By Susan "Honey" Good
I was at a lecture Thursday evening with my ultimate concierge listening to two speakers who were famous television hosts. As they stood on opposite sides of the aisle, they discussed their views on the state of America.
I left the lecture with messages to ponder and one very sad statistic: The middle class American male has not seen a raise in his income in 11 years.
I was shocked and I started to wonder about we women over 50, 60 and 70 who are obviously not being hired and are worried about earning and saving money. What can those who fall into this category do?
Here are a few out of the box ideas that I thought were very interesting. They piqued my fancy because they are psychologically enticing and would certainly solve some of my money worries.
- Did you ever think of giving tours in your hometown? Who knows your community better than you? Vayable.com is an exciting platform that allows you to design and price your own tour. This excites me. If I still lived in Kankakee by the Sea, I would really enjoy showing people the history of my community, while earning money along the way.
- I had lunch with a fabulous woman last week who is 77 years old and a writer. She is widowed and her only child lives out of town, so she housesits doggies. She considers her new career a privilege and a pleasure. Ultimate Housesitting Guide can help you get started.
- Have you ever thought of being a grandma to the younger generation as a job? Who to trust better than a grandmother? Parents in the workforce would love to have you nanny rather than an inexperienced young woman. If you like what you are doing and see a real need in your community, take it a step further and open up a little company to match grandmothers with young families.
- If you live in the West, consider spending your summer working in a National Park, whether that be in a store or leading older people on tours. Get started on Older and Bolder.
- If you love doggies and want to stay active and healthy, become a dog walker. You can earn $15 to $20 per half hour. I know many older dog walkers who love their careers.
There are multiple ways to earn money during your retirement using skills you already have. These jobs are far from boring and can help you feel visible after 50. And, just as important, your money worries will lessen along the way.