So you’ve been retired for a few weeks or months – and now you’ve checked all of those things you’ve wanted to make more time for off your list. Now what?
You’re not alone. Many retirees begin to feel restless once they take a step back from their full-time roles, even though they thought they had a plan for filling up their time with hobbies and tasks that they never seemed to have enough time for when they worked.
Many retirees pick up a part-time job to fill their time – and add a little extra money to their pockets. After all, retirement can be expensive. The trick is to find a new role that will feel fun as opposed to the grind you may have felt when working full time.
23 Fun Part-Time Jobs For Retirees
What was your job before you retired? Is it something you could consult on now? Many companies seek short-term or part-time consultants for roles.
You could even try to negotiate a deal with your old employer. Simply ask if you could do your same job on a smaller scale – like two or three days per week. This will still give you longer weekends for relaxing and spending more time with loved ones, while still giving you the thrill you used to get from working.
Interpreter or Translator
Do you speak Spanish or Chinese? Many companies and institutions need help with languages – everything from courts to customer service centers. You may need certification, but once you get that out of the way, you can take advantage of your skill through freelancing. Not only will you get to use your language skill, but you can also meet new people and learn more about other cultures through interpreting or translating. If you aren’t sure how to get started, check with the court systems and hospitals in your area to gauge local needs. You might also check on freelancing job boards to see if there are any open jobs for your skills.
Do you love crunching numbers and paperwork? Did you always find some satisfaction in filing your own taxes? Companies like H&R Block and Jackson Hewitt always hire part-time tax preparers in January – April. Usually these part-time preparers handle fairly straightforward returns.
These companies typically offer classes in the fall for brand new preparers before you can get hired. If this sounds like fun, sign up for the soonest class and then look for an open role once January rolls around.
Uber or Lyft Driver
If you’re interested in meeting new people and enjoy going for drives, consider becoming an Uber or Lyft Driver. The basic requirements for this gig are a clean, well-operating car and a clean driving record. You set your own hours, and simply turn on the app when you want to work. Then when you’re ready to head home and relax, simply turn the app off. Many part-time drivers report making $200 to $300 per week. For specific details, check the big companies’ websites.
Do you love the outdoors? During the summer months, state and national parks hire rangers. There are also opportunities in various parks’ hotels and restaurants. To get started, head over to usajobs.gov and search “National Park Service” or check your state’s parks department website.
Feel that you’re an awesome salesperson, but want more freedom and flexibility to work when and where you want? Consider direct sales. You may have to invest in some business essentials to get started, but for the right business-minded person, these gigs can be a great way to spend time and make extra money. You can consider roles in wholesale or manufacturing, if you want the security of a company behind the work that you do, or you can choose to be more independent with a multiple-level marketing company like Mary Kay.
Pet Sitter or Dog Walker
If you’re an animal-lover, consider working as a pet sitter or dog walker. There are a few apps like Wag! and Rover that you can list your services on as well as advertising locally. There are many pet owners who hire someone to come and walk their dogs in the afternoon when they are stuck at work.
Similarly, check with any pet daycares in your area. They may be hiring part-time help as well. Who wouldn’t want a job where the main item on the to-do list is snuggle with a pup?
Are you a brand loyalist to a certain company that you’d like to work for? Now you can! Consider a retail cashier or customer service role at your favorite store. Not only will you get the benefit of being a part of a brand you love, but you usually get a discount on items you purchase in addition to your paycheck – a win-win! Check out the brand’s website for more information on their current openings and what they look for in a new employee.
Are you one of those people who gets great satisfaction out of scrubbing a tub clean? Do you find sweeping soothing? If your own home is immaculate and you’re looking for something to do, consider cleaning homes part time. Care.com and apps like Handy are great ways to find customers for your new home cleaning service. There are tons of people who are looking to hire someone else to help them keep their homes clean – believe it or not, not everyone gets the same level of satisfaction from cleaning their homes as you do.
When you thought about retiring, was having more time for crafts and hobbies a big bonus for you? If so, it may be time to turn your craft projects into a part-time job. If you love making jewelry, painting, crocheting, sewing, card-making, glass blowing, candle-making, or any other crafty pursuit - consider setting up a page on the popular crafting site Etsy and setting up a booth at a few local craft fairs to make a little extra money off of something you love to do anyway. Make sure to consider whether or not monetizing your hobby will steal any of the joy away from doing it – if it will, consider something else.
Still in good shape and looking for a more physical job to keep you that way? Consider part-time roles at companies like FedEx and UPS. Companies like these are almost always hiring for mail sorters, drivers, or floor managers. You’ll need to pay close attention to the specific requirements for the role you are applying for, as some are more physically demanding than others.
Dance or Fitness Instructor
Always had a passion for dance or a specific type of fitness? You might be able to become an instructor. Not only will this gig allow you to make money sharing something you already love to do, but it can also be a good way to help keep you in shape. Depending on the facility you want to work at and the type of class you want to teach, you may need some certifications. Do your research to learn more.
If you’ve always loved children, a part-time babysitting job may be perfect for you. During the summer months, many parents seek caregivers for their children since school is out. Additionally, if you’d rather only work a few nights or a day on the weekend, there are parents searching for part-time caregivers as well. Post a profile on Care.com to connect with families in your community who are looking for babysitting services.
Always dreamed of a career on the stage? While you may not be able to strike it rich now with an entertaining career, you might be able to make some extra money providing entertainment for birthday parties, family reunions, or other smaller gatherings. Entertainers from comedians, magicians, musicians, impersonators, puppeteers or ventriloquists can turn their hobbies into part-time incomes. And who knows – maybe you will be able to launch a second career with your performance gig!
Nearly every nonprofit has part-time employees. If you can find a nonprofit that focuses on something you are already very passionate about, this type of job could be perfect for you. For example, if you think sustainable eating is super important, you might consider a part-time role at an apple orchard or a community garden. Check the websites of your favorite organizations to look for openings.
Do you love helping people feel better? Massage therapy may be a great part-time job for you after retirement. You’ll have the opportunity to learn new skills as well as meet a lot of new people. Look up the massage therapy requirements in your state to determine what the next steps are if you’re interested in a second career in massage therapy.
So you’ve always loved makeup, but perhaps you couldn’t find a way to make it a part of your full-time career. This could be your chance. If you’re interested in doing makeup for special events like prom or weddings, you might be able to start your business independently just by letting friends know and advertising online. If you’d like to take it further, you might consider getting a job at a make-up counter or store. Research these jobs in your area to see exactly what you need to get started.
Home Healthcare Aide
Thousands of Americans hire home healthcare aides to provide assistance for themselves or a family member. Aides can do a variety of tasks – from cooking to cleaning to simply providing companionship. Home healthcare companies will match you with clients based on your abilities. If you’ve always loved helping others, this can be a great part-time job.
If you’ve always loved organizing your own life, you might enjoy helping someone else organize theirs. Virtual assistant positions are growing, and there are many companies offering training for this type of role online. These jobs are virtual in nature, which means you can do them from wherever you want. Your tasks would include things like appointment setting, email sorting, gift purchasing, and more. You can find virtual assistant jobs on sites like VaVa Jobs or BELAY Solutions.
If you like driving and enjoy waking up in the wee hours of the morning, a newspaper route might be the smart job for you. Bring back your teenage nostalgia and check for route openings in your area on your local paper’s website.
Library or Gym Monitor
Whether it is a classroom, library, or gym, a monitor is responsible for keeping order, maintaining discipline, and offering customer service. You’ll need strong communication skills as well as organizational skills, as you may also be responsible for booking the space for events.
Food delivery is a rapidly growing industry, and therefore there are plenty of driver positions available. If you like driving and don’t mind working directly with customers, this could be a great role for you. In addition to a paycheck and flexible hours, you might also get free or discounted food, auto insurance discounts, and roadside assistance as perks.
Cruise Ship Staff
Do you love traveling? If you’ve always wanted to see the world but don’t necessarily have the resources to cruise regularly, you might consider getting a job on one. Jobs on cruise ships can include things like gift shop attendants, kids’ club workers and photographers. Check out cruise websites to learn more about open opportunities.
If you’re a bored retiree looking for meaningful, productive, or fun ways to fill your newfound time – consider a part-time role. We’ve offered a list of 23, but there are many more opportunities out there that may suit your interests and skills. Not only will you find a way to fill your time more productively, but you’ll also have a little extra money you can use to pay off debt, save, or spend.
About the Author
Melinda Pettijohn is an expert personal financial writer with more than 10 years of experience in the industry. She covers topics ranging from budgeting, additional ways to make money, credit cards, managing debt, paying for college, and more. As a mom of three kids, she especially loves sharing insights on how to make the most of your money while raising a family.