Companion caregiving offers the flexibility gig workers need with an added bonus: a sense of accomplishment.
If you’re searching for flexible part-time work, consider companion caregiving. Without a doubt, it’s the best gig job you’ve never heard of.
What’s the gig? In a word, companionship. You’ll offer companionship and support to older adults, seniors and families in their homes. For people who love helping others, it’s a great role.
The Best Gig Job You’ve Never Heard Of: Being a Papa Pal
At Papa, companion caregivers are Papa Pals. They support Papa Members in communities across the country.
Papa Pals choose the type of support they provide and set their own hours. They offer help with:
- light housekeeping
- errands and groceries
- transportation to and from appointments
- walks around the neighborhood
- company, conversation and friendship
- and much more
As a Papa Pal, you can work when it’s convenient for you. Shifts are usually 2 to 4 hours, and you can work as often as you want and take a break when you want.
You’ll select shifts, or visits, that include the tasks and activities you prefer. In some cases, your visit will be all about companionship: checking in with someone and enjoying each other’s conversation. At other visits, your focus could be tidying up the house.
The hourly pay range varies by location and is between $13 and $16 an hour. You can also earn bonuses and incentives. Papa pays for your commute mileage to and from visits as well. If you'd like to provide transportation to Papa Members in your car, Papa pays for that mileage too.
Gig Work for Big Hearted People
No two Papa Pals are the same, but all are big hearted people.
The most successful Papa Pals are kind, friendly, reliable and empathetic people. They often have family caregiving experience like raising kids, helping siblings, caring for older parents, and supporting spouses.
Some Papa Pals are stay-at-home parents who want to work during school hours, while others are retired folks who want to earn extra income. Papa Pals are military spouses and grad students, too. Some have other gig work experience, including Uber Eats, Shipt, Instacart, DoorDash and Lyft.
But there’s a big difference between companion caregiving and other types of gig work. Being a Papa Pal has the flexibility gig workers want in a part-time role, but it offers something very different.
When you're a Papa Pal, you have the opportunity to use your life experience to help others. It goes without saying that there’s nothing better than the sense of accomplishment you get when you help someone.
Jobs in Small Towns and Rural Areas
Companion caregiving is also one of the few gig jobs with openings in smaller cities, towns and rural areas. For example, there are plenty of opportunities to start working as a Papa Pal in communities like Grand Traverse in Michigan, Clallum County on Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula, Sumter County and The Villages in Florida, Greater Freeport in Illinois, and Bristol in Rhode Island.
Because Papa pays for your commute mileage to and from visits, you’re covered if your visit is more than a couple of miles away. It makes being a gig worker in a rural area more convenient.
On the Move: Take Your Gig With You
One of the hidden benefits of working as a Papa Pal is that you can work in communities across the country. If you move, you don’t have to find a new gig in your new town.
Let’s say you’re relocating from Bangor, Michigan to Elizabethton, Tennessee. You can "move" your job with you. Simply update your location and start booking visits in your new location.
Incentives, Bonuses and Referrals
There are many plusses of being a Papa Pal, including the incentive, bonus and referral programs. For example, when bonuses apply, you could earn up to $25 an hour. There are always new opportunities to keep earning, so when you’re approved and do your first visit, be sure to keep checking for the latest ways to boost your income.
Work In the Heart of Your Neighborhood
Papa Pals have the satisfaction of knowing that their work helps others in their communities and neighborhoods. It’s the key difference between companion caregiving and all other types of gig work.
Ready to start earning and make a positive difference in your community?
If you’re looking for a flexible and fulfilling gig, it’s time to check out companion caregiving, the best gig job you’ve never heard of. Apply here.