China is quickly becoming the land of opportunity for foreign experts to come and earn good money in exchange for providing their demanded skills and talents. As the global language of the world, English is currently in high demand and with insufficient teacher supply to slake the huge demand teachers that come to China find they can earn a very tidy income doing something they love. For those with money on their mind, here are a few tips to make the most of your time in China.
1 Extra tuition
Extra tuition on the side in China can prove a huge money spinner for teachers, this is because classes arranged directly between teacher and student cut out the middlemen and the teacher receives 100% of the students tuition fee. As a general rule of thumb, 200 RMB is currently a fair rate for private tuition, but keep in mind that this is constantly changing and varies city to city. Even if you just do a couple of hours of extra tuition per week, this can still dramatically boost a teachers monthly pay-packet.
But be aware of contract law, many schools will stipulate in the contract you sign with them that you are not to do any extra tuition without their express permission. If this is the case, you may wanna either get their permission or find another way to generate cash on the side.
2 Learn Chinese
The number of Westerners proficient in Chinese is still remarkably low. Consequently, there are plentiful jobs both in China and back home in the West for Westerners who can speak the language. From translation to business liaison. Learning the language can result in some very lucrative job openings.
3 Take on extra responsibility
Many of the schools that employ foreign English teachers are large companies with numerous higher level positions. If you are willing to take on more responsibility then many schools would be happy to consider you for foreign teacher director or a senior level teacher/manager.
4 Make Chinese business contacts
Chinas economy is growing at a phenomenal pace. With companies like Uber and Apple trying to make it big from the Chinese economy there are huge opportunities to use the huge Chinese market to sell a product or service too. By making Chinese business contacts during your time in China you are paving the way to the future potential of providing a business to the huge Chinese consumer market.
5 Learn about Chinese business culture
It may sound hard to believe but there are careers available with the objective of purely facilitating cross cultural business understanding between East and West. Small social differences and etiquettes can often cause sizeable issues in larger scale business deals. Simple things such as who’s cup toasts lower and how many hands you use to present a business card can often cause uneasiness in business and as such there is huge demand for business facilitators with an understanding of both cultures.
China is developing at an unprecedented pace and with all the current commercial and business opportunities there has never been a better time to make it big in China.
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