If you are looking for a way to earn more income, but without having to work on a permanent basis, here are side hustle gigs that you can try out!
We are living in an era wherein opportunities to be productive are still afforded to old age groups. The Age of Active Wisdom gives retirees the chance to do something worthwhile and meaningful despite the fact they have ended their professional careers. With part-time jobs, retirees actively use their knowledge and wisdom from a lifetime of experience in jobs that is not only satisfying but enable them to earn money too!
Here are five ways that you can get extra cash in retirement:
Thanksgiving and the Christmas Season are just a few weeks away. We all know that the holiday season is a time of giving despite the COVID-19 pandemic that has been crippling all aspects of life. With this in mind, people simply rush to the mall to buy things that they need not only for their homes but presents for friends and family too. Despite the popularity of online shopping, a lot of people still prefer shopping for gifts from a brick-and-mortar shop. You will be on your feet for hours, but it’s not as bad of a part-time job to take as pay ranges between $8 and $14 dollars per hour.
2. Product Demonstrator
If you have a knack for selling things and ideas, why not use this talent to earn extra on the side. The function of a product demonstrator is simply to entice potential customers to try out a product, service, or equipment. If you qualify for the post, you can get up to $20 per hour working as a part-time product demonstrator. You can choose from various work settings, too. This is the best part-time job for retirees who have extensive selling experience in the past or you’re simply passionate about helping consumers like you through information and demonstration.
3. Holiday Decorator
The main function of a holiday decorator is to set up holiday displays and decorations for commercial establishments. Therefore, this job post requires style-savvy individuals who can breathe life and happiness into a place with traditional holiday decor. The basic pay ranges between $8 and $17 per hour. There are many holidays all throughout the year, so you’ll have many opportunities to work as one!
4. Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus
Christmas wouldn’t be complete without Santa. Those who wish to not only earn extra cash but also make children happy should consider applying for the post. However, this job requires for patience and strong knees to get through hours of posing as one of the most beloved characters during Christmas!
For first-time Santas, the pay starts at $10 per hour. Therefore, if you work for a few hours for forty straight days, you are most likely to take home up to $10,000 at the end of your contract. For females, a lot of establishments and events also call for Santa Claus to be accompanied by his loyal and equally-endearing partner, Mrs. Claus!
5. Gift Wrapper
This part-time gig is perfect for those who once were frustrated gift wrappers at home when they were younger. Professional gift wrappers will be taught on how to wrap up small and big things in different styles. Gift wrappers are in high demand at malls, toy stores, appliance stores, and gift shops. Pay ranges between $8 and $13 an hour.
6. Make Money from Experience and Creativity
There is no shortage of online platforms that will allow you to share your idea of the perfect tour in your community. If you have lived in a city or town your whole life, wouldn’t it be nice to look back and accumulate your knowledge by creating a list of interesting places to see in your city? You can create awesome tours for guests and foreign visitors and make money in the process too. The good news is that you can decide your per-hour rate. You can increase your per diem, especially if you receive positive feedback and reviews from previous clients.
7. Pet Sitting and House Sitting
If you have earned a positive reputation in your neighborhood, it is not hard to make a profit out of that too! You can offer your neighbors, relatives, and close friends to take care of their pets and home while away for work or holidays. Retirees can offer dog walking, day pet sitting, or even overnight pet sitting services. House sitting is typically for offered alongside overnight pet sitting, with activities including watering house plants, turning on lights, fetching the mail, and basic housekeeping activities.
8. Improve yourself by Helping Others Learn about Life
There are social-purpose organizations that obtain the expertise of older individuals in shaping the minds of the younger generation. For instance, Encore Fellowships is a program that was designed to make use of the knowledge as well as the wisdom of retirees and then applies all these learnings to different positive causes. Retirees are usually asked to sign a contract that typically requires them to represent an organization for 6 months up to 1 year.
If you are an Internet-savvy senior, you may also check out online job postings offered in your local area. As the economy is still on recovery with businesses starting reopen yet again, you can take advantage of this situation to earn money that you can use for daily expenses or you can save up for personal occasions. There are also websites that assist retirees in finding jobs that are specific to older applicants or companies that prefer hiring retirees.