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Ten ways to earn some extra money in Spain

If you're looking for alternative ways to make money other than a full-time job in Spain, or you could do with some extra cash to supplement your wages, here are ten inspiring ideas to help you do just that.

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If you need some fresh ideas about how to make extra cash in Spain, this article covers a variety of money-making options you may not have considered. Photo: Alex_Photos/Pixabay

The Covid-19 pandemic has left a lot of people in an uncertain financial situation. 

Job losses, furloughs, reduced hours, rising food and utilities prices – for many people across Spain and the world, these are the realities of the 2020’s so far, and is why many of them are now getting creative in order to make a bit of extra money and give themselves some financial breathing room.

You can always turn to the old failsafe money earners, but in 2022 there are increasingly technological ways to make money from home without quitting your job. 

Here we’ve put together a mix of classics and tech-savvy tips below to make extra money in Spain.

Keep in mind that Spain’s Agencia Tributaria tax agency requires all earnings to be declared, even for small jobs separate from one’s main job. Your bank is at liberty to inform tax authorities of any payment transfer above €3,000.

Walk dogs in your spare time

A classic money earner for people across the world, walking dogs for a bit of extra cash can be both enjoyable and good for your health, plus a great way to spend your time if you’re a dog or animal lover. 

Start off with walking your friend’s and family’s dogs, and then advertise on social media or hope word of mouth spreads – this is an especially good earner currently as many people got dogs to keep them company during the pandemic but may have less time now to walk them.

Teach online

With the pandemic having disrupted the education of so many school children, parents all over the world are keen to make up for lost time and many are seeking extra or online tutoring for their kids. 

There are countless online teaching platforms, so if you’ve got expertise or experience in something, whether it be as a native English speaker living abroad or you want to use that masters degree you don’t really use all that often anymore, online teaching can be a great way to make some extra money.

READ MORE: Why now is a good time to be a private teacher in Spain

Become a mystery shopper

Get paid to go shopping! Mystery shoppers (clientes misteriosos) visit shops, restaurants and other establishments to make secret reports on the quality of service on offer, on behalf of the companies themselves.

They make reports on their experiences and offer suggestions. As many companies are keen to make improvements and want regular reviews, mystery shoppers can find regular work and it is fairly well paid.

Sell your stuff

Car-boot sales might be dying out, but selling the old stuff you don’t need or use certainly isn’t – it’s still a great way to make a bit of extra cash.

Most second-hand selling is now done online, whether it be through social media platforms like Facebook marketplace or Instagram, or even specialised selling apps like Wallapop and Vinted.

READ ALSO: How to get rid of old furniture and appliances in Spain


Dropshipping is becoming more and more popular and is a great way to get some extra side income without leaving your job, especially as people do more and more of their shopping online. 

Dropshipping consists of reselling products but acting only as an intermediary. In this way, you do not have to pay for the products until they are sold. If this sounds like an easy and relatively risk free way to make some money as a middle man, there are a number of dropshipping companies operating in Spain.


In 2022 there are a whole host of different ways to make money from home by investing. It doesn’t even have to be in your currency – you can invest and profit from the increasingly technological world in futures, commodities, or even crypto currencies. 

Of the ways to make extra money, investing is probably both the highest risk and highest reward. 

Don’t attempt to invest if you haven’t done your homework!

NFT’s and metaverse

Similarly, if you’re quite tech-savvy, you could jump on the very latest tech trends to make some extra cash.

There’s some serious money being created and spent online – a digital piece of land recently sold for over 2 million on the brand new metaverse and a collection of NFT’s (non-fungible tokens) sold for a staggering €61.2 million!

Wait in line for people

You can make money waiting in queues for people. Not only are some people really that lazy, but many are now more wary of public spaces and group settings following the pandemic.

Long popular in the US, ‘line standing’ is an informal way to make good money. You’ll need to be patient, obviously, but the wait can be worth the reward: line standers in New York can reportedly make up to $14,000 in a single day when new products like iPhones are released.


If you’re fluent in Spanish and English (or another language) and you have a background in communication/writing, translating the menus of local restaurants, town hall pamphlets for foreigners or similar information which should be in English could earn you some extra money. 

You won’t need to be a sworn translator for these small unofficial jobs but you will require some prior experience before offering your services locally. 

Set up an online shop or pop-up

E-commerce in Spain is growing with more online shoppers than ever. Most people in the country still purchase goods from foreign websites due to the wider availability of products, and sometimes have to pay extra shipping or customs costs as a result. 

If you know of a product that’s in high demand in Spain but in short supply, you have some time to find the right supplier, the capital to buy or to manufacture the goods and some business experience, selling goods online can be a good way to make some extra dinero in Spain.

Alternatively, is a there a product that you could easily sell locally without too much hassle for you? Think selling your amazing cinnamon rolls at your closest Sunday market in Spain. If you can keep costs and time spent on it low, setting up a pop-up store or food stand could end up being a nice little earner. 

Article by Conor Faulkner.

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Self-employed in Spain: What are the tax rules if you do two or more jobs?

When you sign up to be self-employed or autónomo in Spain you have to state what sector or industry you’ll be working in, depending on your career or business. But what happens when you cross over industries and want to work in more than one?

Self-employed in Spain: What are the tax rules if you do two or more jobs?

It is increasingly common to carry out several self-employed activities at the same time to be able to make ends meet and adapt to the demands of the market. It could supplement your income and open up new opportunities.

When you sign up to be an autónomo (self-employed) you will need to be registered for IAE (Tax on Economic Activities) also called registration epígrafe. Essentially it’s a numerical code that identifies the activity you carry out.

READ ALSO – Do I have to register and pay tax if I earn below minimum wage?

Take for example an autónomo who works in marketing. They will have registered for one IAE, but if they want to supplement their marketing income and work as a tour guide or a language teacher at the same (also in a self-employed capacity), they will have to register for another IAE.

Your epígrafe or IAE will determine several factors:

  • If your activity is business or professional – If you are going to carry out a professional activity, you must apply withholding tax to your invoices within Spain. The general rate is 15 percent, but if you are a newly self-employed person, the rate is reduced to seven percent during the first year of registration and the following two.
  • The Value Added Tax (VAT) regime: The type of VAT you pay, whether it’s general, simplified or equivalent surcharge (mandatory for retailers).
  • Personal Income Tax (IRPF) – This can be an objective estimation or a direct estimation. 

If you want to sign up for more than one, you must inform both the Treasury and Social Security, since it can affect the way you pay your taxes as seen above.

To do this, you must make a declaration of census modification and fill out forms (modelos) 036 or 037. This means you will avoid having to present form 840 on the Tax on Economic Activities.

The good news though is that you can sign up for two different activities at the same time without having to pay two lots of social security fees.

READ ALSO: How self-employed workers in Spain should invoice clients abroad 

It’s important to remember that when it comes to accounting, you have to manage income and expenses separately for each of the two or more activities.  

When you present your income statements each trimester, you will have to fill in your income and expenses for each different activity. If the two activities belong to different sectors, you must also apply the VAT deduction regime separately for each sector.

It’s useful to keep in mind that as of January 2023, self-employed people have had to pay social security based on their net income, rather than a flat fee.  

READ ALSO: Will you pay more under Spain’s new social security rates for self-employed?

What to do about IVA or VAT?

The most important thing to remember is that method used to settle personal income tax and VAT must be the same for both activities. The simplified VAT regime is exclusively for taxpayers who declare personal income tax by modules.

Sometimes it may happen that you will have to charge VAT for one activity and not for the other. For example, selling bread in a bakery (with VAT) and giving cooking classes (without VAT). 

Taking this example, the VAT incurred in the acquisition of goods and services that are related to the cooking classes cannot be deducted.

However, the VAT paid on the acquisition of goods and services related to the activity in the bakery is fully deductible. 

The VAT paid for expenses common to both activities is partially deductible by applying the percentage related to the general pro rata.