Five ways to make more money as a caregiver

As a caregiver, it’s nice to make extra money. Clients might often ask their caregivers to perform extra tasks. It’s important as a caregiver to make sure you aren’t doing extra tasks without payment. This blog will go over extra tasks you can do for your client to make extra money. It will also go over other side jobs you could do to make extra money.

These are the tips the blog will discuss on making more money:

  1. Offer more services such as grocery shopping, errands, and laundry.
  2. Become certified in specialized areas such as dementia, Alzheimer's, and first aid
  3. Offer babysitting services for families who need extra help
  4. Offer transportation services for errands, appointments, and outings
  5. Look for higher paying jobs such as live-in or overnight care positions

Read below to find out more about these tips!


1. Offer more services, such as grocery shopping, errands, and laundry. 

Sometimes clients will ask their caregiver to do extra things. It is important caregivers don't do extra tasks for free. Clients might ask their caregivers to grocery shop, run errands, and do laundry. These services are not a part of the caregivers job description. But, caregivers can offer to do them for extra money.

Grocery shopping. This involves going to the store and picking up items. Caregivers can also help choose healthy groceries. Another thing they can offer is transportation to and from the store.

Errand running. This is another way for caregivers to make extra money. Errands can include:

  • Picking up prescriptions
  • Taking clients to doctor’s appointments
  • Doing other types of shopping

This service is useful for many elderly and disabled clients who cannot do these tasks on their own.

Laundry. This can be another source of income for caregivers. This could include washing, drying, folding, and/or ironing clothes for clients. This is not typically in a caregiver job description. This is helpful for clients who are unable to do their own laundry. If your client requests laundry and it is not in the job description, you can agree to do it for a fee.

Grocery shopping, errands, and laundry are often very useful to clients. The chores also can provide caregivers with the opportunity to make extra money.  It's important caregivers understand what is and isn't in their job description. Once they understand this, they can make sure clients pay them for any extra services like these.


2. Become certified in dementia, Alzheimer's, and first aid.

Caregivers may be able to charge more if they are certified in:

  • Dementia care
  • Alzheimer's care
  • First aid care

This is because these kinds of care need caregivers with more knowledge. It can be helpful to become certified in these areas if you want more money.

Certification in these areas can also allow caregivers to work in hospice care. This is because the training prepares them to help patients dealing with end of life issues. Hospice care often pays more than regular care. This type of work can be financially beneficial to caregivers.


3. Offer babysitting services for families who need extra help.

Babysitting can be a great way for a caregiver to make extra money. It can also be a rewarding experience to care for children. To become a babysitter, we recommend you:

  1. Make sure you are confident in your ability to care for kids
  2. Are ready to advertise your services
  3. Make sure you are professional 

It is important to make sure that you are comfortable and confident in your ability to care for children. Once you are confident you can care for children, you can begin to advertise your services. This could look like hanging a flier near a local school. You could also hang fliers around other spots in town that parents with kids may hangout.

Next it is important to make sure you are professional. Always be on time so that the families who hire you are getting the best quality of care for their children. Also make sure you keep records of each visit and any payments you receive so you stay organized. You should follow the same rules you follow in your caregiving job when babysitting.

Babysitting is a great way to make extra money as a caregiver.


4. Offer transportation services for errands, appointments, and outings. 

​​Another great way to make extra money is by driving your client. This type of service is not part of the usual job of a caregiver. Make sure this is not in your job description and then you can offer it for extra income. It is also a great way to provide an extra layer of care for those in need.

When driving clients, caregivers should keep the client’s safety in mind. This includes:

  • Making sure the car works
  • Making sure that the client wears a seatbelt
  • Making sure to follow all laws of the road
  • Making sure to follow any instructions from the client’s doctors

Other than driving, caregivers can also offer help with errands during the outing. This may include helping the client pick out items, carrying bags, and helping to load the car. By providing this extra layer of care, caregivers are able to better serve their clients. This is a great way to make extra money as a caregiver while providing a valuable service to those in need.


5. Look for higher paying jobs. These can be live-in or overnight care positions.

Looking for higher paying jobs as a caregiver can be a great way to make extra money. Live-in and overnight care positions are some of the highest paying jobs in the industry. In these jobs, you may live with your client or spend the overnight hours caring for them. This can be a great way to earn a higher income.

Live-in position description:

A person who provides care while living in their client's home. The caregiver provides help with bathing, dressing, and eating. They also provide companionship, meal preparation, and light housekeeping. Caregivers live in the house of a client. They usually live in an extra room for these types of jobs.


Overnight position description:

A person who provides care at night. They help with bathing  and medications. They also providing companionship. Overnight caregivers may also help with light housekeeping duties. They usually do not live in the home.

The benefits of both position types are:

  • Higher pay
  • Meals provided by the client
  • Free or reduced-cost housing

Both live-in and overnight caregiving are great ways to make extra money as a caregiver.



In conclusion, caregivers often might want extra ways to make money. They can do extra chores, get more certifications, babysit, drive, or do overnight caregiving. Any of these tips can help caregivers to make extra income.

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