One thing you will have plenty of when you retire is time. You may have lots of time, but perhaps you don’t have lots of money and want to supplement your retirement income. Whatever the reason, finding senior citizen jobs is not as difficult as it once was.
There was a time not so long ago when seniors were not considered relevant to the workforce once they retired. My, how things have changed. Not only are seniors starting new careers after retiring, but some also are not retiring at all until they are 75 or 80.
In general, people are living longer, healthier lives thanks in part to medical science and the amazing amount of information out there on the optimum diet for seniors and the importance of adopting fitness as a way of life.
Still, others want to try something different in the way of employment once they retire. When you do retire it’s a great time to do something you truly love. It may not pay nearly as well as the job or jobs you had all your life, but at least you get to do something you truly enjoy.
Being happy and loving life as a senior will do wonders for your quality of life and longevity.
So what jobs are out there for senior citizens?
TEACH WHAT YOU KNOW
Perhaps you had a career as a teacher maybe you could consider tutoring kids. Or perhaps you were a music teacher, why not teach kids how to play instruments?
There are also all kinds of people new to North America who need help learning English. So, why not teach them? It can be very rewarding and also very lucrative financially. Perhaps you were a teacher you already have all the credentials you need.
Did you work at one of the trades most of your life? Were you an electrician, plumber, or carpenter? Why not offer your services as a handyman? People always need help to fix up their homes and once you build a solid reputation for charging fair prices and doing a great job you will gain customers by word of mouth.
Every time you teach someone how to play an instrument, learn English, or you do a handyman job for someone, leave them your card and have them pass on your information to friends and family who could use your services.
DO YOU LIKE ANIMALS?
The most difficult part of owning pets is trying to figure out what to do with them when you decide to go on a vacation. Some services that are available can be very expensive. Like leaving your dog at a kennel for instance.
Sometimes you can rely on family or friends to look after your pet, but what happens if nobody is available during the time you have holidays plans to go on a cruise?
What if you were to offer your services as a pet-sitter? There are a couple of ways you can do this.
You can arrange to go to the home every day where the animal lives and feed and spend time with the pet you’re looking after, or you can have the pet dropped off at your home. It would be a great advantage having the pets brought to your home as it would eliminate having to drive to and from pet-sitting jobs.
Perhaps you like cats. Many cat-owners are in need of a pet-sitter quite often. Sometimes just for a few days and perhaps sometimes for a few weeks.
ARE YOU GOOD WITH NUMBERS?
Perhaps you were an accountant or math teacher. Why not start a business doing income tax returns? The beauty of this job is that once you build up a client base, the same people could well use your services year after year.
Tax preparers who work on their own can charge far less than companies who specialize in it. I’ll give you an example. There was a senior who did my taxes for about eight years.
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She did a great job and I never had a problem with any of the returns she did. The most she ever charged me was about $75. Then one year she decided it would be here last year of preparing taxes so I went to one of the biggest companies to get my taxes done.
I pay close to $300 every year even though there were the same amount of tax schedules to do. Big corporations have to charge more to pay their employees and all their overhead and still make a profit.
On the other hand, she worked out of her home and could charge far less.
DO YOU LOVE DRIVING?
Perhaps you know your city well, there are many opportunities when it comes to earning money as a driver.
The best thing about being a driver is that they often have very flexible schedules. Why not drive for Uber or Lyft? Or perhaps you really like kids and would make an excellent school bus driver. Many seniors take driving positions with school bus operators.
Maybe you could drive a limo or a transport van of some sort. Keep in mind that delivery drivers often have one of the best paying hourly rates for experienced drivers.
Maybe you could land a delivery job with Amazon or UPS.
Could there possibly be a better job than getting hired as a house-sitter?
You could practically move right in and go about your daily routine as if you were in your own home. Do a good job as a house-sitter and you will be asked back again and again and will also get a lot of referrals from satisfied customers.
Most people are not comfortable leaving their homes unattended for weeks on end while they are out of town. They want someone there to collect mail, shovel the walks in the winter or look after the garden in the Summer.
Just having someone there playing music, watching T.V. or simply having the lights on lets potential break-in artists know that the home is not deserted.
WHY NOT WORK IN A STORE?
Perhaps you like people, why not consider a job in retail?
There is always someone in the retail industry hiring, especially during the busy holiday season. Often there are perks that go along with retail jobs.
For one thing, you may be able to find a retail position with very flexible hours and they will gladly accommodate your individual availability.
Also, there might be discounts for staff that you can take advantage of.
The holiday season might be a great time to consider a job with UPS or FedEx if as mentioned above, you enjoy driving and have a clean license.
DO YOU LIVE NEAR A RESORT?
What a great opportunity if there is a resort close to your home. Perhaps you live near the mountains, you might consider a job at a ski resort.
Perhaps you live near a beach. Depending on where you live beach resorts might be up and running all year round. Maybe there are skills you developed that will fit perfectly with a job in a resort.
And don’t forget about the perks. Perhaps you are a skier perhaps you will get to ski for free or at least pay reduced prices for lift tickets. Some resorts might include free meals as well for their staff members.
WANT TO WORK FROM HOME?
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