6 Smart Ways to Make Extra Money — Just for Knowing How to Speak Spanish
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¿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.
They will pay you to share your opinions!
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 contractor, you’re responsible for setting your schedule and motivating yourself to work — no one is keeping tabs on you. Your earnings will be calculated by adding a base fare, plus time and distance traveled after your pickup, and Uber charges a service fee.
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!
4. Hook This Contraption to Your Router
Digital Reflection Panel will pay you over $200 a year to let them gather information about your internet habits in hopes of one day making online experiences even better.
All you have to do is connect a simple device to your wireless router and do device updates every now and then. It takes about seven minutes to fill out the necessary panel and survey to participate.
The meter will end up on your doorstep and you'll earn a $25 bonus for installing it within four days of it arriving.
On top of that, you'll get $60 after the first two months, and $10 each month you keep it plugged in after that.
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!
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.
Your Turn: Have you found creative ways to make money speaking Spanish?
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