Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared on NewRetirement.
Retirement doesn’t have to mean you’ll never go back to work. In fact, it could be a great opportunity to work on your own terms. Working part-time can help you improve your retirement income, keep you active, give you meaning, and be fun at the same time.
And in case you haven’t heard, there is a massive labor shortage right now so you may be able to get the highest cash for your part-time retirement.
Do you need the income or other benefits?
While there are many reasons to work beyond money, you may want to know if you need extra retirement income.
The best way to find out? Creation and maintenance of a comprehensive pension plan. The NewRetirement Planner makes it easy to see the impact of part-time work on your financial prospects for life.
The best part-time jobs for retirees
Here are 20 of the best part-time jobs for retirees – great ways to earn a part-time income to give you a safer retirement and to enrich your current life as well.
1. Do what you’ve always done, just less of it
Leaving your job – working part-time before you fully retire – can be the best of all possible pre-retirement part-time jobs (assuming you like the work and the people).
2. Turn a hobby or skill into an educational opportunity
You have likely acquired many skills and perhaps mastered some hobbies that others could benefit from. When you retire, you can turn that knowledge into a money-making business.
If you play the piano, knit, crochet, sew, work with wood, bake, make pearl jewelry or much more, there are people who want to learn your knowledge.
You can hold classes or workshops, or take on individual clients and help more people learn your art or craft.
3. Become a tutor
Tutoring is another growing opportunity.
Do you like kids and were you a pretty good student before? Wyzant is a platform that connects tutors with children in need of help. From teenagers in need of help with AP stats to elementary school kids just doing their homework, tutoring is a great way to make money and be around the young – so you can stay young at heart!
Choose whether you want to offer in-person or online sessions.
4. Meet the range
Golf is the clichéd pastime in retirement. However, the golf field can be a great place to find a part-time retired job. You can even play for free.
5. Focus on residual income
Passive income for retirement is a source of income that you can benefit from with little effort – the money just flows in.
Here are over 12 ideas on how you can create residual income for retirement or some other financial goal.
6. Offer advice or freelance work in your industry
After many years in an industry, you probably have valuable knowledge and experience. But just because you’re retiring 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 the job can help teach new people entering the industry. Start a consulting company and you can still do what you love, but with part time. And when there is work that could be done from home, the possibility of freelance work should not be neglected.
Almost everyone loves the idea of a vegetable garden or beautiful landscaping. But not everyone has the time to give them the attention they need. If you have a knack for horticulture, your skills are worth money.
You don’t have to push a lawn mower or weed trimmer around, even if you don’t want to. They can offer special services such as B. Shaping rose bushes and cutting flowers or tending and harvesting vegetables from a backyard garden. You can also turn this into a teaching opportunity.
Do you love the night life? Bartender might be the one for you.
Bartending school doesn’t take long and can help you make money quickly in small hours. Renowned schools take approximately 40 credit hours. Some states don’t even require a license. So if you are already familiar with cocktails, you can take extra bar work.
Working as a bartender can be a tough job, and usually involves night hours. But it’s often a bustling environment, where you will meet a lot of people, and the weekend night-out tips might be worthwhile.
9. Sitting or walking with pets
As pet owners become more attuned to the needs of their furry family members, more of them are less likely to leave them alone all day. Forcing pets is expensive and not always fun or healthy for the animals. Pet care is a great alternative for keeping pets in a happy environment when the owners are at work or on vacation.
If you don’t want to commit yourself to sitting, dogwalking is another part-time option. Fifi may be able to wait for mom and dad to get home, but a lunchtime walk means less stress for the pet and more money in your pocket.
One of the best things about part-time work is that you have more control. You’re not committed to the typical 9-to-5 and don’t even have to work in an office. There are many ways in which you can turn something you love into something that pays you back.
10. Pay attention to the shop
Retail jobs are relatively numerous, especially during the holidays. If you’re a social person and enjoy customer service, retail stores can be a wonderful way to spend some time – especially if you can find a job selling products that you love.
- Are you a fashionista Try a department store or a boutique.
- A bibliophile? Inquire at bookstores.
- Love cars? Check out auto parts stores.
- A sports fan? Check out the local ballpark.
- An artist? Find a craft store or gallery.
11. Replacement gauge
Did you know that there is a teacher shortage in the US? And in many school districts – especially in a particularly good one – it is almost impossible to find a replacement.
Substitute teaching isn’t the easiest job, but it’s highly flexible and can be incredibly rewarding – especially if you become a regular at certain schools.
The license requirements are very different depending on the federal state and are often dispensed with due to the high demand for submarines. For more information, see the National Education Association website.
12. Take care of the books
If you have a financial background, you might want to get into bookkeeping or tax preparation. Small businesses often have a real need for someone to manage their financial accounting.
The tax day is April 15th. And January, February, and March can be miserably cold months at times, allowing you to spend time preparing taxes.
H&R Block (and others) offer efficient tax preparation courses.
13. Take a ride
If you own a car and you are a good driver, you may want to consider becoming a driver. New ridesharing services such as Uber make it easy to earn money with your own vehicle as a taxi service.
You can also check for 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 in elderly care – especially home nursing.
While the work can be emotionally demanding at times, helping someone in such dire need can also be incredibly rewarding. You can also learn a lot from enjoying the company of these people.
15. Try seasonal work
When you hear “part-time” you are probably thinking of working 20 hours a week or less. But what about full-time employment for three months a year?
Popular part-time / seasonal retirement jobs include: working in summer camps or ski resorts, retailing during the holidays, participating in autumn harvesting activities, hosting at a campsite, and more.
16. Coach a team
Are you a natural leader and do you enjoy 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 play, a sporting event, a symphony, a festival
Working as an event staff at your local arena or concert hall is a great way to have fun and make a few extra dollars.
Travel is the # 1 destination for most retirees and cruises are popular.
Have you ever considered getting a job on one of these ships? It can be hard work, but depending on the job, it can also be fun. Many cruise lines employ staff who give lectures on topics, take photos, teach dance classes, work in souvenir shops, and much more.
19. Put up a tent (or mobile home)
People known as workamper usually live in an RV while working in campsites, amusement parks, and other fun places. Visit Workamper.com for the latest 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 the successful ones.
Here are 12 ideas for starting a business after 50.
Resources for Finding Part-Time Work in Retirement
Whether you want to work for yourself or someone else, here are some organizations that can help you find a job or the resources you need to do the job:
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