10 Part-Time Jobs to Supplement Retirement Income

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Working during retirement seems counterintuitive but many are doing just that, either by necessity, or because they find it fulfilling to continue to work.

If you’re finding it difficult to make ends meet as you face higher prices at the grocery store, gas pump, and on home utility bills, you may want to consider getting a part-time job to supplement your income.

Below are 10 common part-time jobs that you may want to consider to help you balance your budget:

  1. Grocery stores, pharmacies, and other retail establishments are often looking for part-time workers and offer competitive pay and flexible hours. These jobs are especially plentiful when seasonal or holiday demand is high.
  2. Remote customer service representative positions are often available, especially since the pandemic when many companies pivoted to work at home jobs.
  3. Bookkeeping or tax preparation if that’s something you’ve got a history in is also a great way to bring in extra income in retirement from the comfort of your own home.
  4. Schools, preschools, and daycares are extremely short-staffed and are looking for substitute teachers, aides, and other staff positions.
  1. Many young couples are looking for nannies or babysitters to care for their children in your home or theirs. These positions could be a perfect job share with another retiree who is also looking to pick up extra income.
  2. Families also often need a pet sitter or dog walker to take Rover out while they are at work. The reward of spending time with furry friends is a bonus on top of the pay! You can also pet sit which is another easy way to make some extra money.
  3. There are many jobs available for those who like to drive. Whether it’s Uber or Lyft rideshare services, Amazon deliveries, or driving a school bus, these positions are readily available as companies struggle to fill the demand.
  4. Instacart, Grubhub and other delivery services allow you to make your own hours and choose the jobs you want.
  5. Take your hobby to the next level. If you enjoy crafting and creating, set up an Etsy store online, or sign up for local craft fairs. Maybe you have a talent like singing, or an instrument that you play, and you’d like to offer lessons for a fee.
  6. If you’re handy and know your way around a toolbox, perhaps you could open a small business doing side jobs for homeowners and businesses. You can sign up for apps like TaskRabbit or Thumbtack to reach a broader group of customers.

Consider checking out online resources like the website Retirement Jobs or Cogenerate to see available positions in your area. If working outdoors appeals to you, check out the “older and bolder” section of the Coolworks organization’s website to find out about jobs at national parks and outdoor seasonal positions.

Make sure it’s legit

No matter what job you choose, research carefully to make sure it’s a good fit and look out for job scams. You should NEVER pay someone to work and watch out for multilevel marketing companies (MLMs) which can be a pyramid scheme. If you are providing services for others through an app or your own business, be sure that you have proper insurance, licenses or permits to do the work.

Talk with friends and family members to find out what jobs they may recommend. You may find a type of work that not only helps to pay the bills, it could be just what you need to find a sense of purpose while keeping you healthy and socially connected!

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