How to earn extra money as an au pair

how to earn extra money as an au pair

Before I start talking about all the different ways you can earn extra money as an au pair, I want to make one thing clear: your priority should be with the host family and the kids. That’s your main job, and you should always keep this in mind when applying for jobs.

Okay, now that we’ve got that out of the way: being an au pair doesn’t earn a lot of money. I love doing it, and I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything in the world, but sometimes it is nice to have that little bit of extra money so you can go out, buy whatever you want and travel.

Here are some ways for you to earn extra money as an au pair:

  1. Download Sweatcoin on your phone

    You’re looking after children, so you probably walk a lot. This app pays you for the steps you take. While it takes a while to actually get enough steps to get paid in money (20,000 steps will get you a £1000 pay-out), you can also get plenty of discounts and other rewards.

  2. Get a part-time job

    This one might not work for everyone – if your host kids are really young, you probably don’t have time for this. I get quite a lot of free time during the day and do work as a freelance translator when the kids are at school. This is something I was already doing before I became an au pair, though, and it’s not the most steady source of income.

    I recommend looking for jobs on the weekend or something that allows you to earn some extra money in your neighbourhood (walking dogs, babysitting, cleaning, etc.). These jobs give you more flexibility when it comes to working hours. And that’s important because you need to be able to look after the children if they are ill and can’t go to school.

  3. Sell stuff you no longer use

    If you brought too many clothes with you (like I did), try selling them online on apps like DePop or eBay. Or stuff that you bought while living in your new country and that you haven’t actually worn.

  4. Do online work

    There’s a lot of work to do online. Sign up on websites like UpWork and Fiverr and offer your services. This can be being an virtual assistent, writing, marketing, social media, photography, teaching a language… Whatever you’re good at!

I also wrote a post on how to save money as an au pair in case you don’t want to spend all your hard-earned money!

If you have any other tips on how to earn extra money as an au pair, comment them down below!



  1. Alexis
    9 November 2018 / 3:43 pm

    Great tips for earning extra money on the side. There are lots of options if only you spend some time looking.

  2. Bindu Thomas
    9 November 2018 / 6:09 am

    I love your tips. Earning extra money from your basic earning is such a great idea,thank for sharing!

  3. Megan
    8 November 2018 / 2:20 pm

    Great ideas on a side hustle! 🙂 I’m sure this will come in handy for others, too. Great job!

  4. URMILA deven
    8 November 2018 / 8:16 am

    great tips, i will try it … lets get check how much it work thanks for sharing

  5. mrhappywork
    7 November 2018 / 7:05 pm

    I’m really captivated by that Sweatcoin app! I work an office job now, but man I could have used that at one of my old jobs on a big campus, I think I was logging 10,000 steps a day!

  6. Geraline Batarra
    7 November 2018 / 7:48 am

    As a mother who is staying at home most of the time I will definitely take advantage of these tips for me to have an extra earnings.

  7. 7 November 2018 / 6:51 am

    My daughter in law’s sister does it. She was hosted abroad recently to au pair, which was nice for her because it did allow her to travel.

  8. 7 November 2018 / 1:54 am

    Great tips! This would also apply to people looking to earn some extra income on the side 🙂

  9. Diana Tidswell
    7 November 2018 / 1:53 am

    These are great tips. Earning extra money from your basic earning is such a great idea,thank for sharing!

  10. 7 November 2018 / 1:53 am

    These are great ways to gain some additional income. I do sell a lot of unwanted items online

  11. 7 November 2018 / 1:03 am

    These are great suggestions for anyone looking to supplement their income! I’ve never heard of Sweatcoin before!

  12. Catherine Santiago Jose
    7 November 2018 / 12:37 am

    These are great tips and I am sure it will be a great help not only in Au Pair but also in a mother like me.

  13. worldlytreat
    6 November 2018 / 5:36 am

    I had to google what “Au-pair” Ha ha. I always give kudos to host parents. I had a bad experience doing that in my 20’s.

  14. 5 November 2018 / 11:39 pm

    I think I was in my 20’s or 30’s when I worked as a babysitter. It was not easy. The longest job I took was for a weekend–by the end of it I swore never to have kids!

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