Hey all. Back in the day, before I changed jobs and "retired" after 32 years as an ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher, I found a great way to make ends meet during the summer months when academies closed for vacation and few students wanted to study: Online English Conversation Classes. I found a great platform, Japanese run, that was just getting started (I was one of the charter teachers there). It was basically a place where Japanese people bought points and spent them on conversations classes over Skype. I did do more than simple conversation (even did Spanish conversation with one housewife, whose husband didn't know she was taking lessons, funny that one, once she lied to him and told him she was chatting with her old school friend in the US! ha), but most of the time it was Japanese people who wanted to chat away in English. Don't know how it works now, but it got to be a pretty popular platform over there, it was cheap and easy, just and Internet connection and a headset with mic and you were making money. The time-zone change was sometimes challenging when scheduling classes, but teachers set their own rates, gave simple descriptions of the type of classes they gave and students would browse and try you out. They gave little heart icons if they liked you (reminded me of Hello Kitty!) and I always had five (the limit!) Anyone interested can PM me and I'll see if the platform is still up, or if I know of others. It did get me through a couple of dry summers, not a lot of bucks, but doing it from home meant no gas money spent! peace, revel.