Best Jobs for Retirees

Content provided for general information. Always talk to your tax advisor before making important decisions.

I may receive a referral fee if you use linked products or services.

There are many ways to make extra cash after you retire. You could work part-time or freelance, volunteer, start a side hustle, or even consider starting a small business. These options can help supplement your retirement income.

Sell Your Skills Online

The Internet has made it possible for anyone with a computer and an internet connection to sell their skills online. You can make money by selling your skills online through websites like Amazon Mechanical Turk or Fiverr. These sites are great because they allow you to be flexible in the types of jobs that you do.

For instance, if you’re really good at writing, you might want to try out some freelance articles on places like Upwork or Textbroker. If you have experience as a graphic designer, then you can find clients who need logos designed.

Get Paid for Writing

Writing articles online is one of the easiest ways to make money from home. If you love writing, why not turn it into a full-time job? Writing articles takes very little effort, and you don’t need much experience. All you need is a computer and an internet connection.

You can write about anything you want. Some people choose to write about personal experiences while others prefer to write about more general topics. The key is finding something that interests you and makes you passionate enough to keep going.

If you enjoy writing, there are plenty of opportunities available to you. Many companies hire freelancers to provide content for their blogs, social media pages, and other marketing materials. Freelance writers also often write for magazines and newspapers.

Become a Contract Consultant

If you want to get out of the daily grind but aren’t ready to retire fully, becoming a contract consultant may be right for you. A contract consultant works for a company on a temporary basis. You may be brought in to assist with a special project or to lend your expertise when a company is making important decisions.

Contract consultants typically earn between $25-$100 per hour depending on the type of work they perform. However, this varies greatly depending on the company. For example, a contract consultant working for a large corporation will likely earn significantly more than someone working for a startup.

Teaching as an Adjunct Professor

Adjunct professors are often overlooked when it comes to finding work in academia. This is unfortunate because adjunct professors are among the highest-paid professionals in the country. They usually teach two courses each semester and receive around $2,000-$3,000 per course.

Adjunct professors generally have at least a bachelor’s degree and teaching experience. While some universities require adjuncts to hold a master’s degree, schools often offer incentives such as tuition waivers or stipends to entice them to join their faculty.

Working as a Patient Advocate

Patient advocates play a vital role in ensuring that patient’s needs are met. Their main responsibility is to ensure that patients understand what services are being offered and how those services benefit them.

Patients often rely on patient advocates to help them navigate the healthcare system. In addition, many hospitals have patient advocacy groups that meet regularly to discuss issues related to healthcare.

A patient advocate earns anywhere from $20-$50 per hour depending on the size of the organization.

Guiding Tours

If you’re thinking about retiring soon, it might be worth considering taking up a career as a tour guide. You could make some extra cash while enjoying yourself.

There are a number of companies that offer tours around the world. These include walking tours, biking tours, cooking classes, wine-tasting events, and even ghost-hunting trips.

You don’t necessarily have to travel far to find a good job. Some companies hire local guides to take visitors around their city. Others prefer to send out employees to different cities. Either way, you can make some decent money.

Officiating Youth Sports

If you are looking for a way to make some extra money while still having fun, consider becoming a youth sports official. There are many opportunities out there for people who enjoy helping others. In fact, it might even help you retire early.

Youth sports officials work with coaches and players during games and practices. They count goals, keep scorecards, and record statistics. Officials also ensure that rules are followed and that athletes do not break them. Some officials wear special uniforms that identify them as such. Others use plain clothes.

The job pays well. Most games work out to $25 to $50 per hour.

Tutoring

Are you interested in tutoring? If so, then you may want to consider starting your own business. Tutoring is one of the best ways to supplement your retirement income.

Most tutors charge students by the hour. Depending on the subject matter, you can expect to charge anywhere from $10-$40 per hour. The amount you charge depends on several factors including the student’s age, level of education, and whether they need private lessons or group sessions.

Some tutors offer online tutoring either through a tutoring service or regular video calls. This can help you keep the flexibility to travel even if you take on a steady tutoring gig.

Dog Boarding

There are many reasons why people choose to board dogs while traveling. Some want to make sure their dog gets plenty of exercise and socialization while away from home. Others want to ensure their pet doesn’t miss out on the comforts of home while they’re gone.

They may not feel comfortable using a commercial dog boarding site but would still prefer their dog to go somewhere rather than having a stranger get the keys to their house. You could also be a cheaper option for them while still making some nice side cash every time you have a new friend visit you.

Work in a Virtual Call Center

Virtual call centers allow customers to place phone calls to businesses all over the country. Companies like this often hire retired individuals because they are less expensive than hiring younger workers.

These jobs require little physical effort and most virtual call center agents sit at a desk and listen to customer calls. Agents typically earn between $12-$15 an hour. Many jobs offer part-time hours and give you the flexibility to choose your shift.

Usher for Sports and Music Events

Most stadiums and concert halls need ushers for their events. While they usually want you to commit to a certain number of events, the events are usually spread out so you’re only working a small number of days per year.

Pay varies, but it’s usually not much more than minimum wage. In many positions, you won’t be able to watch much action directly, but you’ll still get a chance to be out of the house and part of the excitement.

Babysitting

Babysitting is a great job for people who like kids, and there are plenty of opportunities out there.

There are many different ways to become a babysitter, including online platforms such as Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace. If you’d rather avoid dealing with the internet, you could try posting ads in local newspapers or magazines.

You can also look for jobs through friends and family members. Or, you could start your own babysitting business.

Pay varies based on where you live, but you can usually expect between $15 to $25 per hour.

Dog Walking

People who are retired or semi-retired might want to consider trying out pet sitting or dog walking. There are many ways to do it. One option is to work part-time while you care for pets full-time. Another is to find a local organization that offers paid pet care programs. Still another option is to become a professional pet sitter or dog walker.

The latter option requires some training and certification. You could start off working with friends or family members who already offer pet care services. Or, you could enroll in classes offered by schools like the American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen program.

Driving a School Bus

Driving a school bus isn’t a career for everyone. But it does offer some benefits over other careers. For one thing, you don’t need a college degree to start out. And there are plenty of opportunities for drivers to make money. Plus, driving a school bus doesn’t require much training. You just need to pass a physical exam and complete a driver safety course.

One of the downsides to being a school bus driver is you often have a morning trip and an afternoon trip with hours in between that you aren’t paid for. This is bad for most working people that need a full day’s pay, but it could be the perfect schedule for you as a retiree.

Shopping for Instacart

Instacart is a service that allows customers to order groceries online and have them delivered to their door. Each customer gets a personal shopper for their order who drives to the store and picks everything out.

Full-service shoppers are contractors who use their personal vehicles to drive around neighborhoods picking up grocery items and delivering them to customers. Depending on where you live and how many tips you get, you could earn up to $25 per hour.

Teaching English

One of the easiest retirement gigs is teaching English. There are plenty of people around the globe who are willing to pay for lessons. If you are fluent in another language, you can even start making money today. All you need is a computer, internet access, and a desire to help others learn English.

You don’t need any special skills or credentials to become an English teacher. While schools that offer formal lessons may have such requirements, many people just want to practice basic conversational skills.

Before starting your journey into teaching English, you need to decide what type of classes you want to offer. Do you want to teach children? Adults? Both? Or maybe you want to focus on one particular subject such as reading, writing, speaking, etc.

Once you choose a niche, you need to find a place where you can teach. This could be online, at a local library, church, university, or even in your home.

Working as a Restaurant Host

Restaurant owners are having trouble finding qualified servers. This is causing an increase in demand for restaurant host positions. If you want to work part-time while enjoying life, becoming a restaurant host could be just what you’re looking for.

As a restaurant host, you’ll greet guests at the front door and then take them to their table. The waiters then take over for the hard parts of the job. The bad news is that you won’t get tipped as much as the waiters, but if you’re looking for stress-free extra cash, being the host is the easier position.

Bartending

If you’re looking for a little more activity and to make more money, being a bartender might be a better fit. Many bartenders only work part-time hours since their busiest times are on nights and weekends.

If you’re looking for a quieter bartending gig, you might be able to find work at a country club or golf course.

Becoming a Fitness Trainer

A fitness instructor earns more money than many other professions. You don’t even need a college degree. And there are plenty of jobs out there. So why aren’t more people becoming fitness instructors?

The answer is simple. Most people think it takes too much training to become a fitness trainer. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, anyone can learn how to teach clients about exercise and nutrition. All you need is some basic knowledge and experience.

While you might think that fitness trainers are usually young people, there are many other retirees who can use your help.

Doing Home Inspections

A home inspection can help you make sure that the property you are buying is structurally sound. You want to know what needs fixing, how much it might cost, and whether there are any potential safety issues.

Home inspectors can inspect the structure of a building, including walls, flooring, ceiling, roof, windows, doors, foundations, electrical wiring, plumbing pipes, appliances, and heating and cooling systems. They can provide recommendations about repairs and maintenance needed to keep the property safe and livable.

The average fee for a home inspection ranges from $250-$600, depending on the area. Some states require licensing and some don’t. You’ll usually need some sort of related experience, making this a great retirement gig for people who worked in the trades.

Becoming a Park Ranger

The National Park Service is always looking for people willing to spend the summer working outdoors. They offer park rangers jobs in national parks across the United States. Some of these parks include Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Great Smoky Mountains, Everglades, Rocky Mountains, Glacier Bay, Acadia, Arches, Zion, Mount Rainier, Bryce Canyon, and others.

Park Rangers are responsible for protecting the natural resources within the park and enforcing the rules and regulations set forth by the NPS. They also help visitors enjoy the beauty of nature while providing information about the area.

There are three types of park ranger positions: full-time, part-time, and seasonal. Full-time park rangers typically work 40 hours per week and make $35,000-$45,000 annually. Part-timers generally work 20 hours per week and earn $15,000-$20,000 annually. Seasonal park rangers are hired for specific projects and receive no benefits. Their pay varies depending on the project.

Ridesharing

Uber and Lyft allow you to pick up passengers around town and give them a lift anywhere within a certain radius. As a driver, you can turn the app on and off at any time without having to schedule your shifts. It’s an easy way to earn extra cash when you have time to spare.

You can drive with Uber or Lyft as long as you’re at least 21 years old and have a valid driver’s license. You’ll also need to bring your car in for an inspection to make sure it meets basic safety requirements.

You can learn more about how this gig works financially in the Uber Driver Tax Guide.

Preparing Tax Returns

Most tax preparers only work for two to three months per year. You can also choose a part-time schedule if you want.

Don’t know anything about taxes? You’ll get trained on the basics, and your software will do most of the heavy thinking. You’ll start on super simple tax returns with people who just need a little reassurance or aren’t comfortable using tax software on their own.

Will this affect my Social Security?

Many people wonder if taking a part-time job in retirement will affect their Social Security. The answer is yes, but it could be in a good way or not as bad as you expect. Check out the Gig Workers Social Security Guide to learn more.

Thanks for reading.

If you found this post useful, please help others find it by sharing on social or linking from your blog.

Get monthly tips and tax reminders in your inbox.

Leave a Comment

You can leave an anonymous question or comment below. All comments are public, so please don't include any sensitive information. If you need personalized advice, please talk to a tax advisor or other appropriate professional.