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Side Gigs for Caregivers That Bring Income and Combat Burnout

Side Gigs for Caregivers That Bring Income and Combat Burnout

Side Gigs for Caregivers That Bring Income and Combat Burnout. Being a senior caregiver is a highly fulfilling and rewarding job. However, many caregivers continue to face financial challenges along with the risk of job burnout. With the increasing cost of living, having a side gig is a great way to earn extra income while having an opportunity to refocus your attention so that you can return to your core position refreshed and invigorated.

Today, the podcast Fading Memories shares information on great part-time jobs for caregivers that can help supplement your income and reduce job burnout. 

Best Side Gigs For Senior Caregivers


E-commerce presents a fantastic opportunity to bring in extra income by tapping into the ever-growing online market. To maximize your potential in this competitive landscape, developing a unique and compelling brand promise that resonates with your target audience is crucial. The importance of a brand promise cannot be overstated, as it helps differentiate your business from competitors and establishes a clear value proposition for potential customers. By crafting a consistent, authentic, and meaningful brand promise, you can build trust, foster loyalty, and create a strong foundation for your e-commerce venture, ultimately boosting your chances of success and generating additional revenue.

Dog Walking

Love dogs? Consider starting your own dog-walking business or working for an agency specializing in pet care. Care.com explains that you can make anywhere between $10.75 and $17.50 per hour simply strolling through the park with other people’s pets.

Virtual Assistant

You can work from home as a virtual assistant to help businesses drive growth. Virtual assistants wear many hats, including marketing, customer service, and even accounting. As a virtual assistant, you’ll be a freelancer and can set your own rates.

Other Benefits

In addition to boosting your income, there are plenty of other benefits of working aside from gigs. The first is flexibility. Many part-time jobs (or even part-time entrepreneurship) are highly flexible. This means that you can work your full-time job without interruption and focus on your side gig when you have time and energy. Further, and perhaps most importantly, having control over your workplace, creating a clear job description for yourself, and creating new opportunities for socialization can address some of the causes of job burnout, as listed by the Workplaces blog

Finding Work

If you choose ecommerce, you’ll become a self-employed entrepreneur, and you have to learn to master social media and online content marketing to find customers. Otherwise, you can still use social media to help fill your free hours. Create a page that showcases your services, and don’t be shy about sharing it.

Legal Considerations

If you are just working part-time, there aren’t many legal considerations to factor into your decision. However, if you choose to own an e-commerce shop or work as a contract freelancer, you must remember that you’ll be taxed at a different rate when performing these duties. You might also consider that you’ll need to create a formal business structure, like a sole proprietorship or LLC. 


You already know that you can utilize social media in your marketing endeavors. However, don’t count out business cards, flyers, and good old-fashioned networking events. As a self-employed individual, you have to get comfortable selling yourself and your services so that you can succeed in your part-time profession.

Ultimately, having a part-time job is a great option for senior caregivers. Whether you choose to become a self-employed e-commerce professional or simply exercise with other people’s pets, you have many opportunities available. To get started, first, decide what you want to do, and remember that the point is to supplement your income while reducing burnout. If your part-time career doesn’t help with both of these areas, there’s nothing wrong with making another change until you find exactly what you’ve been looking for.

To learn more about how to navigate caring for your loved one with memory loss, listen to the podcast Fading Memories today!

Fading Memories was created to support family caregivers in a simple, on-demand form. When I was looking for advice on caring for my Mom, I needed this podcast. Since it didn’t exist, I created what I needed!
Jen – pod host

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