Full or Part Time
Jobs for Senior Citizens
Before you start scouring your local newspaper to look for jobs for senior citizens take a deep breathe and ask yourself this question.
“Why do I want to go back to work in retirement?”
Need to Work
The main reason retirees decide to go back to work is usually in response to fear and or need. The fear of not having a regular income and the need is believing the money you do have isn’t enough to live on! Solution?
“Give yourself time to find out how you fit into your new lifestyle”
Budgeting in retirement is a challenge but keep in mind that you will have to stop working eventually so why not now? Working in retirement is the same commitment you have had for the last 40 plus years. Your future does not have to be defined by your past. In my very first post I asked myself the question,
If you give yourself time you can adjust to a lower income if it’s balanced my having more fun!
Fear of Not Working
Practical reasons aside there are psychological reasons why working in retirement seems like a good plan. Unfortunately, most of our life we have been defined by what we do. Is this something you still want to do? Solution?
“Give yourself time to find out who you are now”
By keeping up appearances that come from looking at the jobs for senior citizens you may find yourself being the little mouse in the moving wheel. It may be your comfort zone but learning should be a life time experience. It’s also proven to be a great anti aging tool.
In my past life I was a nurse and a teacher now, by volunteering in retirement, I can now add sailor to my resume! Another option would be to work at home in retirement or take up a retirement hobby that makes money
Understanding why you want to work in retirement is the first step to choosing a job that is right for you.
Jobs for senior citizens come in all shapes, sizes and disguises.
- Jobs for senior citizens that get you out and about are ideal if you are a solo retiree. From my experience the more social contacts you have the more opportunities come your way.
- Work at home jobs for retirees allow you to earn a little extra in the comfort of your own home but the down side is that you run the risk of becoming socially isolated which is something we should try to avoid. Read and you will see why!
- Retirement hobbies that make money usually require you be active in the selling process which encourages interaction. There is also the option of working in small groups for added encouragement and skill development. My local library has a knitters group where I can testify to the high level of social interaction!
Job for senior citizens that get you out and about
I’m hoping that these jobs for senior citizens will include some that you have not thought of. Some of them are outside the box and probably outside your comfort zone but if not know when? If your first response is “If only” write it down on a post it and stick it on your fridge. Keep looking at it for a few weeks you may be surprised that after a few week the idea is not so scary!
- Cruise Ship Dancing Partner: This one is especially for you men. Cruise ships statistics show single women outnumber men by It is important that you understand your role and have the personality and awareness to share this with your dancing partners
- Dog walking is a great way to get paid for keeping fit! 21st century families often have both parents walking so dogs are often left at home alone all day. Here’s where you come in. Use your local knowledge or post notices in churches, supermarkets. Business cards are cheap and cheerful these days and are more likely to be kept for future reference. Pop them into letter boxes and, while you wait for business, offer to do some freebies for your. Word of mouth or inexpensive business cards in mail boxes is all you need. friends in return for a reference.
- Mystery shoppers are definitely on the list of jobs. I should warn you though that the process of signing on for some positions can be long and windy. (Sometimes it involves a few surveys)
- At my volunteer sailing club I met a young 87 year old gentleman who listed his part time retirement jobs as Invigilator for exams at the local university and a movie extra for films such as Pirates of Penzance He was no Don Juan but his dashing beard and bow legs allowed him to be signed up each time the movies came to the Gold Coast. Seems that extras are snapped up for their indiuality.
- Many retirees I know have downsized to smaller units and, whilst they are enjoying the freedom of having a smaller home to take care of, the one thing they do so feel sad about leaving behind is their garden. Depending on your fitness level have you thought about caring for gardens
while the owners are on holiday or unable to upkeep their garden for health reasons.
- Many families fall under the label of “nuclear families” where grandparents are often many miles away. Skype is good for keeping in touch but does not help the parents when it comes baby sitting. It does involve trust on both sides but for many isolated parents a “Granny” baby sitter is a bonus.
- Are you fit? Senior classes and gyms are popping up everywhere and senior fitness instructors are a big draw card.
Work at Home Jobs for Senior Citizens
- For those who have had a teaching background there is the option to Teach English on line For this you will need good internet access and /or a smart phone.
- Using my writing skills is one one of my favorite potential ways of making money in retirement. Writing skills range from Christmas/birthday card greetings to e books on your favorite topic.
- Work at home jobs for retirees can also link back to your pre-retirement. Data entry, legal and medical transcribing and small organization accounting are very profitable when you don’t have transport costs and you can work in your pajamas if you feel so inclined!
Retirement Hobbies That Make Money
Retirement hobbies that make money can be based on the skills you have or ones you have yet to find. Whilst staying with my daughter in a small seaside community in New Zealand I was amazed at the variety of products on sale in their small local shop. I loved the idea of making light houses out of plant pots.
When we were downsizing to live on our boat we discovered “car boot sales” (also known as flea markets) I loved it! When I had time I parked my SO (significant other) behind the table and explored my surroundings. Apart from stalls like my own I noticed a lot of green fingered” stall holders who had simply potted up plants that a gardener would split up each year. Build up your reputation by going each week. Try and stand our from other stalls by selling items There are so many retirement hobbies that make money but even simple plant markers or painted pots will sell if you aren’t greedy with your prices. Be different! Add a “how to grow tip” stick or note as well as having craft extras related to gardening, painted pots, markers, e books, to sell.
Photography used to be an expensive hobby. Remember when you had to wait a week to get your photographs developed. Only to find most of them were out of focus, with heads chopped off or your finger was over the view finder! The digital revolution has really been good for the amateur photographer but did you know can sell your every day shots? Flowers, people, landscapes and everyday items are all marketable. It takes some research but hey, what have you got to lose?
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Benefits of Jobs for Senior Citizens
For me the best part of having a part time job in retirement is the opportunity to make new friends, meet people you never had the opportunity to get to know when you were working full time and hopefully the chance to work in a completely new environment. Add to this the time to develop new skills that keep our brain cells awake and growing. (Yes, it’s not only babies that can grow new brain cells)
Psychologically having a part time job in retirement is a boost to our self esteem at a time when it is all too easy to start questioning your relevancy in the big scheme of things. Increasing your disposable income is also not a bad thing either. Being a senior citizen with an extra income, no matter how small, can completely change how we approach Christmas and family birthdays if your prime focus is balancing the budget!