5 rewarding part-time jobs for over 50s

Looking for a part-time job, but want to stay local to where you live? Want to do something rewarding and give back to your local community? Keen to put your people skills to good use, but need a job that still allows you to have time for yourself?

Here are five jobs that could be perfect for you!

  • After School Childcare

Many working families need help with after school childcare, and people with experience bringing up their own children or grandchildren are a perfect fit for this. Having had their own careers, they understand the support that working parents need. This experience means they can be relied upon to be responsible, supportive, and great communicators. All these qualities can have a positive impact on the lives of working families.

Most families are looking for between 3–5 afternoons per week—so you’ll still have plenty of time for your own hobbies, interests, or other commitments.

Find out more about becoming a part-time after school nanny with Koru Kids.

“Here’s a job that I’m qualified to do and that I could enjoy. The hours suit me too! I had worked in a primary school and previously cared for my grandsons. Koru Kids introduced me to my family. We are getting along really well, and I’m even learning about horses!”

Moira, Koru Kids nanny, Grandmother of 2

  1. Pet sitting

If you like pets (especially dogs), then there are plenty of part-time jobs available. It’s an easy way to stay fit and get out and about. You’ll also meet lots of other friendly pet lovers in the local park! Websites like and make it easy to find roles in dog walking, cat sitting and much more.

“It’s easy. I go to the calendar and mark myself as available when I want to be.”

Cari C., dog walker on

  1. Teaching

It’s not too late to become a teacher! Sharing your passion and inspiring the next generation of students can have a meaningful impact on society. Around 23% of teachers now work part-time—plus, you get the whole summer off!

As the organisation NowTeach explains: “You have a lifetime of experience. Now Teach.” Their mission is to help career-changers who have already made a success of one profession to retrain as teachers. Their focus is on maths, science, and languages. They have roles in London and Hastings, East Anglia and the West Midlands.

Find out more about re-training as a teacher with Now Teach.

  1. Freelancing and self-employment

These are great options if you have a specific skill or passion. If you’re great at cooking, you could bake for local parties and spread the word on social media sites like Instagram. Check out companies like Hired Hand for flexible work in restaurants.

If you can spot a good deal, you could buy and sell on eBay. If you’ve previously worked in marketing or design, there are endless freelance jobs on sites like People Per Hour.

You can also become a self-employed childminder with Koru Kids. We are looking for passionate people with childcare experience to create nurturing home nurseries for little people.

  1. Volunteering

Volunteering is a great way to give back to your local community. It’s also a good way to get back into work, or try out new roles. Many roles are flexible, though you won’t get paid for your time. NCVO has lots of information to help you get started. There are many volunteering opportunities on sites like and Charity Jobs too.

Koru Kids is building the world’s best childcare service and is looking for older adults in London who are interested in becoming nannies – apply now!

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