Online Teaching: Self-Employment vs. Online Platforms

“Online Teaching: The Answer?” So you’re teaching ESL abroad, and think to yourself, “I wish I made more money!” If you’re going to be teaching for only a year or two, have fun, drink lots of beer, and travel to some amazing places during your vacation. However, if you’re doing …

Side Gigs for Teachers: Ways to Actually Make Money

Side Gigs for Teachers: Ways to Actually Make Money is the book you’ll need to check out if you want to make some money in your spare time. And let’s face it, when you’re teaching English in Korea, especially at a university (5 months vacation!), or public school (desk-warming), you …

Life After ESL: 2 Years in Canada, the Update

Life After ESL: 2 Years in Canada, an Update As I scroll through my Facebook news feed while eating breakfast, there are more and more memories of the time I spent getting ready to leave Korea. I lived there for a bit over a decade. I left in February of …

Inflation: Watch Out! It’s Dangerous

Inflation: All Kinds of Bad News for People With Money in Bank Accounts Most people decide to teach English in South Korea for the same few reasons: To have a year or two of fun and adventure before moving back to go to grad school, or get a “real job.” …

English Teachers Abroad: Get your Side-Gig On

You’re not Going to Get Rich Teaching English Okay English teachers abroad, it’s time for some straight-talk. Unless you happen to get a sweet, sweet gig like one of my old friends from Korea working for Aramco in Saudi, you’re not going to get rich teaching English. Sure, salaries for …

101 Frugal Living in Korea Tips

  Okay readers, who likes money? You? Me? Everybody, right? Here’s how you’re going to be able to keep more of it in your wallet at the end of the month when you’re living in South Korea, working as an English teacher, studying or whatever. 101 Frugal Living in Korea …

Expat Personal Finance Websites: The Top 3

Expat Personal Finance If you’ve decided to teach English in a foreign country, it’s not so uncommon that you’d have some student loan debt. You perhaps have just finished university and want to travel a bit, see the world and have some adventures before returning home. If you aren’t from …

Financial Management for English Teachers

Financial Management: Let’s Talk Money Money-I know it’s kind of an uncomfortable subject for a whole lot of people and some of you might have the “out of sight, out of mind” attitude towards it. Or, the plan to just enjoy life now and worry about the rest of it …

Top 5 High Salary ESL Teaching Jobs

  High Salary ESL Teaching Jobs Teachers mainly gravitate towards educational careers, driven by the passion of enriching the lives of their students. Of course this is reality! This choice is not driven by money in most cases. Rather, it’s the joy and contentment of the job that makes teachers …

49 Frugal Living South Korea Tips

Everything Frugal Living South Korea A decade ago, it was pretty easy to put away a couple thousand USD every month from teaching English in Korea. This usually involved a combination of the regular day-job and then some private teaching at night or on weekends. These days though, the cost of …

Teaching Abroad: Fun, but Not Financially Lucrative

Teaching Abroad: Fun, but not Financially Lucrative I’ve been living out the Life After ESL part of my life since I moved to Canada a few weeks ago after living in Korea for the past 10 years. If you’re interested in transitioning out of teaching English abroad, check out the book …

Just Because Everyone Else is Doing It…

Just Because Everyone Else is Doing It… After 10 years, my time here in Korea is coming to a close and I only have one final week of “teaching.” By teaching, I actually mean playing some awesome board games with my students like Settlers of Catan, King of Tokyo and …

You Came to Korea for the Money, Right?

You Came to Korea for the Money, Right? Doesn’t everyone come to Korea to teach English for the money? I guess it’s not always true, but it’s often the case and anyone who says that they’re here for purely altruistic reasons, well treat with suspicion. Korea is a first world …