How to make more money: 10 tips for CNA & Caregivers

How to make more money: 10 tips for CNA & Caregivers

Ama Adepa Gryn
Ama Adepa Gryn
Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

If you're anything like me, you might log into your bank account and wish that a good Samaritan had deposited a surprise million dollars for you. After all, most of us could benefit from some extra cash. Although a very charitable person is not likely to give us that much money anytime soon, we are fortunate to be living in a thriving gig economy where making money is (sometimes) as easy as downloading an app.

My name is Ama. I've been a certified nursing assistant for 6 years. All of the strategies listed below are actively used by CNA and caregivers in my social network. They know how to make more money by mixing and matching the strategies below. Have you found a great way to make more money as a CNA that isn't listed below? Contact us and let us know!

Wondering how to make more money? Check out these 10 simple steps:

#1. Work for multiple companies and get more hours

As a CNA or caregiver, getting more hours is often a priority. You can find flexible jobs at home care agencies, staffing agencies, or at facilities looking for PRN employees. If your career has been in-home care, you can make extra money as a part-time worker for an assisted living facility. Get the most hours with more than one job. Also, consider an additional job outside of caregiving. Some CNA work as retail or warehouse workers. Others work in restaurants to get extra hours. Even Amazon and Target have agreed to pay at least $15 per hour to their employees.

#2. If you’re a licensed CNA, GNA, or LPN, become a traveler

Becoming a travel CNA is easier than you think. Travel staffing agencies help facilities all over the US (and beyond) to find nursing assistants, practical nurses, and registered nurses who are willing to move and temporarily cover shifts for various amounts of time. It may be a few weeks or a few months. They usually pay a higher hourly rate. They may help you to figure out how to get your license in your new state. Some even help you to find housing and cover your travel expenses. Many recruit on Facebook. Just search "travel CNA" in Facebook groups and reach out to recruiters.

#3. Ask clients to refer you to their friends and family members

Many of our private clients are willing to refer us to their friends who also need help at home. Just ask. For example, you could consider babysitting the children and grandchildren of clients and friends. There are some online websites that make it easy to find babysitting gigs. Or they may have friends who are seniors who need some extra help with their activities of daily living.


Caregivers make more money with shorter shifts

#4. Consider accepting shorter shifts from home care agencies

Short shifts may sound like a bad idea at first. Perhaps you are worried that it contradicts common sense approaches to making more money as a CNA. That’s often not true. There are hiring companies that pay a higher hourly rate for short hours. A local Maryland home care agency pays double the hourly rate to caregivers who accept 2-hour shifts. This can help you to increase the amount of money that you make, faster.

#5. Move to a state where CNA and caregivers make more money

Certified nursing assistants (CNA) make a median annual salary of $28,540, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (May 2018). CNA who worked for the government or in hospitals made more money than those working in other settings. CNA in the highest 10% of earners actually made more than $39,560 yearly. The highest hourly rates for CNA are Alaska, New York, Hawaii, California, and Nevada. The most commonly reported hourly rate for CNA in Alaska was $19.15. Any interest in moving to Alaska? Hawaii?

#6. How to make more money with your home

Do you have an extra room? If you live alone, with roommates, or with your family, you may be able to offer that extra room to others for money. The easiest approach is to find a roommate. Instead of living alone and footing all the bills, if you have an extra bedroom you could rent it out and make some money. There are also options to earn money as an Airbnb host if you have extra space. This, however, will not work for everyone considering that some may not have an extra room, may have family or prefer to live alone.

#7. Use online apps to find private clients

Neighborhood apps like NextDoor are a fast way to advertise services and stay informed about events in the neighborhood. Members can post ads and ask for recommendations for the best vendors. Other members can reply if they are interested. There are also companies like CareLinx that help you to find families who are looking for caregiving support without a home care agency. By working as a private duty caregiver, you can set your own pay rate. It involves more responsibility, however, because you have to keep track of your income tax obligations and find your own insurance. These options make it possible to find opportunities and let people know about your caregiving services within a given geographic area.

CNA making money as a Lyft driver

#8. Drive for a rideshare company

Ridesharing apps like Uber, Lyft, and Via are bigger than ever in some parts of the country. Their growth is due, in part, to the many drivers who want to make some extra cash that isn’t tied to a rigid schedule. The flexibility of these jobs is a very attractive perk. There are catches, however, since some of these companies require you to have a late-model car that is in good shape. Some allow you to rent a car to drive for them, but you’ll need to drive a lot of hours to make enough to pay for the rental and still have money left over. They check your driving record and background. One nice feature of these rideshare opportunities is that the miles you drive are tax-deductible. There are some companies (e.g. Turo) that let rent out your car to make extra money when you're not using it.

#9. Drive (or bike) for a food or package delivery service

Similar to the explosion of the ridesharing business is food delivery. Companies like Postmates, DoorDash, InstaCart, Shipt, and even Amazon pay their drivers to pick up packages and deliver them to their hungry customers. In general, earnings are based on the number of orders delivered and also the distance traveled. Although tipping is not mandatory, many customers do give tips. If you’d like to become a driver, the sign-up process can be fast.

#10. Market your side hustle (e.g. caterer, selling makeup or jewelry, hairstylist, photographer)

Caterers, hairstylists, beauticians, and photographers are all making extra income on the side. Others sell makeup (e.g. Mary Kay, Younique), candles (e.g. Scentsy), jewelry and more. There are so many businesses that you can run on the side. Some CNAs even run a daycare business, while doing PRN work on the side. Regardless of your side hustle, you can use social media to grow your business. Consider marketing their talents on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and more. Social media can be a very useful tool for this purpose. Are you a cosmetologist on the side? Do you make crafts that you can sell on Etsy? If you’re not excited about using social media, some of the caregivers in our network market their skills by word-of-mouth. For example, one caregiver in our network markets her make-up and cosmetology skills by word-of-mouth. Another is a bridal hairstylist who distributes flyers and business cards at apartment complexes and bus stops.

How to make more money: a bonus option

CaregiverJobsNow is growing its caregiver network so that more caregivers are applying to jobs on our job board. One really easy way to make more money is to refer your CNA and Caregiver friends to the network. If you refer someone who completes and publishes a full profile and applies for a job, you’ll get one credit per person. When you’ve successfully referred at least 25 people, the company will send you $25. Contact us to learn more!

For more details on each of the companies mentioned here, please go their links to get more information and details about their requirements. Neither I nor CaregiverJobsNow is affiliated with or endorse any of the companies described above except for CaregiverJobsNow. To apply for jobs, visit listings of caregiver jobs from hiring companies all across the US.

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Ama Adepa Gryn

Ama Adepa Gryn is a CNA graduate of the Fomen Nursing Assistant Academy, a full-time college student studying at Montgomery College, and has expertise in both personal financial management and caregiver recruiting.

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