Most of us start dreaming about retiring right when we hit 40. We dream about an easy retired life not far off, relaxing on a beach somewhere, buying presents for our grandchildren on their birthdays, and so on. There’s just one little problem. Once retirement actually comes, even if we do have plenty of money put away, we can often think longingly about all the great times we had being productive in life. That’s why jobs for retirees are not an uncommon thing. They never have been.
The great thing about working after you retire is that you no longer have to work just to stay alive. No one’s going to starve if you stop working. It makes it quite pleasurable to just work for the joy of it. It’s work of a kind that you probably never got to experience your whole life.
So what jobs for retirees are the best kind? What kind of ideas really work?
With most retirees, the former employer gets first dibs. Actually, it’s just that you want to work for your old employer because you know that line of work and you know your way around that office. You know the business. There isn’t a learning curve. But it isn’t unknown to see old bosses asking retired employees if they would like to come back for a few hours a day. Why are they anxious to get their old employees back?
If you’ve read in the news about why businesses are adding so few new jobs these days, you’ve probably seen employers complain about how expensive it is to set up a new job, interview people, do a background search, train hires on the job for months and months and so on. In short, if employers could just get good trained people without much effort, America would have practically no unemployment at all. Well, to employers, retirees are just that. They always have jobs for retirees.
If you who worked in a capacity where you provided expertise to your company, you just might be able to work part-time consulting in your area. If you used to be a lawyer, if you used to be a programmer or in finance, you could find paying consultation work from time to time.
If this is that what you’re looking for – if you’re looking for truly stress-free work that you can just do with your eyes closed, there are plenty of those around too. How about getting a call center job? Even better, how about setting up call center job right in your house? You could also be a tutor teaching children. Did you know that you could actually make $400 an hour as an elite tutor teaching math or science to high school students?
Going into babysitting and childcare could be a great idea, too.