What are the best jobs for retirees?

(NC) Retirement means more free time to spend with family and friends, to travel and to try out new hobbies. But it can also be an exciting chance to take on temporary or part-time work—and even earn some extra cash. Here are some great job ideas for retirees:

Freelancer. Take advantage of the skills and knowledge you gained throughout your career to set up your own small business. You can work as a designer, writer, consultant and more, all in your own time and according to your own schedule. Your network of past colleagues and peers might even be able to refer you to your first clients.

Event staff. This is an exciting way to participate in events that interest you while getting paid. Whether you like music, sports, theatre or art, seek out a cool organization near you and work as support staff during their events. For example, you can be a ticket-taker at your local concert hall or a guide at a museum while enjoying perks like free admission.

Census enumerator. Love talking to people and learning about your community? The 2021 Census is coming up, and Statistics Canada will be hiring enumerators and crew leaders to collect census data. This is a great way to meet people in your neighbourhood and practice your professional skills, while gathering important information that will help improve your community. Applications open in January 2021, with start dates in April 2021.

House/pet sitter. This is an easy gig that’s perfect for people with flexible schedules. Let friends and family know that you’re open to staying at their house while they’re away on vacation, popping in to feed the cats during a business trip or walking their dog while they’re at work. It’s a win–win situation: they have someone they trust looking after their home or pets, and you have something fun to do while helping your friends.