Some boomers never retire; they just move onto new careers, quite often starting up their own businesses. In 2008, the AARP’s Public Policy Institute reported that 21 percent of the self-employed in the United States were 55 to 64 years old, and 10 percent were over the age of 65. Starting a business doesn’t have to mean a brick-and-mortar operation, as there are plenty of businesses that you can run from home. If you don’t want to be your own boss, look to local businesses that will appreciate the years of practical experience you bring to the table.
Senior women with a social conscience who believe it is better to give than to receive might consider a new career as a social entrepreneur, also known as a venture philanthropist. This type of work involves people with business experience bringing new solutions to today’s social problems. Your company could work to find creative solutions for affordable in-home care for the elderly or competent daycare for working mothers. While some people run these types of companies for profit, you can choose to make the organization a not-for-profit.
Retired schoolteachers with a lifetime of educating others behind them might want to consider becoming a personal coach. You’ll need strong listening skills, patience and common sense, as well as extensive practical knowledge in the subject matter at hand. Choose retirement planning if your background is in finance and math; senior fitness if you have physical education experience or weight loss; computer skills if you are tech-savvy and nutrition if you have the appropriate background. You can also turn your skills toward the younger set and become a personal SAT coach or tutor.
You don’t need a lot of experience to become a personal shopper, but you do need an eye for fashion and financial restraint. Although the younger set might turn up their nose at a senior shopping for their clothing and accessories, there are plenty of busy baby boomers out there who have decided not to retire and are pressed for time.
Most women love to get flowers and just as many love to grow them. If gardening is your hobby, look for a job at your local nursery. The American Association of Retired People calls this a great seasonal job for retirees with spring and summer as the busiest times. This type of job may require you to break a sweat, so you may want to think twice if you’re not somewhat physically fit.
Share what you’ve experience and learned over the past 60 years by becoming a writer. Age and physical abilities have no bearing on the job, although basic computer skills are required. Write the next great American novel, become a blogger or write short articles for magazines, newspapers or online businesses. Writing gives you a flexible schedule that allows plenty of time for your hobbies or grandchildren. If your grammar skills aren’t up to par, sign up for some classes before you begin, to give yourself the best chance at success.