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3 post-retirement jobs to earn extra cash

3 post-retirement jobs to earn extra cash
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Retirement used to mean that you could simply kick back and relax. But now thanks to the nature of the economy and longer life spans, that's becoming an elusive dream for many retirees. Maybe you need to earn some extra cash, want to try your hand at an online job or you're just tired of sitting around and want to stay active with something profitable.

There are plenty of earning opportunities that work well for people in their retirement years. I've rounded up several that you should consider. Even if you haven't retired yet, these can be great side jobs for a stay-at-home mom, a teacher on summer break and plenty of other situations.

1. Do small tasks and odd jobs

Are you a whiz at cleaning, basic home repair, grocery shopping, building Ikea furniture, helping people move or being a personal assistant? You can do all of these, and more, as short-term jobs, meaning a few hours here and there.

You just need a way to connect with people and businesses willing to pay for the tasks to be done. TaskRabbit is one of the most popular sites for this kind of short-term work.

You sign up and go through the verification process. When users request little jobs in your area, TaskRabbit notifies you so you can offer to help and get paid. The site handles payments, so you don't have to waste time messing with invoices or chasing down clients to get paid.

Another service to check out is Gigwalk. It lets businesses hire you for short-term tasks. You might go to a store to verify changes in product prices on the shelves, or to make sure that a new marketing display has been put up at a local chain. Usually you just snap and send a picture to get paid.

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