Low Stress Jobs After Retirement: Are They Worth It?

Do people really want low stress jobs after retirement? Based on my experience the answer is YES!

My mom recently retired at 70 and then turned around and took a new job. She started working elections because she found is less stressful than her accounting career but still got to get out of the house occasionally and make some extra money.

Her experience made me wonder what other low-stress jobs people can do during their retirement years.

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In this blog post, we will explore some rewarding low-stress job options that can help retirees find balance and enjoyment in their post-work life.

Low Stress Retirement Jobs

After years of hard work and dedication, retirement is a well-deserved phase of life that should be enjoyed to the fullest. This is especially true if you retire at 65 or older instead of retiring early.

For many retirees, the idea of continuing to work in a low-stress job can bring a sense of purpose, social interaction, and financial stability.

These jobs can gives retirees a bit of money and social interaction during retirement without all the stress of a regular 9 to 5 job.

Freelancing Opportunities

Embracing a freelancing career after retirement can be an excellent way to continue earning income while maintaining a flexible schedule. This is especially useful for retirees that no long want to work long hours but loved their career field.

Here are a few options to consider:


Share your expertise by becoming a consultant in your field. Provide guidance, advice, and support to individuals or businesses seeking your knowledge and experience.

This is a great option for people retiring who aren’t ready to quit working yet. You can transition easily from 9 to 5 to consulting at less hours. This allows many people to keep doing work they love in a field where they are experts.

Content Writing

Leverage your writing skills and pursue freelance content writing. Write articles, blog posts, or copy for websites and help businesses establish their online presence.

Content writing can be hard to break into but there is a lot of opportunity as well.

Reach out to bloggers, media publications, and local businesses who may be looking for articles if you love to write.

You can also find content writing jobs on sites like Fiverr.

Virtual Assistant

Assist entrepreneurs and professionals remotely with administrative tasks, email management, scheduling, and other organizational responsibilities.

This can be a great job that’s low stress for the right person. Many business owners need virtual assistants to handle tasks. Even as a professional YouTuber I’ve had periods where I needed a virtual assistant and hired one part time!

Tutoring and Teaching

If you have a passion for teaching or sharing knowledge, tutoring or teaching roles can be fulfilling and low-stress options.

Here are a few tutoring and teaching roles you might consider after retirement:

Community Education

Join local community centers or adult education programs to teach classes on topics you enjoy, such as painting, cooking, gardening, or photography.

Teaching a class or two is an excellent way to share your skills and be social during retirement.

Preschool Assistant

This job wouldn’t have crossed my mind until I met some retirees at my daughter’s preschool! After their first career they started working various part time jobs at the preschool during retirement.

If you love being around little kids many schools are looking for part time employees for low stress positions.


Offer your expertise in subjects like math, science, languages, or music by providing one-on-one tutoring sessions to students of different age groups.

Tutoring can be done on your schedule and for as many hours per week as your schedule and desire allows.

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Non-Profit Work

Engaging in non-profit work or volunteering can provide a sense of fulfillment and purpose while maintaining a low-stress environment:

Social Services

Participate in organizations that support social causes like homeless shelters, food banks, or community outreach programs.

With these types of jobs you can help make a positive impact in the lives of others. This type of work usually doesn’t pay as well but it can provide massive emotional benefits.

Animal Shelters

Assist at local animal shelters by caring for animals, organizing adoption events, or promoting animal welfare initiatives.

Animal shelters often look for part time employees or volunteers with the ability to work with animals. If you love dogs and cats then you might find being around animals makes work very low stress.

Museums and Libraries

In retirement you can work part time at museums or libraries. In these roles you can engage with people interested in arts, culture, history, or literature, while supporting educational initiatives.

If you don’t need the money you can find a plethora of volunteer roles in this area. Finding paid work may be harder but there usually are early shifts perfect for a retiree.

Retail and Customer Service

If you enjoy interacting with people and prefer a job with a relaxed atmosphere, consider these options interacting with people:


Work part-time in a boutique, bookstore, or specialty shop. Enjoy the social aspect of helping customers while exploring your interests.

Retail work can be stressful during certain seasons and in some stores. Be selective when choosing this as your low stress job during retirement.

Customer Service

Join a customer service team, either remotely or in-person, to assist customers with inquiries, provide support, or handle complaints.

Customer service is another job that can be high stress in certain situations. Make sure you choose a company that allows for lower stress situations or where you love the product and customers so much thee stress doesn’t affect you.

Election Worker

I mentioned my mom in the beginning of this post about jobs after retirement because this is what she does! She works every local, state, and federal election and finds the work low stress and fun too.

The great thing about working elections is that you work a lot for a few weeks and then you don’t work again for months. My mom personally loves this schedule in retirement!

More Side Hustle Ideas For Retirement

Maybe none of these low stress jobs hit your interests. That’s ok because there are a million more options!

Maybe some of these side hustle ideas strike your fancy:

No matter what work you plan to do post retirement, please remember to enjoy yourself too! You worked hard to retire!

Mary is the founder of Pennies Not Perfection where she shares her journey to build wealth through online income. She quit her day job in 2021 after she paid off her debt and doubled her 9-5 salary.

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