15 Ways To Generate Extra Income and Enjoy Doing It

Earn Extra Income

As a senior citizen it may be hard for you to get a full-time or even a part-time job, simply because many companies don’t like to hire older workers. Fortunately, there are plenty of other things you can do for extra income. Here are 15 ways you can get some cash into your hands or your bank account.

Article Writing

Writing Articles

1. Writing Articles and Doing Translation

Companies like WriterAccess, Textbroker, iWriter, and others will pay you to write articles, and there are a number of translation companies to work with depending on the languages you can translate to and from.

2. Photographing Events, Taking Personal/Family Portraits, Etc.

If you like taking pictures and can create quality photos, you can work on a site like GigSalad as a photographer. Let people know what you’re offering and what kind of photos you take.

3. Entertaining at Parties

Do you know how to do magic tricks, make balloon animals, or otherwise do something unique and interesting? If you do, GigSalad is a place for you to make some extra money.

4. Babysitting , Pet Sitting, House Sitting

On sites like Care.com, you can be paid to take care of other people’s kids, plants, pets, houses, and elderly relatives. It’s a trusted site, which means plenty of people will be looking for what you offer.

5. Selling DIY Crafts

If you crochet, knit, or make any kind of crafts, starting your own Etsy store can hep you bring in some income. The fees are low and the rewards can be high.

6. Giving Rides in Your Car

Uber and Lyft are always looking for drivers. If they operate in your area and you have reliable transportation, you can make extra money.

7. Be a Host for International Students

On sites like USHhost.com, you can host international students in your home through foreign exchange programs and be paid for your time and effort.

8. Run an Errand

TaskRabbit allows you to run errands for people in your local area to get a little bit of extra money. You could make quite a bit, depending on your location.

9. Publish a Cookbook

If you love to cook, or you have a stack of recipes from relatives of the past, you could self-publish your own cookbook and make it available through sites like Amazon and Smashwords.

Art work in gallery

Art work in gallery

10. Sell Your Paintings, Sculptures, or Photos in Local Galleries

If you are an artistic person, there may be a local gallery where you can sell what you do to the people who live nearby and tourists who stop to visit. Many galleries welcome local artists.

11. Teach a Community College Class

Many smaller colleges look for people with life experience to be teachers, and you don’t need a lot of education to be qualified. Contact the community colleges near you about the requirements, or check with online schools that aren’t dependent on your location.

12. Give a Workshop to a Meetup Group

If you have Meetup.com groups in your local area, they may be very interested in what you have to say. Look for a group that matches your skills and interests, and contact them about a paid workshop opportunity.

13. Mystery Shopping

Companies still use mystery shoppers, and if you like to snoop around stores and get paid for it, this is the job for you. Generally you get the product for free through reimbursement, and you also get paid a little bit for your time.

14. Complete Paid Surveys

You can get paid to tell companies what you think about a wide variety of products and services. There are many legitimate survey companies you can sign up for that will pay you in cash or gift cards.

15. Creating or Converting Videos

Some simple software and a little bit of knowledge is all you need to create and convert videos. Families and companies use these services, so there is plenty of opportunity for making money.

No matter where your talents lie, there are ways to get extra money and have fun doing it. A lot of the options on this list will never feel like work, and you’ll be surprised at how quickly the money from them adds up.


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