5 Low-Stress Jobs for Seniors

May 7th 2016

Even in retirement, some seniors may look for work to build assets, supplement a retirement income or make assets last longer. However, they don't have to settle for the fast-paced jobs that litter the market. Whether you choose to work for an employer, work at home or start your own business, choose one of these five jobs for a low-stress work environment ideal for the golden years.

Pet Care

If you love animals, consider working as a pet caretaker who walks and feeds pets while their owners are at work or on vacation. Start your own business by making business cards, asking friends and family to spread the word and advertising your services on social media. In addition to pet sitting, options include dog walking and pet grooming.

Direct Selling

Direct selling allows you to work from home on your own schedule while making an income on sales commissions. There are hundreds of respected firms looking for representatives, but seniors should be careful to avoid direct-selling scams and pyramid schemes that focus more on recruiting representatives than on making sales. Choose a company with products you would use yourself so you can be enthusiastic about it, and find a company that lets you sell back unused products if you decide the job is not for you. The Direct Selling Association's website provides a full listing of legitimate companies covering various industries.

Security Guard

Working as a security guard is a flexible employment opportunity that normally lets you choose as many or as few hours as you want. Wealth Pilgrim lists this job as one of the lowest-stress options available, and it generally requires minimal training. Many states require security guards to be licensed, which means having a clean criminal record, passing a drug test and potentially undergoing classroom training.

Property Management

Property managers act as caretakers for homes and buildings whose owners are absent, and their tasks may include examining the condition of the property, maintaining the property and performing light housekeeping. If you choose to start your own property management business, remember to market your services as a custodian rather than a security firm to avoid issues with licensing. Seniors who prefer the ease of working for an employer may also consider becoming a janitor, a similar role with smaller responsibilities.

Pharmacy Clerk

The widespread presence of pharmacies make working as a pharmacy clerk a great option for seniors who don't want to commute. Tasks associated with this job include answering phone calls, stocking shelves, taking care of customers and ringing up purchases. Becoming a pharmacy clerk requires relatively little training, and hours are normally flexible. Seniors only need a high school degree and some on-the-job training to get started.

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