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Retiree Resets: Side Hustles and Freelancing for Seniors

Senior Side Hustles and Freelancing for Seniors Can Be Fun, Engaging and Make Extra Money


A senior side hustle is a part-time job, gig or a business that a person does in addition to their primary source of income–even retirement income. It could be anything from freelancing to starting a small business. Through side hustles, some savvy seniors have found an excellent way to earn extra income and add more excitement and fulfillment to their lives.

Why not have a look below through our ever-expanding content on ideas, inspirations and stories of senior side hustle success.

Savvy, sexy seniors often have a wealth of knowledge and experience that they can use to their advantage. Many seniors have developed amazing talents, such as writing, photography, or gardening, which they can now share with the world through freelancing or starting a small business. Even pet-sitting, sexy camming (yes, there are passionate viewers for seniors!), starting a podcast or a niche blog can become a lucrative side occupation. Many skills can be turned into a profitable venture that can possibly earn more passive income for those willing to put themselves “out there” and offer their talents and authentic selves to the world.


Freelancing is an excellent way for senior citizens to earn extra income while working from home (or their favorite café). Freelancing gigs can range from writing and editing to consulting and coaching. Many online platforms, such as Upwork, Freelancer, and Fiverr, offer opportunities for freelancers to connect with clients from all over the world, using easy-to-navigate platforms that take care of everything for them—from finding clients, to billing and getting paid in a secure way.

What is the Age Limit for Freelancing?

None! Starting a small business is always a promising possibility. You are only limited by what you can or cannot do physically and energetically. You are only limited by what you think you can or cannot learn in terms of new skills…(and we are pretty sure you have some amazing skills you’re not even thinking of that others would appreciate.

Maybe your “secret freelancing power” is thrift shopping/hunting for others or re-selling vintage treasures. Or making and selling handmade crafts. Amazingly caring petsitting is ALWAYS in demand! Or offering gardening services or teaching gardening, cooking, or childcare to others…Maybe it’s providing those always-in-demand handyman services for the little jobs contractors don’t want to take.

The internet has made it easier than ever to start an enjoyable venture with platforms like Etsy, Amazon, and Shopify and Angie’s List as well as freelancers networks like Upwork and Fiverr, where seniors are offering their services and products to a global market.

Please see our selection of articles below that showcase many of the opportunities which exist for freelancers to earn extra income, utilize their skills and experience, and add more excitement and new online and “real world” social interactions to their lives.

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Articles on Senior Side Hustles and Retiree Freelancing