Earn extra money as a foreign language tutor or interpreter

Language as recession-proof employment

With the circuit break upon us, many of us have either been stood down or forced to take a lower pay during this trying time. However, all hope is not lost. 

If you’re looking for a recession-proof career, that you can easily take in up an office or from the comfort of your home, then learning a foreign language is your answer. 


There are a lot of creative and attractive career options that can put your language skills to good use, and help you earn extra income without taking a toll on your full-time work commitments. The extra money can help boost your living standard, fuel your bubble tea addiction, or even help you put money towards upskilling or another skill to add to your CV. 

In Singapore, we are all effectively bilingual thanks to our excellent education system. Therefore, it is not enough of a distinguishing factor to use your mother tongue as a source of separate employment. 

Instead, having a foreign language, like French (which is spoken in over 100 countries worldwide) or Spanish (which is the national language of some of the biggest emerging economies of this decade), can give you a distinct advantage in the workforce. 

Here are some career options you can explore with foreign language knowledge. 


Tutoring part-time is one of the easiest ways to earn some extra money in Singapore. Almost every student, even university students, and adults take some form of tuition! We all need help, after all. Whether you get a job working at a tutoring centre or working from home, you’re likely to be able to continue working, even in the more dire circumstances. With the technology we have today, tutoring can occur in-person or over video conferencing. Furthermore, you might be able to choose your work hours. Since most students, be it adults or youths, can accommodate weekend or evening classes, so you don’t need to worry about giving up your day job.

Freelance translation

Another popular option for the multilingual is to work as freelance translators. There is a big market for translation services all over the world, especially as technology brings us closer.  It doesn’t take long to advertise your services on online freelancing platforms like freelancer.com, Fiverr, or Upwork. Then, all you need to do is sit back and let the clients come pouring in. 

This can even be useful if your regular day job has overseas clients or interests. Being able to communicate across languages is something many more employers lookout for these days. 

Freelance writing

If you have a genuine interest in literature or creative studies, add another dimension to your work with more language skills? Once again, freelancer sites will help you get your first few clients. The best part? This is as flexible as you want it to be and pretty handy around Christmas time when you could use a few extra dollars.

Create original study material

If you’ve got a basic understanding of a particular language, there is still merit in taking up an advanced language course. This is because, when you’re skilled enough, you can set up a passive income stream by creating unique and quality language education materials. As a recent student, you would then have a solid knowledge of what helped you learn. You can even recycle your notes into e-books, quiz sets, worksheets, posters, or other academic course material for people looking to study independently. There is a big market in Singapore for notes from students who have attained top marks in accreditation exams.  

So, where to start? 

For all your language needs, look no further than the Agape School of Education (ASOE). Whether you’re looking for corporate workshops, advanced courses, or beginner classes, the ASOE does it all!

Our customized classes have successfully guided students to achieve top marks and success in their careers for over ten years.

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