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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

Dropship

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.

Invest

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.

Translate

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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How to change the title holder of utility bills in Spain

When you move into a new property in Spain you will need to change the account or contract holder over, so that any future water, electricity or gas bills will be in your name. It's not as easy as you may think; here's how you go about it.

How to change the title holder of utility bills in Spain

Changing the name on your utility bills and the payment details should in theory be relatively straightforward, however you may come up against some common problems which can make the change pretty complicated.

Firstly, you will need to find out which energy companies have been contracted for your property.

You can do this by asking the previous owner themselves, contacting your landlord if you’re renting or asking your estate agent to find out for you.

When it comes to water, this should be provided by your local council or city, so you won’t need to contact the previous occupant for this one. 

How do I change the title over?

When you first move in, remember to note down the numbers on the gas, electricity and water meters, so you can give these to the utility companies and they can record how much you should owe, instead of having to pay for the previous occupant’s consumption as well.

Next, you will then need to contact the energy company supplying your property or water provider and ask for a cambio de titular a nombre del arrendatario o comprador (ask for a change of ownership in the name of the renter or buyer).

The process should be completely free for electricity and gas, but in some cities, you may need to pay a deposit for changing the title of the water bill, which you should get back when you vacate the property. The deposit can be anywhere between €50 and €100.

Contacting the energy company by phone may be the best way to make sure everything is done correctly, but some companies also have online forms where you can request a title change. When it comes to water, most cities will have water offices you can visit or specific e-mail addresses if you can’t contact them over the phone. 

There are a few pieces of information you’ll need to have on hand before you contact the company. These are:

  • The full name of the previous person who had the bills in their name
  • Your NIE / DNI
  • The address of the property
  • The date you moved in
  • The CUPS code (not needed for water)
  • Your padrón certificate (for water only)
  • A copy of the deeds of the property or rental contract
  • Your bank details

With all this information, they should be able to change the name over on the account relatively quickly, so that any future energy bills will go directly to you.

At this time, you can also change your tariff or amount of energy contracted to suit your individual needs.

How do I find the CUPS code?

The CUPS code or Código Unificado del Punto de Suministro (Universal Supply Point Code) is a number that identifies each individual property that receives electricity or gas. The number doesn’t change, so you could ask the previous occupant for this as it will be written on their energy bills.

Alternatively, if this isn’t possible you can contact your energy distributor – these are assigned by area and stay the same. By giving them your name, address and ID number such as NIE, they will be able to give you the CUPS code associated with your property.

What if I want to change to a new energy company?

If you’d prefer not to contract the energy company that the previous owner had, you can also choose to go with a new one. In this case, you will still need all of the same information and numbers as above, but you will contact the energy provider of your choice and the type of tariff you want to pay.

How long will it take to change the name over?

It can take between 1 and 20 days for the bills to be changed over into your name. The previous occupant will receive their final bill and then you will receive the new one from the date you moved in.

What are some of the problems I might come up against?

The most common problem is when the previous occupant is not up to date on paying their bills and has some outstanding debt. In this case, if you try to change the title over into your name, you will also be inheriting the pervious owner’s debt.

In this case, you will have to get the previous occupant to pay their outstanding bill before you can change it over into your name. If you have problems getting them to pay their bill, then you can show proof of the date you moved in by sending in a copy of your deeds or rental contract. This should in theory allow for the transfer of ownership without having to take on the debt, however it can be tricky process, often calling the energy company multiple times and waiting for verification of the proof.

What if the energy services have been cut off?

In the case that the property has been uninhabited for some time, the previous owners may have deactivated or cut off the utilities. If this is the case, then you will need to call the energy providers to activate them again. This will typically involve paying several fees to be able to get them up and running. The amount you pay will depend on the energy distributor and where the property is based in Spain. 

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