Published 3rd December 2018

make money as an EFL teacher

Let’s be real for a moment. We are English as a Foreign Language teachers because we love the job – and probably also because we love to travel. We are more than likely not EFL teachers for the money. You can earn more than enough as an EFL teacher but that’s usually because you’re living somewhere with a low cost of living. You’ll be having the time of your life but you won’t be paying off your student loan in a month. Of course there are EFL jobs where you can earn a ton of money but for the majority of us we are doing what we do for the love of the job.

Thankfully, there are ways you can make extra money while being an EFL teacher. One of the many perks of being an EFL teacher is that some days you may only work a few hours, or you may work only mornings or only evenings. This means there are quite a few hours you have at your disposal to try to earn a bit more cash.

Ideas to earn extra money whilst being an EFL teacher

Teach Private Students

If your school allows, you can teach students privately. These are usually one-to-one lessons once a week or so. They can be done via Skype or in person. You can find students by advertising online or in your local community. The beauty of private lessons is that you don’t need to follow a specific syllabus so you can do whatever you want in your lessons. At the same time you can do whatever your student needs so they are getting lessons tailored just for them. Another bonus for private lessons is that students are generally happy to pay good rates for private lessons for these very reasons.

Become an Examiner

Once you’ve got some teaching experience under your belt (and exam preparation experience in particular), you can become an examiner. Being an examiner means assessing speaking exams or marking written exams. You will need to apply and go through training, but if you become an examiner it can be a great source of extra income.

Teach Online

If you don’t mind picking up a few extra teaching hours, teaching online could be the answer for you. Teaching online allows you to teach whenever suits you so you can fit your lessons in around your existing schedule. The easiest way to find students is to join an online school or you can try find your own.


If you thought blogging was just for fun, think again. These days it’s possible to make a bit of money blogging and even though teaching blogs are a dime a dozen, they’re still popular. Think how you can make your blog stand out and you’re sure to find readers and make some money from advertising or affiliate programmes.