and some say apps are the future of everything! The CEO of Apple, Tim Cook, recently stated in a keynote that he believes the future of TV is apps as well, which further expands app possibilities beyond the iPhone and iPad and onto the big screen in the living room.
Of course, this option can require a bit more of a time commitment. You’ll need to do your research, as your app will need to stand out among competition. If you’re not tech-savvy, you may also need to find and hire someone to bring your idea to life.
4. Freelance Writing
Do you love to write? Do you have something to share about languages, or maybe even international travel you’ve done? Personal blogs can now easily include advertisements and links to Amazon products, which can generate income as people browse ads and click links from your blog.
Advertising revenue varies greatly depending on your traffic, so you’ll need to spend a lot of time building your audience first. If you look for paid freelancing opportunities, you’ll notice many companies and websites pay between $10 to $100 for articles.
5. Make Videos for YouTube, Vimeo and Other Platforms
We’ve all heard about the popular YouTube stars making tons of money—and while it certainly takes work to get to that status, there’s an opportunity to earn revenue from your own personal videos.