Just because you’ve reached the so-called golden years doesn’t mean you have to stop earning money. Whether you need a small — or not-so-small — amount of cash to feel more comfortable each month, there are ways to continue working that are more flexible than the 9-5 job you may have held in the past. Here are a few suggestions for continuing to earn money.
1. Host a garage sale. Holding a garage sale is a great way to make some extra cash, especially if you are planning on relocating. You can sell anything from books to furniture to clothes at your garage sale. If you don’t want to hold a garage sale, though, consider selling your stuff on sites like Craigslist or eBay. Consider a garage sale once a year.
2. Start a garden. If you have a passion for gardening, retirement is a great time to start a garden in your own backyard! If you are able to successfully grow crops, you can sell them at a local farmer’s market or to neighbors. You might even rake in some consulting fees by teaching others to prune their rose bushes or maintain their gardens.
3. Become an Uber driver or Lyft. Becoming an Uber driver on the weekends is a great way to make a little extra cash without sacrificing much of your time. Plus, you will get to chat with new people every time you give a ride. If you have an iPad or Tablet, keep it with you to better navigate the Uber app.
4. Pet sit. If you are a fan of pets but do not have any of your own, consider pet setting. You can easily make a few extra dollars by offering to walk or groom someone else’s pet. Keep your eyes out for younger couples heading on vacation who need sitters or professionals who need someone to walk the dogs during the workday.
5. Rent out your house through Airbnb. If you travel often or do not mind having visitors, consider renting your house out through Airbnb. Just download the Airbnb app and use the calculator to see how much you could make off of rentals. It could be more than you think!