Retirement is something that many of us look forward to. Being able to leave our days jobs and only pursue fun and relaxing activities. But when it comes down to actually retiring, many of us also find that we become bored with so much free time or that we’d like to supplement our retirement income. In these cases, we may want to consider a new or part-time job to satisfy those needs.
We also know that keeping active mentally is good for our brain health and cognitive abilities. There are many ways to do this and having a job, even with limited hours, might be just the thing you need!
But what’s out there for individuals over 65? What if you’re interested in doing something different than your previous career (or what if you didn’t previously work)? Here are some great ideas and tips for looking for a new job after the age of 65.
8 Great Job Ideas For Seniors
There are so many terrific opportunities for older Americans looking for employment. To spark some thought, below is a list that includes many levels of experience and/or fun:
Pet sitting is one of the most enjoyable opportunities for “work”. It can range from pet sitting for people who go away on vacation, to full time work pet sitting and walking while the owner is way for the day or week. If you’re interested in this, check out Sittercity and Rover to see what it’s all about and potentially find clients.
Private Tutor (or teacher)
If you are or were a teacher, becoming a private tutor might be right up your alley. Tutors can make between $15 and $100 an hour, based on experience and subject.
If you’re not a teacher, but have expertise in an area, such as making particular crafts, cooking or accounting, you may consider giving classes in your area of expertise. Places like Facebook, AirBnb, Craigslist and Meet Up (among others) have Event Posting Pages where you can list the class you’re giving, along with all the pertinent details.
Many of us think of big-box stores who have a greeter out front, who may or may not looked thrilled to have to us come in. However, did you know that many smaller shops and even hotels have “greeters” in place? You may not even recognize them! The pay starts about $10-$12 an hour, but is a very low responsibility job. Usually only a pleasant demeanor is necessary!
If you’ve been an avid reader your whole life, or if you were an educator in your career, working at your local library might soothe your soul. Being able to recommend a good book, organize book sections and catalogue books tends to be low stress. And who doesn’t love a quiet work environment?
Remote Work (Work-at-home jobs)
Work at home job opportunities increased greatly when Covid-19 hit the job market. Now know as Remote Work, there are many more jobs available than ever, for people who want to work from home. Working from home allows flexibility, comfortable surroundings and is also perfect for those who are differently-abled and have challenges leaving the home.
These jobs can include:
- Data entry
- Personal assistant
- Proofreading or content editing
- Phone survey conductor
Do you love where you live? Are your friends always saying you know so much about your hometown? Do you have a favorite museum or art gallery? Being a tour guide is a wonderful way to share your knowledge with people who want to know!
You can search online for official tour guide jobs in places like museums and art galleries. Or you can even make your own tours of the city (walking tours, foodie tours, historical monument tours) and advertise them on places like Facebook, or MeetUp to get personal clients.
If you were an accountant or a bookkeeper in your earlier days, this is a great idea to get working almost immediately. Tax preparation is usually only done during tax season also, so it might be for someone who is looking for a little work, but nothing full time.
Uber or Lyft Driver
For people with a clean driving record and the love of the drive, this can be a great and flexible way to make some money and meet some interesting people. It has one of the most flexible schedules of any job. If you don’t want to drive people, but would prefer to delivery food orders or groceries, UberEats or Instacart might work better for you.
Find out more information at Uber and Lyft.
Working a “job” during your golden years doesn’t have to be difficult or stressful. It’s just a matter of finding what suits you best. If you decide that you want to work for yourself, such as giving classes, tours, tutoring or pet sitting (or any other “self employment” opportunities), be sure to speak with an accountant to understand how your self-employed income will affect your taxes and/or SSI or Medicare benefits.
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