considering retirement, but not sure you can make it on
just your retirement annuity? Have a full-time gig but need
a little extra money? There are many reasons people want
to find employment without committing to the 9-to-5 grind.
Surprisingly, there are also numerous opportunities for
retirement jobs or part-time jobs in the city, and it does
not have to be greeting people at Walmart or flipping burgers.
Before you begin your job search, you should
evaluate your needs and preferences. Not every job you can
get will be a job you want. Think about the following questions:
• How much money do you need to bring
in each month? Some part-time jobs in the city may be fulfilling
or interesting, but hours may be sparse or pay may be minimum
wage. Depending on your retirement income, this can be a
great time to compromise with a cut in salary to engage
in work you truly enjoy or are passionate about.
• Do you have any physical limitations?
Read job descriptions carefully, because some jobs require
that you be able to lift 50 lbs repeatedly or stand for
extended periods of time, for example.
• How much flexibility do you want
in your schedule? Many retirement jobs have short hours
and varying schedules, but remember that in most cases you
will still be working hours that someone else is setting
for you. If you want the ability to choose your own hours,
you may need to consider working for yourself at a work-from-home
kind of job.
• What skills do you have? Do not
just think of work experience, although that may be an important
consideration. Think of other skills you have accumulated
throughout your lifetime, as well.
• Do you want to work alone, or deal
with the public? Sometimes people want retirement jobs because
they are lonely and want to be around people again, but
maybe you have worked with people for years and want some
peace and quiet. This is an important consideration to remain
happy with your job.
After deciding what is important to you
and what you need from a part-time job, you can begin to
look into just what kinds of jobs in the city are available
on a part-time basis that also fit your needs. Here are
just a few options to consider.
Good Retirement Jobs
Start your own business: If you have a skill,
such as painting, teaching, photography, or writing, you
may be able to hire yourself out on a pay-per-job basis.
Take advantage of social and organizational skills you have
developed over a lifetime to successfully launch your own
Become a consultant: If you have developed
a great deal of skill or knowledge on the job, you may be
able to begin consulting. Many retirees act as consultants
for their former employers. Many people find consulting
to be a great retirement job, as it can be a stepping-stone
from full-time work to full-time retirement.
Work as a personal chef or caterer: Those
who have a passion for cooking can turn that into moneymaking
retirement jobs. Many busy families are looking to purchase
healthy prepared foods, and there is a never-ending stream
of business and social functions for which you could hire
Answer 911 calls: This job does not require
law enforcement experience and – although emotionally
stressful at times – is not physically demanding.
You can take a short training program to be qualified for
a 911 call center job, pay is reasonably good, and the hours
are often flexible.
Become a personal shopper: If you worked
in retail, or if you spent a lot of your spare time and
money shopping for yourself all these years, this work might
be right up your alley. A personal shopper usually works
in a high-end department store with clients who want personal
assistance finding a variety of items, such as a completely
new wardrobe, all the items for a lavish vacation, décor
for a new home, or gifts for a spouse.
Drive a school bus: Several of my friends
in their 60's drive a school bus, mostly for the insurance
benefits and the part time hours.
Start a web business: That's what I am doing
right here on this site. Age 65 retired and working at home.
I love it. I have many other folks my age doing the same
Teach: Retired teachers we know teach a
drivers ed course or teach for AARP or other organizations.
Volunteer to Find a Job: Many volunteers
are offered part time jobs. Say you volunteer at the hospital
and a job comes up, you should be first in line.
These are just a few ideas for part time
jobs in the city that you might consider when you retire.
Whether you want to spend more time with people, or just
need some money in addition to your retirement income, a
retirement job can be a smart decision if you find just
the right job for your needs and wants.