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Teach What You Know to Earn Money

The absolutely smartest thing any retiree can do to earn more income is to use what you learned in your most recent job or what you learned over a lifetime -- rather than trying to develop new skills in retirement. 

If you do not want to work as a consultant or freelance or  teach at the college or university level, consider these.

Tutoring Students.  Working as a private tutor can be done for students of all academic levels and you do not need a teaching credential to do this although it will definitely help you.  You can help children in grade school catch up or stay up to speed in reading and math by spending an hour or two a week with them.  Worried, working parents of middle school and high school students also look for someone to help their children do well in school. 

You should specialize in a single field:  reading or math are probably the two most in demand for the lower grades.  English, math and science for the upper grades.   After you get a new business card, you could start your new tutoring career simply by word of mouth among people you know locally.  Or advertise online in your local area.  Or on Craigs List.

Enhance your credibility by producing a small brochure that outlines your services and any special qualifications you may have for the job.  For example, if you worked in a job before you retired that required math, you should include that for a Math Tutoring Specialty.

Adult Education Instructor.   Teaching adult education or extension classes through a local community college or university can be fun.  The pay, however, is meager at best, so it probably should be considered a source of extra cash.  You don't need an advanced degree to do this -- you simply need some specialized knowledge on whatever topic you teach. You will be expected to develop your own topic and an outline of how you plan to teach the class.

A tip: give the class on Saturdays for the greatest attendance.                       
A Real Life Retirement:

Sarah, a retired writer with an interest in genealogy, put together a course in memoir writing and produced a short  guide on the topic.  The local community college jumped at the opportunity to have her teach the class three times a year.  It turned out to be more fun than a big money maker, but she  broadened her contacts.


In our local college people are teaching everything from soap making to speaking English without an accent to photography to investing.  Other people use classes to develop leads for their primary businesses.

If you are looking for part time work simply to pick up some extra cash or pocket money or work based on your hobbies or personal interests, we have different suggestions for you.

NOTE:  All names on this site have been changed to protect individual privacy.  The stories are real, the names are not. 

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