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How to Continue to Work after Retirement

Many retirees choose to work past their retirement. Balance your work schedule and free time using these tips.


  • Step 1: Talk to your employer Talk to your current employment about post-retirement work opportunities. You may be able to find a post-retirement job where you already work.
  • TIP: Ask your employer about a part-time or flextime work schedule to match your work to your personal needs.
  • Step 2: Consider part-time work Consider part-time work. Library assistants, customer service representatives, school bus drivers, crossing guards, and restaurant and cafeteria workers often work part-time hours.
  • TIP: There are many jobs for seniors in the healthcare industry.
  • Step 3: Consider consulting Become a consultant. Seniors who held pre-retirement executive and managerial positions may be able to obtain consulting work.
  • Step 4: Start your own sales business Start your own sales commission-based business. Some companies use self-employed salespeople on commission or contracts.
  • Step 5: Consider temporary work Consider temporary work through agencies. Temp agencies place workers with employers for a fixed time.
  • Step 6: Consider freelance work Look for freelance writing jobs online. A retired teacher might market lesson plans and curricula, for example.
  • Step 7: Consider owning a franchise Consider franchise ownership. No formal education is required to own a franchise, but you will be required to come up with a large personal investment.
  • FACT: Did you know? Between 2006 and 2016 the senior workforce is expected to grow at five times the rate of the overall work force.

You Will Need

  • A current employer
  • Executive and managerial experience
  • A temporary agency
  • A computer with internet access
  • Personal investment

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