by Sharon Wagner
Have you considered breaking out of retirement and returning to work? If so, a part-time job can be a great way to boost your income, but there are other reasons seniors should consider a new gig. It’s a chance to stay connected with others, enjoy mental stimulation, and even ward off chronic disease. Rock Your Retirement invites you to read on as we explore terrific opportunities for seniors, and think about the specific roles that could be your fountain of youth.
Are you nervous about going back to work? You aren’t alone. As Medicare.org explains, many seniors are intimidated about the transition, but some part-time jobs are well-suited to retirees.
Do you love animals? You can walk dogs or pet sit, setting your own schedule, picking the animals you tend, and so forth. If chatting with people is more your thing, consider a role in customer service. Also, a local hospital or museum could be just the ticket! Are you a sports lover? Consider working at area events. Think of it as getting paid to be part of the action, and you can support your favorite teams while you’re at it!
Start Your Own Biz
Do you love the idea of being your own boss? Becoming a senior entrepreneur might be a great fit for you. Think about how comfortable you are being in charge if you enjoy a challenge, and how upset you get when there’s a hiccup in your plans.
One way to segue easily into running your own business is through dropshipping. There is a huge range of products, and if you’re tech-savvy enough to surf, email, check shipment statuses, and the like, it’s a smart and fun way to jump in. The initial investment is minimal thanks to virtually no overhead, and you don’t need a warehouse or retail location to operate, just your own computer. Most people find it exciting to sell things they are interested in, so think about what you would enjoy. If you love fashion, boutique clothing, jewelry, and handbags might be ideal. Are you a snowbird? Share your love of the beach selling swimsuits and sunglasses.
Keep in mind that running your own business will require you to handle a lot of paperwork, including setting things up with the state to make sure your payroll is handled correctly. What is payroll, you ask? Payroll involves paying any employees you have for the work they’ve done. This goes beyond simply issuing paychecks; you’ll need to do things like calculating net pay and addressing issues such as overtime pay or garnishments. Running a business takes work, but the end result could be well worth it in the long run.
Skills and Talents
Have you considered turning a hobby you enjoy into a business? Nearly anything can be converted into a fun part-time position. For instance, if you’re the neighborhood go-to for building and fixing things, maybe it’s time to put those skills to work as a handyman. You might need to get a permit, and some states have limitations, but there is always work for someone who knows how to make home repairs.
Or, perhaps you’re a crafter and are ready to sell your wares to others. Whether you’re making homemade greeting cards, fancy chocolates, stained glass, or crocheted blankets, there are websites ready to act as your venue.
Maybe your special talent is bargain hunting. If the idea of combing through yard sales and thrift shops for amazing finds excites you, consider gathering goodies and selling them at a profit. You can turn to online auction sites to sell them, just read reviews to decide which sites seem most user-friendly and will fit your budget.
Exercise Your Experience
Many seniors have viable experience from a former profession. If you have a specialty you’d like to revisit, consider freelancing. Companies hire freelancers for anything and everything these days, and it’s a chance to enjoy the flexibility and freedom that comes with your retirement, yet still put to use your unique expertise.
Taking on a part-time job is a great way to boost your retirement income, but it can also be much more than that. Look for something you enjoy doing, that puts your skills to work, and makes you excited to think about doing. Your part-time position can be a true fountain of youth, making you happier and healthier in your retirement.
As a senior herself, Sharon Wagner understands that an older body and mind impacts the daily lives of many seniors. She created SeniorFriendly.info to offer advice geared specifically toward seniors to help them make healthier choices and enjoy their golden years.