21 Ways Retirees Can Bring in Extra Cash

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Are you retired or planning to retire soon and looking for ways to put a little extra cash in your pocket?

Your years of hard work and experience can be valuable after you retire. Now you can use those skills in a new way or try your hand at something completely different.

Here are ideas for the next phase of your work.

Earn cash!

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Did you know that you can still get paid for the things you were going to buy? All you have to do is go through a cash-back site like Rakuten.

Just sign up for an account, which is free. Then the next time you shop online, first go to Rakuten’s website and click on the retailer you want to shop from. This will direct you to the retailer’s website, where you can then shop as normal.

Another way to get paid efficiently for shopping is to use a cash back credit card. assuming you can pay off the balance in full each month to avoid interest. Better yet, you can double the cash back by using a site like Rakuten and: using a cash-back card.

Dog walking and pet care

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Now that you’re retired, you may have a lot more free time, especially during the day. Use it to help pet owners who still work long hours.

Dog walkers earn cash for walking a few pooches each day. Getting some exercise and getting some fresh air is good for you, as well as the dogs.

You can also try pet sitting, which allows you to interact with furry friends and earn money doing it..

Rover is a site that helps you find this type of work. The site allows you to post a profile, connect with people in your area who need help with their pets, and make payments online.

Home bench

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Staying home is one of the occupations most likely to resume as travel, restricted by the pandemic, returns to normal.

You can earn extra money by helping people in your community when they go out of town. Housewives are responsible for tasks such as watering plants and watching over homes when residents are away.

Word of mouth is often enough to land a job like this. But you will find opportunities in Rover, which also connects housekeeper seekers with people willing to provide service.

Rent your car or become a driver

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There’s a good chance your car will spend more time in the garage or parked on the curb after retirement. However, you can put that car to good use by lending it out or taxiing people around town.

You can rent out your car to others through, for example, Turo. If you prefer to drive, consider driving for Uber or Lyft.

Get things done

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It seems like there’s never enough time in the day to get everything done, especially for people who work full-time. If you have a few extra hours a day to spare, you can make money for busy people.

This could mean grocery shopping, dry cleaning, or running any other type of errand.

Contact these opportunities through Postmates or Shipt.

Mystery shop

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Yes, you can pay to shop. Mystery shopping lets you do your own shopping and earn money while you provide honest feedback to businesses.

Mystery shopping can involve eating at a particular restaurant or buying something at a local retailer and answering questions about the experience.

Be aware that scams have appeared in the mystery shopping industry in the past.

Cook for others

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The Internet allows people who love to cook and bake to connect with many potential customers.

Look for sites that match home cooks with locals or travelers who want to enjoy home-cooked meals. We’ve got the details on How To Turn Your Love Of Cooking Into Extra Cash.

Make money from hobbies

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If you enjoy creative activities like knitting or woodworking, you can make money from your hobbies.

How: Open an account on an online marketplace for handmade goods. Etsy, for example, provides access to millions of potential buyers.

If you’re not quite ready to submit products online, share your creations with friends and family or sell them at a local flea market. Personal conversations with buyers will help you determine which of your ideas have potential.

Blog or write

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Put your years of experience to good use by blogging or writing online about your area of ‚Äč‚Äčexpertise. Whether you’re an expert in RV travel, doll collecting, or living on a limited income, you can create a website, sell advertising space, and share your expertise and experience.

Also, look for niche sites that need help writing, editing, and tracking images and other content.

Do landscaping and gardening

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Many people want beautiful gardens and landscaping around their homes, but they may not have the time or energy to create and maintain them.

If you have a green thumb, you can make money tending to people’s lawns and gardens and making sure their yards are well manicured all year round.

Do odd jobs and repairs

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Home remodeling services are always in high demand. Most people don’t know how to do these jobs or don’t have the time.

As a retiree, you can put all the hacks and repair tips you’ve learned over the years doing this kind of work and still get paid for it. Advertise your services on Craigslist or in your local paper, or pin a notice on hardware and grocery store bulletin boards.

Change and mend clothes

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Contrary to popular belief, people still mend their clothes, or would like to if they had the time. If you can sew buttons, change pants and hems or rip, you can enter this market.

One of the ways to start. Advertise in dry cleaning and laundry businesses.

Teach English

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The market for English teachers is always strong. strong enough that many people support their journeys by holding teaching concerts around the world.

But you can also do the work from the comfort of your home. You will probably need a certificate or license and experience. Indeed.com explains how to become an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher.

Linguda and iTutor match teachers and students. Or find clients on a freelancing site like FlexJobs.


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If you have a major in a particular field, such as physics or French, offer to tutor students in those subjects. There is also a need for people who can simply help children who are struggling in school with their homework.

Post a note in the local library offering your tutoring services, sort your links, and spread the word to friends and family. Two online tutor placement services are Wyzant and Tutors.com.

Provide customer service

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Do you like talking on the phone? Many companies hire customer service and sales representatives to work from home. Sometimes you can choose the hours you work, which is useful if you want to minimize workload.

To get started, you usually need a computer, reliable Internet access, and a headset and phone.

One solid resource for part-time remote jobs is FlexJobs, which lists positions in a variety of industries.

Take a part-time job

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Retirees have the freedom to explore jobs that intersect with what they know and enjoy.

If you love golf, maybe you should apply for a part-time job at a golf course pro shop. (It might not pay much, but you’ll probably get a break on green fees.)

A part-time job at a bookstore or wine shop provides a fun place to spend time, meet people, and earn money at the same time.

Start a small business

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Retirement can be a good time to start a small business, especially if you’ve always had an interest in something you couldn’t do before.

Use your newfound freedom to follow the passion you’ve always thought of following. This can be anything from baking to financial planning, as we explore in 21 Hobbies You Can Turn into a Business.

Zoom out

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Get rid of clothes, furniture, and other items you don’t use or need. Make some cash and cut some slack at the same time.

There are many places to sell things on site. Craigslist is one, as are consignment sites for designer or collectible goods. Bonanza is a site for selling your used items. Another is eBay.

We list more marketplaces for “Where to sell your stuff for top dollar.”

Conduct surveys

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You can even earn some money by watching videos and answering questions on sites like Swagbucks and InboxDollars.

Room for rent

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As a retiree, you may find that you have an extra room or two in your home, especially if the kids have all moved out. Put your spare rooms to work by renting them out. As demand for travel is freed up, you can make your entire home available while you travel or migrate to sunnier climates for the winter.

You can earn extra cash with potential renters through vacation rental sites like:

Rent your RV

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If you have a recreational vehicle, chances are it sits idle for some or most of the time. If so, you can earn income by renting out an RV in much the same way that you would rent out your home through Airbnb. One way to connect with people looking for RV vacations is through the RVshare website.

“How to Make Serious Money from Your Immobile RV” explains how to get started.

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