I’ve been working from home since 2016 and it’s not something I want to give up anytime soon. I love the freedom it gives me. But, as my main income comes from doing translation work, and one main client that requires me to do that work, it’s also a little bit scary. Because if that client disappears, my income disappears.
Diversifying my income
One of my goals for 2019 was to diversify my income, and it’s something I’m still working on in 2020. I started doing some research and came across people teaching English online, which seemed like an amazing job to combine with the work I was already doing.
Since I had no previous teaching experience and no idea of what to do, I enrolled with the TEFL Academy’s 168 hours TEFL course.
Four months later, I received my certificate.
After receiving my certificate, I didn’t use it for a few months. I had a busy summer where I was travelling and moving house.
Once things had settled down a bit, I started to apply for online teaching jobs. A lot of websites where you can teach English online require you to be a native English speaker. But there’s a fair few that will hire you with a TEFL certificate and a good level of English.
And that’s what I’ve been doing since October, in addition to my other work.
In the future
In the future, I would like to get some work teaching classes, face to face. I’ve been doing some research and would love, for example, to volunteer with refugees in England. (Working at a refugee centre in the Netherlands was my favourite job I’ve ever had.)
Other than that, I also have some vague plans in which I’ll be travelling around the world in two years time. And I’m fairly sure my TEFL certificate will come in good use for that as well.
Have you ever considered teaching online?