Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared on New retirement.
Retirement doesn’t mean you’ll never work again. In fact, it can be a great opportunity to work on your own terms. Part-time work can help you improve your retirement income, keep you active, give you purpose, and be fun at the same time.
And in case you haven’t heard, there is a severe shortage of workers at the moment, so you may be able to earn the best dollar for your retirement performance.
Do you need income or other benefits?
While there are many reasons to work in addition to money, you may want to know if you need extra income to retire.
The best way to find out? Creating and maintaining a comprehensive pension plan. The New retirement planner provides easy insight into the impact of part-time work on your life’s financial prospects.
The best part-time job for retirees
Here are the top 20 part-time jobs for retirees – great ways to earn part-time work to help you retire more securely and enrich your current life.
1. Do what you’ve always done, just less
Gradually quitting your job – leaving part-time from work before full retirement – may be the best of all possible part-time retirement jobs (assuming you like work and people).
2. Turn a hobby or skill into a teaching opportunity
You’ve probably gained a lot of skills and may have mastered some hobbies that could benefit other people. When you retire, you can turn that knowledge into a money-making business.
Whether you’re playing the piano, knitting, crocheting, sewing, working with wood, baking, making beaded jewelry, or whatever, there are people who want to learn what you know.
You can run courses or workshops or accept individual clients and help more people learn your arts or crafts.
3. Become a mentor
Learning is another growing opportunity.
Do you enjoy having kids and were a pretty good student at the time? Byzantium is a platform that connects teachers with children in need. From teenagers who need support with AP statistics, to elementary school students who just have to do their homework, mentoring is a great way to make money and be among the young – to stay young at heart!
Choose face-to-face or online sessions.
4. Click Range
Golf is a cliché retirement party. However, a golf course can be a great place to work part-time. You may even play for free.
5. Focus on passive income
Passive retirement income is a source of income that you benefit from without too much effort – money just flows in.
6. Offer consulting or independent work in your industry
After years of working in the industry, you are probably filled with valuable knowledge and a lot of experience. But just because you retire doesn’t mean you have to stop working in your industry altogether.
As a new retiree, your combination of talent and a basic understanding of work can help teach new people to enter the industry. Start a consulting firm and you could still do what you love, but part-time. And if there’s work you could do from home, don’t neglect the possibility of working independently.
Almost everyone loves the idea of a vegetable garden or a beautiful landscape. But not everyone has the time to give him the attention he needs. If you have a sense of gardening, your skills are worth the money.
You don’t have to move a lawn mower or weed shears, not if you don’t want to. You can offer special services such as designing rose bushes and dead flowers or caring for and picking vegetables from the backyard garden. You can also turn this into an opportunity to teach.
Do you love nightlife? Bartending may be the right show for you.
Bartending school doesn’t take long and can help you make quick money in small hours. Reputable schools need about 40 credit hours. Some countries don’t even require a license, so if you already know your cocktails, you can choose an additional bar for work care.
Bartending can be hard work when you are standing on your feet and usually requires night hours. But often it’s a lively environment where you’ll meet a lot of people and weekend night tips could pay off.
9. Pets sit or walk
As pet owners are more attuned to the needs of their furry family members, they are less and less inclined to leave them alone all day. Raising pets is expensive and not always fun or healthy for animals. Sitting pets is a great alternative to keeping pets in a happy environment when the owners are away from home at work or on vacation.
If you don’t want to commit to sitting, walking dogs is another option for part-time work. Fifi might be able to wait for Mom and Dad to return home, but a midday walk means there’s less stress for the pet and more money in her pocket.
One of the best things about working part-time is that you have more control. You’re not committed to the typical 9 to 5 and you don’t even have to work in an office. There are many ways to turn something you love into something that comes back to you.
10. Watch the store
There are relatively many jobs in retail, especially during the holidays. If you’re a sociable person and enjoy customer service, retail can be a great way to spend some time – especially if you find a job selling products you like.
- Are you fashionable? Try it at a department store or boutique.
- A bibliophile? Ask at bookstores.
- Do you love cars? Take a look at auto parts stores.
- A sports enthusiast? See the local playground.
- An artist? Find a craft store or gallery.
11. Replacement Teach
Did you know that there is a shortage of teachers in the United States? And finding a replacement is almost impossible in many school districts – especially in a particularly good one.
Substitute teaching is not the easiest job, but it is very flexible and can be incredibly rewarding – especially if you become a regular at certain schools.
Licensing requirements vary widely from country to country and are often waived due to high demand for supporters. You can find out more at National Education Association Web page.
12. Lean towards books
If you have a financial background, you may want to look at bookkeeping or tax preparation. Small businesses often really need someone to keep their financial records.
The tax day is April 15th. January, February and March can sometimes be unhappily cold months that could allow you to spend time squeezing and preparing taxes.
H&R block (and others) offer effective tax rates.
13. Seduce yourself
If you have a car and you are a good driver, you might consider becoming a driver. New shared driving services like Uber make it easier to start earning money by using your own vehicle as a taxi service.
You can also see opportunities with local bus companies and traditional taxi and limousine services.
14. Care for the elderly
You may be retired, but you are probably still quite young and healthy.
There are many jobs caring for the elderly – especially home health care assistants.
While work can sometimes be emotionally stressful, it can also be incredibly helpful to help someone in such dire straits. You can also learn a lot if you enjoy the company of these people.
15. Try seasonal work
When you hear “part-time work,” you probably think you would work 20 hours a week or less. What about working full time three months a year?
Popular part-time jobs / seasonal retirement include: working in summer camps or ski resorts, retail during the holidays, participating in the fall harvest, hosting a camp, and more.
16. Team coach
Are you a natural leader and do you love sports? Do you want to influence people’s lives? Coaches can be some of the most helpful people in an athlete’s life.
17. Go to a show, sporting event, symphony, festival
Working as a staff at events at your local arena or concert hall is a great way to have fun and earn a few extra dollars.
Travel is the number one destination for most retirees and cruises are popular.
Have you considered getting a job on one of these ships? It can be hard work, but also fun depending on the job. Many cruisers employ people for lectures on topics, photography, teaching dance classes, working in souvenir shops, and more.
19. Set up a tent (or motorhome)
People known as workampers typically live in a motorhome while working in campsites, amusement parks and other entertainment locations. Check Workamper.com for current opportunities.
20. Start your own business
Owning and running a business can be all-encompassing, but with the right experience and discipline, you can limit your hours. And older entrepreneurs are proven to be successful.
They are here 12 ideas for starting a business after 50.
Resources for finding part-time employment upon retirement
Whether you’re working for yourself or for someone else, here are some organizations that can help you find the job or resources you need to work:
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