Little-Known Job Options for Seniors with Disabilities
By Guest Editor Caroline James
Retirement can be a great time for relaxing, trying something new, and spending time with friends and family. But for many seniors living on a fixed income, it can also mean finding a part-time job, and that can be difficult for people of a certain age, especially if they are living with a disability.
There are several options for seniors, however, and some of them might not be the first thing you think of when looking for a flexible job. If you know the right places to look and keep an open mind, you may be able to find something that fits your schedule and lifestyle perfectly. Here are a few of the best.
There are many people who need responsible pet sitters to look after their pets while they go away on vacation or out of town for work, and in some cases they may even bring the animal to you. If you live in an area that allows pets, consider looking online for pet owners near you who need a caregiver. This way you can earn cash while you bond with a sweet animal, and you may even be able to do it from the comfort of your own home.
Get your real estate license
While you’ll need to put in quite a bit of time and effort in becoming a realtor, this can be a very rewarding profession that allows for a fairly flexible schedule, and you’ll be able to take on new challenges every day so the job is never stale. It’s also a great job for interacting with new people, but it does allow you to work at your own pace for the most part.
Become a research assistant or librarian
Check with local libraries and universities to see if they have a need for assistants, and find out if you need any special qualifications. Libraries are quiet, soothing places to work and if you can find a job as a researcher, you may be able to set your own daily schedule or even do part of it at home. These are great options for seniors who don’t want too much hustle-and-bustle.
Get in on the sharing economy
The sharing economy is growing rapidly, and there’s a huge potential for making money if you know where to look. Sites like Airbnb–which allow users to rent out rooms or their entire home to travelers–have afforded quite a bit of extra income to savvy clients, and companies like Uber pay drivers to use their own cars for a taxi service. If you live in a bigger city and know your way around, you might consider taking bookings for tours and guiding tourists around popular spots.
Consulting is a great job for seniors because it involves using skills from previous careers, offers a flexible schedule, and can sometimes be done from home. Depending on what sort of business you worked for before retirement, you may even be able to go back to work for them on a part-time or freelance basis.
Put your creativity to work
If you enjoy painting, making crafts or jewelry, or woodworking, you can earn money by selling your creations in online marketplaces like Etsy or by securing a booth at a local art fair, flea market, or farmer’s market. Once you have a few pieces done, take good photographs so you’ll have something to show potential buyers or market organizers.
Working after retirement doesn’t have to be stressful; you may be able to use this time to try something you’ve always wanted to do or make money from home. Find a job that appeals to you and research it online; you never know what you’ll find!