Just because you’re retired, doesn’t mean that you are completely out of commission! Tons of part time job opportunities exist for those who are finished with full-time work but still have a lot to offer to their communities. In addition, because many retirees do not need access to health benefits which are needed for other groups, this may make retirees a more attractive hiring option. Whether you find that you have additional need for income, you miss the people you work with, or you simply want to be part of your community, finding part time work as a retiree can offer you many options.
1) Tour Guide
If you’re looking to meet new people and earn some extra spending money at the same time, consider acting as a tour guide for your local area at a museum, historical site, park, or other areas of interest near you. If you’ve lived in your area for a number of years, it might be fun to share your knowledge and insight with others who are interested in learning. Local, state, and even national tourist sites near you may be looking for someone who is excited about sharing their interest while having the patience to show others around and answer questions. Visitors to sites may vary in age, depending on the locale, and a retiree with a friendly personality may be just the person a local place of interest needs to make it much more interesting. Pay and hours vary depending on the locale, but the first step is to go to your favorite tourism places to inquire about whether there is a need. And if they don’t have tour guides? Find out if they would like to start with you!
Many small businesses only need access to part-time bookkeeping services and they pay fairly well for an experienced person to do this. Although the idea of number crunching might not be riveting, it is usually rather straight forward and only requires a minimal amount of computer knowledge in order to input the appropriate numbers. Many of these types of jobs may not be listed publicly, but try asking around within your local small business network (hairdresser, diner, mechanic, etc.) to see if they are aware of anyone in need of a trustworthy, mature person to keep track of their books and accounts. The number of these jobs is expected to grow in the next five years, so it’s certainly worth looking around to see what might be available in your community. If you feel the need to brush up on your skills, check out a short class at your local community college to make sure that you are refreshed and ready to go.
3) Retail Jobs
While this type of job does often require quite a bit of stamina since there may be many hours spent on your feet, retail jobs are often quite available and are fairly easy to qualify for. The pay is on the lower end of the spectrum, but the flexibility in hours can definitely be a benefit. Also, this type of job is often low pressure so there’s no concern about taking your work home with you. Since many students are interested in working weekend and evening hours, many daytime shifts may still be available for retirees who have availability, especially in the early mornings when no one else seems to want to work. Head into your favorite retail store and ask if they might have any positions suitable for you. It’s likely that your friendly face is just what they are looking for.
4) Project Consultant
Rather than going all out to hire a full time consultant for their teams, many companies would rather hire consultants who can work on a project-by-project basis. And retirees are the perfect people to do this! The pay can be extremely good for those with a great deal of experience, and the projects are on a short term basis so the commitment is low—sometimes a few weeks or a few months at a time. Then, once a project is finished, you can easily plan to take time off and head out on a vacation or plan time to travel. These types of jobs are often found through word of mouth networking, so be sure to stay in touch with alumni associations and former colleagues in order to stay connected.
5) Event Planner
If you have often been referred to by friends and family as an excellent hostess or host, if you’re the one everyone turns to when they need advice on planning a wedding or event, then maybe it’s time you started getting paid for your skills. If you haven’t been an event coordinator as a job before, get your foot in the door by offering to plan a wedding, birthday party, or some other important catered event for free, just to create references (and to make sure you like the business end of it!). Then, begin to market yourself through friends, family, former colleagues, or other connections to begin marketing your skills. The pay may start out fairly low, but it can grow heftily as your work will begin to speak for itself to the many people gathered at the parties you organize.
6) Personal Care or Home Care Aide
Just because you are retired does not mean that you are old! Many elderly people need companions to help them around the house in a variety of ways and you may just be the perfect person to do so. Everyday activities which need help include running errands, getting dressed, light housekeeping, monitoring medication, helping to read mail or pay bills, and light meal preparation. The hours required are often small, and some need them only a day or two a week and while the pay is not enormous, it is usually decent and you’ll be helping someone in need. Because there is a lot of turnover in such jobs, the openings are plentiful—even more so if you can get certifications. Do be warned that some jobs require heavy lifting so be sure to ask a lot of questions before taking on a position if you have limitations to your physical capabilities.
7) Handyman/Hardware Store Worker
One thing about young people today is that they haven’t necessarily been taught the typical skills they need to perform basic maintenance on their homes. If you have some basic fix-it skills and a good set of tools, you might be able to get some work as a handyman who does anything from fixing a window lock to changing a light fixture. These types of jobs are usually a blend of various all-around useful skills including painting, woodworking, plumbing, or electrical work, and can often reap rather decent monetary rewards. In addition, these types of jobs typically allow you to make your own schedule, although you may need to be available for emergency calls. Word of mouth networking is typically the best way to get started in such work. If you prefer a more set schedule, try getting on at a local hardware store retailer as a part-time clerk, where you can get to know the people in the community.
8) Job Share
If you are nearing retirement but aren’t quite there yet, consider keeping a part of your current job but sharing it with another employee who may also be on the verge of dropping back to part time. Intelligent companies will see that they can retain your years of experience and expertise in a low-risk situation. Some companies will be attracted to the fact that they can keep on a valued employee for only two days a week, while lowering the amount of health and other benefits they might have to pay when hiring a new worker. If you job share with another future retiree, then the company only has to hire one new worker, and can use your expertise to help with the training process. It’s a win for everyone–allowing you to drop your hours back and carry less pressure and allowing your employer to retain a valued team member at an affordable rate.
9) Administrative or Medical Assistant
Different than bookkeeping, administrative workers offer general all-around clerical help to office staff including filing, answering telephones, data entry, and other desk work. A particular need may be found within medical offices who often find themselves short staffed for people who can set appointments, verify insurance information, and keep track of records. The good news is that these jobs often happen within typical office hours and a small practice may be interested in a retiree because of maturity as well as their part time availability. A certificate from a medical assistant or other administrative program may be helpful in these cases, but is probably not necessary in a small, local office. Wages for these positions are good but the flexibility in schedule may not be as easy to acquire if you plan to travel a lot.
10) Charities or Schools
Many times, retirees can get their foot in the door by starting on a volunteer basis at a nearby school, university, or non-profit organization. You may have a local school or charity that you feel closely associated to, where you can offer up your time for free in the beginning. This allows for a sort of a long-term “interview” process, and then when a part-time employment opportunity comes up, you will be the first person they think of. Whether simply organizing and filing, answering phones, collating envelopes, or doing research, offering your time for free to start with could lead to bigger and better paid opportunities with charities. The pay may not be great in the non-profit sector, but you can feel good about the hours that you have volunteered with your charity or university, knowing that you are giving back to your community and the world around you.
11) Tax Preparation
If you have had experience with this specific skill in the past, then your expertise may be a factor that allows you to work seasonally and then take the rest of the year off. Big accounting firms especially are often after part time workers who are willing to work during tax season, typically January through April, and don’t need to be brought on for the long term. If you’ve not updated your skills recently, then taking a short tax preparation course online or at a local community college may help you to get your foot in the door. To see which firms might be hiring, begin in November or December (their off season) by inquiring at larger tax preparation or accounting firms who might be in need of seasonal help. Your maturity may give them the confidence that would win you out as a candidate over a younger person.
12) Tutoring and Research
If you live within the locale of a university, consider making yourself available to those young students who might need a helping hand with study or research in your field of study. Again, you may begin on a volunteer basis, but you may find that your expertise is in high demand and you may get hired either by the college or by the individual students to help scholars to collect data or compile information needed to complete research projects. As you are willing to help them, you may find students or professors coming back to you more and more, offering to pay you for your tutoring or research help when other people in their lives simply don’t have time. Plus, you are likely to find a great deal of enjoyment in adding your little part to the education process while keeping your own mind sharp.
13) Greeter or Host
If you’re friendly and simply want to spend some time with other people, acting as a greeter or hostess at a retail store or restaurant is a great way to earn a little extra money on the side. If you have a ready smile, and aren’t opposed to standing on your feet for shifts, then this could be perfect for you. Head on in to your favorite restaurant or retail shop and turn on the charm while asking for an application. Just a bit of friendly banter may convince them that you are the right person for the job. Young people have a tendency to be uninterested in such jobs, which leaves them open and available for retirees who are willing to take the time to be friendly and kind. The pay isn’t likely to be extremely high, but the work has absolutely no pressure or demands so, if you enjoy talking to people, then this can still be a beneficial situation.