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7 Exciting & Satisfying Job Ideas for Seniors in Retirement

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Are you looking for the perfect job to keep you busy and keep your budget balanced in retirement? Then you’ve come to the right source! Senior Citizen Times offers this list of creative, fun and simple jobs for seniors to do in retirement, all of which can also help seniors maintain some freedom during their golden years. So if you are looking for your retirement career, consider…

Freelance Writing

If you love writing and are looking for some freedom in your schedule, consider becoming a freelance writer in retirement. Job sites make it simple to connect with remote work opportunities. Plus, you can set your own rates and make a decent bit of side cash. All you need to do is create a profile and upload some details, and you’re set to connect with clients. To help boost your profile, make sure you have a modern, top-notch resume posted along with your experience.

Starting a Business

If being a freelance writer doesn’t appeal to you, but you like the idea of being your own boss, consider starting a business. Plenty of seniors take advantage of their free time in retirement by pursuing their entrepreneurial dreams. And in fact, doing so can not only make you some extra cash, it can be a very fulfilling way to spend your golden years.

However, if entrepreneurship sounds appealing to you, take steps to protect your finances by  establishing your business as an LLC! This will enable you to keep your personal assets secure, as well as help you qualify for additional tax deductions and limited liability.

Each state has set up their own unique process for registering an LLC, so you’ll need to get acquainted with your own state’s rules. If the steps seem too complicated, you might be interested in hiring a lawyer for help. But if you don’t want to pay for hefty lawyer fees, an online formation service is also a useful option.

Boarding Cats

 Love hanging out with feline friends? If you have room in your home and heart, why not help out fellow pet owners by pet sitting at home? Turning your home into a boarding facility for cats can provide the same flexibility as freelancing, with the added bonus of getting to spend more cuddling your clients. And of course you can also board dogs if you prefer canine company!

 Making Furniture

 If you’re handy with wood and have some extra time, you could always start your own custom furniture business. Selling handmade furniture can be a lucrative way to earn an income for anyone, but it can be especially beneficial for retirees who are looking for added freedom. You can always make as little or as much furniture as needed to supplement your income, plus you have options when it comes to selling pieces locally or selling furniture to online clients.

Creating Art

Much like making furniture, making art can also help seniors earn extra retirement income. You can sell your art at local craft shows, which can also help get you out of the house and help you avoid feelings of isolation in your retirement years. James Clear says being creative offers a number of important benefits, too, like helping you stay positive, cutting stress levels and reducing the risk for depression. You not only can supplement your income and stay busy, you get some bonus perks!

Helping Children

 Did you know that connecting with kids can also be good for the health of your brain and body? Researchers and organizations that connect seniors with younger generations have seen positive improvements in the health of both parties, but the benefits are especially pronounced for older adults. So how can you connect with children and earn a living? You can always start tutoring students in subjects you feel comfortable teaching!

 Planting Gardens

 If you prefer the company of plants to people or pets, then a gardening business could provide supplemental income in retirement and a fun hobby! Starting a gardening business can also be simple for seniors, and you can opt to work for clients throughout the year or on a seasonal basis. Gardening can also have health perks for seniors, but you may also want to invest in some new gardening gear to protect yourself from any pain or injuries.

Ready to hang a new shingle? Whether you love creating things, growing things, or hanging out with critters, there is a job that is just right for your retirement plans. All of the jobs above provide extra benefits, so take your pick to help make the most of your golden years.

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