The Best Retirement Jobs for Socializing

The best retirement jobs are not necessarily going to be full-time 40 hour positions since that would not be retirement at all. You will usually have different requirements for a job after you retire.

One challenge many people have is staying connected with other people. Socializing is important to our mental health and happiness.

After you retire, the ideal job will enhance your life in some way. It could be to provide a way to meet people by sharing a skill or knowledge you gained over your lifetime.

Or it could be to provide extra income or even just extra money for toys or vacations in addition to being a social outlet.

Consider these ideas for the best jobs for your retirement.

You may not want to give up all of your free time to a job unless it is something you are passionate about. Then it doesn't seem like work at all.

When you're self-employed after retirement you may end up working at it full-time because the business you are building is something you love.

But, because you are self-employed, you can work as much or as little as you want or need.

Otherwise, the best jobs for retirement would be part-time or very flexible. Here is a list of the best retirement jobs that could fit the special needs of retirees.

Best Jobs for Socializing

Consulting or contracting jobs

  • Consulting jobs are usually very specialized and incorporate the knowledge and skills from a career. These are great jobs for older workers because they require years of experience, and can be short term or long term, but the retiree is in control of how much they want to take on.
  • Contracting jobs usually have a defined time-frame or specific job task, and when the term or task is completed, the job ends. These jobs usually supplement the permanent staff to assist with special projects or to cover for employees on leave.

Retail jobs

  • Clothing or department stores - customer service, stocking shelves, cashier. Perks include discounts on purchases, flexible schedules.
  • Cashier jobs - grocery store, convenience stores, bank, big-box stores like Lowes, Walmart, Best Buy, Waiter or Waitress - these could be anything from fast food to upscale restaurants.

Self-employment jobs for retirement

Picker or reseller

If you love searching for treasures, these might be perfect for you. They also make perfect part time jobs for seniors.

  • Buy and sell on Ebay or Craigslist - buy from yard sales, thrift shops, sell online
  • Best for Socializing: Run a booth at a flea market, antique mall, craft shop, or farmer’s market

Craft or Hobby Business

If you're creative and are always making something, you might be able to turn it into an extra income.

  • Run a shop at or your own website
  • Rent space at an arts and crafts “mall” or shop
  • Sell at craft shows

Small businesses, for the entrepreneur

  • Lawn care service
  • Thrift shop or pawn shop
  • Boutique
  • Florist
  • Real Estate Agent - great for socializing!

More Ideas for Best Retirement Jobs

Delivery jobs

These (and retail jobs) can be perfect jobs for seniors because they are not very physically demanding, you can meet people, and they can usually be done part time.

  • Newspaper delivery - usually requires only a few hours per day, and could be early morning, mid-day, or late afternoon.
  • Pizza delivery - this job earns tips and is typically afternoon or evening work.
  • Florist delivery

Work at home, "Online" jobs

If you like working at your computer, you are all set for a work-at-home job.

  • Virtual assistant
  • There are many ways to earn an income from home online doing things like writing articles and fulfilling assignments for others. Search for tasks at Amazon's Mturk website,, and other similar sources of work. Also check out and

  • Develop and operate a website (see links to the right for more on this topic)

I hope these ideas for the best retirement jobs help you if you are looking for a new way to meet people or to earn extra income.

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Even better, do you have a story of how the perfect job solved a retirement problem? Share it with me and I'll publish it, (but it must be unique.)