Just because you’re retired doesn’t mean you’re averse to a nice little earner, right?
But without a full-time job to fall back on, finding ways to make a little bit of extra pocket money can be tricky. After all, knocking on doors and cleaning cars isn’t quite the right area of employment for the over-50s. However, because we now live in a world that’s focused heavily on the internet, there are opportunities aplenty – if you know where to look. So without further ado, here are a few ideas on how to earn extra cash.…
Rent out your driveway
If you’re a homeowner and you don’t drive, or you have a spare slot on your driveway, you could be sitting on a small goldmine. This is especially true if you live close to large cities or the train stations that serve them. Commuters are very willing to part with a little money if it makes their journey to work easier or faster, and the money they save can be passed on to you. Renting out your driveway is as easy as throwing an ad up in the local paper classifieds or online listing sites, and you can expect to ask anywhere between £50 and £200 per month depending on your location.
Become a self-published writer
Long gone are the days that becoming a published writer had an insurmountable barrier to enty. In fact, practically anybody can publish their work to the Amazon Kindle store for free. The only caveat is that a small percentage of sales goes to Amazon for providing the marketplace (usually either 35% or 70% depending on book pricing). If you’re something of a closet novelist, why not give it a try? There have been countless success stories from unknown writers who found fame (and some fortune) by selling their stories on the Kindle marketplace. You can find out more about this at Kindle Direct Publishing.
Become an eBay power-seller
Have you ever wondered how those folks on eBay with tens of thousands worth of feedback points made a business out of it? Well, there really is no big secret – and you can do it too. You can start small with old belongings you no longer want, but the option to scale up and become an eBay ‘power seller’ from home is very much there. Sites like Alibaba are able to offer great prices for bulk products (think items like phone cases, screen protectors, chargers and the like). These fast-moving consumer goods are perfect for selling on eBay, and you can buy them in bulk very cheaply. The concept is simple: buy a few hundred, leave them in a box somewhere, and list them on eBay. Minimum fuss and by the end of the process, you’ll come out with a little profit!
These are just a handful of ideas to get your creative juices flowing, there are plenty more opportunities out there. And with just a little out-of-the-box thinking, you could become the head of your very own mini home-business empire!
Written by Simon Morris
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