Working After Retirement

A SHARE FORUM – See what our readers share, with lots of interesting ideas about working after retirement, and some money-making activities for seniors, including how to get the word out and using skills you already have. We’d like to hear what’s worked…or not! Both are valuable.

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  1. Older folks can work in just about any kind of shop or store, for whatever interests them. A guy I know is over retirement age and working in one of the big box home improvement stores. They think he’s great – he knows just about everything and his work ethic is a good example. Another older fella (must be in his mid to late 70’s) has always done gardening and works PT in a garden store. He too really knows his stuff. I think the older age can give a sense of expertise.

  2. Nice idea for a garden wedding! One of our family had their wedding officiated by a retired in-law. He had to be certified with the state, and did some kind of course work online, then applied to the state. Now he officiates at a couple weddings a month and really enjoys it.

  3. A family member had an outdoor wedding ceremony (small) in the beautiful garden of a retired couple. They have a covered gazebo, and they rent it out on an hourly basis. I think their limit is a ceremony for up to 20 people; the reception was held elsewhere, with more guests. This worked out perfect for the family. From what I understand, there is very little work on the part of the owners. They do their gardening anyway, so it always looks nice. They provide 4 folding chairs, just in case someone needs one. Otherwise, people stand. Because they’re in the outskirts of town, guests can park along the road and walk along the path to the garden. In our state we have nice weather most of the year. I’ve heard they make a very nice extra income. They have very steady bookings.

  4. Here’s a free advertising idea. We have a bi-weekly newspaper in our town. (Even if you live in a big city, many have little area type newspapers). A small business or entrepreneur can write up a little “press release” (there is a format for that, and I’m sure you can find it online) about what they do. A press release is basically a mini news article, vs. paying for an ad. Anyway, if it ties in with a special project or event around town, or if they do something associated with a charity, that’s particularly of interest to a local community. This can bring good results to your business, being mentioned in the newspaper because you’re involved in giving back in some way.

  5. Someone I know started driving a taxi cab part time after retirement. He’s a real people person and enjoys it. We live in a fairly large town (not a big city) so there’s a fair amount of work for him. And he doesn’t get the hassles or danger of big city taxi drivers either. The reason he started doing it was besides keeping busy, was to make some extra travel money for him and his wife. He said he’s planning on continuing as long as he can. Really likes it.

  6. Like you mentioned on your other page about working ideas, a friend of mine also makes the doll clothes and misc. items for those American Girl sized dolls. She used to do Barbie doll things, but she wasn’t selling as much, so she doesn’t do as much of that anymore. She’s active in church activities and at the senior center, and lots of people know what she does, so she’s making a good bit of pocket money for herself. Plus she goes to a couple of craft shows, especially during the holidays, and does well. It didn’t take long to get the word out. Especially since her granddaughters (and their friends) are walking advertisements for her! Their dolls have unbelievably cute stuff.

  7. We have a local thrift shop/antique store where people are able to reserve and set up a space to sell their own things. I know a couple of people who do this – trash to treasure style. Or things they make themselves. They might get things cheap at garage sales or flea markets, fix them up nicely, or refinish, even assemble items together to make something unique, and place them in their space. (They don’t have to be there to sell anything; people browse and buy as usual with the store managing everything).

    They can decorate their space to give it their own signature style, whether shabby chic, garden style, western, Victorian, etc.. People tend to come back over and over to check out what’s new. Of course they give a cut to the store owner, but they still do make a nice side income.

    You could always ask a thrift store if they have this kind of arrangement for sellers. They may be open to it if they haven’t already started.

  8. I belong to a fairly large church. Our church has a weekly bulletin every Sunday, and people can place an ad in it for a small monthly fee. (Most are the size of a business card, or are a copy of their business card. But some are larger ads). Some of these small businesses also do some community service, and their business gets mentioned, which is like free advertising. People do get quite a few customers and leads from these ads. The community likes to support each other. People who are not part of the congregation are also allowed to advertise, but I think they don’t get the discounted fee.

  9. In our town we have a retired woman who started a consignment clothing and accessories shop. Her two older teenage granddaughters work with her, and they’d had some cash register and retail experience. (And they have a real eye for style and displaying). So the items are for all age groups. I know they are very selective about what they take, so the items show well. The shop is open part time hours, has a clever name (I won’t give it here), and they’re doing great. Especially in this economy.

  10. Yes, woodburning is a really good skill for making sellable items. So is leather tooling. Lots of possibilities for belts, wallets, even vests and hats, if you’re good! Seems the western look is popular.

  11. I know a retired man that is really quite good at wood working, and cabinetry, chairs, small tables, book shelves, etc. Also some smaller things like candle holders, door hangers (really nice ones for the holidays), and small wooden ornaments. He tries to put something a little unique on each one. Like, his daughter draws lovely floral, leaf and vine designs, and he woodburns them in. They have a wonderful country, folk look. He puts them in a local consignment shop, and also does a few craft shows during the year. He’s doing quite well.

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