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4 Career Ideas When You Just Can't Retire

Updated: Jan 16

If you’ve been retired for any length of time, you’ve probably realized that life is very different now. Something you may not have anticipated was missing out on all of the benefits of work. More than just having extra cash in hand, working gives you an opportunity to socialize and keep your mind up and running. If you’ve decided that full retirement isn’t for you, keep reading for a few job-hunting tips and ideas on careers that make sense when you want flexibility.

Job-Hunting During Retirement

When you are looking for a new job at 65-plus, chances are you’re not interested in a full-time career. That does not mean, however, that you can’t put on your professional hat and do something that you love. If you don’t yet know what that is, start by talking to people in your social circle. You never know when your church pastor, HOA president, or favorite restaurant owner has a job available that is a perfect fit for you.

Next, make sure that you are ready for your preferred part-time profession. If you are going to work in sales, for example, you’ll need a great smartphone to communicate with customers and coworkers.

Preferably, your device should be easy to use and have substantial storage and long battery life.

You will also want to ensure you have plenty of copies of your resume and a few outfits — and sensible shoes — to wear to work.

Best Jobs for Seniors

It doesn’t matter what you did during your professional career; when you are retired, you have an opportunity to pursue whatever passion you desire.

Insurance sales

Insurance is a vital product, and life insurance can be a godsend to young families as well as fellow retirees that don’t want to burden their loved ones when they die. If you want a job that makes a difference, consider helping people find insurance that matches their needs.


Uber might be the brainchild of the millennial generation, but it’s the Baby Boomers who keep it moving. Driving for a company like Uber or Lyft means you have to have a background check and maintain car insurance, but you can drive your personal vehicle (or a rental), and you get to see the sites of your city up close.


Working in retail is packed with perks of its own. The first is flexible scheduling. Next, you will likely get an employee discount. Keep in mind, however, that pay for retail jobs tends to sit at $12 per hour or less. Business Insider notes that Crate and Barrel, Lowe’s, and a few other select retailers pay a bit more than this. If you live near a Costco, you can look forward to $15 an hour minimum and an average pay of $23 per hour.


There are many freelancing opportunities in a variety of fields, whether your expertise is in marketing, sales, writing, customer service, or accounting. Freelancer work allows you to operate from home and keep a schedule that suits your lifestyle. You connect with individuals and companies looking to hire freelancers on job boards online.


No matter what you want to do or what kind of experience you already have, there are plenty of jobs out there. You might be retired, but that does not mean you can’t enjoy all of the benefits of working without the stresses of being in management or having to support a family.

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