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23 Best jobs for retirees

By Airtasker

Updated: January 4th, 2024

Earn extra money while exploring a new skill or rediscovering your passions.

First things first, congratulations! You’re now officially retired after years of hard work. It’s time to relax, work on your hobbies, and spend more time with your grandchildren and loved ones.

Still, retirement can leave you wanting to find things to do or ways to earn extra income. Now that you have more time on your hands, you can try jobs that you never considered before, such as cooking, gardening, or even becoming a magician.

The good news: being retired doesn’t have to stop you from taking on part-time jobs! Here are 23 fun jobs you can do on Airtasker.

How can I make money from home after retirement?

Now that many industries have shifted to online work, you can do many side hustles from home, such as freelance writing, proofreading, translating, and teaching through video calls.

And if you need a break from technology, you’ll be glad to know you can also find many jobs that don’t require a computer. Clothing alterations, pet sitting, and cooking are just some of them.

Keep scrolling to discover the best jobs for retirees on Airtasker – both from and away from home.

Rediscover your artistic talent.

closeup hands senior woman doing embroidery

1. Accept clothing alterations.

Fashion trends may change, but one thing will stay constant: People are more confident when their clothes fit nicely. If you’ve got a sewing machine on hand – or even just a needle and thread – you can offer clothes alterations & repairs and dressmaking services. Many people are also falling in love with embroidered items these days!

Aside from earning extra money, crafting activities such as sewing can help refine motor skills and even act as a form of therapy.

Find clothing alteration jobs

2. Paint walls and furniture.

Here’s another crafting activity you might be interested in. Help people give their home or office a makeover by offering painting services. Small painting projects can take up an hour or so of your time, while full house paint jobs can take a few days.

Find painting jobs

3. Fulfill your mural painting dreams.

If becoming an artist is something you’ve always dreamed of, it’s not too late! As a mural artist, you’ll need lots of creativity – and an eye for design – compared to regular paint jobs. You may be asked to create cool graffiti writing on a bedroom wall or paint a mural on a cafe’s exterior.

Find mural and graffiti artist jobs

Share your knowledge and skills. 

4. Become a cool tutor.

retired senior man teaching ukulele lesson, fun retirement jobs

Here’s one of the best jobs for retired teachers! However, teaching doesn’t have to be limited to basic school subjects. Many young adults and children are eager to learn new skills outside the classroom, such as piano, dance, public speaking, and other languages like Mandarin.

Find local tutoring jobs

5. Dive into freelance writing and content creation.

The years have taught you a lot. Now, you can put your experiences into words by creating a blog and writing for different publications. You could also cover important events around town and write about them.

There are no limits to content creation, and you’ll have more time to think about what you want to write now that you’re in retirement. The possibilities are endless!

Find writing jobs

6. Proofread like a pro.

One of the side hustles you can do from home is proofreading. Help people avoid embarrassing mistakes on their resumes, cover letters, and school papers.

Find proofreading jobs

Repair or improve people’s homes.

Confident middle-aged grey-haired woman drilling wall

7. Repair appliances.

Do you have a knack for making faulty things work? Many people still opt to have their devices repaired by an expert instead of doing it themselves.

Find appliance technician jobs

8. Have fun painting fences.

If you’re looking for a hustle that won’t take more than a day, look for fence painting jobs on Airtasker! Aside from painting, the job may require you to prepare and wash the fence before paint application and apply primer to ensure better paint adhesion.

Find fence painting jobs

Help people get things done.

9. Make people’s day by delivering gifts.

senior man delivering a gift to a smiling young lady, part-time job for retirees

Do your kids and grandkids think you give the best gifts – complete with intricate gift wrapping? Set up your own gift-delivery service for special occasions such as anniversaries, birthdays, and Valentine’s Day.

10. Plan a party.

Years of planning birthday parties, corporate events, and team-building activities may have given you event management experience. Party planning is a skill, and you’ll be able to help the event hosts avoid stress. It’s a good thing you kept all those catering, venue, and decorator contacts!

Find event planning jobs

Cook from the heart.

elderly Asian man cooking food to sell

11. Share your cooking talent with other people.

Is cooking delicious food and feeding your loved ones something you truly enjoy? Do you have a dish that everyone compliments whenever you serve it? Try focusing on meal prep and offering pre-packed meals to people who don’t have time to cook their own food. You could also be an expert baker – sell cookies and other yummy pastries at a farmer’s market! Connect with people in your community looking for different cooks on Airtasker.

Find cooking jobs

12. Offer catering services.

Hosting events can be stressful for some, and a big part of the day is usually focused on food. For example, birthday parties need kid-friendly menus, and company events usually serve finger food. This is the right hustle for you if you’re ready to cook for a bigger crowd. Help ease hosts’ burdens by customizing event menus according to their preferences.

Find catering jobs

Nurture your green thumb.

Gardening job for retirees, Retired woman repotting a houseplant in ceramic pot

13. Do gardening jobs.

It’s therapeutic, a form of exercise, and there’s nothing like the joy you feel when a plant you cared for grows successfully. Help look after people’s gardens a few times a week by doing senior-friendly tasks such as planting, watering, and repotting plants. It’s even something you can do with your spouse!

(Gardening can be strenuous with all the bending and kneeling on the dirt! Here are some helpful gardening tips for the elderly.)

Find gardening jobs near you

14. Design a garden.

If you’ve spent more than a few years landscaping, why not try your hand at garden design and planning? As a garden designer, you’ll collaborate with customers to come up with ideas and map everything out on paper before you get started.

Explore gardening jobs

Connect with people.

15. Be a translator.

Being fluent in many languages – be it Spanish, Italian, French, Mandarin, or Japanese – will come in handy if you want to try becoming a translator.

Find translation jobs

16. Coach people.

retired businessman coaching someone virtually in his home office

Mature businessman speaking during a virtual meeting in his home office. Senior businessman having a video conference with his colleagues while working from home.

Your life lessons and years of experience are invaluable to the right people. You could try your hand at being a personal life coach, a career coach, a business coach, or even a relationship coach. To become a certified life coach, look up requirements from the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and the National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching (NBHWC).

Learn more about life coaching services

17. Help people start their day as a barista.

Coffee – at least for some people – is life. What do you think about being a barista? Prepare your customer’s go-to drinks or come up with new blends that will have them coming back for more!

Earn money at home.

18. Take care of people’s pets.

Looking for jobs for retired couples? Here’s a dream job for animal lovers: minding your neighbor’s or colleagues’ pets when they’re away at work or on vacation. Aside from feeding them, becoming a pet sitter involves giving them their medicine and bathing them when necessary. The job may also include walking them – especially dogs – and this could be a good opportunity for you to get some exercise. Get that essential Vitamin D and reach your daily step target!

Find pet minding jobs near you

19. House sit for someone.

happy senior couple dog sitting for someone, sitting on sofa with dog

If you’re looking for a more relaxed side hustle, house sitting could be the right match. Your main responsibility will be to stay at someone’s home while they’re out of town and ensure the house is how they left it. You might also be asked to do small tasks such as watering house plants and feeding their pets.

Get to know more about house sitting

Show off your talent.

20. Perform at events.

Here’s your chance to fulfill another childhood dream! Entertainers are a big part of events, and singing and dancing acts never get old. Most singers can take song requests that suit the event, while dancers can help get a party started when guests are too shy to dive into the dance floor. If you’re feeling nostalgic, you can perform at themed events that remind you of the good old times.

Find entertainment jobs near you

21. Start your modeling career.

stylish senior lady modelling in sunglasses with balloons, fun retirement jobs

If you’re looking for good, fun jobs for retirees, you’ve hit the jackpot. Modeling is for all ages, and you could even choose a niche such as print, editorial, hand, or feet modeling. Age-positive casting is a growing part of the industry, and there are even modeling agencies that focus on older models aged 30 to 90!

Find your first modeling gig

22. Make parties better as a clown.

If you’ve always dreamt of performing at children’s parties and spreading joy as a clown, now is the perfect time! Retirement means you have more time to explore other interests. Clown performances may include entertaining activities like juggling, telling jokes, balloon sculpting, mini-bicycle riding, performing on stilts, and many more.

Look for clown jobs and events near you

23. Give magical performances.

Want more opportunities in the entertainment industry? Prepare your cape and top hat and train to become a magician. Don’t worry if you’re starting from scratch because there are a lot of online tutorials and event classes that can help you become the best magician in the neighborhood.

Find magician jobs

Find fun retirement jobs on Airtasker.

Retirement may not turn out exactly as you expected, but it can still be fun and fulfilling. There are a variety of side hustles you can do through Airtasker.

Simply sign up on our platform to find jobs that match your skills and interests. This way, you can earn money on your own time while meeting new people and making the most of your golden years.




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