Best Part Time Internet Job After Retirement

The good news is that you can find a great part-time job just by looking on the internet. The not so good news is that there are thousands of sites and types of jobs from which to choose. It takes some researching and probably note-taking before you decide which is best for you. Actually, it depends on why you are looking for a job. Though 72% of seniors plan and expect to work in retirement, some really need the money and others are looking for something meaningful to do.

According to an article in Nation – Part-time internet jobs for seniors (3/16/2018), there are many reasons why retirees are job-seeking. Money is only one of them. Others include feeling productive, interacting with people, and learning new things. Each individual has his/her own reasons for wanting to work.

All the studies and statistics I’ve seen confirm the fact that this generation’s retirement isn’t like any other. People are healthier, living longer and have more options for leisure and activities. Unfortunately, that old question, “Will you outlive your money”? is likely to come true. There are many ways to earn extra cash today, but if you want to find the best one for you, whether it be full or part-time, some research is necessary.

Part Time Jobs You Can Start Now

The internet has an infinite number of possibilities for making money. A home-based business can be set up in a matter of days or weeks. A website, a blog or newsletter, a product(s) and you’re good to go. Sounds easy, doesn’t it? Millions of people do it every day. The catch is that it isn’t really the slam dunk some want you to think. It does take time, thought and some computer know-how. Depending on your final choice, there’s usually a certain amount of old-fashioned work before it’s profitable.

The choices break down into several categories. Generally, you can sign on with a company that researches and publishes lists of jobs you do from home, or possibly commute occasionally. The hour and pay are spelled out – 35 hours or less is considered part-time. A Google search turned up a long list, including Flexjobs, Indeed, Surejob, Dreamhomebasedwork and Moneyconnexion, and there are more. The number of jobs was plentiful and the navigation on the websites fairly easy. There was a wide range of jobs from which to choose, with education and experience stated.

On the other hand, there are an unlimited number of businesses you can start on the internet, using your skills, interests and experience. Information as a product is extremely popular right now. If you are an expert on something, you can write about it, teach, coach, make audio books, ebooks or video tutorials. And if sales is your thing, Ebay, Etsy, Shopify, Amazon, Upwork or 99Designs have programs. The list is endless and simply requires you to start searching on the internet to find your best job.

Programs – Time and Money

As retirees, we have experience, time and (hopefully) patience. Look very carefully at any programs that offer to help you make money. Though many are sincere, it’s also important to look at the actual lessons and format by which you learn. It should be specific enough that there’s no guesswork. Also, don’t buy a tutorial unless you can see samples for free and give it a try. It depends on your learning curve, computer skills and how you follow up on the instructions. There should also be a way to ask questions and request help when you need it.

Write a business plan for yourself, contact the Chamber of Commerce where you live, and find good resources. Take your time in making a decision. You’re retired.

Retired And Cash Strapped? Best Ways To Earn Money

Once upon a time, people retired with a gold watch, a party and thoughts of leisure activities dancing in their heads. But the truth is, most retirees today find that they have underfunded this time of life. What does the older generation do when they’re strapped for cash?

Perhaps a cruise was in the works, and golf games penciled in on the calendar. Plenty of time for all those books waiting to be read. Visits to grandchildren and leisure travel anticipated. How many people include Ways to Earn Money on their retirement wish lists?

An article by Susan Ward (12/27/2017, Best Business Opportunities for Retirees – the Balance), states what many seniors discover, “Retirement is expensive”.

Options for Earning –  Home-Based Businesses

Hobbies, interests and experience fall into this category. Is there something you love to do? Something you’re good at? Crafts, needle art, woodworking, painting – pictures or walls, fixing cars and/or appliances, cooking/baking are all skills that can be turned into home businesses. The list goes on:

  • Chauffeur – drive people who no longer can or wish to drive a car.
  • Child care – a few hours or all day.
  • Pet walking/sitting – your house or theirs. You and the dog both get some exercise.
  • Tax and budget services – you may need training and you could work for an established company instead of starting your own business.
  • Tutoring – some credentials may be required, but you could decide what subjects you wish to teach.
  • Teaching – there are many opportunities for adult education. Foreign languages, English as a second lnguage, any subject in which you have considerable knowledge. Sports – golf, tennis, etc., speciality foods, quilting, embroidery, needlepoint – and the list goes on.

As a matter of fact, retirees have an edge on creating streams of income. We have experience. Every one of us probably could set up more than one small business and start the cash flowing. The internet is loaded with websites and ideas for throwing your hat in the ring.

Getting Started

Write a business plan. You need to have goals. Join the Chamber of Commerce for information and support.

Check the market. What are people talking about? Find a need and fill it.

Do what you like and what you’re good at. This should be pure joy, not drudgery.

How To Downsize Your House

There are various names for the process of downsizing: declutter, assign value, let go, make three piles. There are probably more terms, but what it amounts to is getting rid of stuff. We’re a consumer society. We work, we earn, we buy. And whether our purchases are necessities or likeables, after a few years there’s just too much stuff. Most realtors will confirm that we can’t have too many closets or storage areas.

When I moved from Minnesota to Arizona in 2002, the moving van was nearly full. Last month I moved from Sun City West to Scottsdale. Two Men and a Truck brought 26 boxes, 2 chairs and a bicycle. Whew!

I’ve been downsizing for quite awhile. I tossed some things without batting an eyelash. But I felt some pain in letting go of a few things I really liked. There was no particular sentimental value or usefulness to the item. I just liked it. Now someone else is hopefully enjoying it. My guiding light was to keep reminding myself that sharing is a good thing.

The necessity of “getting rid of”

There’s a logical reason for disposing of some of our belongings. Clothes are out of style or no longer fit. Or they’re worn out. Redecorating means out with that sofa you once loved and in with the new. Toys, athletic equipment, hobby materials, kids’ stuff – whatever has filled those closets, storage areas, basement and the garage – needs triage.

If you move, for any reason, you can choose to take it with you, or not. Things to consider:

  1. Will it fit where you’re going?
  2. Will you still need it? Ice skates in Atlanta? Maybe
  3. Is the furniture suitable for the new rooms? Size? Style?
  4. Why are you moving? Kids gone? Job change? Retiring? How much cooking will you be doing? Do you need two cars? How many rooms are you furnishing?

If you’re not moving but simply want to declutter, make a plan. This doesn’t have to be done in three weekends.

A system for keeping/tossing

My plan started with unopened boxes of items I hadn’t looked at for months/years. It doesn’ mean you’ll get rid of all of it. It does mean you don’t use it every day. Sometimes you can decide at first glance what to do. “Why did I ever save this”? is pretty clear. Don’t need it. Don’t want it.

There’s a temptation to close the box, label it “get rid of” and move on. Get rid of it now. In the next few days, look for other “get rid of” things, decide if it’s sell, donate, or trash and just do it. Set up an account on a website where you can sell your stuff. Ebay and Craig’s List come to mind, but there are many more sites emerging. I Googled Sites for selling unwanted items and turned up many suggestions. You can take a look at each one, get recommended lists from users, or enter the name of the item you want to sell. A little research will give you loads of ideas.

The stuff you haven’t seen or used in decades is only a start. It gets personal when you look in closets or on shelves, bookcases, end tables, etc. We have favorite pieces of clothing that just can’t be discarded. Some knick knacks, gifts and family items passed down are things held dear and must be kept. Your home isn’t just a repository, it’s who you are and what you really value.

A good plan for the personal items starts with memories. Where did it come from? Was it a gift from a cherished friend? Was it passed down to you through the family? I have a small vase that was carried from Germany by our first immigrant, 19 year old Dorothea, when her family sent her to make our footprint in America. It’s handed down to first daughters. I have it now, and will be giving it to my oldest daughter soon. Perhaps a child made somehing for you and it’s unthinkable to dispose of it. Instead of a cardboard box for its home, get a nice keepsake box and store those items on a shelf where they’re easily accessable.

The psychology of giving.

Things you sell online will be purchased by someone who wants it. Your buyer has been looking for it, likes it and is willing to pay for it. It won’t end up in a land fill, at least not yet. If an item is too worn to sell but still has some life in it, donate it. There are also various sites for free items. I had a bicycle (before this one) that I couldn’t sell. I listed it on FreeCycle and gave it to a teacher who could walk to school, but occasionally wanted to bike.

Some items demand a decent price. Nice art work, expensive glassware or decorative items can be consigned. Also furniture. Look carefully at consignment shops, read their terms, visit the store and see how mechandise is displayed. Also, how consignees are treated and how customers are helped.

I found a place I was comfortable with and consigned my special things. It’s still in the works and I’m pleased, so far, with the results.

The heart of the matter.

In many households, there are belongings that can be given to family members. Either it was theirs to begin with, or it’s about an aspect of their life. School papers, toys and stuffed animals, sports equipment, gifts from immediate family or hobbies that didn’t stand the test of time. Talk it over and ask what they want to keep. Be honest about what will happen to it if they no longer want it. Then box it up and send it.

Gifting things to friends falls into this category. Perhaps there’s something someone has aways admired. Ask if they would like to have it. Maybe yes, maybe no. But ask.

Neighbors may be happy to take your old tools, lawn mowers, what have you. Be creative. Think of ways to downsize your house, without feeling that you’re throwing out the baby with the bath water. We’re really talking of downsizing your life. It’s not pain-free. Take pictures of everything you want to remember.

Say hello to your new life.

Purging is really the beginning of something new. Things change. Reinventing yourself happens by accident or design. Better that you have time to manage it the way you want it to be. Everyone has had to give up some things they really wanted to keep.

I invite you to share your stories here, tell us how you were able to let go, what was painful or how a gift made someone happy.

I wish you well,

Judy