to start my second year in college, and I’ve reached a point where I have to
start bringing in some kind of income. I’m bilingual, and I’m thinking that
this skill, or asset, can help me earn some money while still staying on campus
and focusing on my studies.
How can I
use this skill to my advantage?
bilingual is certainly an advantage, and it’s one that can help you earn some
extra income while you’re in college – both on and off campus.
several ways to use your skill, or asset, to your advantage.
One of the
first things that comes to mind is translating documents. People pay between
$30 and $125 per page to translate PDF documents, depending
on the type and the language. Usually, translators are paid on a per-word basis
– typically $0.08 to $0.40 per word.
students may not want to pay this high of a price for translation services, but
if you’re willing to go off campus, you can advertise your services to locals.
Your classmates may also have family members or other friends that need your
services and would be willing to pay the going rate for translating services.
Remember that this is a valuable skill, and you should be paid a comfortable
rate for offering your services. And if you succeed, this venture could very
well turn into a full-time job.
In order to
translate documents, you’ll need to be proficient in writing as well as
speaking the language. Some people are fluent in languages, but have never
written a single word or sentence in that language. You’ll need both skills if
you want to translate documents, and that’s why these individuals are paid more
for these services.
another option. Many college students take language courses – most schools
require it. And many students struggle in these classes. That’s where your skills
can help. Offering tutoring in the languages you’re proficient in can help you
earn some extra cash while helping others and keeping your skills in that
will also help you network with students and forge new friendships. If your
services are successful, your clients (or students) will be more likely to
recommend you to their friends.
You can also
take your tutoring beyond the college campus by offering your services online.
People who are serious about learning a language will be more than happy to pay
you for your assistance. Some may even be willing to pay just to have a
conversation with you in their target language. Those who are most serious
about language learning are usually those who want to immigrate to another country
or land a higher-paying job.
willing to work off-campus, a job as a customer service agent may be a good fit. Customer
service operations are always looking to hire employees who can communicate in
multiple languages – and they’re usually willing to pay more for them.
healthcare and marketing are also looking for bilingual employees who can
communicate with their customers, and better understand their culture and