What: Long-term room/house rentals

Commissions & fees: $30 for a 90-day membership

Husl $core: $$$$

Where: Aurora; Arvada; Boulder; Colorado Springs; Denver; Fort Collins; Littleton and Longmont, CO; Los Angeles; Miami; Phoenix; San Diego; Tampa and in Southern California’s San Gabriel and San Fernando Valleys.


  • A spare room;
  • pass a background check; 

Review: SilverNest aims to be a combination of AirBnb and Match.com for empty-nesters, who would like to rent out a room for money or chores. Both homeowners and housemates can sign up for free. But if you want to see a message from a prospective renter, you’ll need to pay the site’s $29.99 membership, which lasts for 90 days. You are not charged again, unless you want to renew the membership. Housemates are only charged the $29.99 fee if you want a background check on them. (And, by the way, yes you do. You want to know that you can trust anyone you take into your house.) The background screen includes: National Criminal record search; County Criminal record search; Eviction History; Social Security number verification; Terror watch list search; Sex offender registry search. But it does not include a credit check. The site promises to have this feature soon. In the meantime, you should do one on your own. (Here’s a good story that runs through the steps: How to run a credit check on a renter.)

There are not a lot of other similar opportunities yet — though new side hustles crop up every day. However, you may also be interested in our blog post “Best Side Hustles for Seniors.”

What their customers say:

We were unable to find user reviews, but our editor interviewed a SilverNester for a story for CBS News here.


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