7 Perfect Part Time Jobs if You're Retired

Retirement is something you’ve waited and worked for your whole life. After a few weeks of the perfect life of leisure, you might find yourself bored to tears. You don’t want to go back full-time employment but need part-time fulfillment. You’re older and jobs are harder to come by now, especially part-time jobs. Digging into the not so ordinary world of employment can provide some surprisingly interesting possibilities to keep you busy, filled with accomplishment and, most importantly, paid!

Dog Sitting

Most people have a dog or some sort of pet. And most of those people go to work and on vacations. Finding a reliable person to check on and feed furry family members is a blessing. You may have many other retired friends that are ready to travel but haven’t found a pet sitter they trust. If walking a dog is required, that will be an opportunity for you to get some in exercise as well. Add another health bonus, spending time with pets has been shown to lower blood pressure.

Open an Etsy Shop

Etsy is an online store where you can sell handmade or vintage items. If you’re good with wood, sewing, knitting or any other craft, this could be perfect for you. Being at the age of retirement, you may have vintage items that you’d like to clear out in return for cash. “Clutter” your bank account while decluttering your home! Having your own shop from the comfort of your home while being on your own schedule is perfect for the retired lifestyle.


Being retired means you’ve been around and learned a lot. Take the skills that landed you your career and pass your expertise and experience on to upcoming generations. From math to music, your talent in specific areas will make it easy to teach others. Those that learn from you will reap the benefits of a quality teacher and a deeper level of learning. Have your students come to you and you’ll save gas and time while teaching in your comfortable home environment.

More of the Same

So, you’ve retired. Did you love your career? Do you miss it already? Maybe the answer to the lull you might be feeling is to go back, part-time. Often a company will welcome the services of an already trained part-time employee. With health insurance and training of new additions being an expensive endeavor, it is a great option for employers to have trusted employees return. Unless you want a totally new direction, the familiarity will relieve any new job jitters.

Handy Man

In today’s fast-paced world people have little time to learn how to repair items themselves. Many who do know how don’t have the time to do it. There is a world of single parents starving for someone to simply check their oil, add antifreeze or give them peace of mind that their vehicle is safe. There is usually a reason for an overgrown yard in a reasonably kept up neighborhood. Physical ailments or a broken lawnmower might be the culprit resulting in two much-needed jobs, grass cutting and lawn mower maintenance. Handyman type jobs are endless and the help provided, priceless.

Substitute Teaching

If you have the need to get out of the house and love being around other people, especially kids of all ages, substitute teaching might be right up your alley. With a shortage of substitutes, finding work should be fairly easy. A minimum of a high school diploma is needed, but some states may require a certificate under certain circumstances and time frames. Pay rates vary by districts and certifications but generally range from $75.00-$125.00 daily. You can choose your schedule but always be prepared for an early morning, last minute phone call!

Real Estate Agent

Being a real estate agent will require some diligent studying and taking a test for your license. This would be a wonderful endeavor to embark upon with your spouse or even a close friend. You could study together, quiz each other and help each other learn the ropes. Once you have your license you can also have the security of showing houses as a team. Teamwork would mean splitting your commission but for safety and peace of mind, it might be worth it. And who knows, the two of you together might actually double up on the sales and listings. The median salary of sales agents is $45,990 but this will depend on how much time and effort you are willing to put into it.

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