What do you think of when you hear the word retirement? For me, many things come to mind, all of which make me happy. I picture myself living in a climate that’s warm all year round and playing unlimited amounts of golf. The only work I have to worry about is making more putts and straightening out my hook.
Ahhh, what a life it will be. I’ll have all the time in the world to hang out at the beach, attend sporting events and relax. OK, enough staring out the window and daydreaming about something that’s so far ahead in my future that I can hardly imagine it.
Even though retirement is a long way down the line for me, one thing’s for certain: I won’t want another job. Or will I? According to an article published by The New York Times, 7.2 million Americans aged 65 and older are working, a number that has doubled in 15 years. In some instances, it’s a case of a person loving their job, while others work because they don’t feel financially secure with their retirement funds. No matter the reasoning, the main point is that when people retire, they aren’t necessarily done working.
The thought of working after retiring is laughable to me. After working for 25, 30 or 35 years, why would I want to continue working when I’ve already worked for a large portion of my life? As tough as it is for me to believe, people get bored in retirement. While I had heard of this crazy notion, I didn’t actually believe it was possible until it happened to my dad. He retired in his early 50s, only to begin working again a few weeks later. It seems like he works more now that he’s “retired” than he did before.
I don’t see a similar scenario playing out for me. However, if for some reason I do become sick of golfing and hanging out at the beach, what would I do with all my free time? I suppose I’d go in the direction of finding a part-time job. What types of part-time jobs are available for retirees? Glad you asked! Take a look.
This one is right up my alley. If I had to spend time away from the golf course and beach, I’d prefer to be at a sports venue. Many sports teams hire seasonal workers to do jobs such as usher spectators to their seats or help out at the concession stands. Spending a day at the ballpark doesn’t sound like too bad of a job, right?
If you were a retired teacher, the transition to becoming a tutor would be nearly seamless. You could help individuals who are struggling in whatever subject you specialize in (math, English, science) and get them on the right track. You could start your own program or get in touch with local schools to get your foot in the door.
If you’re looking to make some quick cash during the holiday season, head to your local retail store. Most are in need of part-time workers during the holiday rush. The best part about this job? It’ll only last a short period of time before you can head back to the golf course.
Most of us do what we can to get out of jury duty. However, if you’re interested in shows like “Law and Order,” maybe this is for you. All that’s needed is a computer with Internet access. Online companies like eJury.com and OnlineVerdict.com pay people to give verdicts on mock trials that lawyers and other jury consultants are working on.
If you love to write or take pictures, you could do so AND earn some cash! With many newspapers making personnel cuts due to a changing readership, companies are always looking for ways to save money. It’s cheaper for them to pay a freelancer than it is to hire someone on salary. For more information, contact a local newspaper or magazine company and see what positions are available.
If you have the patience to deal with people and spend the majority of your time on the phone, there are plenty of telemarketing jobs available for retired people.
Golf Course Ranger
If I had to choose one dream retirement job, it would probably be this. You get to spend all your time at the golf course, driving around golf carts and making sure groups are keeping up their pace of play. Some courses have one ranger watch over the first tee to ensure every golfer has paid. Other courses have rangers drive around the course to make sure everything is running smoothly. Another great perk (along with being at the course all day) is free golf!
Do you love animals? If so, pet sitting could be for you. Responsibilities are as simple as making sure the pet is fed and let out (if necessary). Maybe throw in a couple walks around the block (depending on the animal), and you’re good to go. You could work through a pet sitting company or on your own.
Community centers and churches usually have part-time jobs available for retired people. The tasks could be as simple as data entry or keeping records on file. A few hours organizing information, and you’re day is complete.
If you want to keep your current job, but at a reduced role, you could look into a phased retirement. This allows you to stay with your current employer but decrease the amount of hours you work, allowing you a more flexible schedule. This route lets you to make the transition from working to retirement over a period of time.
Maybe taking up a part-time job after retiring isn’t such a bad idea after all. No matter your opinion, it’s good to know there are part-time options available for retirees.
Who out there is retired that still works elsewhere? Why did you make the decision to get another job? Let us know in the comments section below!