Best Jobs For Retirees

Retiring doesn’t mean you have to stop working. Today many seniors opt for some kind of occupation, even in their gold years. There are many jobs that are perfect for seniors and often people enjoy doing them. According to a U.S. jobs report, around 19%  of people do some kind of work, even after retiring. We gathered a list of jobs suitable for seniors and tried to cover as many areas as possible.

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Consultant

No matter what your profession was before you retired, your career probably granted you a pretty substantial amount of expertise. You can leverage that experience after graduating by offering consultation services within your industry. You just need to be able to set up a website and get a certification, and then you’re ready to go mentor and instruct people in your field who can make use of your valuable expertise.

Business consultants make an average $77,000 per year, which is nothing to sneeze at—but then, so might be the workload you’d be taking on—so if you’re looking to retire in style (or if you didn’t really want to retire in the first place) this might be a good choice for you.

Consulting firms would provide you with a structured way to do your work, if you wanted to, but they might also force you into schedules that you don’t exactly want. Thankfully, you don’t have to join a firm to make plenty of money as a consultant. Consultants can offer their services freelance online, take individual contracts, and build their own schedules. Being self-employed certainly has drawbacks, but it would also allow you to continue your retired lifestyle as you see fit and without any restrictions by employers who would need to demand a rigid schedule.

Freelancer

If you’re a creative type, especially if your work history involved creative skills like music, writing, graphic design, or art, you might consider taking up freelancing in whatever skills you have to offer. The internet makes it easier than ever to connect skilled creators and the clients that need them, and you can take advantage of that convenience to work from home and make good money doing what you love. Plenty of internet content, small self-published books, and other written materials you come into contact with has passed through the hands of at least one ghostwriter, editor, or reviewer who was working for and by themselves. Tons of people contract small graphic designers and artists to make their projects come to life, or to create gifts for the people they care about. It’s easy to find people who need what you have; all you have to do is start looking.

A good freelance writer can expect a typical hourly rate of around $32/hr, and a good graphic designer might make as much as $40 hourly—although individual projects can sometimes be month-long contracts worth multiple thousands of dollars. Work enough jobs and you have a pretty hefty sum of money doing things that you enjoy.

Furthermore, freelancing is a great way to find small crews of people in your field who are looking to fill more permanent positions. If someone contracts you for a project and likes your work enough, they may offer you a permanent position that you could work remotely and mostly on your own schedule. The added stability of having these sorts of work relationships can offset some of the uncertainty of freelancing and give you a steady and dependable stream of income even when other contracts are few and far between.

Writer

Thanks to the power of the internet, people around the world can write and publish books for free! Amazon takes a chunk out of your profits as a fee for hosting your book, so perhaps going through a traditional publishing process is more profitable in the long run, but no one has to receive countless rejection letters before they can start getting their words out into the world. Are you an expert in your field, and wanting to share your stories and lessons with a wide audience? Consider writing a memoir or advice book marketed towards people who would be interested in your topic. Are you a storyteller who’s held on to the ideas inside your head? Chances are, your story deserves to be shared. Now that you have time to focus on writing, there’s nothing stopping you from sharing it.

It’s tricky to nail down an average income for full-time writers, but most of the money comes from two main sources: book sales and public speaking. If you write a book and it becomes wildly successful, people will pay you to talk to audiences about your subject—especially if you write novels targeted at teens and children—and school appearances are a solid way to increase your income after you’ve published.

Driver

Lyft and Uber have taken America by storm, making taxi services easy and cheap to use. Anywhere between 24 and 43 percent of Americans use rideshare apps, and you can join the legions of drivers who make it possible to move that industry forward (literally).

It takes a certain kind of person to be a good rideshare driver. Are you sociable, friendly, and talkative? Do you enjoy meeting and interacting with new people? Are you a safe driver with a solid head for navigation? Is your car nice, clean, and comfortable to ride in? If so, you’d be sure to earn plenty of high ratings that would bring young people flocking to you for rides of all sorts and sizes.

Your earnings as a rideshare driver depend completely on your location. Uber, for example, has different rates depending on driver supply and passenger demand that can vary by states or even cities. Some locations don’t fare very well, like certain places in the Midwest US that average around $5/hour, but some places are extremely lucrative—Honolulu, Hawaii has seen rates as high as $25/hour on normal days. Also, being willing to drive when other drivers aren’t (like in heavy snow or thunderstorms) is likely to net you extremely high rates for those specific times, since less drivers on the road tips the scales of supply and demand and makes you a much more valuable asset.

Administrative Assistant

The American economy simply would not function without administrative assistants. There are over 5.6 million businesses in the United States, and each and every one of them needs a way to organize operations, process information, and make critical decisions on a daily basis. That’s where an administrative assistant comes in: helping the business owners of America acquire and understand the information they need to make the best decisions for their business, and then organizing those people’s schedules to help make those decisions become reality.

If you’re a talented generalist who’s good with people, you should consider work as an administrative assistant. Administrative assistants are employed everywhere, from government offices to hospitals to schools to private companies. You might perform tasks including database management, electronic communication, managing scheduling and booking for your employer, bookkeeping, notetaking, and attending people as required. Administrative assistants make an average of $14 an hour, but with dedication, flexibility, and a strong work ethic, you could make yourself invaluable to whatever company you work for and earn plenty of raises along the way.

Retail

There’s a reason why retail and customer service jobs are so popular as first jobs for high schoolers entering the workforce: they’re pretty darn easy. Folding clothes, running registers, and helping customers find the items they’re looking for doesn’t take a lot of effort, and the extra change you make for doing it can certainly help make your retirement a little easier.

These sorts of jobs are extra valuable during certain seasons. If you’re just looking for something to do during the holidays, most major retailers will be looking to fill extra positions to get a little bit of an advantage over the heavier crowds of Christmas shoppers.

Minimum wage doesn’t look like much on paper. However, most retail positions (or any other entry-level customer service positions) are extremely likely to promote people who exhibit strong leadership and work ethic, which isn’t very hard to do when most of your competition is twenty or under. Plus, unlike most of the other items on this list, these sorts of jobs have reliable hours that you don’t have to “find”, and the time you save from searching for work can be used doing more (or relaxing, since you’ve earned that by this point).

Childcare

If you’re good with kids, you might consider working for a childcare service. Daycares can use people who aren’t working daytime hours to love and care for children whose parents are working full-time, and it doesn’t take an extensive amount of training. You’d be likely to make around $11 to $11.50 an hour, with the possibility to move up into supervisor roles if you know what you’re doing.

Real Estate

Real estate can be incredibly lucrative without too much effort. After an admittedly lengthy course on US real estate law, you can get certified and start helping people obtain properties. Real estate can be done part time, and if you put just 20 hours per week into it, you might make $30k a year; the more time you invest, though, the more you stand to gain. Some realtors working just over 40 hours per week report earnings of up to $100,000 per year.

As a realtor, you could join a firm—but you absolutely don’t have to. The interconnectivity of the internet allows many jobs to be completed remotely and on a freelance, contract-to-contract basis. You could work for yourself, on your own time, and make a lot of money doing it.

Music Performance

Are you a talented, practiced musician? Why not take that skill you’ve spent years honing and turn it into a profitable side gig? Chances are, there are people who could use whatever instrumentation you have to offer, and there are networks you can find that dedicate themselves to helping bands find musicians. Don’t let age stop you from taking part in the art you love! There are plenty of musical groups that value your experience and skill, and they’ll pay good money to have you join them in their pursuit.

Musicians playing at bars and clubs might expect to make $200-300 per night, meaning that if you pull just a couple gigs a month, you might end up earning an easy thousand dollars doing something that you genuinely enjoy.

Notary

Being a notary public looks great on a resume for other careers, but it also can be a line of work all on its own. Notaries can make six figures a year just notarizing documents for people and businesses, and it isn’t very hard to get started. Your state may have special requirements, but the National Notary Organization has lots of helpful tips to get you on your way to a certification.

Being a notary public makes you extremely attractive to many businesses; it’s very convenient to have one on hand. That means that you could theoretically net a full-time job that may or may not be related to your notary status. You also could decide to offer your services independently, since lots of small businesses have need for a notary but couldn’t afford to hire one full time. You can charge a reasonably high rate and businesses will gladly pay you to stand in one place while you watch documents get signed and then confirm that you did, in fact, see the signature being made.

Crafts

There’s an enormous market out there for handmade crafts, if you know where to connect. Etsy.com hosts creators hoping to connect their craft to potential customers, and you can make good money handmaking projects for people. Whether you carve wood, shape clay, stitch quilts, knit hats, or forge metal, your hobby can be monetized. At the time this article was written, there was a “baby gym” on the front page, labeled a best seller, for $40. It had four wooden parts which probably cost around $5 total and looked about as labor intensive as making a pot of coffee. A pair of handmade mugs might go for $60. Jewelry is especially popular, whether it’s made from leather, metal, or crystals.

As a craftsperson, your profits can be a little bit up and down, and if you’re self-employed, you’ll have to pay for your own materials, but it can make for an enjoyable job that turns a nice little profit when you look in the right places to sell your wares.