Unusual ways to make money in retirement 47



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When we retire we don’t need to totally cut off our income streams. While we can enjoy a pleasant lifestyle living off our super, savings or the pension there are some extra things we can do to bring in an extra dollar or two.

Having a small amount of extra income can give us that little bit of extra cash so we can enjoy things like dining out, visiting the theatre or buying something special for yourself. It won’t help you pay off the mortgage or buy yourself a new caravan but it will give you a little flexibility to enjoy things you might not normally get to do.

So, here are some of the interesting and secret ways you can make some extra cash in retirement…

1. Community activities

By doing small odd jobs around the community you can receive small amounts of cash-in-hand to enjoy later. Some of the best community activity ideas include;

  • Dog walking for older citizens or people with long working hours (this is great as it keeps you healthy too!)
  • You can do handy-man jobs around your community. If you’re good at changing light bulbs, fixing leaking taps, painting, sanding or other odd jobs sell your services at a small fee based on the call-out to your neighborhood. Create a small flyer in Microsoft Word, print them off and walk around door-to-door to introduce yourself and leave your information.
  • If you’re a green thumb, offer to look after people’s gardens for a small fee. Whether you are happy to mow, prune, water, weed, fertilize or anything else take someone up if they offer you some cash to help them in the garden.


2. Sell your hobbies

A man in a friend’s Probus Club enjoys woodwork and out of love and enjoyment he makes these fantastic folding tables… He brought one to a picnic and within a week he had twelve requests offering $100 a pop! So no matter what you do for your own enjoyment (knit, sew, make cards, do art, make personal products or woodwork) tell people about it and show your friends because it could be a fun, little cash-maker!


3. Pet-sit

You can offer your services as a pet-sitter for a small fee to people in your local community. If you’re a little brave you can even create a free listing on Gumtree.com and list the suburbs you are happy to service. Just make sure your house is secure, you have removed precious items from the floor and you have emergency contact numbers for your nearest vet or pet hospital. It might be fun to have some furry (or feathery) friends around the house too!


4. Rent yourself!

Australian organization, www.grandmasforhire.com.au is a service that provides loving grandmas to families for babysitting, after-school care, housekeeping, companions and caring. It is a paid service so by contacting the organization on (02) 9984 7813 you can start sharing your services to families who need a loving influence.


5. Set up an online store

Some of you may have purchased things off eBay before, but has anyone set up their own shop? You can create an eBay profile and sell things you’ve got lying around at home, unwanted furniture or any of the things you have made. We actually know of one lady who has begun buying tid-bits online like fake eyelashes, USB sticks and so forth who is selling them for a small profit and the business in booming!


6. Complete online surveys and participate in market research

Australian companies like Farron Research, Stable Research and Survey Compare all offer remuneration, supermarket vouchers, shopping vouchers or free products for your participation in a survey or questionnaire… It’s that easy! It won’t pay many bills but it is a great way to earn a little extra cash.


7. Airtasker

If you consider yourself a bit of a handyman/woman or if you just like to help out doing odd jobs, Airtasker is perfect! You can find tasks in your area in exchange for cash. Some people have even been able to earn over $1000 a week just by accepting any job they can.


So with these little tips and tricks you can have more money in the pocket and give yourself a little treat every now and then with your hard earned cash.

Tell us, do you know any other ways you can make money in retirement? Have you or a friend got an enterprising tip they can share with us? Tell us in the comments below… 

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  1. As far as the handy man part is concerned I think the cost of Public Liability Insurance will kill that idea before it gets off the ground

  2. I have sold a few things on Gumtree of late, one thing I realized early in the peace..always ask for a little more than you want, people love to haggle and they love a bargain..let them beat you down a little

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    • Some years back Leanna, I learned the wisdom of your advice; I was selling up to move interstate and thought things were reasonably priced. BUT everyone immediately wanted a 50% discount and as I told them, I wasn’t a charity. The next week Mum and I put outrageous prices on everything and gave people their requested discount selling things for much more than when I offered honest prices.

  3. I can assure you that no one is prepared to pay a reasonable price for hand-knitting, no matter how creative or complicated.

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    • I love hand knitting. People don’t realize the cost of the wool and time spent. But many of our age do appreciate it.

    • Unfortunately true Joan. I have knitted since I was quite young and people started asking me to knit for them. They chose very complicated patterns, then balked when I suggested $1 per ball to make the garment..

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      • Oh my goodness – as an knitter myself, I think a dollar a ball is a bargain price for a hand knitted garment, even something not too fancy!

    • Set up a Facebook page and post photos of your items. Put a price on them you want . It’s all in the marketing. Don’t sell yourself short, but be realistic. If you enjoy knitting then it isn’t a chore so if you sell a few items it is all worth it. Baby stuff is most popular.

    • a lot of ppl expect hand knitted things to be cheap they don’t realise the cost of the good wool nor time and effort that has been put into knitting..

    • Most knitters I know only do old-fashioned stuff. Modern rugs (not the usual bright left-over mish mash of wool) and knitted (cute, modern) dog coats for winter are the go…….If only these were available. Facebook pages advertising with photos sounds good to me, as a prospective customer.

    • Safe with patchwork quilts and embroidery. A lot of work goes into these

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      • I know – I’ve sold some small cot quilts that were hand quilted and got about the same for them as the materials cost. Have since taken up art and spend more on the supplies than I get back from the occasional sale. We do it because we enjoy it Irena. 🙂

  4. Depending on where u live rent out your driveway and/or front yard for day time parking. Or of a weekend for beach goers.
    As an added extra charge a fee to wash the car(s).
    Park your car in street empty garage and rent it out and easy 50/60$ pw.

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  6. Beware the Centerlink brouses through these sites and picks up on numbers rekated to their sofisticated systems, make phone call enquiries to see if you have sold items or if you have vacancy contracts. They are very smart and you will get caught eventually. Only ever make as much as is required by law or declare the income and you won’t go wrong. Best advice i can give you.

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    • Absolutely……. Bronwen, cCenterlink owned by the Catholics and they are the 666 named Satan and as most Christian know, his time is short. The only one world order in the new world will be God’s.

    • Irene, Appears you haven’t done your research therefore go do research before making comments. Centerlink was privatized ages ago.

    • Irene, Appears you haven’t done your research therefore go do research before making comments. Centerlink was privatized ages ago.

  7. Sitting in other people’s houses waiting for deliveries or service men – I charge $20 and people are happy to pay that rather than lose half a day’s pay.

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    • What a great idea, Ailsa. Now that’s thinking beyond the square…as we used to say many moons ago.

  8. Be aware you might have to declare it to Centrelink, make sure you don’t come into strife. You may already have an ‘earnings bank’ with them of up to $6500, where you can off-set your earnings.

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