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You don’t have to look far to see that lifestyle trends for retirees have been changing to keep up with the times. Active retirement is in, which is why it's not surprising that many seniors are looking for ways to get back into the workforce without sacrificing all the things they love about retirement. Whatever your job goals are - to be social, to make money, to stretch your brain with the help of new technology - you can find a flex work opportunity that meets those needs and more.
Perhaps the biggest difference between working pre- and post- retirement is flexibility, especially when it comes to your schedule. Some of the best flex jobs today are ones where you work as a freelancer, such as being an independent agent in sales or the service sector. A great place to start to find remote work opportunities is through job boards like Upwork. These freelancing platforms allow seasoned professionals to connect with businesses looking to hire remote workers for long-term, short-term, or project-based work.
For valuable insight, tips, and hacks on becoming a successful freelancer, visit the Freelance Speak blog.
Start an In-Home Business
For some seniors, the ideal retirement job is to start your own business. If you worry that entrepreneurship is risky, realize that technology has made starting a business much easier and less expensive than ever before. As long as you have the right tech tools, there are countless businesses you can start from home with little invested.
Your smartphone or tablet is often the most important tool for your business, and if you’re using an older version, this may be a good time to invest in an upgrade. The newest tablets have advanced far beyond earlier devices, with more power and memory. Because there are so many great devices to choose from, we recommend researching your upgraded options to find one that will meet your business’s needs while fitting your budget.
Before making a decision, it’s also smart to research the best apps for business owners so you’ll have a plan for what kind of capabilities you need. With these apps, you can work your business from any location, doing everything from managing financials to staying in touch with clients.
Get Paid to Travel
If you aren’t feeling the entrepreneurial spirit but you love to travel, there are numerous ways you can get out of town and still get paid. Some jobs are in the travel industry, such as becoming a travel agent or working for a resort. Other travel jobs involve living more like a local. Animal lovers could provide pet-sitting services while traveling, or Next Avenue recommends working as a house sitter in a location you’d love to visit. If you want to be a little more hands-on, seasonal tour guides are always in demand anywhere tourists can be found.
Exercise… Your Brain and Your Body
Another job idea we love for seniors is to do something that’s good for you - for your body, your mind, or both. This is also an ideal way to turn a hobby into an income. For example, if you love golf, look into becoming a golf instructor. Fitness enthusiasts could become personal trainers, or get certified as a yoga, pilates, or dance instructor.
One of the greatest things about working at this stage in life is that you really aren’t boxed in. You can dabble in a hobby or start an entirely new career. This is your opportunity to get creative, find a fit you love, and pocket some extra money to fuel the rest of your retirement.
Guest Blogger: Sharon Wagner
As a senior herself, Ms. Wagner understands that an older body and mind impacts the daily life of many seniors. However, her site Seniorfriendly.Info offers plenty of senior-friendly tips, tricks, and products to keep seniors active and engaged as they age.