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Going into retirement is a whole new stage in life. It’s a new chance to explore the things you didn’t get to because you were always busy working, taking care of your kids, and doing all the things that help keep life running smoothly.

For some people, that might mean exploring a whole new career or just picking up a side gig to pass the time or meet new people.

Whatever your reason is for getting back into the workforce, there are plenty of options for you.

Take a look at a few of them.

Best Side Gigs for Retirees

1. Customer Service Rep

Customer service jobs are in high demand right now. So if you’re looking to earn some extra money while helping people, a customer service job could be right up your alley.

The best part is that you can work from home. Tons of companies hire people to work from home. As long as you’re at least decent with computers, you should have no problem doing well at this kind of job.

Related: How to Create a Transformative Customer Experience

2. Sales Associate

Sales associates are also in high demand.

Want to be a Walmart greeter?

Or bag groceries at your local grocery store?

Apply to become a sales associate where you’ll be able to come into contact with different people from all walks of life every day. If you’re a people person and you love engaging people in quick conversations, a sales associate job might be a good fit for you.

3. Audiobook Narrator

Do you have a smooth, sultry Morgan Freeman-esque voice that captivates people immediately?

Have people told you on more than one occasion that you’d be great as a Voice Over Artist?

Then you could narrate audiobooks. It’s not as tough a field to get into as voice-over work so you shouldn’t have trouble finding work, as long as you can perform well and meet deadlines.

If you can do accents, that’s a plus because you can complete all sorts of different kinds of projects that require different types of voices.

Related: How to Get Paid to Read Books

4. Freelance Copywriter

My favorite thing to promote to people (as my loyal readers know) is freelance writing.

I recommend it because it’s one of the easiest things to get into. You don’t need a college degree or a ton of training and you can get started with it pretty quickly once you’ve got the basics down.

If you can write like you’d talk in normal conversation, copywriting might be a great option for you. Learn as much as you can about it by reading The Copywriter’s Handbook, watching YouTube videos about writing great copy, and practicing the art of writing great copy until your fingers fall off.

No, but seriously, copywriting is a highly valued and highly in-demand skill. If you can master it, you can earn a six-figure income if you work hard and build your copywriting business the right way.

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5. Freelance Content Creator

Becoming a content creator isn’t a clearly defined job exactly. Essentially, you create content that you think will be profitable in some way.

For example, I create blog content with the hope that people will click my links and read my other articles, comment, share on social media, etc.

You don’t have to limit yourself to blog content, though. You can create Tik Tok videos and monetize your channel once you grow your following.

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If you do really well, you might even have brands start coming to you to ask you to create content for them. That’s when the real money starts coming in.

Figure out what kind of content you want to create and start creating it. You could do digital downloads, ebooks, video content, whatever your heart desires.

6. eBook Writer

Ever wanted to write a book? Now that you’re retired, you’ve got all the time in the world.

Take some time and think about what you really want to write about.

If you want to make money doing this, you should choose a niche. For example, if you wanted to write eBooks in the healthcare niche, you might write an eBook about ways to treat and manage arthritis pain.

Or perhaps you could write about what to do with your time after retirement. A lot of people don’t really know what to do. You could give them some ideas…for a small fee.

Related: How to Price Your eBooks on Amazon

7. Magazine Writer

Have you always dreamed of seeing your name in print? Or with a byline online?

Now’s your chance to break into the magazine market and finally see your dream realized. Which publication do you want to get published in?

Write out a list of the top 10 publications you want to write for. Then, order copies of each magazine. A few issues per publication should be sufficient.

Start studying them. What writing styles do they accept? What kind of content do they publish on a regular basis?

8. Delivery Driver

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If you want to earn extra money without getting a job, you can become a delivery driver for Grub Hub, Instacart, DoorDash, Uber Eats, or Post Mates.

It’s as simple as signing up and downloading an app.

Then, you can start accepting orders (after you pass a background check). If you have any driving-related accidents, you might not be approved to become a delivery driver on some of these apps.

A friend of mine wasn’t able to do anything but Grub Hub because of his driving record. If you’re not sure what’s on your record, order an abstract of your driver’s license at your local DMV.

9. Rent Out an Extra Room in Your Home

If you’re okay with having strangers live in your home with you, renting out an extra room in your home could be a great chance for companionship (if that’s what you and the other person are looking for).

Make sure to interview candidates well and conduct a background check (if you want to be really thorough).

List your room for rent on your local Craigslist, Zillow, Apartments.com, and other sites once you’re ready.

10. Rent Out Your Car

Ever heard of Turo?

Turo is a site and app that allows you to rent out your car to people in exchange for money. If you’re going to do this, I recommend joining a Facebook group (like I did) to see what other people are experiencing so you know what to expect if you actually take the leap.

There’s also HyreCar, Getaround, TravelCar, and Avail.

11. Rent Out Your Garage

Renting out your garage is a little less scary than renting out a room in your home.

If you’re not using your garage, why not rent out the space to someone who really needs it to make some extra cash?

To get started renting out your garage, try Neighbor.com, Stashbee, Just Park, or Spacer.

12. House Sitting

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House-sitting can be a great way to earn money without doing much. You may have to water a few plants, feed a few pets, or clean up after yourself (but you do that at home for free, sooo….).

Get paid to house sit on sites like TrustedHouseSitters.com, MindMyHouse.com, HouseCarers.com, LuxuryHouseSitting, and Nomador, to name a few.

Related: 10 Sites That’ll Pay You to House Sit

13. Airbnb Out Your Home

Going on vacation? Or just won’t be in your home for a while?

Airbnb it out while you’re gone. Or just go stay with some relatives for the length of your guests’ stay to earn a little extra money.

If you want to take this seriously as a side income, you could use the equity in your home to purchase a second home that you can regularly AirBnB out.

Just make sure that the market you live in isn’t oversaturated or that it’s actually a place people vacation regularly. If not, being an Airbnb host might not be the best idea for you.

14. Complete Gigs on Fiverr

If you want to do random small jobs that make you happy and make you money, you could complete gigs on Fiverr.

There are so many categories that you could consider from freelance writing and graphic design to translation and transcription.

Go to Fiverr.com and see what kind of short-term gig work you’d like to do.

15. Become a Sports Coach

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If you love sports and you’d love to coach a team, consider becoming a sports coach. It doesn’t take a whole lot to get certified and it doesn’t cost a whole lot either.

One upside to this gig is that you’ll be able to remain active and burn calories instead of staying sedentary in retirement.

You can coach basketball, football, soccer, baseball, volleyball, and more.

So what do you think? Do any of these ideas appeal to you?

Have you tried any of them? Let me know in the comments. And as always, feel free to share on social media if you found this post useful.

Author

Founder at The Ultimate Freelance Guide and author of The Ultimate Guide to Using Blogging to Boost Engagement and Drive Sales and Copywriting vs. Content Marketing: A Guide to Understanding the Difference Between the Two and Using Both for Maximum Engagement. Her work has been featured at USA Today and Small Biz Daily and she's written for clients like Columbia, LifeLock, eSurance, Anthem Health, USAA, Rev.com, Princess Cruises, and Rodan + Fields, among others.

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