More and more people are deciding to continue working in some capacity after they retire. While making more money is a common reason for delaying total retirement, it is also true that a lot of people find the unstructured life of a retiree can sometimes be a bit boring.

Following are a few possibilities to consider if you would like to join the growing ranks of the “semi-retireds”:

1. Work reduced hours for your current employer:

It’s possible that your pre-retirement employer may be willing to keep you employed on a part-time basis. Your previous work can show the ways you are an asset to the company, and you would already know how to do the job. So continuing to work for the same business on a limited basis just might be an appealing proposition for both you and your company.

2. Start your own business:

Have you always wished you could be the captain of your own ship? Do you have an idea for making money that you would love to try out? Well, there’s no time like the retirement years to make your dreams a reality. A world of online information is at your disposal – with the Internet overflowing with how-to tips and other resources from people who are already living the dream.

3. Sell your handyman abilities:

In every community there are always people who need help with their to-do lists. Homeowners that are still working full-time jobs are often just too busy to take care of the work that needs to be done in and around their homes. Maybe you’d be interested in light carpentry work, interior or exterior painting, putting up a fence, tilling a garden plot, or a virtually unending list of other types of handyman jobs. And since you’re the boss, you get to decide what types of job you will or will not take on.

4. Offer home care assistance:

At one time or another, many people need someone to take care of tasks they may previously have done for themselves. Maybe they are in need of someone to do their grocery shopping, cooking, or light cleaning. Or maybe they need someone to check on their home and pick up their mail while they are out of town. There are so many possibilities, and people are always looking for someone they can trust. Maybe that someone is you.

5. Become a pet sitter:

People love their animals and want the best for them at all times – including when their beloved pets must be left home alone. It’s estimated that more than 70% of households own some type of pet – so that amounts to millions and millions of people who may need a trustworthy pet sitter at some point in time. If you’re an animal lover, this could be a very fun and fulfilling job for you.

6. Search online freelance job sites:

The types of jobs listed on freelance sites are numerous and varied. There are listings requiring creative assistance, jobs needing technical wizards, jobs asking for administrative support, jobs for all types of writers, and many, many more types of freelance work. You can choose how often you work, who you work for, and how much you charge. So if you have a special skill, then sell it!

7. Work as an income tax preparer:

While this is (usually) a seasonal job, that fact may actually make it more desirable to you. Maybe you like the idea of having an outside job for only a few months out of the year, with the rest of the months totally yours to enjoy, as you will. If you enjoy working with people, and you have the ability to go through training, this could be a great way to earn money a few months out of the year.

8. Become an online seller of “stuff” you have, make, or find:

Now that you’re retiring, do you look around and find a house that’s full of items you no longer really need? There is a whole world of people out there who may be interested in buying what you have to sell – and that includes items you may have the skill to make. Or maybe you love to shop garage and estate sales but are finding that you really don’t need many of the items you see for sale. You could turn your hobby into a potential moneymaking venture by buying and re-selling items – hopefully for a nice profit.

9. Take a temp job:

Large businesses, small businesses, and seasonal businesses all need temporary workers at varying times. While these types of jobs obviously don’t offer long-term income guarantees they can actually have their own appeal due to the simple fact that they do only last for a short time. So while these types of jobs will allow you to add a little more money to your monthly budget, you also know it’s a limited duration demand on your precious time and energy.

10. Sell space in your home to a renter:

If you’re lucky enough to have extra space, there are people everywhere who need a place to live. Now sure, you’re not going to invite just anyone into your home. But with the help of online searches, background checks, credit checks, and reference checks, you would be able to weed out the bad prospects in order to find reputable people. The added money you may make from the rent could be significant, with very little – or no – work required on your part.

A personal website is a basic, affordable tool that gives you or your business immediate credibility and opens the door between your life and “the World.” For more information about setting up your own website, please contact Dusty Sun.

Tina Talley
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