Retiring? Fun Jobs to Keep You Busy While Earning Extra Money

by Miranda Marquit

Two of the biggest concerns in retirement are being bored, and running out of money. The idea of doing nothing seems great for a while, but how long can you keep it up? For many people, it is important to have some sort of “job” during retirement. Plus, one of the great things about having some sort of employment is that it can help you stretch your retirement income, preventing retirees from having to take out a reverse mortgage or scaling down their quality of life. If you are concerned about how long your nest egg will last, finding ways to earn money during “retirement” can be a big help.

If you want to have an enjoyable retirement, beating boredom and earning a little extra money, there are some jobs you can do. They don’t take much time, and you might have the chance to meet new people and try new things.

Retirement Jobs – Earn More Income During Retirement

Many people enjoy feeling useful, and doing something constructive with their time. My father in law loves gardening. He’s retired, but he still grows his garden, and he is becoming certified as a Master Gardener, and will be able to use that title to earn a little extra money a couple days a week. He’s found something that helps keep him busy, and can provide some cash to help him stretch his nest egg. Some other great jobs that can be done in retirement include:

  • Tutoring others.
  • Teaching seminars.
  • Providing consulting work.
  • Running a bed and breakfast in a location you love.
  • Giving tours at local historical sites.
  • Some sort of guide (my grandfather was a river guide for a few years, even though he was “retired”).
  • Campground manager or campground host. (A lot of the hosts I interact with while camping are “retired” persons.)
  • Sell items that you make online, or travel to local fairs and art shows to sell.
  • Crossing guard.

As you can see, there are quite a few things you can do as a retired person. You can help others, earn a little money, and do something you enjoy. The social interaction that comes with doing a part-time job can also contribute to one’s health, and it can help keep the brain healthy.

Volunteer Jobs in Retirement

Maybe you don’t want or need to earn extra money during retirement. But you do want to stay active and help others. One of the things you can do in those cases is to volunteer during retirement. You can volunteer locally, or you can take “volunteer vacations,” and travel somewhere exotic to volunteer providing necessary services.

Take stock of your interests, skills and hobbies. You don’t always have to do something related to the work you did prior to being retired. Indeed, “retirement” is a perfect time to focus on hobbies, and learn how to translate the things you love into actions that can help others. You can also learn a new skill. Many retirees go back to school, finish a certification or learn new hobbies. The ability to keep learning and acquiring new skills can help your mental health, as well as provide you with opportunities to help others — and maybe even earn a few bucks.

What do you want to do in retirement?

Published or updated July 31, 2011.
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1 K.C.

I was self-employed for most of my working life, so the last thing I want to do is get a “job” in retirement. I publish a personal finance blog and sell products on eBay and on a website. These activities keep me as busy as I want to be. I help with housework and cooking. I maintain the yard and house. I also do some volunteer work. My wife and I take several trips each year, as well. My days are full and there are still things I want to do!!


2 krantcents

Although I could continue teaching, I plan to volunteer a few hours a week. In fact, I plan to test it out early next year.


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