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August 26, 2014

7 At-Home Jobs to Try After Retirement

Remember when going into the office seemed like a chore? Just thinking of sitting at your desk surrounded by noisy coworkers was enough to make you want to take a personal day. Since retirement, however, you’ve found yourself almost longing for a day at the office.

It’s not uncommon for people to feel a sense of loss and displacement following retirement. After all, work fills the largest percentage of your waking time. But in your case, it’s not the office itself you miss—it’s the actual work.

For you, an at-home job could be the ideal solution. Aside from keeping busy, an at-home job can challenge you to learn something new and leave you feeling accomplished, all while enjoying the comforts of  home. Check out these seven work-at-home job ideas you might want to explore:

1. Babysitting

If you love children, babysitting is an ideal at-home job for you. If you are a parent or a grandparent, you have experience many parents look for when hiring a babysitter. Do you have family members, friends, or neighbors who work full-time or could use an occasional night out? Start by making a list of the people you think will benefit from your services. You can also hang flyers in local shops or purchase advertising space in local church bulletins or newspapers.

2. Tutoring

Working as a tutor (online or off) is a great option for retired teachers or those who enjoy helping others understand difficult learning material. If you have expertise in a particular subject, even better! Tap into your professional network to discover teaching opportunities. You can also try online tutoring. Classes, lessons, and quizzes can be set up on a computer without leaving home. Technology today makes it easy to communicate with students via email or instant messaging.

3. Pet Sitting

Are you a pet lover? If so, consider offering to care for your friends’ or family’s pets during work days or vacations. Just like babysitting, pet sitting will give you what many people consider the best kind of company.

4. Blogging

Blogging allows for unlimited imagination and creativity. It can be difficult to generate significant revenue from blogging, but it is certainly fun to blog about whatever it is you love. The time spent on blogging is a personal preference and, therefore, extremely flexible. For tips on getting started with blogging, click here.

5. Selling Online

Chances are you have held on to a lot of items through the years. If you are interested in downsizing, consider dabbling in online selling at the same time! List the items you no longer want or need on eBay or Craigslist to see if you want to spend time in this space. If you decide you enjoy this, you can purchase and then sell items online. The key is to purchase the right products at the right price to make a profit.

6. Consulting

If you have a business background, consulting might be the perfect job for you. As a retiree, you have years of skills and experiences that could benefit companies in many different industries. You can share your ideas and advice with companies you think could use your help.

7. Book Keeping

Do you have a financial background? If so, you can work at home and keep records of the financial affairs for different companies.

At-home jobs are ideal for retirees who enjoy being at home but long for the challenges of their former professions. If this describes you, use these suggestions to find the right at-home opportunity!

For more tips on successful at-home living, see the guide “11 Ways to Age Successfully at Home” today!

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