4 Ways to Supplement Your TAPIF Income
Alright, friends. So, as we all know - our assistant salary in France, though oft-argued that it "enables language assistants to live comfortably in France," might not be as comfortable as we would all like (or need)...
Thankfully, there ARE ways to earn money on the side - as long as you know the right places to find them (hint: keep reading!) and work hard to put yourself out there, you'll be able to support yourself a whole lot more comfortably!
1. Tutoring + English Lessons
As English teachers in France, it's already well-established that we're familiar with teaching others how to speak our language. If you can find consistent tutoring clients each week, you're golden! And you can usually charge an ample hourly rate with your title as English teacher. As of now, I personally charge 25€ per hour, and 15€ per half hour. Keep in mind commute time as well - if you're making a long journey across town (in some instances) make sure that the price you've agreed on feels fair to you. The same goes for lesson preparation time. If your tutoring client needs you to come prepared with many activities and things to do, then that would yield more per hour than simple conversation practice.
How to Get Tutoring Clients:
- Post an ad on Le Bon Coin or SuperProf - include a good-quality photo of yourself and information (best in English and French) along with your contact information and your rate.
- Network, network, network!! Mention to everyone you speak with during the day that you'll be offering English lessons and if they know of anyone who might be interested. If not, chances are that they'll remember you if they do end up finding someone in need of English lessons. Also, finding clients through mutual friends/acquaintances allows you to bypass any initial screening - making the process move along a lot quicker!
Babysitting, in my opinion, is such an awesome way to make some money on the side! I love hanging out with kids, and usually the time just flies by. If you can get some solid babysitting clients in and around your area, you're set for a nice bit of pocket change on the side.
How to Get Babysitting Clients:
- Post an ad on Le Bon Coin or expat parenting groups in your city/area (you might find these on Google!)
- Network! See above. Networking for babysitting clients works in exactly the same way as networking for tutoring clients!! When I worked as an au pair last year, I networked my heart out at the girls' dance classes when all the parents were around, and I met some great families to babysit for!
- Check out the BabyLangues website or other babysitting agencies that are focused on pairing English-speaking babysitters with families. I worked through an agency like this when I studied abroad in Paris, and I loved how easy the process was of finding a family.
3. Teaching English Online
So, a lot of assistants teach English to children in Asia through online companies (some well-known ones are VIPKID, Golden Voice English, and DaDa ABC). The job is usually very flexible and accommodating to people's schedules and the lessons are pre-made for English tutors to give to their students.
ow to Teach English Online:
- Do some research and figure out which online English tutoring companies you like, and apply!
- Experience with children, tutoring, and ESL are usually always great to have - and your title as an English assistant will certainly make your application stronger!
4. Freelance Work
Breaking into consistent and decent-paying freelance work can be difficult and intimidating at first, but once you get the ball rolling, it can be fun to build your skills and earn some extra money with it. Some areas of freelancing include writing for blogs, websites, and other publications; virtual assistant work, graphic design, and more. If you have a certain skill, say - designing websites, then you should 100% market yourself in order to gain some freelance clients!!
How to Get Freelance Work:
- Check Remote Work Facebook groups to see what others are posting about - more often than not, people will post location-independent jobs for anyone to apply to!
- Be weary of freelance sites like Upwork and Fiverr - usually there's a TON of competition, which means that people end up charging way lower prices than they normally would.
- Network!!! See above. Am I sensing a pattern here?! Network! Especially with friends and family back home! I ended up working as a virtual administrative assistant and blog writer for my friend's dad's company while working in France. It's all about who you know and who THEY know, as well!