By Marcus Lansky~
Some seniors might never entertain working again after retiring, but others just enjoy staying busy!
Plenty of seniors with comfortable retirement savings still choose to pursue self-employment or work part-time, even after saying goodbye to their full-time jobs.
Whether you’re looking for a more productive way to spend your time or want to make a little extra cash for more financial flexibility, any of these part-time jobs are an excellent fit for retired seniors.
Today, remote work is more popular than ever. Seniors who do not want to work long hours might consider applying for flexible, remote jobs. Many companies hire remote employees and contractors, and it’s especially easy to find remote work if you have experience in sales and marketing, customer service, accounting, writing, or programming.
Where can you find openings for remote jobs? Check freelance job boards, where you’ll come across new offerings daily. Many of these job boards also have corresponding apps, allowing you to search for updated openings and communicate with your clients from your smartphone or tablet.
Retirees who have experience as a receptionist or an office manager may be able to use their skills remotely. According to Fox Business, 22 percent of people who work as administrative assistants are over the age of 55, making it a viable opportunity for older adults. You could make up to $30 per hour — a nice paycheck regardless of whether you work full- or part time.
Babysitting and nannying aren’t just jobs for teenagers! Some seniors are responsible for watching their grandkids on occasion, but if you’re great with kids and have the time, you might consider providing childcare for other families.
You may not think this translates virtually, but the AARP suggests that many care providers have begun offering some services remotely! For example, some care providers offer story time and music lessons via Zoom, while others use the opportunity to teach kids how to tie their shoes. Although this differs greatly from physical nannying, this is a great chance to make some money while helping other families.
Becoming a virtual customer service representative is a lot easier than you may think! To get started, all you need is a regular landline phone and access to reliable internet. In fact, according to Go Banking Rates, companies like Sykes actually provide customer support for other businesses. This is an excellent fit for retirees who’ve always had a way with people.
Most people know at least one skill that they could effectively teach others. If you’re knowledgeable about a subject that many students learn in elementary school, high school, or college, you could offer tutoring sessions, both online and offline.
Tutoring can be a fairly lucrative business: According to The Balance, tutors can charge anywhere from $10 to $75 per hour, with tutors who are experts in specialized topics requiring higher levels of education charging the highest rates. Remember, to be a good tutor, it’s important to work at your student’s pace, relate the subject to your student’s daily life, and be open to their feedback.
Today, many retirees find working at reduced hours preferable to not working at all. By picking up one of these part-time jobs, you can meet new people, save more money, and treat yourself and your loved ones more often!