Retirement isn’t for everyone. If you’ve decided to continue working part-time when you reach retirement (or sooner!), here are some great ideas for people over fifty who still have a lot to contribute and want to remain in the workplace.
Stay Where You Are Part-Time
Many companies will be thrilled to have you stay on and work just a couple of days a week. Ask if your company will offer you a phased transition to retirement. Or keep your former employee as a client and work part-time.
Consult or Freelance
Many consulting companies are looking for people with just your skills and need them to come in on a project basis.
Dick Dawson, vice president of CareerCurve, who coaches many people over 55 says, “Explore the company, write to the person who heads up the unit you want to work with.”
Other companies that are downsizing are looking for freelancers to fill in gaps in their staff. You can try sites like Peopleperhour.com to find these opportunities, or call people you know in the industry and let them know you’re available.
Start a Retail Business
With the Internet, there is so much opportunity with an online retail business.
Whether you have a large collection of any kind, an attic full of antiques or even a knitting, sewing or woodworking hobby, you have the initial inventory you need to start a business.
And because of the low overhead costs of selling and advertising through sites like eBay and Craigslist, you don’t need to invest a lot up front.
If you plan on starting your own business look to your local chamber of commerce and the Small Business Administration for resources.
Low Stress Part-Time Work
If you’re looking to stay active and just get out of the house now and then, here are some of the most popular part-time jobs for retirees.
While these jobs don’t pay high salaries, they offer flexible hours and a chance to stay engaged.
Call Center Jobs
In call centers, you’ll spend most of your time sitting and talking on the phone, which is great for seniors with mobility issues. In fact, a number of companies allow you to do this job from home.
Teaching Assistants and Tutors
If you love working with students, this is the job for you. Some universities hire teaching assistants for an hourly wage or flat fee. Tutors, on the other hand can be self-employed or work with a larger organization.
There is always a need for childcare. You can babysit for friends, family and neighbors for extra income or offer services in your own home.
Go to the Government
You’re less likely to run across age discrimination when you pursue a government job. Government agencies have both seasonal and part-time work available. Visit usajobs.gov to start. You may also find work in state, county and city governments.
Hang Out With Your Favorite Team
Many sports teams hire workers seasonally or part time. These jobs can range from ushering spectators to their seats to running the front office.
Retiree Harold Jaffe manages the Diamond Club, the premier seating facility of Safeco Field, home of the Seattle Mariners.
“This is my eighth season doing it,” says Jaffe. “I started when I was 64. I’ll do it for another 40 or 50 years. It’s great fun.”
You won't find a job like this advertised, though, and you have to be willing to start at the bottom of the ladder.
"Call up your local ball club," he says. "It's something you have to go after. If you have the ability to network, it may lead you to this kind of thing.”
Turn Your Natural Skills into Extra Cash
Are you handy around the house? What else are you good at?
You may be able to help people unstop their sinks, build some bookshelves or fix torn hems.
Tell your friends and family, post flyers at the local coffee shop and connect with places that could use your skills. Before you know it, you’ll have a part-time business.
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