Here is a list of ways to make money online in Japan. If you are an ALT in Japan, you may have a lot of free time and you may want to make a little extra cash. There are some opportunities to make a little extra money offline as an ALT, generally through conversation lessons. However, if you want to make money online in Japan, here are some ideas.

Make money online in Japan

Online Survey

ALT's can make money online from Japan just by doing online surveys. One thing you might want to do is put your parents address in here and answer the questions based on your family home. That way you know no checks will be in the mail while you are flying home, and then when you do get home you get a nice fat check waiting for you!

Survey Savvy - Sign up to do surveys, get paid in cash for each survey! Open to internationals! Payout anytime!
After reviewing some online survey sites, ALT Wiki no longer recommends this method of making money online. These types of sites allow you to sign up but once you have signed up the surveys or other schemes are only available to people in America (and they can tell you are connected from Japan!).

Teaching Online

There are some sites out in web-land that introduce student who want English lessons with teachers. Often they just get you to do it over Skype. Another way to make money online from Japan.

Writing Articles

There are some places that will pay you for writing articles. They are usually require a sample article before they will publish you. Some places only hire you as a permanent writer, others on an article by article basis.

A friend recently started doing this. He found a new site looking for writers, he applied and showed his blog that was semi-related content and was offered the work. He's paid about ¥5,000 per article that get's past the editors and is published, max one per month.

Update: I asked how his writing was going and he said he gave up because the requirements were too vague. The terms were something along the lines of: "If you article is really great, we'll pay you this much, if it's OK, we'll pay you this much..." He also had to provide his own photos.

A different route to writing for other people is through places like UpWork or Freelancer. People post jobs and you bid on them. You have the chance for a little interaction and the hirer chooses the worker they like the best.

Another way to get paid for writing is the less direct route - marketing for other people, also known as affiliate selling. What you do is create your own blog with something like Wordpress. Using something like ClickBank, you can write articles and sell other people's products. With ClickBank you can actually get quite high percentage commissions, if you can make a sale.

Also, consider writing articles for this site! It doesn't pay (We are now paying for your writing!) so anything you can think of that would be helpful and/or interesting to other ALT's is what we want and is greatly appreciated.

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# Justin 2017-02-02 09:11
I'm somewhat new to Japan and have some free time while working as an English teacher. Ideally, I would like to make some extra money online. Blogs and affiliate programs are great methods and I would like to get involved but, I'm confused as to how to actually receive the money.
Do I need to set up a Paypal account? If so, do I require a Japanese credit card? I was set up with a Japan Post Bank cash card to receive my salary, but I doubt that would work. If required to use a credit card with Paypal, which bank would be best?
# 2017-02-09 23:57
Hi Justin,

To be honest, I think you're better off setting up PayPal with your home country as your address and using a credit card from your home country on your PayPal account (although I'm not certain you need a credit card to receive money... but check with PayPal on that one).

You may not even need PayPal. How you get paid depends entirely on the affiliate programs. If you use Google ads, they pay by check, so it goes into a bank account, not PayPal. Others use wire transfer. Many do use PayPal though.
# Steve 2017-02-10 05:14
Be aware that blogging to make money is a long slog and pays off only if you're writing about the right stuff and your writing is good enough to want to read and you're doing the right marketing - that last point is super important. I have blogs that I've put hundreds of hours into, they get visitors from google and they still don't even make enough to pay for the hosting. I have other blogs that do make money but if I'm realistic, I'm making less than minimum wage for the time put in.
# 2017-02-11 01:30
Steve, that's true. This website is also not a money maker, even though we have google ads.

We are, however, willing to pay people for their writing. It's not much, I admit, but considering it's from personal funds due to the website being a profitless venture, it's about as much as we can afford. But if you've got a few great lesson ideas, recipes you want to share or anything else of potential interest to other ALT's, we're paying for your writing! Details are on our about page ("").
# Kev 2018-03-14 07:03
If you have high enough language skills (JLPT N2 or higher) then you might want to dabble in translation. There are plenty of websites where you can take a translation test, and then build up your translation trust. One of them is Gengo which pays horribly, but it's good to build up your reputation and get some practice working with Japanese companies.
# Md Arif Hossain 2018-04-05 18:04
yeah i am interested
# Cris 2020-03-04 07:19
If you work online while in Japan, but the money goes to your American bank account, how does that affect your taxes in Japan and America?

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