How’s your retirement fund? Good? Well, congratulations! That’s rare nowadays, so you must’ve done something right. However, there are many people out there who are approaching retirement age (whatever that is now), and find that they need to put a few more years in to live comfortably. It’s not uncommon. Whether it was the financial crisis or other personal reasons, some people need to make up for a lack of retirement savings by staying in the workforce.
This isn’t limited just to those who are in a financial bind, though. Plenty of retirees take up a second career, or turn a hobby/passion into a source of income. The possibilities are endless for hobbies, so let’s not bother listing all the potential businesses. Just one example… I know a former contractor who was a musician on the side. He now spends most of his time booking music and comedy acts for a local venue. Okay, one more example… I know a former English teacher who is now a successful artist.
Aside from passion projects, there are also opportunities where you can draw from previous experience. Many organizations look to hire retirees for specific positions. An excellent job resource for retirees is RetiredBrains.com. It’s an online job board just like monster.com or careerbuilder.com, only it’s aimed at retirees.
Maybe you want to take your experience and go into business for yourself. I know a former IT specialist who now runs his own computer repair shop from home. A carpenter could switch to something less labor-intensive, like property management or real estate.
If there is no earning potential in your hobby, maybe you just need something easy to bring in some extra money. Not all retirees have to be Walmart greeters (although that is an option), but what about a cashier? That’s a perfectly decent job that requires very few qualifications. Find a retailer that interests you and inquire.
Like sporting events and concerts? I’ve been to plenty of both, and I’ve seen plenty of retirees who are working them. Ticket-takers, ushers, vendors… all jobs that a retired person with any background could do.
Like to get outside? How about becoming driver for a livery service or taxi. All you need is a clean driving record.
Want to try something new? Find a local college or adult education center and pick up a new skill that could translate to a new job/career.
These are just a few ideas for retirees looking to fill their time and earn some extra money.
Here are a few more ideas:
- Local government (Lots of government offices need administrative assistants and clerks)
- Public transportation (Buses, trains, and stations need drivers, maintenance workers, toll takers, etc.)
- Customer service rep (Good people skills and the ability to pick up a phone required)
- Retail/Sales (Again, people skills and maybe an interest/knowledge of your product)
- Teach at local education center (Often experience is the only requirement)
If you have anything to add, we’d love to hear it in the comments below.