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:
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.
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.
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.
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!