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.