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Popular Jobs Among Seniors Who Want to Work in Retirement


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More and more seniors are choosing to work in their golden years. Many times, the desire to remain active, maintain a sense of purpose and stay socially involved encourages this decision.

One of the advantages of working in the Information Age is that it’s easier than ever to work remotely. Seniors everywhere are working in customer service, consulting, writing, accounting and many other types of jobs right from home, or anywhere else with an internet connection. And what’s more, online job boards offer a plethora of job opportunities as well as easy-to-use apps, which can simplify your job search and make it much quicker.

Here are some jobs to consider as you make your plans for a fulfilling retirement, some of which can be done remotely, and others that will give you the opportunity to get out of the house.


This is one of the most common jobs for seniors who wish to continue working in retirement. Consulting is a broad job description because you can consult people in pretty much any field there is. Whether your career was in finance, human resources, or music, you can continue working in that field by consulting remotely. And if you do it on your own, you can set your own schedule to suit your lifestyle.


Freelance writers produce a wide range of written content for various publishers. Some write blogs for their own website, while others write for many different companies. Like other freelance jobs, most freelance writers are in charge of their schedules and rates. It really depends on your writing experience and skills, as well as how much of a workload you prefer.


Bookkeeping is a great way to stay mentally sharp. If you have experience, it can be the perfect job to carry on part-time after you retire. As long as you have decent communication skills and know how to use accounting and spreadsheet software, you should be good to go.

Retail Worker

If you’re looking for something that gives you an opportunity to leave the house and talk to people on a regular basis, retail could be a great job for you. And if you have a gift for sales, it could downright be a match made in heaven. One great thing about retail is that there are almost always jobs available, whether you want full-time, part-time, or seasonal work. Plus, you may get some fantastic employee perks!

Business Owner

Maybe you’re certain you want to work during retirement, but you’re not keen on the idea of answering to a boss in your golden years. The alternative? Starting your own business! Owning a business can be a rewarding way to challenge yourself, connect with others, and stay active during retirement.

That said, in retirement, it’s more important than ever to ensure you take the steps to protect yourself financially. An essential step is to separate your business and personal finances by registering your company as an LLC. This will allow you to protect your personal assets, gain limited liability, and even qualify for a few helpful new tax deductions. Check out the filing requirements and Wisconsin LLC cost before you dive into the process. You may be tempted to hire a lawyer for support, but be aware that this will be pricey. If you don’t feel confident about filing on your own, an online formation service can guide you through every step.

Along with other benefits, working in retirement can provide you with some extra income and give you an opportunity to stay active. Consulting, writing, bookkeeping, working retail, and pet sitting are very popular jobs among seniors. To decide what job to take on, determine whether you want to work remotely or be around people, factor in your skills and gifts, and continue searching for the right job if it isn’t listed here.

Guest article by Andrea Needham