As we’re getting older, we all start to dream of retirement. All of our days filled with reading books, spending time with family, or going on trips. However, when the time finally comes, all too many of us find ourselves bored, or dealing with an empty nest. After years (or even decades) of having work to do every day, the sudden absence of it leaves us filling unfulfilled. And while you don’t want to go back to working all of the time, you would like to have something to do. With that in mind, here are some part-time job ideas to think about doing in your retirement.
Research and Data Collection
Over the years, you may have developed a bit of an expertise in some area. This knowledge and experience could be invaluable to those still working in the field. By working as a researcher, or helping to collect data, you can put to use the skills and knowledge you’ve accumulated over the years. Check with local universities or libraries, and see if someone there is in need of help. If you’re lucky you may find some part-time work, or at least work on a volunteer basis to start. What’s great about this work is that you will likely get to do it on your own schedule, and it won’t take up too much of your time.
Are you looking for work that only takes up part of the year? Perhaps you live in two different locations throughout the year, and you only need work for a few months. Luckily, there are many places that will hire people on a seasonal basis. Places like hotels, resorts, and retail stores have busy months, and they need to bring in some extra help. There are a wide range of jobs available, and these seasonal jobs are a great way to keep yourself busy for a few months, while also earning some extra money.
Join A Sports Organization
Do you have a sports team that you love? Wouldn’t it be great if you could be a part of their organization? Well, many sports teams are in need of people to work throughout their seasons, and you could be one of them. You could help people find their seats, work in the front office, or one of many other jobs. The best place to look is through the team itself, or with their arena. If you land the job, you not only get to be a part of your favorite organization, but you might also get some great perks, like tickets to the games!
Help Those In Need
Another popular option for retirees is to help out other people. There are two great ways that you can do this. First, you could find a local charity that needs help. Charities are always in need of volunteers, but in some cases they need part-time workers as well. Even if you can’t get a job there, volunteering is a great way to spend your free time, and you’re more likely to get a job there if a position opens up.
Another option is to do something like becoming a home health aide. Home health aides travel around and assist people in their homes. You’ll need some special training in order to do a job like this, but the result is a very rewarding job that you get to do part-time. In some cases you’ll even get to pick your own hours, making it great for those people who need more flexibility. There are numerous ways you can use your time to help other people, so take a look around your local community and see what’s available.
Start Your Own Business
Finally, if you don’t like the options that are out there for you, why not create your own work? If you’ve developed a skill over your lifetime, there is probably someone out there who would benefit from it. All you need to do is market yourself, and find someone willing to pay for your service. Of course, there’s more to it than that, but that’s a good place to start. The best things about starting your own business are that you don’t have to answer to anyone else, you get to choose your own hours, and you get to do something that you love and that you’re good at. It’ll take more leg work to get started than simply finding a job, but you’re retired, so you have plenty of time.
Just because you’re retired doesn’t mean you have to sit around at home all day feeling bored. There are plenty of ways to remain busy, and one of them is getting a job on the side. The above list is just a mere sample of the possibilities, and if you look hard enough, you’re sure to find something that fits your skills, needs and desires.