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Thursday, September 12, 2024

Top Jobs for Older Adults

If you are anything like most retirees or soon-to-be ones, you have probably taken a financial hit over the past two years. What was once the comfortable retirement lifestyle you had always imagined might be looking very different in this harsh economic climate. To make matters worse, prices are going up and your income is undoubtedly fixed. You might be asking yourself what you could possibly do without having to go back to work full-time. There are actually some great part-time positions perfect for the formerly retired.

Top Jobs for Retirees

Handyman – If you are one of those people that have always been good at fixing things around your own home, why not help others that are not so inclined? A little word of mouth or a simple posting of flyers can stir up some business. The best part is that you can set your own rate and hours and say no to any jobs that might seem like too much of a hassle or require equipment you don’t want to invest in.

Temp Worker – No long-term commitment translates to a lot less pressure. You’ve probably had enough of that throughout your career and you certainly aren’t looking for a second career or ways to boost your resume to climb the corporate ladder. With all the legwork done for you, temporary work through temporary agencies might be just the variety and fix you need.

Childcare – If you love kids and don’t get enough of your grandchildren, why not earn money while staying young at heart by babysitting or helping neighbors/community members after school or during the day? Everyone is looking for a good sitter and it could be a great way to stay active.

Retail/Greeter – If you are a social butterfly, retail/greeter might be just the job for you. Check out your favorite stores to see if they are hiring. Meet people, get out of the house for a few hours at a time and enjoy the perks of employee discounts. Some retailers even offer part-time workers benefits like paid vacation and healthcare.

Consultant – Tap into your old industry network and put all those years of learned lessons to work as a consultant. With many companies downsizing, some are hiring consultants to fill in the gaps without having to pay for costly full-time staffers.

Mystery Shopper – If you are a natural born shopper and are constantly at the mall looking for deals, this is a no brainer job for you. Mystery shopping allows you to “act” like a shopper to test the customer experience. Companies hire mystery shopping services to spy on the competition as well as evaluate their own customer service. Services like Best Mark provide opportunities as well as the Mystery Shopping Provider’s Association.

Paid Companion – Many senior housing/care organizations as well as families are on the lookout for companions for the elderly. Sometimes they might need a little help around the house, a companion to go shopping with or accompany them on walks. There’s a huge feel-good factor to this job, not to mention a possible new friendship and insight for your future golden years.

With some thought about your interests and just a few hours a week, you could explore things you had never imagined you would before while earning a little money to soften your fixed income situation. Regardless of what you decide to do, remember you are retired so it’s time to have fun and enjoy your time!

Carrie Robertson
Research & Community Education

Chicago Skilled Nursing
Chicago Senior Living

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