Q. I recently retired from 34 years as an electrician, and it seems I wasn't as financially prepared as I thought. It looks like I'm going to need at least a part-time job to keep up with basic expenses and have some fun here and there. What would you suggest for a guy in my situation?
-Chuck from Sarasota, Florida, listens to Kim's national radio show on 930 AM WLSS
A. Retirement can certainly be a financial pickle if you aren't careful, or even if you are careful. The good news is that there are part-time jobs available, and you can even make them full-time jobs if you want. They're flexible, so you can do them on your schedule.
1. Do small tasks and odd jobs
Are you a whiz at cleaning, basic home repair, grocery shopping, building Ikea furniture, helping people move or being a personal assistant? You can do all of these, and more, as short-term jobs, meaning a few hours here and there.
You just need a way to connect with people and businesses that need the tasks done. TaskRabbit is one of the most popular sites for this kind of short-term work.
You sign up and go through the verification process. Then when people request little jobs in your area, TaskRabbit notifies you so you can go help out and get paid. The site handles payments, so you don't have to waste time messing with invoices or chasing down clients who don't pay.
Another service to check out is Gigwalk. It lets businesses hire you for short-term tasks. You might go to a store to verify changes in product prices on the shelves, or to make sure that a new marketing campaign has been put up at a local chain. Usually you just snap and send a picture to get paid.
2. Turn speech into text
Are you a fast and accurate typist? For an investment of about $50, along with a pair of high-quality headphones, you can get an at-your-own-pace job as a transcriptionist with relative ease.
TV shows, doctors and industries all over the world need to keep detailed documentation records of their activity. Instead of transcribing the text within their own companies, however, they'll usually outsource their transcription to a third party.
To transcribe audio, you need to stay focused with strict attention to detail. To get a feel for how fast and detail-oriented you'll need to be, you might consider typing up a few minutes of my show. Find your nearest Kim Komando Show radio station here.
Here's an extra tip: While typing out all the words you hear, also add notes about the sound effects and music you hear. Spend a few minutes watching closed-captions on a TV show for examples. Why? Because if you are a great transcriptionist, there's a chance you might end up transcribing a local or even big time Hollywood TV show. There is a competitive market for fast and accurate closed-captioning writers.
That's where you might come in. What's even more interesting about transcription is that you can make more money depending on how fast you can type.