Flexible Part-Time Job Opportunities for Seniors

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For many seniors, staying active can be a challenge, especially when work requires a lot of sitting around. And unfortunately, many supervisors err on the side of caution when it comes to the responsibilities of a senior employee (particularly those with disabilities). Luckily, there’s hope. Real estate is a common go-to for retired seniors looking for a part-time job, but here are a few other options you may not have thought of:

Become a driver with Lyft
If you’re able to drive, Lyft can be a great way to get out of the house and make some easy  money. You can work whatever hours you like as often as you want, and you can even make bonus cash if you work during peak times. The app will always help you navigate to your destination, so you don’t have to worry about getting lost or switching between phone apps. And if you struggle with social anxiety, it can be the perfect opportunity to branch out and get more comfortable talking with strangers.

Become a sitter with UrbanSitter
Set your own rate and register with UrbanSitter to connect with families in need of child care in your area. You can list which areas of town you’re willing and able to travel to on your site profile, or discuss clients bringing children to your home. Help the kids in your care burn off their excess energy with trips to the playground, picnics at the park, and visits to the aquarium (with mom or dad’s approval, of course). Both you and the kids will get the exercise you need, and they’ll probably be better behaved — they might even go to bed without protest!

Become a tasker with TaskRabbit
Are you a pro organizer or master handyman? Show off your skills on TaskRabbit! Sign up for all kinds of jobs from installing a television to assembling a couch to painting an office. You can book your day full of jobs, work a little each day, or work only on weekends. You can even make it work around your current work schedule if you’re just looking for extra activity and cash.

Become a Postmate
If Lyft is the right idea but not enough action, try Postmate! Deliver orders from restaurants Smiling senior man riding a bicycle around town to hungry customers by car or bike. It’s an on-demand service, so you can decide on a moment’s notice that you’re going to work or stop immediately after one trip. You can even alternate between bike and car — biking on days you want to burn more energy and driving on days you need rest. Just don’t push yourself if you’re too tired, whether it’s behind the wheel of a car or on a bike!

Consult your doctor before making any major changes to your exercise regimen, but don’t let your age keep you sedentary. Whether it’s driving or sitting, there are plenty of ways to leverage an accessible part-time job into quality exercise.

Jim Vogel is a professional blogger from ElderAction.org. This is being provided for information purposes. United Methodist Communities does not endorse products or services from our blog submitters.  

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