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6 Unusual Ways to Make Money in Retirement

6 Unusual Ways to Make Money in Retirement
Margaret Manning

We are one lucky generation; we just happen to be living at a time when longevity has created a new life stage that cultural anthropologist Mary Catherine Bateson calls the Age of Active Wisdom, or Adulthood II. It’s an opportunity at the end of our working lives to do something meaningful that combines active engagement with wisdom from a lifetime of experience. We’ve unearthed six unusual jobs for you to explore in this new life stage. Now let’s go have some fun! Here are 6 fun ways to make money in retirement:

Become a Local Expert with Vayable

You may have lived in one place most of your life and know it intimately. Consequently, you are an expert on the “best of” in your community. Now you can turn that wisdom into income on, a platform for you to share creative and exciting tours that you design and price. Vayable does all the back office work for you including billing. This is a true opportunity to become the artist of your own life and be part of changing the way people see the world.

Turn Your Love of Animals Into Extra Cash

Maybe you’re one of those women who dream of faraway places that you have convinced yourself you’ll never see. International house and pet sitting can plop you down in the middle of the exotic elsewhere of your dreams; there is an entire underground movement of people doing just that. You may not get rich, but oh, the places you’ll see. Don’t stop there, volunteer in the local community where you housesit and really get to know it. Break Free: The Ultimate Guide to Housesitting will show you everything you need to get started.

Join Rent a Grandma

Rent a Grandma is an opportunity for wise women to share a part of themselves with the youngest generation. Families are desperately looking for someone they can trust to lovingly care for and guide their children, and who better than Grandma? Create a profile on their platform and negotiate directly with families on the terms of each job. If you have the desire and available funds, you can take it a step further and start a Rent a Grandma franchise in your community.

Make Some Extra Money While Enjoying the Great Outdoors

If the great outdoors is more your speed, try out a seasonal job with Older and Bolder. Work in a family-owned store in Yellowstone Park, lead trail rides through the Grand Canyon, become an interpretive guide in Alaska or a sous chef in Sequoia National Park, or manage an RV park near Lake Powel. How about owning your own business via a concessions contract within the Mojave National Preserve? There are so many possibilities here; you’ll have a hard time choosing what you want to do. Be part of helping people connect with and honor the earth, while you relax and rejuvenate in nature’s splendor.

Enrich Yourself and the World with Encore Fellowships

Encore Fellowships are designed to tap into the wisdom and skills you’ve accumulated throughout your work-life, and apply them to social-purpose organizations in need of your expertise. Paid contracts with host organizations are typically between six months and a year, and can be either full or half time positions. Although Encore Fellowships has expanded across the US, their first international program, Encore Futures, just started in London in January 2013. This is a great way for successful businesswomen to stay involved in shaping the future of human society.

Free the Outdoorsy Adventurer in You

Bold Earth offers teens engaging summer adventure trips across the globe that demonstrate a core value of community service. Although all first year trip leaders are assigned to US trips, you may soon be leading a bike tour from Amsterdam to Paris, skiing in the Swiss Alps, or organic farming in Ecuador. Most guides are young adults, but there are a few sage trip leaders already on board. They proudly state they are Equal Opportunity Employers. Help develop the aspiring leaders of a generation upon whose shoulders rest the most complex problems ever facing humanity.

If one of these fabulous opportunities didn’t give you butterflies, maybe a Vocation Vacation is in your future where you can choose your dream job and take it for a test-drive. Whatever you choose to do with Adulthood II, fall in love with it.


Watch this Video for More Flexible Jobs for Women Over 60


Want to Know More?

Explore this topic on a deeper level with these amazing books that we have hand-picked for you. Please check them out and let us know what you think!

101 Weird Ways to Make Money, by Steve Gillman

Making a Living Without a Job, by Barbara Winter

Best Home Businesses for People 50+, by Paul Edwards



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  1. Wonderful ideas! Thank you!

  2. I build and sell salvaged wood items! Keeps my mind alive with ideas! I do very well as I keep in touch with what is trending

  3. I am not planning on retiring until I am at least 80.

  4. I sell vintage jewellery in Ruby Lane it pays enough for me to travel I just got back from a Danube river cruise from Budapest to Prague

  5. Some great ideas. Especially as I can’t afford to retire!

  6. Right now we are looking for energetic seniors like ourselves, who would like to exert their entrepreneurial abilities.

  7. My friend works in a charity shop voluntarily ,,, it is hard work as she gets all the sewing to do plus sorting bags ,, i would not do it unless i was paid !

  8. Not over 60 in Britain !

  9. They just pay lip service to the act and un,less you force companies to employ so many over 60s they wont.My own company a blue chip one couldnt wait to get rid of over 55s they were so worried everyone would want to stay on after pension age they instigated policies that meant most older peopler took “voluntary redundancy”

  10. Nanny?

  11. I agree totally. Had the same experience when I got made redundant last October.

  12. True….

  13. I sit my friends dog Mary but for free, i love her dog, but im not that much of a pet lover to want to do it for a stranger.

  14. pet sitting!!!

  15. This all sounds very american and dont think any of it would happen in UK. Such opportunies dont exist. Ive registered with job agencies they have to let you due to age discrimination act but thats all they to do, they dont have to offer you work and no firm or organisation has to interview you. In my opinion unless you know someone who offers you a job,at 60 plus in the UK, unless you want to be a carer or a cleaner it is practically impossible to get a job. ive applied for many,dont even get an acknowledgement. Its pointless to even try…

  16. Maria Ennor

    After 15 yrs I had my job restructed. I am nearly 63 and am still an active person. At the moment I am helping a young mum.I love the rent a gran idea. I love children and have helped many families and been well rewarded to see happy families and without pay. I do it as It makes me happy to help families in crisis.I know income is important to some but as a Christian I know that God will see me through.

    Great page and Articles.

  17. jane_rohling

    Great article with several ideas that are right up my alley! I’ll definitely be checking out some of them!

  18. Adriana V alentina Camps

    Good ideas for people after 60. we needs follows work because we are in good form intelectual and body

  19. marcia paredes