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Part Time Paid Work

One strategy that many people in retirement opt for is to turn something they like doing or a hobby into paid work – in other words, ‘unpaid like’ into ‘paid like’.

So if you like, for example: DIY, Gardening, ironing, Cleaning, Needlework, Restoring Furniture, Wood Turning or creating Stained Glass, why not thinking about turning it into a paid enterprise? You can get employment with a firm in your area or you can go it alone: advertise in your local paper or in the local shop and set yourself up as the local odd job man, someone who can make curtains and alter clothes for people, a craftsman who can make stained glass windows for people’s houses or whatever.

Or you can restore your furniture or make your wood pieces and then advertise in the appropriate papers and magazines.

People who like wheeling and dealing can make money by buying and selling things on eBay. Car boot sales offer another outlet for people’s entrepreneurial skills.

One other outlet is taking up a franchise. This will involve some capital outlay and can be very demanding. However, it can also be very rewarding. To find out more, look at our article on franchising.

So there are lots of ways in which you can earn some money by doing what you like doing. There are advantages to working on your own:

  • You can do as much or as little as you like
  • You can choose your own geographic area
  • You are your own boss
  • Flexibility in terms of holidays and time off

Part Time Work Links

Guide to Part Time Jobs and Work

First Thoughts on part time work

Part Time Voluntary Work

On the other hand, some people like the security of working for someone else. It’s another choice you have to make.

Strategies for Finding Work

If you definitely want to work for someone else, you need to then think about how to go about getting a part-time job, always remembering what you want from work. Some strategies are as follows:

Maybe the place to start is with your existing employer. Ask them if they would be willing to let you go part time, maybe through a job share. Alternatively, have a look at Guardian Jobs, where you can look for job sharing opportunities. There are also links on the site to organisations that have job share policies and who welcome job sharing.

  1. Speak to the employment agencies in your area. The larger ones usually have someone dedicated to part-time jobs and/or temporary vacancies and they are usually very helpful. Since the Age Discrimination legislation came into force at the start of October 2006, the agencies have to be very careful to treat people of all ages exactly the same so you have the same chance of gaining employment (whichever route you take) as anyone else.
  2. Use your own network. More retired people get back into work through people they know than through any other single method.
  3. Go to Jobcentre Plus and look there.
  4. Look in the local papers.
  5. Approach organisations that you know employ older workers. B&Q and Tesco have done for some time and now that there is Age Discrimination legislation in place, all companies will have to treat people of all ages equally.
  6. Go to websites that specifically cater for older workers and/or part time jobs. Some examples are:, Jobsite and Exec-appointments 
  7. Contact employers advertising full time positions and ask them if they would consider part time instead.
  8. If you have senior management experience, one route may be that of non-executive director. There are some websites that will be of help to you if you do consider this route. Try NED Exchange and Executives Online and click on Non Executive Director Recruitment, where you can register as a candidate. Alternatively, joining a business start-up may be the ideal thing for you. If you contact your local Chamber of Commerce or Business Link, they may be able to help you with this.
  9. Consider working from home doing something such as tale-sales. There are many organisations that employ tele-sales people both in offices and at home. By typing ‘tele sales’ into Google, you will be able to access them.
  10. At the opposite end of the scale, many people like to get out and about. So a courier job may appeal, where you drive and deliver things around the country. Look at Indeed. You might also contact some of the airlines to ask about couriering packets around the globe!
  11. Have a look at our Guide to Job Search where there is some good information and links to other pages and recruitment organisations.

You might want to write yourself an Action Plan and then follow it. Think about:

   Organisations to cold contact
   Papers and magazines to buy
   Your network - people you know who might be in a position to find you a job
   Local employment agencies to register Internet sites to look at
   Other local avenues to explore

Whatever your plans are, write them down and then work through them within set timescales. You are much more likely to get your dream job if you have a plan and work to it.

Retirement does not necessarily mean giving up work for good. Indeed, work provides a necessary ingredient of many people’s retirement because they do not feel ready to put their feet up for good just because they leave their job at 60, 65 or whatever.

There are a huge number of options for you. You can choose full time or part time work, paid or voluntary. You can work for someone else or you can work for yourself. The good thing is that you can choose, so choose something that you feel will suit you best. Before you rush headlong into it, stop, think and do some planning so that you make the right choice.

Work can be stimulating an rewarding; if and when you come to choose work in retirement, make sure that you pick something that will enhance your retirement and make it the most satisfying time of your life.

Go to the links in the box to get further information on part time work in retirement.

For further information on part time jobs and work in retirement click on the links below:

Part Time Voluntary Work

This Guide is written by Retirement Specialist Dave Sinclair supported by members of the LaterLife team. As well as writing on retirement matters Dave is Training Director at LaterLife and responsible for the content and continuous improvement of LaterLife's Retirement Courses.
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