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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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Spanish government divided over proposed menstruation leave bill

Talk of abortion policy reform and proposed menstrual leave has dominated Spanish discourse this week, but it’s also dividing Spain’s coalition government.

Spanish government divided over proposed menstruation leave bill

Spain’s PSOE-fronted coalition government recently outlined proposals that have dominated public discourse in the country.

But the legislation, which would allow women over the age of 16 to get abortions without the permission of their parents and introduce ‘menstruation leave’ for those suffering serious period pains, has not only divided Spanish society but the government itself.

The proposals would make Spain a leader in the Western world, and the first European Union member state to introduce menstrual leave, and changes to abortion law would overturn a 2015 law passed by the conservative People’s Party that forced women aged 16 and 17 to obtain parental consent.

The wide-ranging bill would also end VAT on menstrual products, increase the free distribution of them in schools, and allow between three and five days of leave each month for women who experience particularly painful periods.

READ MORE: What are Spain’s abortion laws for foreign residents and visitors?

Menstrual leave

Ángela Rodríguez, the Secretary of State for Equality, told Spanish newspaper El Periódico in March that “it’s important to be clear about what a painful period is – we’re not talking about slight discomfort, but about serious symptoms such as diarrhoea, fever and bad headaches.”

“When there’s a problem that can’t be solved medically, we think it’s very sensible to have temporary sick leave,” she added.

Cabinet politics

The proposals are slated for approval in cabinet next week, and judging by reports in the Spanish media this week, it is far from reaching a consensus. It is believed the intra-cabinet tensions stem not from the changes to abortion and contraception accessibility, but rather the proposed menstrual leave.

The junior coalition partner in government, Podemos, largely supports the bill, but it is believed some in the PSOE ranks are more sceptical about the symbolism and employment effects of the proposed period pain policy.

Vice President and Minister of Economic Affairs, Nadia Calviño, said this week: “Let me repeat it very clearly: this government believes and is absolutely committed to gender equality and we will never adopt measures that may result in a stigmatisation of women.”

Yet Second Vice President and Minister of Labour, Yolanda Díaz, who is viewed as further to the left than President Pedro Sánchez and other PSOE cabinet ministers, is reportedly “absolutely in favour” of the measure to reform Spain’s “deeply masculinised” labour market.

Sources in the Spanish media have this week also reported that some PSOE cabinet ministers feel the proposed paid leave not only plays up to stereotypes of women, or stigmatises them, like Calviño says, but also places them at a disadvantage in the world of work.

Minister of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration, José Luis Escrivá, stated that while the government should seek to improve women’s employment protections, it should also seek to boost their participation in the labour market under “better conditions.”

In that vein, some feel menstrual leave could be used a form of of employment discrimination similarly to how pregnancy has been historically, and the policy would, in that sense, actually be more regressive than progressive in enshrining women’s workplace rights. 

READ MORE: Spain eyes free contraception for under-25’s

Trade unions

Trade unions are also sceptical of the menstrual leave legislation. Cristina Antoñanzas, deputy secretary of UGT, one of Spain’s largest trade unions, has echoed those in the cabinet who feel the proposals could “stigmatise women.” She added that “it does women a disservice.”

Public opinion

A survey run by INTIMINA found that 67 percent of Spanish women are in favour of regulating menstrual leave, but also that 75 percent fear it is “a double-edged sword” that could generate labor discrimination.

The survey also found that 88 percent of women who suffer from disabling and frequent period pain have gone to work despite it. Seventy-one percent admitted that they have normalised working with pain.

Cabinet showdown

The proposed menstrual leave policy will be debated in cabinet next week when the Council of Ministers debates and approves the broader abortion and contraception reforms. According to sources in the Spanish media, and many cabinet ministers themselves, it seems a consensus on menstruation leave is a long way off.