After retirement, many people tend to start living a quiet, peaceful life…
After years of work-related stress, having all the time in the world to do nothing but relax is the best gift they can get.
But, this doesn’t sit well with everyone, and many feel like they are not living life to their fullest if they aren’t doing something productive. And what better time to explore something new than after a lifetime of doing the same old thing?
So, whether you’re looking to earn some extra money on the side, or just want to fill your time, give these following options a go:
After decades of doing something, you are probably quite good at it, and those skills should always be passed on. If you have a lot of academic knowledge, you can consider being a student tutor, helping young people learn new skills and develop existing ones.
On the other hand, if your strong side is a trade or specific skill, you can open a workshop and hold classes for people who want to learn the skill, or talk to your former employee to see if you can work part-time introducing the new people to the company and the job.
Of course, you don’t have to continue doing what you’ve been doing for the past years: you can teach languages, share a skill that has been a hobby so far, or discover something completely new you’re good at.
A lot of elderly people around the world are lonely. And after you stop going to work every day, that can really hit home. But, you can find a side hustle that will earn you money and keep you company at the same time. You can babysit children, either daily or occasionally, and you will surely have an advantage because parents trust people with experience – especially if you’ve raised kids of your own.
If you don’t want to work with kids, and you are in good health, you can work with pets. Take the neighborhood dogs for a walk twice per day and pet sit when their owners go on vacation, or when they simply don’t have the time to be with their pets.
You can also house sit for people when they are out of town, which can be a pleasant change of environment for a few days.
If you prefer to work from the comfort of your own home, or if you have a condition that makes it difficult to leave the house, there are plenty of jobs you can do on your computer.
Being an author of your own story, copywriting or helping someone else tell their story as a ghostwriter are all great jobs for the writing creatives. Or, you can give your opinion by writing critiques or taking paid surveys online. You can also be a tutor, a blogger, or personal assistant, without having to leave your chair.
Have you always wanted to be a pastry chef? Or dreamed of becoming a musician? There is no time like the present. Enroll in a seminar or class near you and train for a career you always wanted. Look for senior employment programs or independent workshops that are willing to hire seniors with the proper skills.
And if you’re really feeling inspired, you can try starting your own business. Open up a retail shop, a mechanic garage or an art gallery. Your own ideas are the only limit.
Spending your whole life in a city, you will learn a lot of things. And that knowledge can be very interesting for tourists and locals alike.
Join a tourist agency, or advertise your own tours, where you will guide people through the town. Speaking a variety of languages can help greatly, but you can also get someone who will translate, or simply give local tours.
The most important part is to have an idea: a tour through time, a tour along the best restaurants that stayed the same for many years, or simply a tour of your life in the town. Make sure it’s visually pleasant and with an interesting story, with lots of shops and pauses along the way.
If you don’t care much about the money, you can consider giving back to the community by volunteering your time and skills in a local organization or group. So, break the stereotypes that surround people in retirement and show that you are very capable – and willing – to continue doing some good quality work.
Nobody stays young forever – but being young at heart is nothing more than a state of mind.
Author: Isabel F. William
Isabel F. William is a Body & Mind Balance Consultant. She’s a lover of literature and philosophy, a runner, and a Tai Chi master. Isabel believes that sometimes it is just enough to enjoy a really good book, smooth jazz and a cup of coffee to travel somewhere else.
Finally, you may contact Isabel by email at: isabel.f.william (@) gmail.com & isabel.frank (@) ripped.me
Thank you Isabel for sharing your ideas about retirement side hustles with us Kids On The Far Side Of 55!
Until next time…