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10 Holiday Jobs for Retirees

Holiday decorator

The hours: Potentially long and variable, but brief stints. November to early January. Some late-night and weekend can be work required for installation and dismantling.

Median pay range: $8.14 to $17.23 per hour.

Qualifications: Past holiday decorating experience is a plus. Floral designer training helps. If you've got a flair for this type of work, a good attitude and you're willing to learn, many florists and decorators will gladly train you as you go.

Many vocational schools and community colleges award certificates and degrees in floral design. You'll learn the basics of arranging flowers, including the different types of flowers, their color and texture, cutting and taping techniques, tying bows and ribbons and proper handling and care of flowers. The American Institute of Floral Designers offers an accreditation examination.

Job-hunting tips: Check with local florists and floral departments at grocery stores and event-planning firms for openings.

If you're confident in your own decorating panache, you might opt to start your own business. You can land clients through word of mouth and ask friends and family to help spread the word. For starters, decorate the homes or offices of a few friends or family members gratis or at a bargain price. You'll be able to build up a portfolio or website with display pictures to show potential clients.

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