Just because you’re retired doesn’t mean you necessarily want to stop working completely. In fact, working in retirement has become the new normal. Nearly three-quarters of workers over 50 say their ideal retirement will include working, according to a survey by Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, and Age Wave. And retirees are not working just to supplement income, some 62% of working retirees stated staying mentally active was the most important reason to work versus just 31% who said they simply needed the money.
At Moonlighting, the fastest-growing freelance marketplace, we’ve seen our retiree workforce continue to grow. These seniors offer a deep reserve of perspective, emotional intelligence, skills and contacts — all things that employers look for in an ideal candidate.
If you are preparing for retirement or looking for opportunities to hire qualified freelance talent, check out these 15 part-time and freelance jobs perfect for retirees.
1. Translator. Translators are in high demand, especially if you are fluent in French, Chinese, or Spanish, and you can translate written documents or audio files from home or even translate over the phone.
2. Real estate agent. Real estate is one of the most profitable and popular second careers for seniors. You can meet new people while showing houses and enjoy part-time work that keeps you energized.
3. Virtual assistant. Work from home and help with tasks such as making phone calls, replying to emails, performing data entry, manage schedules, and more.
4. Secret shopper. Get paid to shop and provide feedback on your experience so companies can know what’s working and where to improve.
5. Copy editor. If you’re extremely detail-oriented and have an affinity for the English language and a high standard of accuracy, copy editing could be the right job for you. You’ll review written material and check for factual accuracy, spelling, grammar and readability.
6. Babysitting/Caretaker. Retirees can make extra money helping working parents by babysitting. If you’ve already raised children, and have grandchildren, who better to provide temporary childcare for busy parents? Families will need different levels of assistance but you can consider offering help picking up a child from lessons or school, help with homework, or making dinner.
7. Animal caretaker. Retirees can make extra money indulging in their love for animals and pet care, whether it’s dog walking, grooming or pet sitting when owners go on vacation or travel for work. Other duties related to animal caretaking may be feeding, watering, inspecting, cleaning (cat litter box, cage or kennel), bathing or giving medicine.
8. Tutor. If you’re a retiree with experience tutoring in a subject or test preparation, tutoring is a great way to supplement your income. Work locally or you can tutor online. Virtual tutoring is a good way to work from the comfort of your own home, using FaceTime, Skype, Google Hangouts and other technologies to communicate with students.
9. Virtual customer service rep. This can be a great work from home job, especially if you have customer service experience. Many large companies now outsource there customer service calls to virtual customer service agents. Look for a company that you feel best meets your interests.
10. Tour guide. Whether you already have experience as a tour guide or not, part-time work as a tour guide may be a great fit for art, food, celebrity or history buffs — or someone who knows a lot about a city’s architecture or history. A part-time tour guide position will allow you to share your knowledge with others and interact with locals and tourists.
11. Gardener. Gardening is a skill set that many professionals hire out, and if you already have a green thumb and desire to work with plants, then this may be a perfect post-retirement job for you. Help others maintain or landscape their lawns, trees, gardens, and bushes.
12. Independent consultant. By the time you’re retired, you have so much accumulated experience, contacts, and expertise. Why not capitalize on that and take on project-based consulting work? Common areas rich with independent consultant work include business development, marketing strategy, market research, talent sourcing and project management.
13. Blogger. Blogging can be an excellent outlet if you have a love of writing. While you don’t typically make money overnight, you can hone your writing skills and offer content writing as another side gig until your blog income takes off.
14. Home cook. If you’re a retiree who is also an outstanding cook or baker, you may be able to share your love for the culinary arts with locals and travelers to make some extra money. In addition to offering your goods or meal preparation services on Moonlighting, consider getting a stand at a local farmers market or sell to a local coffee shop or cafe.
15. Transcriptionist. Transcription work can be ideal for retirees with fast typing skills and who want a job that provides autonomy and control over the work schedule. You’d just need high quality headphones, a computer, and word processing software.
One of the beauties of retirement is the ability to take time to find your passion and connect with work that is meaningful and stimulating. Whether you transfer the professional skills you developed over your career or try something brand new, Moonlighting can be a great resource for marketing your freelance and part-time services.
This article was originally featured in the USA Today.