6 Smart Ways to Make Extra Money — Just for Knowing How to Speak Spanish

Updated December 4, 2016
by The Penny Hoarder
Ways to make money

¿Hablas español? ¡Qué bueno!

Whether it’s your first language, or you’re a full-blown linguaphile with several under your belt, your knowledge of Spanish is in high demand. It’s time to start earning money from your skill!

Here are six ways for hispanohablantes to earn extra money from home:

1. Get Paid to Share Your Opinions

LoQuedigo is a survey site that helps companies learn more about what consumers want, to help them create better customer experiences.

It wants to pay you to share your opinions!

Here’s how to get started:

  1. Get started here — you’ll earn 500 points just for signing up.
  1. When a survey matches your profile, you’ll get an email inviting you to participate
  1. You’ll receive rewards points for each survey you complete, usually worth $1-$5 per survey.

You can redeem your points as cash payment via PayPal, Facebook or Amazon credits or free magazine subscriptions.

Más información aquí.

Pro tip: You’re not going to get rich doing this, but if you like this kind of work, another good one is Voz Latinem. If you qualify for their panel, they’ll give you a $5 Amazon gift card right off the panel, plus cash for every survey you complete. 

2. Drive for Uber

uberESPAÑOL is a version of uberX that allows Spanish-speaking riders to request Spanish-speaking drivers. Riders can experience their Uber ride with even more ease while speaking their language of choice.

As an Uber contractoryou’re responsible for setting your schedule and motivating yourself to work — no one is keeping tabs on you. You get 80% of everything you earn as a driver (Uber keeps 20%).

If you want to give it a try there are a few things to keep in mind. You must be at least 21 years old, have three years of driving experience, have an in-state driver’s license, a clean driving record and be able to pass a criminal background check.

Finally, your car must be a four-door, seat at least four passengers (excluding the driver), be registered in-state and be covered by in-state insurance.

Here’s a link to apply with Uber.

3. Get Paid Every Time You Use Your Phone

Companies want to know more about consumers’ mobile usage to improve services for customers. They’ll even pay you for sharing your information.

Nielsen, the name we all know for tracking TV ratings, has brought market research into the 21st Century.

You can install its smartphone app to anonymously track your mobile usage — e.g. which apps you use, websites you visit and how much time you spend on certain activities.

Once it’s installed, just use your phone as you normally would. Nielsen will pay you up to $50 a year to keep it installed!

Más información aquí.

4. Be a Language Buddy

Offer your service as a companion and language buddy to someone who wants to practice their Spanish.

You can register to become a Friend at RentAFriend.com, where paying users can contact you to attend concerts, sporting events, family functions, VIP events and more.

You can charge up to $50 an hour and set your own schedule.

At that rate, friends working full time (five days a week) would earn up to $2,000 a week, plus free meals, coffee or events, depending on your activities.

Más información aquí.

5. Get Paid to Teach Spanish (or English)

Want to help others enjoy your love of language? With your skills, you could teach continuing education courses in your area.

You typically don’t have to have a degree to teach these classes, just a skill to share!

You could teach an adult education course in Spanish — or teach English as a second language to native Spanish speakers.

If you don’t want to host a local class, you could sign up to teach English classes online with a site like italki. You don’t have to know a second language to teach English through the platform, but your proficiency with language learning will likely make a sympathetic teacher!

Más información aquí.

6. Host Foreign Exchange Students

Did you know you could earn up to $200 a week hosting foreign students or visiting faculty? That is, of course, in addition to the experience you’ll gain meeting new people and supporting education in your area.

Pay varies depending on what you offer. You might host someone 24/7 for their stay, or only for partial days. The latter is typically for visitors who are here to learn English, so you may have to have a TEFL (Teach English as a Foreign Language) certification.

You won’t be required to speak a second language to be a host, but it might make your guest feel more welcome.

Más información aquí.

Your Turn: Have you found creative ways to make money speaking Spanish?

Revelación: Here’s a toast to the affiliate links in this post. May we all be un poco más rico today.

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