How to Supplement Your Income While Teaching English in Prague

The time you spend in Prague will almost definitely be some of the best of your life, and you’ll enjoy it more if you don’t constantly have to think about where your next meal will be coming from or how to pay the rent. Although as a qualified teacher you can get a decent salary, a little extra income never hurts. Below I’ve listed a few ideas on how to add some pocket money to your teaching income.

Private and Skype lessons

Although language schools offer a stable schedule and income, you can definitely use your time out of the classroom to do some more teaching. Although some teachers prefer to focus solely on giving private lessons, it’s more popular to use that as a way of supplementing your language school income. One-on-one lessons are a lot more flexible and suitable to your and your student’s schedule. The pay is usually better (per hour) than what you would get from language schools, but the high cancellation rate make it a pretty unstable business.

You can widen your circle of potential private students by also offering Skype lessons. Although the technique for teaching over Skype is a bit different and takes some getting used to, it’s definitely worth looking into. The number of interested people you can reach over the internet would definitely help your bank balance. Just be certain to change your lesson plans so that they are suitable for teaching online. Screen sharing is your friend, as are the numerous online resources you can show your students. For example, you can use Google Drive for simultaneous editing and explanations, Youtube to create your own educational videos, and look for ready-made free materials on Off2Class.

Create a website

Having a professional web page is a smart choice for private English teachers, particularly if you’re looking to add private students to your roster. This way you stand out from the crowd of other English teachers and create a way for interested students to find you as well. In addition, you can use your website to create some extra income for yourself in other creative ways. You can sign up for Google’s Adsense and place ads on your site. Income will be small, but you don’t have to do anything to earn it. Another idea would be to promote educational materials via Amazon Associate. This would give you a small commission on every sale made through your site. You can also find other affiliate programs that would be willing to pay you for advertising. Just be certain that you can actually vouch for the products you’re promoting.

Proofreading and translation work

Feel free to use your language skills to earn some extra money with proofreading or translation work. You can sometimes find people looking for translators or proofreaders in Facebook groups (especially for students writing their theses), or you can be more proactive and find suitable freelance positions from sites like Upwork or Fiverr. Although the competition on those sites is rather stiff, it will pay off in the long run. In addition, companies like One Hour Translation are always looking for new freelancers.

The more traditional approach of finding translation companies works equally well. That route is definitely more successful if you have a linguistics degree or a qualification. You can also find job ads offering translation and/or proofreading work on different expats sites in Prague.

Write and publish lesson plans/ebooks

You can try writing an ebook on a topic you know well. Although it takes quite a lot of work and dedication to finish that project, it will be a constant source of income once completed. You can publish and sell your books on sites like Amazon. An easier project would be to create and publish professional and high-quality lesson plans. There are a lot of new teachers who would not mind paying a little bit of money for ready-made materials if they help to make their lives easier. Although there are plenty of sites that offer free materials for teaching English, you can also focus on ones like Teachers Pay Teachers where you can offer your lesson plans and teaching materials for sale.

Other freelance work

In addition to translation and proofreading work, you can use sites like Upwork and Fiverr to find a whole range of different freelance gigs. Graphic design or coding are some of the most sought after bits of work. You can also find voiceover or transcription work, or be paid to write articles or blog posts. The list is almost endless. Just remember again to try and stand out from the crowd – the bigger freelance marketplaces are hard for beginners, but once you’ve managed to create a respectable profile and portfolio, the work should start coming a whole lot easier.

There are countless ways of adding to your monthly income. The surest way to succeed is to have an entrepreneurial mindset and try to find creative ways of using your strengths. The internet has made finding yourself a suitable side job easy and quick – the only obstacle now is trying to figure out what you want to do.

This article was written by Liisi Pajula, a freelance writer and teaching associate at Learn English Prague.

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