November 17, 2017

How Can I Make Money in Spain?

A big question we all had before we moved here was; “how can I make money in Spain?” Between obtaining a visa, and finding work in a crisis-laden country like Spain, it’s difficult to give up everything with an unclear future ahead. In my short three years in Spain, I’ve been an au pair, an English tutor, an English teacher and a freelance writer, so I know a thing or two about getting a job and how to make money in Spain.

Here’s the best way to go about making a buck (or a Euro!) in Spain:

teach english in spain

Teach English in Spain

Teach English in an Academy or Give Private Lessons

Teaching English may or may not be your dream gig, but in Spain, especially in the big cities and in the north, it’s lucrative. Many language academies don’t require you to have any teaching experience as long as you’re a Native English speaker. And if they do require certification? Sign up for a TEFL or CELTA course, and set yourself apart from the rest. It’s always preferable to find a course that is hands-on, as online course certifications aren’t received as favorably as traditional courses.

Unfortunately, sometimes it’s tough finding an academy that doesn’t try to take advantage of you. If you’ve been burned by an academy in the past, or just want to make extra (easy) money, why not offer your services as an English tutor? Private English classes are in high demand in Spain, especially because of the crisis, so slap up a few signs around town, and let the calls start coming in.

  • Where to look: For academy gigs, search for “Academía de Inglés” followed by the name of the town/city in Spain where you live. For private classes, look for students on, CouchSurfing (search for local language exchange groups) or post flyers around your town/city. Yes–post flyers. Spain is still very old school in this sense, and posting flyers is a very effective way of soliciting business.
  • The best part of this gig: You’ll get to give back in an important way and meet locals, while learning the ins and outs of your native tongue like never before.
aupair in spain

Aupair in Spain

Become an Au Pair

Au Pairing was my first job in Spain and served as a great introduction to the country, because I was living with a local host family. While you won’t make a lot of money being an au pair (salaries start at roughly 60 Euros per WEEK!), you will have your room and board taken care of, work very few hours and have the opportunity to experience Spain on a really intimate level. Plus, with all of that free time, you’ll have lots of time to take classes, travel (bring a lot in savings!) and integrate yourself in the community.

  • Where to look: Register on and connect with potential host families while narrowing your search by region, number of children, and more.
  • The best part of the gig: Getting to live with a local family and getting an insider’s view on the Spanish lifestyle.
Freelance in Spain

Freelance in Spain

Work as a Freelancer

Use whatever talents you have, whether it be writing, web design, event planning, accounting, etc. and work as a freelancer in your field. This opens your job opportunities up to outside of Spain, and best of all, you can use your connections back home to find potential clients.

  • Where to look: For creative types: On, you can submit ideas for anything from logo design to naming and if your idea is chosen, you’ll be awarded anywhere from $200 and up. For all freelancers, try where you’ll find gigs from translation, to data entry to SEO and content writing, though the pay can be a bit low.
  • The best part of the gig: You can work from home in your pajamas. This is also the worst part of the job.
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Start your own business in Spain.

Start Your Own Business

Do you have a unique business idea that holds real promise to thriving in this economic situation? Do you speak fluent Spanish or have the means to hire Spanish speakers? Do you have a way to secure capital to put your idea into action? It’s not an easy path to go down, but it’s one we here at Girls Guide Spain know well, as co-founder Lauren Aloise started up her successful Madrid Food Tour last year.

  • Where to look: If you’re located in Madrid, go to the weekly meetings held by Guiripreneur to meet with like-minded individuals. If not, search for local meetings with other entrepreneurs in your area and scroll through expat forums. The expat community in Spain is large, so with a little effort, you’ll be able to connect with someone who can assist you.
  • The best part of the gig: Being your own boss, making your own hours and potentially having more flexibility in your schedule.

Do you live in Spain? How do you make a living here? Share in the comments below!

Photo credits: Phil Roeder, Julian Colton, Gregory Han, Ciera Holzenthal.

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