Guest Post by Danielle Kunkle
Social Security only goes so far these days. While many people do their best to plan for retirement costs, inflation, as well as the cost of our Medicare healthcare, can sometimes create a scenario where it is hard to make ends meet.
Fortunately, we live in a world where part-time, seasonal, work from home or even occasional work opportunities are easier than ever to find.
Here are some great ways to earn extra cash that you can check into.
Families in which both spouses work all day are more common than ever. These busy professionals donâ€™t always have time to walk their pooches, so hiring this task out is hugely popular. Sign up with a service like Rover or Petsitter to find opportunities near you, or consider making flyers to distribute in your neighborhood. Many people feel more comfortable having a neighbor provide this service than a stranger.
Once youâ€™ve gained a few clients for your dog-walking business, consider offering pet-sitting services to these same people. Their animals will already know and trust you, which makes you an ideal person to pet-sit their critters when they are out of town. Offer to watch them in your home, or charge extra to stay at your clientâ€™s home.
Because we live in an internet age, millions of companies must produce content for their websites on a regular basis. Business owners can hire employees for this, but employees have extra costs like benefits and vacation. Contracting out the writing tasks is more popular than ever.
Sign up as an author for a company like Textbroker and you can bid on writing gigs that businesses post. This is a perfect fit for someone who wants to work at home rather than out at someone elseâ€™s business in your community.
Rent Your Home or a Room in Your Home
World travel is a multi-billion-dollar industry, and this has caused the Airbnb industry to explode overnight. Open your home to host visitors for around the world. You can rent your home while you stay elsewhere, or you can just rent out a room in your home for visitors. Some sites besides Airbnb to check into would be FlipKey or Tripping.com.
Sell What You Know
Is there something that you know how to do that many others would struggle with? Nearly everyone is good at something, so find a way to sell the knowledge that you have. Perhaps you are an expert calligrapher. You can sell your service on sites like Etsy which are frequented by brides and party planners. Maybe you know basic HTML coding and how to start to start a website. Offer a course on Udemy or Fivver to teach others how to do it. You can set your own prices and work when you want to.
Drive for Uber or Lyft
The advent of GPS has made driving jobs a possibility for nearly everyone. If youâ€™ve lived locally for years and know your way around well, thatâ€™s even better. Becoming a driver for companies like Uber or Lyft lets you set your own schedule. Work when you want to.
This job is particularly good for extroverts who enjoy meeting new people. You can also make it fun in your own way. Download some fun music to your iPhone or Android and enjoy listening while you shuttle people to and from your local airport and other surrounding areas.
Hiring criteria include owning a newer car and passing a criminal background.
Get a Newspaper Route
Delivering the paper is not just for kids anymore. This stable part-time job is a good one if you are an early riser. You can earn some extra cash and have the rest of the day all to yourself.
Lastly, consider that in addition to ways to earn money, there are also great ways to save money during retirement. Check with your CPA for tax deductions. Review your Medicare Part D coverage every year, which can sometimes lead to hundreds in drug savings. Plan a monthly budget for food, utilities, entertainment and stick to it. All of these combined with a fun part-time or seasonal job can help you to make ends meet for a long time to come.