The Best Work at Home Jobs for Seniors and Retirees
Working from home can sound like a dream come true, but it takes a lot of discipline and self-motivation to get your work done when nobody is watching. Kids (or grandkids), pets, and household responsibilities can derail your day with distractions and interruptions. Make sure you have a dedicated quiet space to work or consider frequenting your favorite cafes or any spot with free wi-fi.
Figuring out what you want to do and finding your new job can be the hardest part. In this article, we’ll cover information on some of the best work at home jobs for seniors and retirees, as well as providing links to potential job opportunities, and how to avoid getting scammed.
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Work at Home: Full and Part Time Jobs for Retirees and Seniors
Let’s jump into some of your career options. The best work at home jobs for seniors and retirees are:
Do you love helping people? If you have a quiet space in your home, and up-to-date equipment like a working computer, high-speed internet connection, and a landline you can dedicate to work, then a job as a customer service representative is a great option for you.
You’ll be able to roll out of bed every morning and log-in to work within minutes. You may find your days to consist of answering phone calls, taking orders, tracking orders, troubleshooting and providing technical support to customers. You might also be assisting customers through online chat and email conversations. A task could pop up at any time, so you’ll need to be available during your scheduled work hours. The best part is, you’re still in the comfort of your own home.
Your schedule, pay, and benefits will depend on the employer, and there are many good options out there including:
Do you have experience working in reception or administration for an office? Working as a virtual assistant from home could be right up your alley of expertise. With the massive amount of startups and small businesses popping up these days, virtual assistants are in high demand.
To succeed in this job, you’ll need to be able to navigate computer software applications proficiently. One day you could be making travel arrangements, the next you might be cleaning up an executive’s email inbox. If this sounds interesting to you, look for opportunities with these companies:
Were you a teacher before you retired? Even if you weren’t a teacher, do you have a passion for learning and helping others? Maybe you love working with kids? As an online tutor, you could be teaching children in other countries how to speak English, you might help prepare students for standardized tests, or tutoring students in a number of other subjects.
As a tutor, you can choose to work for yourself offering tutoring sessions in your area, or even out of your own home. But there are also some companies that hire tutors and connect them to students all over the world. Learn how to become a tutor at the National Tutoring Association site or check out these tutoring opportunities:
You don’t have to be a best-selling author to start a career as a writer. Do you have a firm grasp of grammar, spelling, punctuation, sentence and paragraph structure? Then you’ve already got your foot in the door. There are work from home opportunities for seniors and retirees that like to write or edit, you just have to know where to find them.
To start, you might choose to work in a niche industry that you’ve already worked in. If you worked in healthcare, that’s a great writing niche to get started in. Freelance writers can find work through sites like Freelancer.com, but here are some other helpful resources:
You might also find writing opportunities just by getting involved in your community. Ask friends and family if they know of any openings and look into local magazines and newsletters. You never know what you might find. Other great work from home options you might find interesting include:
- Online Juror
- Graphic Design
- Website Development
- Medical and Health
Beware of Scams
Working at home might sound like a dream come true, but don’t get so eager that you fall for a scam. Here are a few tips to help you avoid scams:
- Don’t pay for more information about a job.
- Beware of jobs that promise to pay an outrageous amount.
- Don’t give your personal information, like bank accounts or your social security number, to anyone you don’t know.
- Anything that requires you to pay to work is probably a scam, whether it’s the product or leads you’re asked to buy, be careful of these schemes.
- Get the physical location of the company address, the phone number, and the name of the CEO.
- Check with the Better Business Bureau.
- Don’t get pressured into accepting a job without doing your research first.
Work from home jobs for seniors and retirees are still a lot of work. But figuring out what you’d like to do and finding the job might be the hardest part. We hope this information and the resources in this article have helped you along your journey.
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Tylene is a freelancer in Boise, Idaho. She's a self-taught personal finance hacker with zero debt. She eats avocado toast for breakfast.
This post was updated February 28, 2019. It was originally published June 10, 2018.