Jobs Abroad That Have Nothing to Do With Teaching English

So, you're a teacher... but not really. It's cool! I get it! English + passport + a college degree = open doors to a variety of countries throughout Europe and Asia. The English teaching business is always hiring, especially in Spain, and it's tempting to teach especially when you get accustomed to those steady paychecks to fund all your good (read: bad) habits like large quantities of red wine and infamous Spanish swine. That said, however, you wouldn't say that you're a teacher per say, insomuch that teaching is a means to an end. Well, now what? In comes the side hustle. Don't sleep on the side hustle, passion project, or hobby: it's a great way to fine-tune your skills and foster your creativity without completely ditching your full-time job. 

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I've lived in Spain for about five years now, and have been fortunate to meet all types of people. Here's is a cumulative list of side hustles I've heard of while also teaching English abroad. I'd love to see this list grow, so if you're doing something that isn't included on the list below, add it in the comments section! 

SEO / SEM specialist 

Market Research Survey Taker (Yes, it's a thing) 

Illustrator 

Graphic Designer 

Translator 

Editor 

Photographer (portraits, events, etc.)

Club Promoter 

Zumba / Dance Teacher 

Personal Trainer 

Web Content Producer 

Hairstylist / Beautician 

Caterer 

Freelance Consultant 

Au Pair

Musician

Job Coach

Fashion Blogger 

Social Media Manager

Web Developer 

 These are just a few side hustles I've seen people take on that have nothing at all to do with teaching English. Let's make this list grow! 

Tell us, what's your side hustle? Write below in the comments section! 


Danni, Community + Content Director at Las Morenas de España, is a twenty-something, Chicago native currently residing in Madrid. Lover of language, words, and travel, she's managed to combine all of her passions through her work. In her free time, you can find her exploring the winding streets of Madrid, hunting down good flight deals, planning her next adventure and writing & researching for LMDES. Danni loves spicy food, natural hair, music and of course, her wonderful husband. If you need to find her, she’s the girl with huge hair and her face buried in her Kindle.