Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Picture Perfect: The English-Speaking ExPat’s Guide to Making Money Abroad

Additional Money-making Suggestions

Whether you’re a native-English-speaking ex-pat or not, there are still many more ways in which you can pick up some good, steady wads of cash while living in or extensively visiting a foreign country. This can be especially true if the local language of the country is a foreign one. Here are some additional money-making suggestions you might want to consider for establishing or boosting your overseas or travel-related income.

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Picture Perfect

Not only will English language rags and websites worldwide crave your local stories and cultural news, but they’ll pay good coin of the republic for pictures of it all too. Don’t think that just because you’re not an Ansel Adams or Margaret Bourke-White doesn’t mean that you can’t hawk images online and off. If you have even rudimentary photographic skills they can pay off quite handsomely. Photos of what, you ask? Everything and almost anything will be subject matter for you. Like we said, the clothes and fashions, the food, occupations that are new and unusual to you will likely be of interest to many others – who’ll have cash in hand to pay for them. For example, take a look at one stock photo website which accepts photos for sale worldwide at:

It’s almost a standing joke on me now, I hardly eat anything without taking a few photos of the food first. And not just my plate either. My dining companions usually don’t squawk too much about me taking a quick shot or two of their food either before they dive into it.

By the way, get photos of people eating their food too.

Other good photo-selling topics are recreation, festivals and holidays, architecture and unique-looking people shots of kinds. I have an increasing store of vendor, student and every-day life photos from around my corner of Latin America. Look at what kinds of photos appear in local newspapers and magazines. Take your own “versions” of these types of shots, and BINGO – you’ve got a saleable portfolio that editors in other lands may pay quite generously for.

Wherever you go, whatever you do in and around your new digs, get documentary, close-ups and “art” photos of it all too, from great to small – and then SELL them! Say, do you know what the Colombia-Ecuador dish “Yaguarlocro” looks and tastes like? See what I mean?

More About Schools and Institutes

Let’s get back to schools and institutes again. Whether they have native English speaking teachers or not, there’s one thing they don’t have – and that’s enough authentic English language materials to work with. How does this benefit you? Plenty! You can write or prepare materials for the teachers and staff to use in classes. Create a menu from one or more of your favorite restaurants back home. Write it up use photos, drawings and images to dress it up a tad, and be sure to write descriptions of each dish, beverage and dessert; then print or publish it as an authentic menu (which, by the way, it is).

In addition, you can create simple games and puzzles that foreign language teachers will fight over. Word search puzzles, crosswords, coloring books, illustrated poems and nursery rhymes, riddles and tongue-twisters can all be written up, illustrated with your photos or graphics, then bound into a published or photo-copiable book you can sell in lots to kindergartens, primary and secondary schools and English language institutes at a tidy profit. These types of materials are cheap, quick and easy to produce. You’ll almost never run out of ideas, topics or themes to keep you cranking out an almost endless supply of highly sought-after materials. Walk into a large educational institution with a selection of your custom-prepared materials and you’ll almost surely walk out with cash in hand and orders for more.

There’s More, Much More

In this multi-part article, we haven’t even touched the tip of the iceberg yet when it comes to the cornucopia of money-making possibilities you have before you while living or traveling abroad. The only real limits to your possibilities are those that your imagination and creativity may have.

Larry M. Lynch is an English language teaching and learning expert author and university professor in Cali, Colombia. Now YOU too can live your dreams in paradise, find romance, high adventure and get paid while travelling for free. For more information on how to get your copy of his full multi-media, hypertext-linked pdf ebook, “The English-Speaking Ex-Pat’s Guide to Making Money Abroad” by send an e-mail to with "Making Money Abroad" in the subject line. Contact the author directly if you need professional, original content for your blog, newsletter, e-zine or website, want more information, have a comment or special request?

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