According to Side Hustle Nation, 39% of working Americans report having a side hustle—that’s approximately 80 million people. And it’s not just a Gen X, Millennial, or Gen Z phenomenon. In fact, 24% of Baby Boomers (age 59-77) have a side hustle.

Why are so many people nowadays looking for ways to make extra income? And why are those in their retirement years taking on side hustles? The reasons range from trying to make ends meet, combating inflation, wanting to add to retirement savings, or seeking ways to stay busy and productive.

Whatever the reasons, if you know an older adult looking to make extra income, you’ve come to the right place. We’ll help you learn more about the benefits and prospective side hustles perfect for seniors.

Benefits of Making Extra Income as a Senior

Occupying free time and bringing in a little extra money is a great way to stay active as an older adult. Plus, it’s the ideal way to supplement your retirement savings for greater security in the future. From freelancing to consulting, walking dogs, or sharing your unique artistry with the world, there are many ways to earn money in your golden years. Let’s explore side hustles for seniors to help your loved one find the perfect gig.

Senior Side Hustle Ideas

Become a Freelancer

Seniors with a background in customer service, sales, marketing, and more can consider becoming a freelancer. Websites like Fiverr or Upwork help match freelancers with businesses looking for help. They offer all sorts of different freelance gigs—voice-over work, illustration, animation, writing, proofreading, graphic design, translation services, digital development, and more.

Sell Art, Crafts, and Other Unique Creations

Let’s say an older adult has a hobby like carpentry, painting, sculpting, jewelry making, or paper crafting. Why not sell their creations to earn extra income? Websites like Etsy are a venue for selling unique creations online. If an older adult likes building birdhouses, making custom greeting cards, or painting landscapes, why not transform that hobby into a side hustle?

Become a Pet Sitter or Dog Walker

If a senior can’t get enough of the world’s furry four-legged friends, pet sitting or dog walking is a great side hustle to consider. Websites like Rover and connect people who love caring for animals with people who need pet care. It’s not only a great way to earn extra income, but it’s also a way to remain active and get your steps in with daily walks.

Share Your Expertise as a Consultant

Does the older adult in your life have extensive experience with a certain industry, topic, or organization? If so, consulting may be a great option. It’s an opportunity for a senior to share their expertise with a business that needs solutions—and make some extra money. Freelance platforms like Upwork and Fiverr, along with networking with industry contacts should bear fruit in no time.

Our Supportive Community at Copeland Oaks

At Copeland Oaks, we want all of our residents to spend their senior years doing whatever brings them the most joy. Believe it or not, many people feel happier and more fulfilled after a good day’s work. Of course, retirement years are about getting to wind down from the work world, but for many people remaining productive truly gives them a feeling of happiness.

Whether an older adult seeks a relaxing, work-free experience or prefers keeping their nose to the grindstone, Copeland Oaks has the people, accommodations, and amenities to help seniors get the most out of life. We welcome you to come and experience Copeland’s campus for yourself. Schedule a tour today!








Side Hustle Nation. 2023 Side Hustle Statistics and Survey Results: Income Levels, the Most Popular Gigs, and Common Struggles. Last Updated: April 10, 2023. Accessed: August 14, 2023.