Retirement doesn’t have to mean inactivity. In fact, more retirees are working than ever before. While extra income is certainly an incentive for many, it’s not the only reason to keep working. In fact, workplace camaraderie and professional fulfillment are often cited by retirees as motivators for seeking employment. Additionally, some retirees return to the workforce to make a difference or to maintain their skills. Whatever your motivations may be, there are many opportunities for part-time work in retirement.
If you don’t want to commit to a permanent, year-round position, a seasonal job could provide a temporary source of income. Plenty of industries have a busy season that requires them to bring on additional help via seasonal or temporary employees. For example, if you’re interested in working as a cashier or delivery driver, retailers and services like UPS always staff up for the holiday rush. Similarly, hotels, theme parks, and national parks have peak travel times where they need more hands on deck. Alternatively, if you’re looking for a more skill-intensive position, tax preparers are in high demand in the first quarter of the year. Similarly, licensed health insurance agents face a busy season in the final quarter.
The Shared Economy
Technology is reshaping how goods and services are delivered in today’s world. Ride sharing, task sharing, and even home sharing are exciting ways to continue to meet new people and earn some extra money on your own terms.
- Food delivery services are abundant in metropolitan areas. Postmates, DoorDash, and GrubHub (aka Seamless or Eat24) are often looking to add drivers to their fleets.
- TaskRabbit is a platform that allows people to offer specific services to local users on the site. From cooking and handyman services, to childcare and errand running, there are a lot of things that “Taskers” can do. The Task Rabbit platform can connect you to local users who you can provide services to in exchange for an hourly rate.
- Uber and Lyft are popular ride sharing services that allow drivers to use their personal car like a taxi service. Driver requirements vary by city and state, but typically those willing to go through a simple background check can offer rides to users on the app. Drivers set their own schedules, choose how long they want to work, and can even earn tips.
- Airbnb and VRBO are great platforms that allow you to put your home to work for you. You can offer your entire home, an open room, or even a shared space. These services will help price your home based on others in your area, and they will even help arrange for a photographer to come to your home and take high quality photos that will showcase your space in its best light.
- Pet lovers may want to consider Wag and Rover. Wag connects local dog walkers to people who need a little extra attention for their pups. If you’re willing to host a furry friend, you should check out Rover, a platform that empowers locals to offer pet sitting services in their homes.
Professionals & Freelancers
For those with professional skill sets and capabilities, freelancing and consulting can be a great option to stay sharp. Upwork and Freelancer.com can help connect designers, writers, and development professionals to short-term project work. Similarly, Expert360 offers an online platform for companies and individuals who need short-term professional support. These companies are looking for seasoned professionals in a range of roles across a wide variety of industries. As such, it’s a great way for retirees to put their skills to work without having to set up their own small businesses.
Pursue your Passion
Many individuals have always dreamed of pursuing a hobby or passion they love in their retirement. Museums and local attractions are often looking for docents, tour guides, and educators to round out their teams. Educators may be able to find part-time work as tutors, coaches, or substitute teachers. Those with experience in fundraising, marketing, law, or event planning can often find work with a non-profit they believe in.
Retirement doesn’t have to mean the end of your professional career or leaving the workforce entirely. Indeed, there are plenty of flexible, fulfilling options for people of all ages and skill levels. It can be a great way to stay active, meet people, and supplement your retirement savings well into your golden years.