Part Time Work for Retirees

Retired & Working

Posted by Justin Allitt in Retirement, June 12, 2018

Part Time Work for Retirees

For many people, choosing to continue some form of work once retired is a good choice. There are different reasons for retirees to choose to continue working whether it’s to make a little extra money or to combat boredom.

Retirees who work part time find that it helps them to live the life they want, without becoming inactive or bored. It also helps them fund extra things like holidays and trips. Interacting with people helps you remain mentally engaged so it’s no wonder that more and more people are choosing some form of work once they’re retired. If you’re thinking about taking up a small part time job, then this list is perfect for you. We’ve gathered some information on the best part time jobs available for those who aren’t ready to completely retire – just yet.


Provided you don’t mind spending a bit of time behind the wheel, driving is a great way to make a bit of extra money. As long as you have a car and a clean driving licence you can sign up to loads of different taxi companies. The most popular at the moment is Uber, where you upload your profile onto their site and if you’re available then you can pick up and drop off whoever needs it.

The money is good but the best thing about this option is that you can choose to do it as and when you like. There’s no minimum time required and if you don’t feel like doing it one day you can turn your availability off.

Tour Guide

If you’re someone who loves talking to people then becoming a tour guide is a good choice for you. Local museums or heritage sites are always on the lookout for people to help out. If you have a good knowledge base or a head for remembering facts then you should consider this.

Normally you are given some training and a script of sorts and then you can go off on your own and spread your knowledge with others. You’ll need to be patient and understanding – you may need to explain things a few times!


Freelance writing enables retirees to work wherever you want, whenever you want. If you’ve always had a passion for the written word – or have a particular knowledge set that could be put to good use then give it a go.

You don’t need any formal qualifications to become a writer – just as long as you have an excellent understanding of the language you’re writing in. There are loads of sites out there where people can upload their profile and pitch to buyers. If you’re good enough you’ll soon have an influx of people wanting to hire you for your talents.

Charity Work

This is a good option for retirees who just want something to do and aren’t necessarily bothered about the money. There are so many fantastic causes out there that you’re bound to find a good fit. Whether it’s volunteering in a charity shop, or leafletting, there’s a job to suit you.

The best thing about charity work is that you know you’re making a difference. It can be hard during our working lives to put effort into things we care about – because we’re normally so busy. But once you’re retired you can choose the issues that mean the most to you and help them out. You’ll feel really good doing it too!

Personal Assistant

This is good for those who are highly organised retirees and love to organise other people. Although this job can sometimes be a little more full-on than the others on this list – it’s definitely one to keep you busy. PA’s often organise their bosses’ schedules, respond to emails and phone calls and general office duties.

The best thing about this job is that it can now be done from home. Thanks to the advancements in technology, a lot of PA’s work remotely from their computer at home. There’s a lot of software out there that makes this easier, so it has a bit of a learning curve. But if you’re computer savvy then give this a go!


The retail sector is always looking for people to lend a helping hand and this could be a great part time job for you. The beauty of working in retail is that you often don’t need too many qualifications and the work isn’t too back-breaking. You can usually go in, get the job done and come home without taking your work with you.

Retail places such as shops or supermarkets often hire their staff on a part time basis, meaning you can easily find some hours to suit you. These hours are often flexible so you won’t be working a solid 9-5 everyday – unless you want to!

Teaching Assistant

Being a teaching assistant is an incredibly rewarding job. If you have a passion for inspiring the younger generation, or want to pass on your knowledge then this will be right for you. Teaching assistants take a background role in the classroom by aiding the teacher as and when necessary. If you love working with kids and have endless patience then try this out.

If you aren’t looking for extra income you could also volunteer as a reading assistant. Most schools like to have people to come in for the kids to read to, to help them improve. All you need is patience, a good ear and a love of working with kids.

There are a lot of part time job positions out there  for  retirees– you just need to find the one that suits you! Choose one that works with your skills and make sure that you’re putting your knowledge to good use.

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