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10 Great Part-time Jobs for Older Adults

There are jobs for those who are willing to put their passion and experience to good use.
There are jobs for those who are willing to put their passion and experience to good use.

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March 16, 2011

Past 50 and looking for part-time work? You're not alone. Although the unemployment rate among older workers is lower than that for their younger counterparts, older persons who do become unemployed spend more time searching for work, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

But there are jobs for those who are willing to put their passion and experience to good use. Following, from the Home Instead Senior Care® network and a review of various internet sites, are a few ideas.

  1. Temp worker – Temporary jobs offer great opportunities for those who don't want a permanent position to call their own. Contact a temp agency in your area to find out about part-time possibilities.
  2. Home care worker or paid companion – Companies like Home Instead Senior Care often hire older workers for a number of reasons including great work ethic and compatibility with older clients. Home Instead Senior Care trains and insures workers, and offers flexible, part-time hours.
  3. Party Planner – Party planning, while a demanding career for many professionals, also can be customized to be a great part-time job. If you are organized, creative and love a fun get-together, this could be for you.
  4. Crafters – Do you enjoy a hobby such as photograph, jewelry- or quilt-making? Why not make the rounds of flea markets and craft shows. You could meet new and interesting people and make money as well.
  5. Gardeners – Gardening is a wonderful hobby for older adults. The fruits of your labors – both fresh and canned – make saleable products at farmer's markets and other outdoor as well as indoor markets. You could also hire out your gardening services if you enjoy working outdoors.
  6. Consultants – What did you do when you were working full-time? Would your career lend itself to consulting that you could do on a part-time basis now? Why not network with old friends and colleagues from work as well as business groups in your area to discover the need for your services.
  7. Seamstresses – If you have sewing skills and a sewing machine, send out the word. You might be surprised who needs repairs and alterations. Why not contact a dry cleaning service in the area to see if they could use some part-time sewing help.
  8. Handy Dandies – If you're handy repairing things around the house, just say the word and you likely could have more business than you can handle. Post a note on the bulletin board at your church or synagogue, or create an online application for craigslist.
  9. Caterers and Cooks – If you enjoy cooking, why not hire out to help with parties and special events. You could be a part-time caterer, or call one who is already in business. He or she might need help.
  10. Baby sitting – If you've had plenty of experience raising your own children and now are taking care of grandchildren, you may have a way with youngsters. Why not put the word out. Plenty of working parents need extra help and a surrogate grandparent for their kids.

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  1. January 30, 2014 at 8:58 am | Posted by Genie

    I am 57 years old, I am currently unemployed, having registed in several employment agencies, no luck whatsoever...don't know whether it is my age ....agencies are useless....they have started ignoring my calls as well....the only pretext is that there are no jobs matching my skills...I need some phone numbers of agencies that genuinely help older people find jobs....in Toronto....I worked all my life as admin asstt...why do I have to go into retail or some other **** just because I am 50+ why do people have to feel for us and assume we are tired, or not capable or not hardworking...what about the younger people who are soooo lazy, cannot imagine....pls help

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  2. April 28, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Posted by SR Hammersley RN

    What your husband may not realize is that some people are collectors all their life while others may become hoarders due to some possible mental issue in later life. One such issue may be depression. As you know from hoarding TV programs the issue of hoarding can present real health care issues for the elderly. Things like falling, cuts, germs,bacteria from old food and wrappers piled up. Also bugs,mice, rats not to mention being a fire hazard. Your husband would be wise to go with his mother to an appointment with her primary physician.He could possibly express his concern to her with her Dr. there. He could tell her he wants her to be safe because he loves her. I agree with you, she needs home care and possibly some housekeeping assistance. Better safe than sorry. That little assistance is cheaper than a Nursing Home. Talk to a Geriatric Nurse Case Manager or the Passport Program. She may qualify for some assistance. Hope this is of some help.

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  3. March 20, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Posted by Robin Huth

    I used to be a full-time fur trapper in the north. Any stories on that subject?

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  4. March 20, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Posted by Robin Huth

    What sort of stories and comments are you looking for?

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