Earning Extra Income for English Teachers in Japan

Source: Gaijin Pot

For as long as I can remember, I was opposed to the idea of working more than one job on point of principle. That code being that nobody who works a full-time job should find themselves struggling financially. The “working poor,” as some politicians have labeled them, shouldn’t exist in a fair society.

Sadly, the notion of a living wage has yet to gain any serious traction in Japanese political circles or indeed among the general population. So, there are times when economic necessity must supersede political ideology. Thankfully, my side gig is writing, which I enjoy immensely — to the point where it doesn’t even feel like work.

Teaching English

Still, not all English teachers in Japan have a background in journalism or a love of writing. Not to worry though, because writing is just one of many options available to us teachers here in Japan. For example, those with experience in sales, the services sector or with multilingual capabilities will find themselves in demand far beyond just English teaching.

Today, we’ll go through the top five additional jobs teachers can take on, how to find them as well as explain the visa eligibility requirements for extra work so you don’t run afoul of the law.

This list was compiled from my own personal experience as well as through consultation with my network of teachers and other colleagues across Japan.

1. English conversation classes

It’s probably not much of a surprise to anyone that the most common and easiest to find source of additional income for English teachers in Japan is: teaching more English classes.

If you’re an ALT, then your schedule allows you free time on evenings and weekends, which just happens to be when eikaiwa (English …continue reading