For a myriad of reasons, many seniors and retirees stay in or jump back into the world of work. Money Talks News reports that nearly a quarter of those 65 and over will be working by 2028.
Reasons for this are boredom and loneliness, saving up for large expenses, paying off debts or simply needing money.
As “8 Signs It’s Time for You to Retire,” explains, a job also has value for retirees who lose social connections, settle down, or have a great business idea.
But many older workers don’t want more than 40 hours a week and are looking for part-time work.
Here are some of the best part-time options for seniors.
1. Private lessons
Many retirees and seniors have learned and trained in their field for decades, and they are in a great position to share that knowledge and get paid to do it.
Tutor.com, Flexjobs, ASAP Tutor, and Kaplan.com are some websites where you can find part-time tutoring sites that may be open to you depending on your level of experience and education.
2. Uber or Lyft drivers
Driving is a good part-time appearance for retirees who can set their own timetables and have more flexibility during the day than the average 9-5 year old.
When rideshare blogger Harry “The Rideshare Guy” Campbell surveyed reader drivers in 2019, 43% of Uber and Lyft drivers said they were over 61 and 10% were over 71.
Seniors and retirees who are seasoned accountants might be drawn to this profession, which has many short-term assignments for a variety of employers across the country.
According to the AARP, accounting jobs are very popular part-time jobs. Check FlexJobs for accountant positions that suit you.
4. Dog walks, pet care
Pooch care company Rover gives reasons why dog walking is especially good for the 50-and-up set:
- Flexible planning
- Extra income
- Control of your business
See if you have what it takes to be Fido-friendly with these statewide businesses: Rover, Wag, and Barkly Pets. At Care.com you can sign up not only for looking after pets, but also for elderly care, housekeeping and child care.
The “4 Ways To Make Money With Your Car” article provides ideas for seniors and retirees who have flexibility in the hours they can work each day.
Postmates and Shipt are two companies that seniors and retirees may consider looking for part-time delivery appearances. FlexJobs has other types of driver and delivery jobs – even pharmacy deliveries.
If you don’t like driving people around for Uber, you might prefer driving food for Uber Eats. It is one of several companies that hire drivers to deliver groceries. Instacart, a grocery shopping and delivery service, is another.
Older residents can use their long-standing knowledge of their city to help hotel guests find good restaurants, family attractions, and other activities.
Seniors and retirees can also find concierge jobs at resorts in high-demand areas such as Florida and Arizona, where snowbirds flock during the colder months. FlexJobs listed part-time and seasonal concierge jobs when reviewing.
7. Vacation jobs
Holidays bring long lines of shoppers, changing rooms with tried-on clothes, and a lot of inventory work.
Cashiers, sales reps, and customer service reps tend to be in high demand at retailers during winter shopping in the hectic weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
This is a great option for retirees looking for part-time work and year-end cash. Retail giants like Amazon, Kohl’s, Michael’s and Target are among the stores that traditionally hire a lot of new employees for their vacation rush. These tips will help you with the hiring process.
This part-time presence, where companies are competently advised, is one of the most lucrative part-time jobs for senior citizens and retirees and enables them to make use of their decades of experience.
You don’t need an Ivy League MBA to become a consultant. If you have a wealth of knowledge and training in your field, there may be a company willing to pay for it.
Consulting appearances are one of the hot jobs that can be done from home, we report. Two companies that show potential consultants the first steps or offer training are Udemy and Learn How to Become.
9. National Park Service Jobs
The National Park Service offers a variety of seasonal vacancies, including positions as a ranger or park guide for a few months each year.
Aramark, which operates resorts, recreational activities, and lodges in several state and national parks and scenic destinations in the United States, has many options for those looking for seasonal and part-time jobs.
Another option for older workers is to host them at a campsite. Seniors and retirees can interact with the camping crowd, enjoy nature, and be compensated for it.
10. Sports coach
We are a country full of athletes of all shapes and sizes in every imaginable sport, and many seniors share their athletic passions by working with children in schools, community centers, and youth sports organizations.
It’s a great gig for seniors and retirees who can train seasonally: football in the fall, baseball in the spring, for example.
Sites like Gray Fox, ElderChicks, Senior Planet, and The Senior Nomads have created the prejudice that seniors are not tech-savvy.
If you have a flair for words, visual creativity, and lots of great stories and ideas, consider starting a blog or video blog (also known as a “vlog”).
Blogging Basics 101 and Pro Blogger offer tips and tricks to get you started.
12. Mentor / coach
Many young entrepreneurs and professionals have a lot of energy, ambition and ideas but need an experienced person who will make all of this a success and help them avoid costly pitfalls.
Retirees and seniors who have built their own businesses can become professional trainers. Or volunteer to help young entrepreneurs find the right path.
13. Personal assistant
These professionals take care of the routine so their managers can focus on high-level projects without getting bogged down. Tasks include sending back emails, checking calls, running errands, and scheduling appointments.
This can be a desirable job for seniors and retirees that offers flexible hours and decent wages without stressful responsibilities.
14. Translator or interpreter
In our increasingly multilingual world, translators and interpreters are needed in all sorts of places more than ever, including government offices, social services and customer service centers.
Bilingual and multilingual seniors and retirees seeking certification can choose from a variety of options.
15. Substitute classes
Older and retired teachers can bring a lifetime of experience, knowledge and training to the classroom as a substitute. They know how to deal with a room full of curious, energetic, and sometimes moody children, who are often very interested in the new adult in the room.
Depending on the state you live in, you may need a teaching license or a replacement teaching license, according to the National Education Association in this state-to-state summary. It is likely that you will need a bachelor’s degree.
16. Security guard
In your younger years you may have been a police officer or have had police experience in the military.
These are great backgrounds if you want to make a little extra cash as a security guard. These jobs aren’t necessarily in a mall or bank. Industries that use security include:
- Health care
- Condominium management
The Security Force Training Headquarters is a place where you can find out about training and employment opportunities across the country.
17. Marshal or Ranger golf course
After spending lots of time on golf courses over the years, seniors and retirees might enjoy the idea of giving back to the sport and making some money from it.
Golf course marshals keep fans quiet for the players’ shots, look for stray balls, help the spectators, and generally keep things going smoothly across the course.
Look for Marshal or Ranger jobs on the golf course with Indeed and ZipRecruiter.
18. Tax Advisor
Thanks to the seasonal nature of the tax season – roughly December through tax day – this is a great job for retirees. You can enjoy the summer months and early fall with family and vacation, and then be indoors during the darker time of year when it is the best option anyway to make some extra cash.
Learn about your tax breaks by training to become an IRS Volunteer who provides free tax assistance to qualified taxpayers
Or, take part in one of the many tax accountant training programs across the country.
19. Librarian assistant or assistant
You love books and you love helping people. What better place to work than a library? Tasks include putting books down, sending overdue notices, entering data, and assisting users with all kinds of library inquiries.
Working in the library provides a quiet, air-conditioned environment with plenty of learning.
Wear a smile, greet customers, get paid.
It’s a decent gig for older workers who can’t or don’t want to perform physically demanding tasks in large stores, restaurants, and hotels. Of course, an open-minded personality is absolutely necessary to wear a happy face for hours.
Look for vacancies on job boards like Indeed, CareerBuilder, and ZipRecruiter.
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