5 Ways to Boost Your Income as an English Teacher
As an ESL teacher, you’ll likely get incremental salary increases as you gain more years of teaching experiences. However, if you want to boost your English teacher’s income quickly, there are several things you could try.
Here are 5 ways to boost your income as an English teacher:
1. Work on Your Qualifications
You haven’t taken the TEFL/TESOL certification tests or gained any other recognized qualifications for teaching English as a foreign language yet? Not only are those teaching certificates required to be employed by many ESL companies online and abroad, but they also help increase your salary. It shows that you put in the effort and are knowledgeable about effective ESL teaching methods.
If you have the resources to, earning a Master’s degree will likely boost your ESL teaching salary as well. With such degree, you’ll be qualified for higher-grade level such as university classes. Working conditions, hours and salaries for university jobs all over the world tend to be excellent since they have a higher expectation of academic qualification.
2. Tutor Private Students
Between your normal classes, you may conduct private tutoring one-on-one or for small groups. The pay per hour is normally higher for these private sessions than your typical ESL teaching job. Moreover, it’s usually conversation-based where you’re expected to chat with the student and correct mistakes whenever appropriate. Therefore, private tutoring requires less prep time than teaching a big class. Teaching private students is a great way to earn extra cash on the side.
3. Teach Additional Online Classes
If you’re teaching only live classes, we’d recommend that you consider teaching online classes in your free time as well. Online ESL teaching is getting extremely popular with the ever-increasing demand and the ease of technology. Many classes are conversation-based. And your teaching materials are already prepared and provided by the company.
It’s easier than teaching an offline class as you cut time commuting and preparing for lessons, while the technology shows teaching resources right on your screen as you teach. All you need are a quiet space, stable and high-speed Internet connection, as well as a mic-equipped laptop/tablet. We’ve helped thousands of online English teachers landing great online English teaching jobs!
4. Sell Your Teaching Materials
Another wonderful way to earn extra cash on the side as an ESL teacher is to sell your teaching materials. All the lesson plans, worksheets, activities, and flashcards you’ve spent hours working on can be sold to your fellow ESL teachers. They’d be extremely helpful to others while earning you some profits.
You could also create and sell eBook guiding others to become successful ESL teachers online or abroad, for example. Some people make money off blogging about their teaching and traveling experiences. It could be videos on YouTube, photo-journals on Instagram, or articles on WordPress/Medium/similar blogging platforms.
5. Become an Official Speaking Examiner
Did you know that you can become an official speaking examiner (at Cambridge or Trinity for example)? The pay tends to be higher than your usual teaching jobs. However, you’ll need certain qualifications as well as some training to be able to assess students correctly.
The work is often on the weekends and likely won’t conflict with your teaching schedule. It also helps you understand how students are evaluated and scored in a standardized test. Thus, you can adjust your teaching for those test prep courses.
For more information, join our Online English Teaching Jobs Facebook group to learn about others’ experiences teaching English online!