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Five work-from-home opportunities for SA pensioners

Posted By Marilynh / July 22, 2019 / 7 Comments

Now, I’m retired..  Now, what..? 

Never fear, South  African seniorpreneurs are on the rise,
and be it by choice or necessity,
seniors are utilising their amassed wisdom, experience, initiative, skills and knowledge in order to make a living and supplement their pension. 

You are only limited by your imagination.


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Here are five work-from-home jobs for you to consider: 


Rent out your space and run an AirBnB, a B&B or guesthouse

If you have extra rooms in your home, why not put them to use and rent them out.  You can earn extra cash by hosting people from around South Africa or from abroad on a per night, daily or monthly basis.  Airbnb reports that seniors (hosts and guests aged 60 and older) have been a growing and integral part of the Airbnb community for some time now. The senior hosts are earning important extra income, and continuing to be the most popular host/guest age group. Senior guests are travelling beyond traditional tourist districts and like to experience local, authentic neighbourhoods.

If you have an empty garage or driveway, you could even rent space to neighbours – people are often looking for places to park their cars securely behind gates and off the main drag.  Do you have an outside room or garage that you could let as storage space?


Start a Rent-A-Gran/Grandpa service

Let your imagination go wild.  This could include a myriad of opportunities – from babysitting, childminding, housesitting to pet sitting or dog walking.  You could assist young parents with children – do au pair work, after school care, tutoring, transport services.  You could assist the elderly or those in need through caregiving, assisting with hospital visits or shopping, being a companion, offering cooked meals, handyman work, home décor etc


Become a Pet-staycation host 

Are you a pet-lover?  Here’s a perfect way to enjoy the companionship of pets without owning them! The trend is becoming more and more for pet owners to leave their beloved pets either at home with a house-sitter or at a pet boarding hotel.  Host as many pets as you can manage while their owners take off during school holidays or on their annual holiday.


Start your own At-Home-Chef business

If you are a keen baker or cook, you will be surprised at how much demand you are in.  The majority of parents with children at school now work and just don’t have the time, the energy or the inclination to cook a family meal when they get home.  Life is a rush, so to have on-tap meals is a joy!  Make up a menu of your specialities, check out your costs, get the idea out there and watch the orders rolling in.  Hopefully you will start to enjoy cooking again, when you see the appreciation from others. 


Selling your crafts

If you have a particular passion in the arts and crafts world, consider selling your wares at craft fairs, markets in your area or check out the sites Hello Pretty or The Online Craft Market.  Budding photographers can check out stock sites like Shutterstock to find out how they can sell their high-quality images and videos.  You could even become an online store owner!  Set up a virtual store selling your crafts, or even refurbished electronics, antiques or collectables. 


And once you have decided what route you are going to follow,
you need to have some kind of online presence,
albeit a one-page website and/or Facebook page. 

And if this sends you skittering off into the moonlight,
again never fear,
YEI Digital is here to help you –




Relevant articles:

Rent a room and supplement your pension

Don’t put baby boomers out to pasture!

The unique challenges of senior entrepreneurship



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  • Lin & Winny Singmin
    July 25, 2019 at 10:52 am

    Dear Sir/Madam,
    This is the best by far exciting edition of the YE! For us Seniors the Pastures is still “Green” and you’ve shown
    us Baby Boomers that there’s a lot in life for us to be able to achieve and accomplish.
    Encouragement and motivation is your true forte of an excellent News Letter aimed at the very people who needs these articles.
    Thumbs Up to you all.

    • Marilynh
      July 27, 2019 at 11:38 am

      What a lovely compliment for the YEI team – thank you SO much, Lin & Winny. Most appreciated!

      Warm regards
      The YEI Team

  • Barbara Monsson
    July 28, 2019 at 8:29 am

    Tks for such interesting content…

  • P Gebhard
    October 11, 2019 at 10:15 pm

    Thank you so much for the tickets to the Peppa Pig Show on 20 September. I enjoyed it as much as the children!

    • Marilynh
      October 13, 2019 at 12:07 pm

      Thanks for the feedback, Pam!

      Glad you enjoyed the show!

      Regards, YEI

  • Peter Nupen
    October 14, 2019 at 8:59 am

    Please can you let me know what route to follow to become listed as ” Rent a Gran/Grandpa “. Your article is very encouraging but does not give any information as thow to proceed in gettint one’s name out there.
    Peter Nupen

    • Marilynh
      October 14, 2019 at 4:15 pm

      Dear Peter

      Thank you for your enquiry. YEI’s article “Five work-from-home opportunities…” are ideas that YEI is putting out there for SA senior entrepreneurs to consider. We regularly receive enquiries from pensioners as to what they can do to supplement their pension and we are kick starting the thought process with ideas. Hope that helps.

      There actually is a website called Grans for Hire, but this is situated in Empangeni.

      Regards, YEI

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