Are you retired or about to retire? We hope you are well aware that going into your well-deserved retirement is not the endgame when it comes to earning money if, of course, you want to.
In case you are still game and want to keep the brain working on something other than your usual puzzles and sudoku, there are tons of jobs you can either do from the comfort of your couch or use as an opportunity to go out in the world again.
Most work-from-home jobs call for tech-savvy people (if you aren’t, get some help from your grandkids), a good internet connection, a few other skills, and occasionally a diploma.
If you want to be out there, you have plenty of options, too—you just need to adapt your schedule.
Here are the best ways to make money from home after retirement.
House-sitting doesn’t involve noisy kids and untrained pets. Is there anything simpler than just watching over a house? You can offer to house-sit while the owners are away on vacation, or you can take house-sitting to a new level by taking it abroad.
If you want to land this type of job, you should start using house-sitting subscription sites like HouseSittersAmerica and House Carers. Chances are you’ll never be without a job.
Driving for Lyft or Uber
OK, this is not a work-from-home job but more of a work-from-your-vehicle job. It does, however, pay well and you get to meet different people every day (if that’s your jam).
A lot of Lyft and Uber drivers are retired and happy to be just driving around in their cars, making extra money in the process.
Babysitting sounds like an easy job for a senior, especially if you have experience with children. Babies, toddlers, school-age children, or adolescents—you know how to take care of them all, right? You can start by babysitting for close friends, neighbors, and family.
However, if you want to get serious about making extra money from babysitting, it’s best to sign up for websites like SitterCity. This one allows you to create a profile that gets rated after you complete a babysitting job, and you get hired accordingly. Sites like these make it easy for you to find babysitting gigs.
You might be surprised at how much money you can make if you simply clean out your storage spaces. Why not try selling all those things you have been collecting for years but no longer need?
If you want to do it old-school, try a garage sale; alternatively, you can post ads online on Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist or download apps like Letgo and OfferUp and watch your house declutter and your wallet fill up.
Selling your art
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How artsy are you? If you’ve been waiting to retire to do all the things you’ve always wanted to do but didn’t have the time for (painting or knitting, for instance), now you can do them and even make money while you’re at it. You can learn new skills, such as engraving, wood cutting, pottery, or whatever you’re passionate about. Besides doing what you love, you can earn some extra cash by selling your work online. Check websites like Etsy or Facebook Marketplace.
Writing blog posts and articles pays well. If you have the knack for telling a story while keeping it error-free, you can most definitely make good money out of it. There are many platforms where you can find freelance writing gigs, among them Upwork, Fiverr, and Guru. You can even search for the topic you want to write about and find websites that need writers in this particular niche.
If you want to get serious about writing, you can create a website (ask your kids or grandkids to help) where you can start your own blog and focus on a topic you’re passionate about (maybe travel or DIY stuff?).
Retiring doesn’t mean you are done working (unless you want to, of course). There are so many things you can do and earn good money: You’ll wish you’d found these opportunities sooner.