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? Read on to learn what kinds of jobs are the best jobs for retirees.
All the retiree jobs we’re suggesting are part of the so-called “gig economy.” The basic idea of the gig economy is a flexible environment where temporary positions are hired for short-term engagements or projects.
How do you fit in? Gig economy jobs are flexible because they aren’t permanent. Individuals are basically independent contractors that work as much or as little as they desire. Most people sign up with a company that offers a specific service, such as food delivery, driving, or on-demand pet sitting.
The benefits of going with a company rather than going it alone are many. Most companies offer various types of reservation guarantees or insurance, customer support, and free promotion for their contractors—giving you total control and flexibility. Sounds good, right?
The gig economy offers lots of choices for part-time jobs for retirees, but which will give you the best return on your time? We’ve gathered some options:
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. On top of that, sitters and dogs are covered by the Rover Guarantee. Need we say more?
You can also apply to be a dog walker in addition to dog sitting. Walkers pick up up a lucky pup, take them on a midday adventure and return them home, exercised and happy. The best part is that there’s no limit on what you can do. You can walk dogs all day and have a few sitter dogs at night. If you want, your retired life could be full of dogs without the vet bills or long-term responsibility. Sign us up!
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.
The gig economy is here to stay, and retirement offers the perfect opportunity to jump right in. The technology that these companies rely on helps connect you with your neighbors, and you may even build lasting friendships with someone who originally just needed a lift from the airport.
In addition, retirement can sometimes feel isolating, with the loss of seeing the same people day in and day out. Taking a part-time job as a retiree, especially in your community, can help you reconnect and keep those social connections alive while supplementing your income.
While all of the above jobs for retirees are great choices, we’d like to think Rover offers something special. Not only are you getting to hang out with dogs all day, but you’re helping someone experience the unconditional love of a dog.
With Rover, people who work full time can rest easy knowing someone like you is caring for their best friend. And you get to explore your community, get some exercise and make a little money while you’re at it. Wondering how the cash you make with Rover can enhance your retirement? We have some ideas for you:
Craig and Trace saved for nine months to go on the cruise of their dreams while on a fixed income. They were also able to pay for their plane tickets, stay at the Hilton, and pay for all their meals with their Rover earnings. And the best part? They were able to save for their vacation doing something they love—taking care of dogs. Learn how they did it.
Victoria Stephens can barely get her parents on the phone. They’re too busy watching Rover dogs and taking advantage of Task Rabbit. Learn how they keep busy and earn cash on the side being part of the gig economy.
Not sure if dog walking or sitting is for you? Read what qualities a successful dog walker has.
Ready to take your first steps on the working after retirement path? Join us at Rover!Join Us as a Dog Walker or Sitter Today!