If you’re like many retirees, you could use a little extra money to get by, beyond your retirement savings and Social Security. Or maybe you’re just looking for ways to stay busy and to make a bit of extra cash in the process. Either way, these 14 options are a great way to earn some money while doing something you enjoy:
1. Dog walking. Walking dogs is a great way to stay fit, and many working individuals and families simply don’t have time to give their pets the exercise they need. Dog walkers can charge $15 to $25 an hour, per dog.
2. Selling crafts. Websites like Etsy.com have exploded the market for handmade goods of all sorts in the past few years. While it takes a lot of work to make a full-time living selling crafts, many retirees, stay-at-home moms and 9-to-5 workers turn their hobby into part-time income by selling crafts online. Whether you love to knit scarves, hand-quilt throws or throw pottery, there’s an online market for your craft.
3. Tutoring. Retired teachers aren’t the only ones with potential tutoring skills. If you’re good in math, reading or other basic skills, tutoring could be a lucrative option. Advertise your independent tutoring services through word-of-mouth or Craigslist, or join an online tutor-finding service like Wyzant. Another option is to sign up with a local non-profit that pays tutors for their services.
4. Antique selling. If you love shopping for antiques, collectibles or other unique finds, consider shopping for them and then reselling them. Cruise estate and garage sales to find great deals, which you can turn around and sell on eBay or Craigslist at a profit.
5. Handyman services. If you’re good with a wrench and know your way around crown molding, consider advertising your handyman services. Your state may require that you become licensed, especially for certain types of work, so check with your…