9 Fun Part-Time Jobs for Retirees that Anyone Can Do
Have you ever noticed that finding fun jobs for retirees isn’t as easy as it should be? After all, we have decades of experience and a strong work ethic. Unfortunately, this isn’t always enough. So, to help the women in our community who are looking for some extra work, I’ve compiled a list of 9 part-time jobs for seniors. I hope they help you to meet your financial goals!
Jobs for Retirees Don’t Have to Be Boring!
Women over 60 are no strangers to hard work. Most of us have worked all our lives, whether it’s at a full-time job or caring for children or for aging parents. But as we approach retirement age, many older women are starting to think about the best part-time jobs for retirees – not only to make some extra money, but to find a sense of fulfillment and fun.
Some women are in a position where they don’t “have” to work for money. For them, finding a job in retirement may be more about staying involved and keeping their minds active and healthy. For other women, find work in retirement is more of a necessity. In either case, at our age, we are looking to do something that we genuinely enjoy.
If you aren’t sure what types of part time jobs would be most interesting to you, think back to what you loved to do as a child, or try to remember one of your favorite jobs from when you were younger.
Here are a few ideas to spark your imagination…
Craftepreneur – Make Money from What You Love to Make
There’s a big market for handmade items such as soap, knitting, candles and other personal crafts and artisan goods. If you have a hobby for making things with your hands, turn it into a small business on the side! Sell your goods on Etsy or Meylah.
Gardening – Turn Your Green Finger into Green Money
If you love to garden, there are many ways that you can turn the green things you grow into “green” money in your pocket. You could grow herbs and sell lavender pillows. Or perhaps you should consider drying the herbs and selling them in packets.
You could also have a garden sale where you offer your locally grown plants and vegetables to other people in your town. As an added bonus, you may finally get to meet your neighbors from across the street.
If you have a big garden and are willing to do some marketing, you might even consider renting space at your local farmers market. People love to buy locally-grown fresh produce, and your garden could help meet this demand.
Seasonal Jobs for Retirees – Make Every Time of Year the Best Time of Year
Have you ever wanted to live in a resort destination or beautiful wilderness area? What if you could get a part-time job that paid you to live and work in a dream location? One of the advantages of being women over 60 is that we often have more freedom to relocate or live in multiple places throughout the year. So if you’re willing to pack up and move for a seasonal job, check out the website CoolWorks.com. They provide information on various seasonal jobs at places like summer camps, dude ranches, and vacation resorts.
This article discusses the stories of real seasonal jobs at national parks and other great destinations where you can make money while living in a beautiful place – and some of the jobs offer free housing!
Retail Work – It’s Not What You Remember from Your Teenage Years
If you love to spend time in a retail environment, restaurants or cafes, perhaps you could get a part-time job working at one of your favorite shops or coffee establishments. Places like Starbucks offer health benefits and free coffee. Working in a bustling coffee shop is a great way to meet people and feel connected to the daily activity of your community. Retail outlets offer some of the most reliable jobs for retirees.
Build a Website – Share Your Knowledge with the World and Gain
The Sixty and Me community started as my own personal “part time retirement job” – but it’s grown into so much more. You can do this too – start your own website dedicated to sharing information and building a community related to something you care about and are an “expert” in.
Over time, as you build the audience for your site, you can earn money from advertising, from selling merchandise, and from selling products and services of affiliate businesses that you believe in. The great thing about running your own website is that the whole world can be your audience.
Write – Turn Your Words into Opportunities
If you have some skills as a writer – whether from your career or just as a hobby – you can make money in retirement by working as a freelance writer or editor. In this interview, I talked with a successful freelance writer who works online. We discussed advice for women over 60 who want to turn freelance writing into a source of income.
Writing is one of the best part-time jobs for retirees because you can do the work anywhere, on your own schedule, and you can work with clients all over the world. The sky’s the limit!
You can find freelance writing projects on Elance.
Nonprofit Work – You Might Not Make Much Cash, but, You’ll Make the World a Better Place
Many women over 60 want to do something “meaningful” with their lives in retirement. Idealist.org is a good source of part time jobs for retirees, depending on your skill set and your location. Non-profit jobs can be competitive, so you also might consider volunteering to get started, and then once you have a foot in the door with the organization, you can transition to paid work.
Become a Massage Therapist and Relax Your Way into a Great Part-Time Job
As the population gets older, there will likely be a growing demand for massage therapy services to help people relieve aches, pains and stresses on the body. People of all ages are discovering the health benefits of regular massage – so why not “cash in” on this trend?
Being a massage therapist is another great part time job for retirees because you can set your own hours and practice out of a shared space. It often doesn’t require a lot of money to get certified as a massage therapist, and once you’re licensed, you can work in a variety of fun settings – whether it’s a local spa or a cruise ship!
Makeup Artist – A Beautiful Job, if You’re Willing to Learn
You’ve been putting on makeup all your life, so you might as well get paid for it! Becoming a cosmetologist is another great part time job for seniors because you can work from home, meet new people and make a difference in helping women feel better about themselves.
As part of your training, you could also volunteer at a local retirement home, theater company, or cancer hospital. There are many ways to bring extra beauty into the world!
What do you think makes a great part-time job for retirees? Do you have a dream job that you plan on pursuing in retirement? Please leave a comment with your questions and ideas.
Watch my interview with professional writer, Ben Gran, for tips on how to make money as a freelance writer in retirement.