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Isle of Wight County Parks & Recreation Senior Resource Guide

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Supplement Your Retirement with These 15 Jobs

The concept of retirement has gradually evolved to include some employment. As seniors live longer, their finances may not sustain the type of living to which they’re accustomed. Or maybe they just want a little extra to plan a vacation or two each year.

Part-time work also affords a certain amount of flexibility, reduces boredom, encourages interaction, keeps up with a social life, and challenges people to stay physically and mentally active. It also provides opportunities to learn new things.

Whether you end up walking dogs or making money from your crafts, forming an LLC can officially establish your business and protect your assets and simplify tax filing. If you decide to start your own LLC in Virginia, visit this site to learn the process step by step. 

If you’re looking for ways to boost your income with some part-time work after retirement, here are some great suggestions from Isle of Wight County.

  1. Love kids? Provide babysitting or childcare services. There are two reputable online services through which you can register — Care.com and SitterCity.com — if you’re worried that word-of-mouth won’t be enough.
  2. If you’re less of a people-person or your environment’s not kid-friendly, you could house sit instead. If you like to travel, house-sitting is a great way to indulge your wanderlust for minimal expense.
  3. Hoping to stay in shape — and love dogs, too? What about starting a dog walking business? Depending on where you live, you can charge $15 to $25 an hour per dog.
  4. If you really love dogs and have the space, you might expand from dog walking to an at-home dog daycare business. You’ll have to do some research to start, but it’s a great way to earn $25 or more per dog per day.
  5. Does your hobby generate lots of stuff? Etsy.com has opened up the online market for selling handmade items. From knitted and crocheted clothing and accessories, to jewelry, one-of-a-kind invitations, or pottery, there’s probably a market out there for your crafts.
  6. If you’re tech-savvy, you can get an online job. You’ll have to weed through options to avoid scams, but legitimate companies (LeapForce, Lionbridge, Appen Butler Hill, and Swagbucks) pay people to conduct online searches or evaluate search engines.
  7. If “Organization” is your middle name, work as a virtual assistant. VAs may help manage communication and social media platforms, compose or edit documents, coordinate travel itineraries, and more.
  8. Many other work-from-home jobs involve customer service. If you like talking to people on the phone, this might be a great option. The jobs don’t generally pay a ton, but some do offer full benefits packages with health insurance. The Penny Hoarder is a great resource of companies that hire remote workers.
  9. Like to shop? Consider becoming a secret shopper. The largest organization with which you can register to become an evaluator is the Mystery Shopper Providers Association (MSPA).
  10. Love to write? Become a blogger. MoneyPantry has some helpful steps you can take to start your own blog and make money from it.
  11. Get paid to review and respond to legal cases. Work as an online juror by reading cases and providing feedback which attorneys use to identify strengths and weaknesses with their cases. Each case will earn you $20 to $60.
  12. Enjoy meeting new people and live in a larger city or an area with poor public transportation? Become a Lyft or Uber driver. If you’d rather not transport people, register as an UberEATS driver and deliver food instead.
  13. If your home can accommodate guests, list it with Airbnb. The company’s website includes a calculator so that you can estimate your home’s earning potential.
  14. Become a consultant. Share the knowledge you gained throughout your life and career. If you’re recently retired, reach out to your company to see whether they would benefit from your expertise. Were you a scientist, engineer, or management expert? You can command a fairly high hourly fee to consult.
  15. Are there some days when you’d like to work and others when you’d rather have other plans? Register with a temp agency. Many companies are cutting costs by hiring temporary workers. You have plenty of flexibility to create a schedule that works for you, and you can try out a variety of industries, too. 

There’s been a definite shift in the workforce with seniors continuing to work. AARP estimates that 32 percent of seniors aged 65 to 74 will be actively participating in the workforce by 2022. If you join them, you’ll be in good, talented, creative company.