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20+ Low Stress Jobs After Retirement to Start Now

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For most, working for many years can be stressful.  From the constant boss demands to putting in 10+ hour shifts, everyone has their stories.

If you’re currently retired, that’s awesome, and it’s something to appreciate; however, you may be looking for a low stress job after retirement either to keep you busy or make ends meet.

Whatever your reasons may be, I wanted to talk about the many low stress jobs available after retirement.  Some of these may require you to adhere to a schedule, whereas a lot of these allow you to work whenever you please.  Nonetheless, I try to cover as many bases as possible.  Within each job description, I will talk a bit about it.

As in all of my guides, I’m always 100% honest, so whatever you see recommended is 100% legit.  I will never push a garbage product that only makes me money like the many bloggers out there.

With that out of the way, let’s jump in and see what’s available.

Low Stress Jobs After Retirement to Consider

Food Delivery

In today’s technological era, there are a few apps that can earn you money in a few days:  Doordash, Uber Eats and Grubhub.

All of these apps work in the same way, wherein you can turn them on at your leisure and then accept any job that comes your way.  The best thing is that since you’re an independent contractor, you get to choose the jobs you want to complete.  Plus, there’s no boss breathing down your neck.  Just follow the prompts and you’re good to go.  Trust me, it’s as easy as picking up the food and then dropping it off at its destination.

And, as long as you have a smartphone, a car and a clean criminal record, you should be good to go.   The qualifications aren’t high at all.

In most areas, you can gross at least $15+ per hour and much more during busier times such as dinner.  For example, I can earn close to $30+ per hour during some dinner rushes.  Once you get good at how these apps work, it’s very easy to make $300 to $500+ per week working minimal hours.

Deliver Groceries

This one works just like delivering food, only that you’re going to deliver groceries instead.  This means less driving and more shopping.

If you like the idea of grocery shopping and then delivering an order to the customer’s home, then Instacart and Shipt is one you want to keep high on your list.  Like the many gig economy apps, you get to work whenever you want and you get to choose which jobs you want to complete.

Depending on how large your order is, expect to make anywhere from $7 to more than $50+ per order shopped.  In some cases, you can earn much more.  Again, once you learn how the app, as well as your market works, you can maximize your earnings.

Take Surveys

As a warning, I don’t consider this a job.  Instead, I see it as a way to earn $20, $50 or maybe $100+ a month for the casual survey taker.

As it sounds, it would be your job to answer survey questions, and in exchange for your time, you can earn anywhere from $0.25 to more than $5+.  It just depends on which survey you’re working on as well as how long it takes.  Generally, the longer the survey takes, the more you can make.

I have written on this topic so many times, mentioning many of my favorites such as Swagbucks, Survey Junkie, and to name a few.  I also have so many guides showing many more options, such as my 17+ surveys that pay instantly and the more than 43+ surveys that pay via PayPal.

Again, surveys aren’t meant to be a “job,” but it’s a great way to pass the time and earn a few dollars.  As long as you have this mindset, it makes it that much more enjoyable.

Uber or Lyft Driver

Yes, another driving job, but this time, instead of delivering groceries or food, you will taxi around people.  As long as you’re comfortable with people in your car, I would say this is one of your better stress-free jobs.

The great thing about these apps, again, is that you can work whenever you want.  Just turn on the app and follow the prompts to get paid.  Unlike the previous options mentioned, this job won’t require you to shop in stores or run back and forth to a restaurant and home.  You will stay in your car 99% of the time acting like a taxi.

As long as you have a four-door car, a clean driving/criminal record and you’re older than 21+ (I’m sure you are), you’re good to go.

Depending on when you work, you can easily gross $20+ per hour, sometimes much, much more than this during a busy event time.  It’s important to learn your market, but once you do, anything is possible.  You can learn more about Lyft and Uber by following the links.

Freelance Writer

If you love to write, there are a variety of writing jobs available right now.  Some require you to find your clients whereas some platforms can help give you the work immediately.  Even if you’re a rookie in the field, there’s work, trust me.  As long as your grammar is somewhat decent and you use a spell check, people will want your work.

This is a topic that I have researched so many times, so I recommend you look at the following posts:

These posts cover companies open to both experienced writers as well as people new to the field.  Depending on who you work with, it’s not too hard to start making $0.03 to $0.05+ per word.


This one is just like writing, only that you’re listening to audio and typing what you hear.  Yes, you can work whenever you want and earn an okay hourly rate.  It just depends on how fast you can type.

Generally, as long as you can type about 50+ words per minute, you shouldn’t have a hard time succeeding with this type of work.

This is another topic I have covered in depth, so I recommend you check out that list to see the many transcription companies that are hiring right now.

Pet Sitting & Dog Walking

Fan of pets?

If so, you may want to consider either pet sitting at your home or at the owner’s home.  Dog walking is also a consideration.

If this sounds like something of interest, is a wonderful way to let your neighbors know that you’re willing to provide pet services.  You get to set the rates, you get to let people know when you’re available and even which type of pets you’re comfortable with.  If someone looks up providers and you show up, they may contact you for consideration.

This one can take some time to see your first job since you will have to build a reputation and wait for someone to contact you, but it can be an amazing part-time job once you get going.

House Sitting

This one works just like pet sitting, only that you will be “house” sitting.

What this means is that you will watch someone’s house when they are on vacation/away from home.  In some cases, you may have to watch a pet, but this is disclosed before you accept the job.

Nonetheless, refer to my house sitting jobs guide to give you an idea as to how you can find these jobs.  There are a lot of them out there.

Use TaskRabbit for Handyman Jobs

TaskRabbit is another app that works kind of like Uber.  You can turn it on and work whenever you please, but the person posting the job will have to select you as the person to do the job.  It’s not as bad as you think.

With TaskRabbit, people will post tasks that can be anything.  It can range from assembling furniture to moving around furniture.  At the moment, the company has more than 50+ categories.  If they need help, they will ask for it.  It is then your job to browse these listings and see if any are of interest.  If so, you will contact the job poster for more information.

Take a look at the website to learn more about how it works as well as how much you can make in your area.

Test Websites

This is a fun one that can earn you a few dollars here and there.  It’s like surveys, so don’t expect a ton, however, it’s a great way to pass the time.

As a website tester, it’s your job to help beta test a website or app and then provide your feedback.  As long as you have a computer with a microphone and you’re comfortable speaking your thoughts out loud, it’s one to consider.

There are a lot of these companies out there, some of which pay more than $20+ per study, so I recommend you check out yet another guide I have written titled Get Paid to Test Apps and Websites.

Build a Website and Make Money

Hey, look at the website you’re on right now.  I created this in my free time and it makes me a nice side income.

Creating a website can take some work, but the great thing about it is that you can work at your own leisure.

The concept is simple.  Research a topic, find keywords that drive traffic and then place ads/affiliate links on that post to earn a commission from your visitors.

There’s a lot to learn, so what I’m going to do is point you to my favorite free resources:  Income School, Authority Hacker, Backlinko, Quick Sprout and the Ahrefs Blog.  All of these resources are 100% free and have more than enough information to get you started.

If you’re motivated enough, this is, by far, one of the best ways to earn cash in your free time.


YouTube is like building a website, but instead of writing articles such as this one, you’re creating videos instead.

Take the same concept as mentioned above, only that you will focus on creating visual content.  This is another option that allows you to work whenever you want, seeing you’re the boss.

It will take you some time to build an au

Sell Crafts

You may be able to sell some of your crafts online via sites such as Etsy.  As long as it’s homemade, you may be amazed as to how much you can make on the platform.

Even if you don’t think you’re crafty, start browsing the site to see what other people are selling.  This is a great way to turn your hobby into a nice side hustle.

Private Tutoring

Tutoring is a great way to earn a side income and it’s relatively stress free since you’re working in a one-on-one setting.

I have written about this very topic in the past that will hire you to work virtually.  Keep in mind that most do ask for a four-year college degree and experience in the topic you want to help with.  Usually, any of your STEM topics are in demand.

Tutoring is a nice way to work on your time and earn more than $25+ per hour.  If you snag an online job, this requires very little overhead and time on your part.

Substitute Teacher

I wouldn’t say this is stress free all of the time, but it’s another one to consider, seeing you can work whenever you please.

Depending on where you live, qualifications vary, but usually, as long as you have a four-year degree, a school district will put you on the sub list.  Then, whenever a teacher is needed, most schools will use an app of sorts that will alert you.  This will note the school, grade and teacher requesting it.  This is nice because you will be able to choose which grades you want to work with.  So, if you wanted to work with high schoolers, then you could choose these jobs only.

Most districts pay $90 to $150+ per day, but there are no benefits.  It’s just work when you please.

If interested in something like this, search your local school district’s name, followed by “substitute teacher.”


Many stadiums and community arts centers, for example, need ushers to help guide fans to their seats.

If you love a sporting event atmosphere or theatre, it’s a great option to consider as you can often watch the plays and games while essentially getting paid.

To find these jobs, it’s best to refer to your local stadiums/centers main website to explore their career page.

Sell Photos Online

In the past, I wrote about the many ways you can sell your photos online.  You won’t get rich with this option, but you could make a few hundred dollars.

From selling your photos on stock sites to submitting them to contests, it’s easier than ever to sell your unique photos online.

Seasonal Golf Course Work

When you think of golf, you think of a peaceful, low-stress atmosphere.   The same can be said about most jobs as well.

Seeing it’s seasonal, golf courses are always looking for summer help, from maintaining golf carts to working the pro shop.  Not only will you get paid but you can get free golf, too.

Tour Guide

Becoming a tour guide is one of the better stress-free job opportunities.

As long as you know your local attractions and area in general, it’s one to consider.  Of course, you need to live in an area that’s in demand as well.

If you have great communication skills and would love to share your city with others, start at to see what kind of tour guide jobs are in your area.

Camp Host

This is probably one of my favorite options on the list and it’s one you would love if you’re a fan of the outdoors, particularly campgrounds.  It would be your job to keep the campground clean, help guests check in and basic administration duties.

There are so many flexible camp hosting jobs, many of which you can find on, and Kamper Jobs.   A quick Google search can yield some results as well.

The nice thing about a camp host is that you get paid and you get to stay on site in your RV at no cost.

Final Thoughts

There you have it.

If you’re looking for a low stress job after retirement, I hope this list helps you out.  There are a lot of options to consider.  And, as you can see, a lot of them allow you to work whenever you want, which makes it even better.

As always, if you have a job idea or you want to comment on a job mentioned, you’re more than welcome to comment below.  Thanks for stopping by.

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Tom Nathaniel

Hi! My name is Tom Nathaniel, and I created LushDollar to help share my honest thoughts on everything money. You won't find gimmicks here. It's the Internet's most honest money site after all. I graduated from Arizona State University, and I have worked in the finance industry since 2006, consulting with multiple Fortune 5000 companies.

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