Just because you hit senior citizen status does not mean that you have to throw in your work towel and sit around for the rest of your life. Many of us love to work and find fulfillment in doing something we love. Others of us still feel the need to work to provide for ourselves and our families. Whatever your reason for wanting to work into your retirement years, below you can find some ways to earn money as a senior citizen.
You can do one of two things to make money as a senior: get a job working for a company or work for yourself. If you want to work for a company, there are several that have been found to hire older workers because they appreciate their experience and solid work ethic. Some companies known to hire senior citizens for jobs include ATT, Bright Horizons, Universal Health Services, Met Life, New York Life, CVS Pharmacy, Home Depot, Staples, ToysRUs, and Walgreens.
If you do not want to work for a company, you can also choose to work for yourself. By doing this you can set your own hours, allowing you flexibility to visit family, take a vacation, or just do things at home. You can set up a small business by easily getting a federal tax id and keeping track of income and expenses. By taking this route you can include all sorts of expenses as tax deductions. Talk to your accountant for more information on this topic.
If you are interested in taking the small business route, first try the approach of turning hobby interests or work skills into income. Working in your retirement years often offers joys that working full time never had. To figure out what you could do first evaluate your skills and what you like to do. Do you like to shop, drive, fix things, refinish, paint, garden, or sew? What skills do you have that others might need? Below are a few home based business ideas that could be successfully run by seniors:
Driving jobs: If you enjoy driving you can do deliveries or drive others who are not able to drive themselves around. You might be able to start a successful business taking people to or from the airport helping them to avoid the airport parking fees.
Repair jobs: There are many people who need help around the house with things such as changing a lock or hard to reach light bulbs, installing a screen door or a new faucet, or painting rooms or cabinets. If you are handy around the house consider putting these skills to work.
Gardening jobs: If you like to weed and garden, you might find many people who would gladly hire you for an afternoon to do a bit of gardening.
Sewing jobs: Most everyone could use a good seamstress for those buttons, hems, and alterations that need to happen. You might also try your hand at sewing clothes, bags, or crafts that you could sell at a local shop or online.
Errand running and shopping jobs: If you enjoy shopping or running errands consider making this into a business. There are many people who hate or do not have time to run to the grocery store, cleaners, or post office.
Overall, whether you desire to work for yourself or for a company there are many jobs available for senior citizens. By doing a little research, evaluating your skills, and considering what your needs and desires are you can find the job that best suits you.