Averages show that we are living longer, so naturally many of people reaching retirement age are ready to leave the job, but not necessarily hang up their boots.
Whether you are looking for a part time job to supplement your pension or something that is going to ensure you stay active – both physically and mentally, or even just to pay for holidays. We have a number of suggestions for the best part time jobs for retired people.
There are the more obvious choices, which you might expect. But then this is one that you might have never thought of and will allow you a lot more freedom than the others. But let’s start with the obvious choices:
When we think of part time jobs, we can often just think about the retail sector. Offering shift work, which is quite flexible and can often be close to home. This makes it an obvious choice, as we all have experience with customer service and their expectations are typically – Flexible and Offer Great Customer Service.
Will this be suitable for all retirees, not quite? Some of you will find that this is a great option, it will keep the mind active and will mean we aren’t sitting around, which again is a great thing. Active Body & Active Mind is always something my Grandad used to say.
However, this will not be an option for everyone. So, let’s explore some real opportunities where your experience and knowledge will be a key element.
Whatever industry you worked in, you will have a whole lot of experience that people are interested in gaining from you. This is where a consultancy job could be an ideal choice for you. A consultant is defined as “Someone who is an expert in a particular subject, who provides that knowledge”.
Businesses are always actively seeking consultants and understand the need for such roles. US businesses spent about $12 billion on them last year!
All industries won’t lend themselves to this option, but you will know from your industry if it is something that you could pursue.
There are a few things you need to consider prior to going with a Consultancy Role:
- 1.Do you need any certifications/qualifications or a special licence? Some industries will require you to have at least a BA in that subject before being signed onto a consultancy agency
- 2.Are you an organised person? Organisation is a key attribute to successful consultants.
- 3.Do you like to Network? You will need to be able to build up a good contacts list to be effect in that given industry
- 4.Set Long-term & Short-term goals. Any business model requires this, it also allows you to track successes against the amount of work you are putting in.
Here is a list of the top industries seeking Consultants.
- Business Writing
- Career Counselling
- Computer Programmer
- Editorial Services
- Executive Search (Head Hunting)
- Human Resources
- Payroll Management
- Public Relations
- Writing Services
If you have experience in any of these given industries and feel you still have something to offer in it, then becoming a consultant is a great direction to go with.
Offering your services out via freelancing or starting your own consultancy firm could be the next step for you.
Subject Matter Experts – Tutoring and Content Development
On a similar vein to the Consultancy roles, you could offer your services out just as a subject matter expert. Becoming a freelance tutor, rather than committing to what would end up becoming quite a lot of work – consulting could take a lot of time up. Whereas tutoring would be and could be based on your time available.
The pay looks reasonable and you only offer it when you are available. The industries listed above would also be relevant to this topic.
Or an Option Where You Work from Home
Both options above are fine choices, you could easily earn some decent money and not have to work as much as you used to. But do you really want to still work from someone else? Work to a rota system. There are many benefits to a retirement, including some well-deserved time to yourself. So, my final option is one where you could work from pretty much anywhere. You can also use your knowledge and experience, like the other options. But the only boss is yourself. Work when you want to, wherever you want to, and you will also benefit from meeting a lot of other like-minded people online doing it to.
The third option is a combination of blogging and affiliate marketing.
I know, this might sound like something that isn’t for you. But hold that thought, let me describe it to you first.
We have talked about your experience and your knowledge being a prime ingredient in consulting or tutoring – Well that is exactly how you are going to earn money from home. There are plenty of people out there online, looking for help with something. Whether it is help with a product purchase. Help with a problem they have. How-to guides. You name it someone is looking for help with it.
So, the third idea is you starting a blog in any niche that you are already experience in. It doesn’t even have to be with something from your old job. If you would consider yourself enthusiastic and knowledgeable around caravanning or the outdoors – that is an ideal choice for starting your own online business.
How does that lead to earning money, John?
This is where affiliate marketing comes into play. Affiliate Marketing is where you earn a commission for introducing a buyer to a product. A prime example is Amazon. The world’s biggest marketplace offers you a reward for referring someone to their site to buy an item.
To use an example, I am going to use an example I could use. I am an enthusiastic photographer, I am doing wedding photography for Gem’s wedding business and I know a lot about digital cameras, photography and photoshop.
I could start a blog on this subject. By incorporating a number of different guides, I could build trust with anyone visiting the website to show that I am someone they can trust.
As part of this blog, I also write a post about the ‘best digital cameras for beginners. If someone came to my blog post about the best cameras for someone getting started and decided to follow my advice and clicked on my link, they would be taken to Amazon to purchase that camera. My reward from Amazon is a percentage of the purchase price. So, if it is a $100 camera, I could earn $6, every time that someone follows my advice.
Just to expand on the opportunity, there are over 4 billion people with access to high-speed internet all searching online for help with pretty much anything and are often helped by bloggers and Affiliate Marketers.
Can I Get Help & Support?
First off, I want to say it might seem really complicated and difficult and this could put many people off. But that is the one thing I want to dispel. People of all ages are achieving success from affiliate marketing. Regardless of their abilities, they all succeed because they have one thing in common. Great Help & Support available at every step of the way.
Whether you feel you are not great at the computer, or I can’t write articles. How do I research a niche? These are all obstacles we can do together.
There is a training platform that I want to recommend that will offer you everything you need to get started and to continually grow your business until it is something where you would never have to consider a real job again.
Wealthy Affiliate offer great training, that is ideal for anyone of any skill level. They offer websites and tools to get you started. You will also gain access to a community of like-minded individuals all striving for the same goal. I often talk to members who at first stated they felt too old to learn again. Then they come back to me, saying you were right. I could do it.
The only barrier anyone has is themselves. Doing it alone, it is easy to get lost. But having access to people anytime of the day for help does make a massive difference.
Regardless of what niche you choose, there are ample opportunities from affiliate marketing.
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Enjoying your retirement should be your main focus. If you need to get a part time job, then there are the usual opportunities out there. But for the few, that really want to enjoy their retirement and not feel like they are working – I hope you explore Affiliate Marketing and blogging. You will find it really rewarding and not feeling too much like work.
If you have any further questions or want help with anything, please leave it in the comments. I will come back to you as soon as.