While identifying the best retirement jobs may sound like an easy thing to do, there’s more of an analytic process at work than you might imagine. What might be the best job for one person might not be the best one for you. It’s worth taking the time figuring out what is the best plan to follow before going out and applying for any job that comes along. It’s also a considerate thing to do. After all, a job is a position in someone’s business and livelihood. Would you like someone to be casual about that if it were your business? Sometimes the worst thing that can happen to an employer is to fill a job with someone who doesn’t take the process seriously. Unnecessary training costs are incurred, and valuable time is wasted and, with today’s labor shortage, getting a job may be easy but finding the best retirement job takes a little bit more planning than you might think.
The first step is to figure out why want to work in the first place. Is it for the extra money or to fill in the extra time that you have? There’s nothing wrong with any reason but, the best way to approach it is to leverage your skills and experience if possible. Quite often, that will give you the greatest sense of satisfaction and make you more valuable to your employer as well. The best jobs in retirement are usually a win-win situation for both the employer and the employee. Some retired executives, who were highly compensated during their working careers, love to provide guidance and use their experience to help business owners without the headaches of working. Perhaps becoming a consultant for a company might work out well for you. This is especially true if you do not want to start your own business and just want to step into a situation once in a while to help a business owner, make a little money but not be forced to work in a traditional job. There is actually an organization that can help make that happen. While it is a volunteer organization, it is possible that compensated work may come out of it at a later point in time.
The best retirement jobs may also be a trial run for a business you were considering starting. A friend of ours always had a dream of starting her own hot dog stand or food truck. As she nears retirement, she’s considering seeing if someone who already owns a truck will employ her as an assistant. There are even situations where you can work with someone who is considering retiring from their business who will employ you to see if you want to be the eventual buyer.
There are always plenty of people who are willing to give you advice (as I’m doing now) but the best person to figure this all out is You! It goes back to figuring out why you are doing this in the first place. Even if it’s just for the money, the fact is that you’ll do better at something you enjoy doing or have a passion for, even if it’s for slightly less money than another place of employment. Retirement is something to be appreciated and, if you’re going to work to do something that you find unpleasant, you’re not really retired, are you?
If immediate cash is not important, and you’re still looking for something to do, why not do what I’m doing? I enjoyed retirement so much that I started a website about it and I absolutely enjoy every minute that I devote to it. It has enhanced my retirement in many ways because it has gotten me to do things that I would never have done so I can at least write something about it from experience. Taking a cooking class, for example, turned out better than I could ever have imagined and, while I would never have thought of being a chef as one of the best retirement jobs in the world, I have learned of many retirees who have made cooking part of their lives and some who even make quite a bit of money with it in their own small catering business.
The main point here is that it is worth the time to put a little thought into this exercise. Try to merge your desire to work with something you’re interested in. A friend of ours who loves to quilt works part-time in a fabric store. She doesn’t need the money, but she sees the new fabrics as they come in and gets an employee discount as well. The owner would love for her to work more hours because she is so good with the customers, but this current set-up is working out well. She may end up opening up her own shop someday.
When we were in New Orleans, we came across a couple of retirees who play their music just for the tips that come their way. While I'm not sure how much money they were making, they seemed to be having a great time. They were doing something they would be doing anyway.
Many retirees love to golf, and some have found employment at a local golf course as a starter or a general laborer. They can usually get on the course during slow periods and being around a golf course does wonders for their disposition. The prospect of going to work again may not be something you’re looking forward to but, if you can find a way to align the job with something you’re interested in, you’ll be very surprised at the difference it can make. The need to make extra money is a fact of life but it doesn’t mean the end of your happiness. The best retirement jobs are the ones that add enjoyment and a sense of fulfillment in your life. It all depends on your attitude. You can see it as a negative or look at it as an opportunity to get more out of the life you’re living. It’s time to Enjoy Retired Life!
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