Grand-Gigs: Retired Folks in the Gig Economy

Newsflash: The gig economy isn’t just a club for hip millennials and slick gen x’ers. According to GoDaddy’s recent research, a quarter of Baby Boomers have a side hustle and it’s really not surprising. Retired folks are ideal candidates for the gig economy. They’re creative, warm, social, flexible, and of course, wise!

Need more convincing? Check out these surprising perks of joining the gig economy.

1) Make Extra Money – You may not need it, but the gig economy provides fun, social jobs helping other people… for money! Drive people around, help with odd jobs, walk dogs, deliver baby gear to traveling families – there are new, ingenius gigs emerging constantly.

2) Stay Busy With a Flexible Schedule – Work in retirement shouldn’t feel like a “job.” Gigs are more flexible than part-time jobs, letting you work when you want while still having time for play, rest and personal hobbies.

3) Be Your Own Boss – Speaks for itself. Most working Americans have a boss. When it come to the gig economy, you are the boss! Feeling lazy today? Don’t work! Want to hustle hard and make some money? It’s in your hands.

4) Unleash Your Inner Creativity – Some entrepreneurial gigs provide great room for creativity. The right marketing idea, a flyer on your local recreational center bulletin board, or networking at a local meet-up or Chamber of Commerce l event can lead to more customers than you ever dreamed of.

5) Develop Skills and Learn About Yourself – One of the best parts about a gig in retirement is that it provides an avenue to learn more. Whether you worked in construction, education, tech, or business, running your own gig business provides many chances to learn new skills.

6) Keep Young – Recent research indicates that working into late life is good for health and longevity. This isn’t a surprise considering gigs and their supportive communities engage you mentally, provide purpose, and keep you on your feet.

7) Tell Friends About Your Job in the New, Hip Gig Economy – Tired of having your kids tell you you’re behind the times? The gig economy is the perfect solution! People will see you in a new light when they tlearn you’ve got a side hustle.

8) Make a Difference – Many gigs are ingenious solutions to age-old problems – no dog walker, no lift to the gym, no way to find a helping hand, the impossibility of lugging babies and baby gear through the airport. Joining the gig economy often means solving real, everyday problems for people in your community. 

Here at Babierge our Trusted Partners range from age 25 – 75, including a constantly growing number of retired folks and couples. If you’re retired and looking for a side-gig that offers better-than-average gig economy earnings, helps you acquire news skills and make new friends, we invite you to sign up and join the Babierge community.

Five Great Side Gigs to Earn Serious Holiday Cash

holiday-giftsVisions of delighting your little ones with piles of presents under the Christmas tree may be beginning to dance in your head. But where will the money to make these merry memories come from?

Have no fear, for ‘tis the season of holiday-themed side hustles. Side hustles in the gig economy can provide quick opportunities to put extra holiday cash in your pocket – sometimes a lot of cash – doing fun and rewarding work. Whether putting your holiday gift wrapping skills to work, helping a local family put up Christmas lights and decorations, or delivering baby gear to a young family surprised by lack of inventory at the local hotel, there is work waiting for you.

Check out these great side hustles to make some serious cash this holiday season.

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Lyft – For people with a driver’s license and a car that meets the qualifications, Lyft is one of the easiest opportunities for making extra income – work when and where you want simply by getting in your car, and Lyft will match you to a nearby passenger. The holidays are one of the best times to work with Lyft as they bring high demand and interesting people from out of town. Plus, if you prefer to maximize your payout for time worked, you can wait for what Lyft calls “Prime Time,” often later on weekend nights, when surge pricing leads to a large increase in earnings.

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Babierge – Have some quality baby gear lying around? Babierge helps you make extra income renting baby equipment to traveling families. If you have toys, cribs, strollers, and much more, you can rent and deliver your gear to families at hotels, vacation rentals, or even at grandma’s house. Babierge quickly trains you about working in the hospitality industry, builds your web site and drives online business to you. Want extra business? Babierge gives you access to business cards and brochures you can leave at local hotels. Babierge estimates its Trusted Partners (their gig economy baby gear rental entrepreneurs) make somewhere around $40 for each hour of work. Extra bonus – families love it when you show up with gear and toys! Get started by filling out this quick application.

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Rover – Must love dogs! If you do, this is the gig for you. After a quick background check and approval, Rover allows you to take care of other people’s dogs for cash, whether it be a quick visit for a potty break, a walk, hosting a doggy day care, or housing dogs overnight while their owners are out of town, there are all kinds of ways to make money playing with our furry best friends. Like many gigs, the holidays provide a big time demand for Rover workers and a great time to get started.

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Fiverr Are you artistic or have a creative skill? Whether it be music ability, art and design expertise, acting skills, and much more, Fiverr is a great way to make side cash having fun and making people happy through digital design and media services. During the holidays, singing carols, music lessons, ugly sweater design, cooking, and many other skills are just some services you can provide to generate cash on Fiverr.

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Care.com – If you’re a people person, then Care.com has tons of options for you. Whether it be babysitting, elderly care, housekeeping, nursing, and even tutoring, Care.com has a way for you to make money using your skills to improve people’s lives and help the world become a better place. All you have to do is sign up on Care.com, detail your profile with your abilities and talents, then apply for jobs that look like you!

The gig economy is a fun way to take the financial stress out of the holiday season. Who knows, you might discover a hobby, or better yet, launch a business that enriches your life all year-round. If helping others enjoy their holiday travel and festivities resonates with you, then why not pick up a side hustle? Rumor has it that holiday gigs also help you land on Santa’s good list.

Top 5 Summer Jobs for Teachers

Teachers are embracing the gig economy as a way to earn a little extra money during summer vacation. But which side hustles are best for teachers, given their well-earned need for some down time over the summer months?

We took a look at ideal summer sharing-economy jobs for teachers. To make the cut these gigs had to pay reasonably well, or allow for a lot of schedule flexibility, and be fun–or at least occasionally fun. Even teachers get to let their hair down for some summertime fun.

Here are our five favorite summertime side gigs for teachers:

Babierge (baby + concierge) connects traveling families with “Trusted Partners” at their vacation destination who rent, deliver and set up baby equipment that helps families enjoy all the comforts of home while on vacation. Think Airbnb, but for baby gear.

As a Trusted Partner you’ll load gear like portable cribs, strollers, car seats and bins full of toys into the back of your car and then deliver it to families at local hotels, vacation rentals and private homes. You select the gear you want to rent and set your own rental prices and delivery fees. Babierge builds your Web site, drives business to it and handles your rental transactions and payments. Trusted Partners earn, on average, about $1,000/month.

This is fun and rewarding work. Customers love you. Expect an occasional hug too. Best of all is to see the smiling faces on babies who are super excited to see you show up with toys. Oh happy day!

If you apply to Babierge in early June, you can have your first baby gear orders by the last day of school. Your baby gear career doesn’t need to end in September either. Teachers can rent gear year round by setting delivery hours for before or after the school day.

Rover is another fun, flexible sharing economy platform, connecting dog families with dog lovers who can make a side income as dog sitters. Think about it, boarding dogs overnight, pet sitting during the day or taking groups of playful dogs out for walks around the neighborhood–if you love dogs, it doesn’t get much better than this! You actually can get paid to play with adorable dogs.

Dog sitting can be a great side gig for teachers. While earning a little extra cash hosting dogs in your home you can still catch up on summer reading, or accomplish all the other tasks on your to-do list that were simply impossible to get to during the hectic school year. Dogs can have a calming effect on you too. We all want our teachers cool, calm and collected when that first school bell rings in September. Signing up for Rover is easy peasy. You can earn more than $1,000/month.

Some teachers might want their summer plans to keep them far from the classroom, but if you’re the kind of teacher who can’t get enough instructional time with students, online tutoring is a good work-from-home option. Teachers are great tutors, which is sort of stating the obvious.

It’s easy to get started at Tutor.com. Fill out the application and take a test to demonstrate your mastery of any of the wide-ranging subjects offered, including Physics, Calculus, Foreign Languages, Statistics, Sociology, Essay Writing and ESL. The money isn’t great, but there’s a lot of flexibility. According to Glassdoor Tutors are making somewhere between $11 and $14/hr. More challenging subjects tend to pay a little more.

Got a car sitting idle in your driveway? Flying away on a well-earned vacation? Turn your auto into extra cash by renting it out through Getaround, or any of several personal car rental services. Getaround currently offers rentals in the San Francisco Bay Area, New Jersey, Boston, D.C.,Chicago and Portland, with more locations likely to go live soon. Expect more locations soon.

Getaround uses safe and smart technology to unlock your car for the customer through a smartphone. Drivers are screened for safe driving records and have access to 24/7 roadside assistance. Renters can earn up to $10,000 year and are insured for up to $1 million. Get started by listing your car.

Teachers are skilled at more than just, well, teaching. TaskRabbit connects helpers with customers who need assistance with varying tasks like restyling a home, moving furniture, running errands or delivering items.

As part of the signup process, Taskers must undergo a background and identity check. As long as you weren’t robbing banks last year as your summer side gig, this can’t be any harder than the background checks required to be a teacher.

Meet Two Gig Economy Teachers

Joe and Debra Moreno are retired teachers earning a side income renting out baby gear on the Babierge platform in Phoenix. Like so many teachers, Debra and Joe are bright, highly motivated and incredibly empathetic to families dealing with the stress of travel. They’re naturals for a side career in the hospitality industry. They once brought a hungry family a pizza along with their baby gear! Check out their Babierge website to learn more about Joe and Debra.

Whether renting baby gear or running errands, the gig economy offers great options for teachers (and really just about anyone) to change it up, earn a summer side income, and sometimes even have a little fun.