Successful Retirement - Seeking Part Time Work

By Barbara Risto

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The number of people working after "officially" retiring, is increasing.

Some want to maintain an interest, while others want or need the extra income.

Sometimes it is just a way to be involved in something you enjoy, while for others it may be the additional income that is the attraction - it's a way to supplement your basic income to afford that special vacation, or pay for that house renovation.  In either case, the goal is usually to enhance one's lifestyle, leading ultimately to a better quality of life.

For many who have had interesting and challenging careers, the wealth of experience you have developed can be of great benefit to companies requiring people with your skill set.

Many professionals become consultants, working the hours they choose and building their work around their lifestyle, rather than building a lifestyle around their work, which is what most of us have done throughout our working years.  

Doctors and other medical practitioners, vets, and even teachers often take part time locum work, filling in for colleagues who need to be away from their practice or position.

But part time work is not just for the professional, highly skilled person.  Numerous companies are now willing to train inexperienced older people, especially ones who have a good work ethic, represent reliability and maturity, and can model it to other younger employees.  

If you have up-to-date computer skills, this can be the opportunity to work from home.  Or from a beach in the Bahamas.  All you need is a laptop and an internet connection, and the world is your oyster... you can live "virtually" anywhere in the world and still do an impeccable job.  The book called "The 4-Hour Workweek" hit the top of the bestsellers list when it was released about a year ago.  In it, the author explained in great detail how you can take your job "on the road."  Perfect for the retiree who wants to see the world but still earn an income.  It's also for the entrepreneur who wants to semi-retire but is not ready to sell the business just yet.

If your office skills are current, you could become a "Temp". Many businesses have a need for temporary employees to cope with surges, seasonal work, replacements for sick absentees and special projects.

Rates of pay are generally comparable to full time rates. Browsing the web, especially a website like can give you an idea of what's out there.  You will find jobs that are just a few hours one time only, jobs that are a regular few hours a month, or even jobs that last a couple weeks to complete a specific project or fill in for a vacationing employee.

Whatever your reason for seeking employment, there's vast opportunities out there. 

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Further to David Masters comment on June understanding was that the amount was $500.00 per month.

Posted by Heather Hestler | October 8, 2009 Report Violation

Remember that CPP income will be reduced if monthly earnings exceed the threshold of about $850...

Posted by David Masters | June 5, 2009 Report Violation

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