If you are proficient in Spanish and want to earn money from home while teaching it online, then this guide is for you.
How To Teach Spanish Online
There are relatively few Spanish teachers out there, so the good news is, it's not that competitive, unlike the ton of English teachers out there who are jostling for positions.
Teaching online can be a rewarding lifestyle. Not only are you helping others, but you are also creating an independent life that YOU control.
As an online Spanish teacher you can work with a flexible schedule and have your trainees follow, or you can go all in and set a strict one. Whichever approach you take, any of the following methods of teaching online will work:
Start An Educational Blog
Blogs are some of the easiest platforms to start out there, as sites such as WordPress already have established templates and plugins you can leverage. Choose a branded name that appeals to audiences across the board, and then set a schedule to put out content.
Always be sure to add new stuff regularly and avoid inconsistencies that often rob bloggers of valuable readership. When you start your own blog, be prepared to wait a while before your Spanish students start trickling in. Getting traffic depends on how long you have been active, and the strategies you use to market yourself.
And you can get started for free. Sites like Wealthy Affiliate not only provide FREE websites and training to get your blog up and running quickly, but they also show you how to optimize it so people can find you in the search engines.
On your blog, you can sell course packages and other educational products. You can also get money from ads and affiliate links (which pay a commission on related products such as books) while blogging.
Create Your Own Training Course
Creating a course won’t require the same consistency as a blog, but you will be dependent on other platforms to market it. Still, this is an excellent way to teach Spanish online.
Start by creating a comprehensive Spanish package and sell it in sections, or as a whole unit. Depending on your demographic, either approach is fine. Those with the money can get the entire package while those on a budget can buy bit by bit as they progress from one step to the next.
Be keen to include audios in your training materials to make the offer more appealing. Before you package your course, consider what others are offering and strive to be a little different, and provide more value. You can do this by creating a more simple and streamlined learning process than many of the other courses you know.
Then you can offer your course on platforms such as Udemy, social media platforms and even on sites such as Amazon and Ebay.
Of course, if you have do have a blog, that will be a perfect place to sell it as well.
Amazon Kindle Books are a great way to teach Spanish online. Amazon will allow you to publish a course and then sell it around the world. The site lets you sell your Kindle book for anything between $0.99 and $200.
The price here gives you some wriggle room to decide what your expenses will be, and what your profit goals are. You can compare with similar courses and offer a competitive product.
One of the biggest advantages of going with Kindle Books is they give you added credibility as someone that can teach Spanish and establish you as an authority in the field.
Keep your books between 50 and 70 pages, which is good for a language course. Break it up into different books or modules such as basic, intermediate and advanced if required.
In case you haven’t noticed (I’m sure you have ), YouTube is fast becoming an important place for people to teach and sell anything, and a Spanish course perfectly fits the bill.
Here's an example of one that currently has 1.7 million views on YouTube. There is clearly a large demand for Spanish teaching videos.
All you need a decent camera (even a newer model cell phone will work just fine), a cheap mic and of course a computer. YouTube accounts are free to open and maintain, so you don’t have to go in with a budget until you start advertising. You can either stream live videos or simply put up recorded content. As you gain a following, you can benefit from AdSense ads as well as affiliate offers from companies such as Amazon that pay out commissions for products you recommend.
You can learn more about affiliate offers on this page.
And, you never know. If you become an online star, bigger gigs like product endorsements may come along.
Many sites provide the opportunity to work on their platforms as a tutor of the Spanish language.
And many people can benefit from hiring an online tutor.
The tutoring site you work for will deduct a small fee for making it possible to connect clients and tutors with one another. Or, you can also choose to go solo by opening a tutoring website and sourcing clients.
Speaking Spanish is a valuable skill on its own; even more so when you can make money from it.
Verbling is a great place to get started since their platform specializes in language.
Wyzant is another tutoring site where you can set up a profile and showcase your qualifications for potential students.
Verbal Planet is similar to Verbling and is dedicated to online language lessons.
There has never been a better time to start a career online. Skills you may not have given much thought to before can be life-changing today through the effective use of technology.
And what a great way to meet new people as well.
And it must be said, the economy is more unpredictable than ever, and developing a side income as well as an additional set of skills never hurts.
Whether you choose to start a YouTube channel to teach Spanish online, your own blog or create a course; the possibilities are endless.
The skills you learn along the way are valuable as well. They can help you find more teaching opportunities, create different courses in other areas of study, or even mentor other people so they can earn a living online.
Please leave a comment below; I’d love to hear your thoughts. What method of teaching Spanish appeals to you most?
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