Whether you’ve just blown out the candles on your retirement cake or you’re a few years in, retirement offers the perfect time to try something new. Why not make a little extra cash in the process? And while you’re at it, why not become your own boss?
Join the Sharing Economy
All the jobs we’re suggesting are part of the so-called “sharing economy.” The basic idea of the sharing economy: Connecting an individual offering a good or service with an individual looking for that particular good or service—often a neighbor.
The sharing economy is on the rise, and it’s not just for millennials—24% of people who provide a sharing economy service are 55 and up (source). Services booked on sharing economy sites also offer insurance, customer support, and free promotion of your business—and you still get total control and flexibility. Sounds good, right?
Become a Dog Sitter on Rover
As a dog sitter on Rover, you can offer overnight dog sitting in your home, in a neighbor’s home, or both. Dogs get loving care while their owners are away, and you get paid to play with dogs. Need we say more?
Become a Tasker on TaskRabbit
Perfect for a Jack/Jill of All Trades (or Jack/Jill of a Specific Trade), TaskRabbit allows you to list your services on their website. You can offer everything from house cleaning to bartending, and clients can contact you directly from the site.
Rent Your Guest Room on Airbnb
Have an empty bedroom? Rent it out to travelers on Airbnb. You can select the dates it’s available to rent, and travelers will contact you directly from the site. Of course, if you love to travel, you can rent out your whole place while you’re away—that way, your vacation can pay for itself!
Rent Your Car on RelayRides
RelayRides allows you to share your car with your neighbors, and you get to decide who gets to drive it and when. In some areas, you can even park your car at the airport to reach an even bigger client base. Your car will get the exercise it needs, and you’ll get paid for sharing your car when you’re not using it.
Become a Driver on Uber or Lyft
Just because you’re ditching the morning commute doesn’t mean your car has to sit in the garage. Become a driver with Uber or Lyft—check out their websites and see which company is more in line with your goals.
Build a Community (and Your Nest-Egg)
The sharing economy is here to stay, and retirement offers the perfect opportunity to jump right in. And here’s an added bonus: 78% of people agree that the sharing economy builds a stronger community (source). The technology that sharing economy companies relies on helps connect you with your neighbors, and you may even build lasting friendships with someone who originally just needed a life from the airport. No matter what, the sharing economy offers the freedom to try something new, set your own goals, and make some extra cash.
Travel plans? Next time you leave town, find a dog sitter who’ll treat your dog like family. Rover’s got you covered with loving dog sitters across the U.S. including Orlando, Philadelphia, San Jose, Minneapolis, and your city.