7 Ways to Make Money From Home as an English Speaker

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Nowadays, it seems to be the American dream to be able to have an income source that allows you to stay at home and work in your home office. And even if you love your job and don’t plan on leaving anytime soon, making some extra income from home can bring a ton of relief to your budget.

To help out, we’re going to show you how you can make money from home as an English speaker. Simple as that! There are a ton of different ways to do this, so let’s get right to it!

How to Make Money as an English Speaker

There’s a nice variety of opportunities below, but a couple of them overlap a little bit! Still, there are complete beginner options, entry-level options, and opportunities that require a bit more experience, so you should be able to find something to suit your goals.


VIPKID is an online education platform that connects English tutors with children in Beijing, China. If you’ve got high energy, love to work with children and would love to teach English to children in China, you can do this FROM YOUR HOME!

You do need a bachelor’s degree (or at least an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education) and some classroom experience. You’ll also need a working laptop or desktop with high-speed internet.

If you end up getting hired on, you’ll be able to set your own hours and you’ll be paid anywhere from $14-$22/hour.

They’ve got great reviews on Glassdoor with lots enjoying the job, so if you are or know of a teacher that wants to supplement their income, this might be worth looking into!

Learn more: How to Become a VIPKID Work From Home Teacher

2. Magic Ears

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Similar to VIPKID, Magic Ears helps bridge the gap between young Chinese learners (ages 4-12) by providing online learning. Certifications and experience will help your chances of being hired, but university students can apply as well.

Tip: To increase your chances of being accepted, be sure to take the free training at Magic Ears University!

One big difference between Magic Ears and VIPKid is that Magic Ears does 4-on-1 classes, rather than 1-on-1. They say this “creates a fun and effective learning environment.”

If you get hired, you’ll earn about $20-$26/hour, with each lesson lasting 25 minutes. Keep in mind, you do have to teach during their daylight hours (which might make for some odd hours).

3. TextBroker

If you love to write, have you ever thought about getting paid for it? You can register for free at TextBroker and submit a writing sample to become a paid freelance writer.

After applying, they will determine your content quality and give you an author rating. You’ll then gain access to client jobs and be able to earn cash for each word you write!

You can choose from a selection of open orders, or clients can send you “direct” offers. It’s not a HUGE moneymaker, but it’s flexible and can help bring in extra income… and if you love to write, then it would be something you enjoy doing!

4. TranscribeMe!

A lot of the FF readers that responded to the survey mentioned that they were transcriptionists. For those that don’t know, transcription is the art of turning audio into written text.

All you need to work at TranscribeMe is a computer, a good internet connection, and the ability to listen and type. Pay starts around $15-$22 per audio hour.

Keep in mind, an audio hour can take multiple hours to transcribe, so that’s not exactly an hourly rate. Basically, the faster (while being efficient) you are, the more you will make per hour. Some of the top transcribers are earning up to $2,200 a month!

In the end, this is a good entry-level transcriptionist job… it will give you the experience to find something that pays even better. If you take the time to train yourself in medical or legal transcription, you can earn even more money.

Oh, and you can do this on your own schedule too, so that’s a bonus!

5. Rev.com

Rev.com has opportunities to be a transcriptionist, captioner, or translator. Each of these positions offers different pay, but they all range from $0.30-$3.00 per audio minute. 

No matter which position you apply for, you’ll be able to choose your own schedule, which projects you want, and you’ll get paid weekly. Payment is sent via PayPal.

The application process consists of a two-part interview. The first part consists of a grammar and spelling test, and the second part requires you to submit a full work sample. If you pass all that, you’ll be registered and ready to start working!

6. Skyword

Skyword is a company that looks for freelancers with all sorts of different skills. You can apply for work as a writer, videographer, photographer, or designer. It’s pretty amazing the number of options they offer!

To get started, just go to their site, tell your story, and upload some samples of your work. They’re looking for content creators with many different talents so if you have skills in a particular area, it’s definitely worth submitting an application!

On top of that, Skyword works with a nice portfolio of brands, so the gigs they offer are high-paying and great for experience.

7. User Testing

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At UserTesting.com, you can get paid to browse and review websites and apps. You don’t need any extreme technical knowledge, just a computer/phone and a mic (which comes built-in on most devices these days).

After you sign up to become a tester, you’ll start receiving tests on your dashboard. You won’t be accepted for them all, so make sure to read the requirements carefully! Only accept tests that fit your profile.

Once you’re accepted for a test, you’ll be sent to an application or website. You’ll have to go through a set number of steps (e.g. make an account, press a button, etc.) all while speaking your thoughts aloud.

Each test lasts about 20-minutes and pays $10 PayPal, so it’s a pretty good gig!

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Final Thoughts

Being able to speak English is something most of us have been doing almost our entire lives, but that doesn’t make it invaluable! It’s actually an extremely valuable and useful skill to have, and as you’ve now seen, you can use it in many different ways to make money from home.

Some of you may prefer writing, others transcription and captioning, and some of you may love to teach! Figure out what you’re already good at, get better, and start earning!

Have any tips of your own to share? Any other methods to make money with the English language? Share a comment below!

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