The program I’m working through has given each participant a living stipend of 700 euros a month. Converted to dollars that’s about $830.65. For most people, that doesn’t sound like much, but thanks to living in Idaho for four years my sense of minimum wage is $7.50 an hour; I’m basically making the same as I did in Idaho but working less. According to most Spaniards, auxiliaries make more than minimum wage and work fewer hours. Which is exactly what I was looking for.
Now while my lifestyle has allowed me to live cheaply, I still have to live on a budget. Mainly for travel and student loan reasons. Below is a very informal budget breakdown of my month-to-month expenses here in Spain. Keep in mind everything is in euros.
|Rent (includes utilities)||230||390|
|Total||685||25 every month left over|
As you can see this doesn’t leave me with much left over. Some of them have been exaggerated. With that being said it can look a tad scary handling that little amount of money each month. Which is why I have started working on the side teaching English.
English is in high demand in Spain especially if you’re a native speaker. Before coming to Spain, I knew this was another way many auxiliaries made extra income here. I was nervous to even start because I was unsure of how I would gain contacts. Luckily my school helped me out and gave me the same people that the previous auxiliary had taught the year before. From there, it spread like wildfire that I was giving private English lessons; and my phone was blowing up with all these Spanish moms asking me to teach their kids. The main perk of this method is that you’re able to set your own price. Plus they’re usually once a week. I chose to give my classes at 15 euros an hour which most parents seemed okay with and even said that it was a normal price. As of now, I have seven private classes, some are in groups which changes the price of the class. But in a normal week, I can make up to 124 euros a week, if no one cancels on me.
The money I make from these classes help me month-to-month and allow me to buy groceries whenever I feel like it. I don’t teach classes on Friday in case I want to travel to another city.
VipKid is an online forum to teach children in China. This one is more intense because you have to go through an interview process and be extremely animated the entire time. I personally have yet to apply, but the added perk of this job is that you’re able to set your own schedule and work wherever as long as you have wifi. The classes can range from 30 minutes to an hour and pay depends on your experience and how long classes are. In most cases, hour-long classes can be paid up to $20 an hour.
Scripted is an online marketplace that connects businesses to freelancers for various projects such as blogs, writing, graphic design, and video production. The online application is fairly simple, you give a few writing samples and create two blogs from the prompts given. If your application is selected, you’re given a profile and can select your top interests of writing. Once everything is approved you can begin working with businesses on various projects.
Payment is per project and can be negotiated at the start of every deal. Projects range from long-term to one-time but is a great way for those who want to practice their writing skills and build their portfolio.
UpWork is similar to Scripted in that it helps freelancers find jobs; the difference is that the application process is easier than Scripted. However, when you create a profile you must distinguish yourself and be more competitive than those who already have a profile. Otherwise, your profile will not be accepted. I created a basic profile and was rejected because the skills I listed matched too closely with existing profiles.
Payment is the same as Scripted and is based off of project length and type. Scripteds’ site is more private than Upwork, but you’re able to look at jobs have been posted on Upwork as well as other freelancers’ profiles.
These are just some of the ways to create extra income while living abroad. With 700 euros your able to get by just fine but if you want to travel, I 100% recommend looking into an extra side job. One thing that makes it harder to work is that our visas don’t allow us to work abroad, so working remotely or under the table are the few ways to earn an extra income. If I’m missing anything, let me know in the comments below!