Are you retired and looking for a way to make extra money? Maybe you're approaching retirement, and you're already thinking about how you want to spend your free time or how to make ends meet. With medical advances, people are living longer, more productive lives, so it's never too early to start thinking about what you might want to do when you retire from your given profession.
The old adage says it best: "One man's trash is another person's treasure." And isn't that the truth? When you're clearing out your closet, attic, garage, or basement, don't be too quick to trash or donate the "junk" you find. You might be able to make some money off that old pool table instead of taking it to the dump. You might be sitting on a gold mine in your storage unit and not even know it. Turn that clutter into fast cash with apps like the aptly named Decluttr, LetGo or OfferUp. It's like a virtual garage sale on your phone.
Perhaps you have a hobby like photography or crochet that you can turn into a small business. With sites like Etsy, the world is a smaller marketplace than ever: anyone can be their own boss, produce the work they want at their own pace, and reach customers all over the world. If you have a hobby like beekeeping, gardening, or canning preserves, you can cash in on these interests in a big way and enjoy every minute. If you're a shutter-bug, Shutterstock is a stock photography website that will pay for your images. You might already have thousands of pictures they'd love to pay you for, and the real beauty is you can always take thousands more.
If you're familiar with a sharing economy, you might already be familiar with apps like Peerby or Neighborgoods, which allow you to lend and borrow everything from power drills to lawn mowers locally. Other apps like Fiverr and PeoplePerHour also allow you to make full use of your host of skills and experience to either gets stuff done around the house, do an odd job to make a few bucks and meet someone new, or even exchange services with the Simbi app. Where else can you trade a haircut for an oil change?
If you have a second floor that doesn't see much use or if you how extra properties, why not make some extra money off of that space by listing it on an app like Airbnb? You can even flip the script and house-sit with the MindMyHouse app, or Nomador if you want to travel abroad and get paid for international housesitting. Websites like Care.com for babysitting and apps like Wag or Roverfor dog-care can be a great income source for natural nurturers.
If money is tight, but you own your own car, why not use your vehicle equity to get a title loan or make a little extra cash as an Uber or Lyft driver? The great thing is about working for these services is you make your own schedule, so can go from relaxing to working and back in no time. That can be as liberating as it is convenient.
Have you ever wanted to get paid to shop? Perhaps becoming a Mystery Shopper is your next calling. You can go to your favorite stores as a customer and offer your feedback on how they can make improvements. Just remember never to pay to view listings for mystery shopping work, and to make sure that the company you're considering is Mystery Shopping Providers Association (MSPA) certified. Knowing the company you're working with is MSPA certified will weed out the scammers. Online surveys are also always in demand - check out MyPoints or Swagbucks to see how much your consumer opinions could be worth. And if you were a prominent member of your field, why not consider profiting from your experience and expertise as a professional consultant?
With technology virtually always at our fingertips, the way we communicate has changed dramatically. Print holds a special place in our hearts, but if you've ever dreamt of pursuing a career in writing, your best bet is online. You can find blogging and copywriting jobs all over the internet, especially for freelance projects. If you already have something written, consider self-publishing through Amazon's eBook store. Many recent authors like John Green (The Fault in Our Stars) and E.L. James (50 Shades of Grey) both got their start online after all, so why can't you?
What's your lifelong passion? Even if you've already enjoyed a successful and fulfilling career, you can always profit from a second act. Why not take up a passion project or two and make money doing it in the process? Now more than ever, there's something out there for everyone. No matter what your skills are, where your interests lie, or what stage of your life you're in, there's a way for you to pursue your dreams and make money doing it.