I retired just over a year ago but found I missed the stimulation and I will admit the money from working. I wondered if there were any interesting home working opportunities that would offer a reasonable rate of pay to older people for a few hours work a week. After a bit of googling I soon discovered that quite a few mystery shopping companies had jobs for older people. Now rather to my surprise I find myself home working. This is all very new to me. During my working life I worked in offices, nursing homes, hospitals and even a laboratory but now for the first time I am my own boss and work from home and I find I much prefer it to watching day time television or knitting.
10 tips for successful home working after retirement
- set a target for how much you want to earn each week. When it has been reached you have done enough.
- Learn to say, No. If you are working for several different people you will need to schedule a reasonable quantity of work and schedule some down time.
- Make sure you get up early and get dressed. It will make you feel more like work.
- Keep all your work tools in one place preferably away from day time television.
- Keep basic accounts recording income, outgoings and time. (I imagine I am invoicing myself) so you can see what is the most profitable type of work.
- Pay yourself a wage and keep a float for expenses.
- Check income tax allowances. If you work from home you can claim a portion of your heating and other household bills against income tax. (U.K)
- If you work as an employee tell the tax office and you may be able to offset part of your personal tax allowance against tax. (U.K.)
- Tell your friends and family that you will be working at certain times.
- Make sure you schedule in some exercise.
I find it surprising the amount of work that is available for pensioners. My recent jobs have ranged from sending a tweet to enquire about disabled access at a railway station to asking how to apply for a new driving licence at seventy. I also do tasks that are not age specific like visiting gardens and local pubs. Google and you tube have been my friends. When I am stuck I can generally find a helpful video. I also use my tablet’s planner and notepad to organise my schedule.
When I was in full time work I used to enjoy helping to mentor students. I also enjoyed helping my own children with their homework when they were at school so when I found that there were opportunities to help research students I investigated further. My favourite website for this is prolific academic , My referral link which puts research students in touch with participants. I have also recently participated in research studies at our local university.
If you work from home do you have any tips to share? Or are you finding the transition to retirement easier than I did. I would love to hear what you are thinking. Don’t be shy.
If you are thinking of home working and want to find out more….
For more on mystery shopping and a couple of companies to try see my post How to earn money as a mystery shopper
For more on helping with academic research see my post Helping with academic research
A very useful site for British readers to find out about homeworking opportunities is The money shed