Picture your retirement: you’re doing what you’ve always wanted to with the people you care about most. Your days are filled with nothing but what you want to do…and maybe a part-time job. Wait, a job?
A 2013 survey from Harris Interactive found that 60 percent of workers over the age of 60 plan to look for a new job after retirement. “Then what’s the point of retiring?” you may ask. While you begin to get your retirement income from your investments and retirement accounts, an additional stream of income is never a bad thing.
Here are some ideas if you are going to be looking for a job in retirement:
Do what you did, just less of it. It may be possible to continue doing the same type of work you’ve been doing, but on a part-time schedule. This is great if you love what you do, and if your employer values your work, they may just be up for this type of negotiation.
Find a retail job at a store that matches one of your hobbies. Love reading? Work at a book store. Are cars more your thing? See what jobs are available at auto parts stores. Wherever your passion lies, you may be able to find a job that allows you to be close to it.
Pitch in at a non-profit. Many non-profits offer small stipends or part-time pay for good workers who help their organization run better.
Consulting or freelancing. If you are great at what you do, you may have a part-time career as a consultant or freelancer. You can still pursue what you love doing while setting your own schedule.
Monetize your skills. Whether you are good with words, numbers, car parts or something else, you can probably solve someone else’s problem with the skills you have. Write down all of your skills and then think about problems they could help solve.
While retirement is often thought of as a time to relax and take it easy, it can be beneficial to have a small source of income to work with as well. If you’re nearing or already in retirement, use the above tips to see what kind of jobs you can come up with.
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