One thing we are big proponents of here on RSG is diversifying your income! Whether that’s through in-car opportunities like Play Octopus or notary public work in addition to driving, there are always more ways to make money on your own schedule. Here, RSG contributor Chonce Maddox Rhea outlines the best part-time jobs for retirees, including rideshare driving.
Looking for more part-time job ideas? Check out our article on the best part-time jobs here.
Being retired can mean something different for everyone. In general, you reach retirement when you either no longer need to work to support yourself, or when you are unable to work and need to drastically reduce your active working hours. Sometimes it’s a combination of both.
Many retirees still choose to work part-time either to supplement their income or simply to stay busy. Still, you may not want to go back to a corporate or 9-5 job and we don’t blame you.
If you’re looking to make some extra money or just stay busy during retirement, check out these 8 best part-time jobs for retirees.
If you have a CDL license or can obtain one, you can apply to drive for a bus company or work as a trucker. School bus companies usually offer split shift so you’ll have a mid-day break each day. Plus, you may even get extended time off during the summer since students are out of school. Truck driving can be a little more demanding, especially at first, but is a good option if you don’t mind being away from home for a few weeks and want to make a solid income (truck drivers can start at $50,000 a year). Read more about truck driving jobs here.
Of course, you can also consider becoming a rideshare driver. This is a solid option for retirees because you can be in control over when and how often you work. Uber and Lyft are the two most popular rideshare companies and they even offer sign-on bonuses for new drivers who complete a certain number of trips by a set time.
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Some retirees decide to work in the retail industry because it’s easy and flexible. Local stores in your area like Walmart, Target, and Meijer are often hiring for different positions ranging from cashiers and customer service to stockers and door greeters.
You can work part-time and choose your availability including whether you prefer to work days or evenings. There is also the option to work as a seasonal employee. If you’d want to take time off to travel and pursue other interests, consider seasonal work so you can supplement your income and still enjoy retirement.
Delivering food is another easy part-time job for retirees and can help diversify your income if you’re already a rideshare driver. The online food ordering industry is booming and is said to grow to be worth $24 billion by 2023. That said, flexible food delivery job opportunities will only increase as time goes on.
Uber Eats, Postmates, DoorDash, and Caviar are all great food delivery apps to choose from. Check out ourbest food delivery service article to find the best option for you, or consider earning money with multiple food delivery apps. Make sure to sign up with a DoorDash, Postmates, Uber Eats or Caviar referral code so you can get any applicable bonuses.
If you love animals, dog walking and pet sitting will be fun ways to make some extra money as a retiree.
People rely on this service for their pets whether they travel a lot for work or just can’t get out as often to walk their pets. Sites like Rover allow you to create a profile to market your dog walking and pet sitting services.
On average, you can charge between $25 to $35 per night for pet sitting and around $15 to $22 per 30-minute walk, with fees for house visits varying between $10-30. Rover also allows you the option to offer house sitting services for travelers in your area. As a retiree, you can take advantage of having a flexible schedule and book as little or as many jobs as you wish.
It’s never too late to learn a new skill. Whether you have experience filing taxes for others or not, you can learn how to do this by taking classes online or at a local tax preparation agency.
Some agencies will offer classes for free so all you’ll need to pay for is the guidebook. If you are not a CPA (Certified Public Accountant) or EA (Enrolled Agent), you can still work as a non-credentialed tax preparer. Other requirements will depend on your state, but once you are able to work you can get a job with a local tax preparation office or start your own business preparing taxes on your own.
This is a great part-time jobs for retirees because it’s seasonal and you can make $30,000 to $40,000 per year.
Substitute Teacher or Aide
Have a passion for teaching and working with students? Consider becoming a substitute teacher or teacher’s aide. In most school districts, you don’t need a degree in education to become a teacher’s aide. Plus, you’ll get weekends and summers off.
There are educational requirements to become a substitute teacher. If you already have some teaching experience and credentials, this can be a great position to switch to as you retire. That way you can have an additional income and still fill your time with work that you enjoy.
Secret shoppers have a pretty cool job. They get to go to different stores and businesses, interact with the staff, and either buy a product or try a service. Then they prepare a report based on the experience.
You can choose which assignments you accept depending on your schedule. If you end up spending any money during the job, the company will likely reimburse you. Mystery shoppers generally make $7-20 per visit, but as you complete more mystery shopping trips and fill out complete reports, you are rewarded with higher paying (and more fun) jobs.
With online tutoring jobs, you can often set your own hours and/or choose which students you work with depending on your availability. Some tutoring sites like VIPKid allow you to work late night or early morning hours to accommodate the students who live overseas.
Making money during retirement is easy with these flexible and profitable part-time jobs for retirees. Whether you want to work from home or interact with people, you can still earn $500 per month or more with any of these part-time jobs for retirees.
Readers, which jobs do you think you would be interested in signing up for?
-Chonce @ RSG