The old view that retirement was just sitting on your porch or watching t.v. has passed. The reality is retirement allows you to do what you want to do. For many, this comes in the form of a second career pursuing a passion like one of our clients that started to sell quilts and knitted goods and makes a tidy profit. For others, it means still working, but in a field or job that brings them personal fulfillment like working for a non-profit or government agency to help others. Let’s take a look at some of the best companies and second careers to consider:
1. AARP Job Search Resources For Those 50+
2. Steady – Great resource for finding gig and part-time work
Good Part-Time Jobs:
1. Consultant – Do you have specific knowledge in a niche that others can benefit from? You may be able to leverage your experience, contacts, and knowledge into a fulfilling side business.
2. Tutor – Now more than ever tutors are in high demand as education has shifted to a virtual model and some believe this shift will become permanent. If you have knowledge in a topic, like to teach and are a little tech-savvy this can be a great option.
3. Tax Preparer or Bookkeeper – These are positions that are still in high demand and can be done virtually. If you have a background in these areas they are great options to consider (i.e., we have seen a former project manager become a bookkeeper since they have a similar skillset).
4. Independent Contractor – This is more difficult in some states like CA due to legislation but can still be very rewarding. If you have a skillset form your previous occupation or side skills (i.e. handyman) sell your services to others.
5. In a post COVID world – Alternatives that require contact with others include child or pet sitting, become a host (i.e., Airbnb), virtual assistant, or personal shopper.
Keep in Mind:
1. Be careful with some Gig jobs since the pay could be at or slightly above minimum wage.
2. It takes time to build a business if you start one. It is not a bad idea to start building the business before retirement if you can, so it is profitable when you retire
3. Traditionally government agencies, hospitals, tax preparers, and education have been favorite places for older individuals to work.
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