8 Ways to Make Money While Entrenched in Caregiving

When you’re a caregiver, sometimes it means you have to scale back on gainful employment or even take it off your plate altogether. It can be hard to bring in the money you need to support yourself.

It’s no fun being broke or unemployed. But all hope is not lost.

Fortunately, thanks to all the technology we have today, there are a number of ways you can make some bank on your own terms. 

Driving

If you have a car, it can be a great asset to you while caregiving. You can drive for a number of different companies, all at the same time and setting your own hours.

1. Delivering Passengers

Ridesharing has disrupted transportation and changed the way a lot of people think about making money. If you are a people person and you have solid blocks of time in your schedule where you can drive during periods of high demand (weekend evenings and late nights, during rush hour), you could earn good money driving for Uber or Lyft.

Besides earning money driving, you can also earn money for people you refer to become drivers. 

I have driven for Uber and I always have a ball! It’s so much fun driving around the city and getting to know all of your different passengers. It’s a great way to network, actually.

UberLyft
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Sign up for Lyft using my link https://www.lyft.com/drivers/HILES71215

2. Delivering Food

If you’re not so much into spending time with people or not crazy about the idea of having a bunch of different people getting in and out of your car, delivering takeout might be a great option for you.

At any given time, people can call up food whenever they feel like it through services like Uber Eats and Postmates (my favorite). There are a number of major food delivery companies you can drive for to deliver food to hungry people and stack up your dough.

Some of the major players in the on-demand food delivery sector:

Uber Eats is a way you can drive and earn money while caregiving

Uber Eats

Sign up at https://partners.uber.com/i/p2g5v

Doordash is a way you can drive and earn money while caregiving

Doordash 

Sign up at https://doordash.com/dasher/signup/

Postmates is a way you can drive and earn money while caregiving

Postmates

Sign up at https://fleet.postmates.com/

Grubhub is a way you can drive and earn money while caregiving

Grubhub

Sign up at https://driver.grubhub.com/

3. Doing Odd Jobs 

From simple tasks like moving furniture to being a personal assistant, you can use help people who need something done and make money at the same time. 

TaskRabbit is a way you can complete odd jobs and earn money while caregiving

Task Rabbit

TaskRabbit is a site where people post all types of tasks, from simple errands to big projects.

Sign up at https://taskrabbit.com/become-a-tasker

Fiverr is a way you can complete odd jobs and earn money while caregiving

Fiverr

Fiverr is a great way to make money while checking off other people’s to-dos as well as those looking for freelancers on projects.

Sign up at https://fiverr.com/start_selling

When you can’t leave the house

If you are so entrenched in caregiving that you can’t leave the premises, there are options for making money from the comfort of your home. Consider exploring the opportunities below if you’re looking for a way to make some positive cash flow happen.

4. Becoming Certified Caregiving Specialist

Would you like to earn extra money by running your own business? Would you like to set your own work schedule which allows you the time you need to devote to your caregiving responsibilities? Would you like to support family caregivers by helping them manage their To Do lists?

If so, the Certified Caregiving Specialist™ training program at Caregiving.com may be right for you. As a CCS, you become a family caregiver’s virtual or in-person assistant. 

Learn more and sign up at https://www.caregiving.com/ccs/

5. Building a Side Hustle

If you need a gig that truly meets your needs in terms of logistics, you might consider dreaming up your own hustle. Nowadays, you can start a business you can run from home with minimal effort if you need to bring in some money. Certainly, it will require some work, but you will have the power and flexibility to set your own schedule and workload.

Before I became self-employed, a good friend of mine sent me this book as a gift. I read through it and it helped me realize I had a number of talents and skills I could monopolize on. 

I highly recommend it if you are thinking about launching a part time side gig outside of your caregiving life 

6. Becoming a Virtual Assistant

If you are a whiz with technology or you have previous office experience, becoming a virtual assistant may be a great option for you. You can sign up with a company that offers this service, or you could launch it as your own side hustle. 

Popular Sites to Sign up on:

Upwork is a way you can get freelance gigs while caregiving

Upwork

TaskRabbit is a site where people post all types of tasks, from simple errands to big projects.

Sign up at https://upwork.com/i/how-it-works/freelancer/

Fiverr is a way you can get freelance gigs while caregiving

Fiverr

Fiverr is a great way to make money while checking off other people’s to-dos as well as those looking for freelancers on projects.

Sign up at https://fiverr.com/start_selling

7. Becoming an Investor 

If you have some funds to play with, consider leveraging those dollars and playing your hand on Wall Street.

With Stash Invest, you can investing with as little as $5 and build your own custom investment, retirement, and custodial portfolios. For over a year now, I’ve been using Stash Invest to help me earn on money I put aside and save for retirement.

If you have a little know how (and even if you don’t – they have great resources to help you learn more and get started), you could make your money go to work for you.

Sign up and become an investor at https://get.stashinvest.com/rachelgeca3

Bonus: When you refer your friends, you and your friends will each get $5 when they sign up.

Extra Bonus: You can also share a gift link with friends and family to ask for the best gift of all—cash to invest for a better future!

8. Signing up on Rewards Sites: Not Money but just as Good

Rewards sites are a simple way of getting gift cards and even actual cash that you can then use to buy the things you need.

Granted, they are not going to provide all the money you need to live on, but they can help you with affording the little extras.

Rewards sites might be great for you if you have chunks of time where you’re sitting around waiting or doing nothing. You could be:

  1. watching videos
  2. filling out surveys
  3. clicking on emails in your inbox
  4. earning points/money on purchases you’d be already making anyway.

Here are some of the most popular rewards sites:

MyPoints

Swagbucks

InboxDollars

Mypoints is my favorite. I’ve been with them for over 10 years and earned over 68,000 points doing very little. That amounts to 43 $15 Amazon gift cards or 10 $50 CVS giftcards… anyway you stack it, I think it’s a great deal for the energy that went into it.

Here’s a link to a great smackdown on rewards sites that lists even MORE sites you can earn on: https://www.thepennyhoarder.com/make-money/the-best-survey-sites-to-make-extra-money/

What have you done to earn a living or make extra cash while caregiving?
I’d love to hear your experience. Share it in the comments below 👇👇👇

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