There are times that you may need or want to make some extra money after you’ve retired, but it can be tough to find full-time, in-person work after you’ve been away from the employment scene for a while. Not only are jobs hard to come by right now, but competition is stiff — and it can be dangerous for seniors to work in an office in the midst of a pandemic.
Luckily, if you’re a senior who’s looking for part- or full-time employment, you don’t need to worry about finding an office job. There are plenty of available online jobs — from virtual assistants to online tutors — that will allow you to earn some extra cash from the comfort of your own home. RELATED: Southern city will pay $2K to help you relocate.
Let’s take a look at the best online jobs for seniors, which can accommodate part- or full-time schedules and fit a wide range of skills and expertise.
Do you have a computer, internet access, and a penchant for billing and accounts receivable and payable? Well, then a bookkeeping job may be a good fit for you.
Bookkeeper duties often include keeping track of financial documents, preparing cash flow statements, performing bank reconciliations, and other finance-related tasks. There is plenty of part- and full-time bookkeeping positions available, and you may even be able to work from home.
Average pay: $18 to $24 per hour
There are tons of jobs available to help teach English to non-native speakers. These jobs can often be done remotely through a platform that provides you with the tools you need to teach English to adults or children, and the pay is great, too.
This could be a smart option for retired teachers who are already used to the ins and outs of teaching. There are also opportunities to teach English to children or adults, so if the idea of teaching young kids English seems intimidating, you may even be able to snag a job in adult ESL.
Average pay: $14 to $18 per hour
According to the CDC, as a contract tracer, your job would be to locate and talk with the patients who’ve been affected by communicable diseases (in this case it’s COVID-19), assist with patient isolation plans, and work with patients to identify people they’ve been in close contact with so you can locate and warn them of possible exposure.
This job requires you to be comfortable discussing sensitive subjects via phone and could be a good fit for someone who understands patient confidentiality and likes doing research.
Average pay: $21.14 per hour
If you have experience in marketing or PR, you may be able to snag a job as a marketing coordinator. In this role, you’ll be preparing marketing and advertising strategies, plans, and objectives, and you may even be able to do it from the comfort of your own home.
All you need is a clear understanding of the basics of marketing and the right equipment to get the job done. You should also be comfortable with brainstorming, creating, and rolling out marketing or advertising campaigns, which is the primary focus for most marketing coordinators.
Average pay: $18 to $25 per hour
Are you comfortable formatting documents, editing text, and writing short blurbs that highlight a person’s marketable skills? If so, you may want to look into resume writing gigs, which can easily be done from home and are in high demand right now, as more people look to return to work.
Resume writers are responsible for creating and refining client resumes so they make a good impression on employers the moment they land on their desks (or inboxes). Resume writing is a good fit for retired teachers, editors, writers, HR employees, or anyone who has a keen eye for written copy. You’ll also need to be comfortable with typing, proofreading, and have basic computer knowledge.
Average pay: $17 to $24 per hour
What could be more rewarding than helping someone else find a new job or get back to being employed after a long time away? If you’re the type of person who is a natural leader, likes to strategize, and enjoys helping people meet their goals, a career coach position could be a good fit for you.
The day-to-day responsibilities of a career coach can include helping clients find new employment opportunities, offering resume feedback, or helping someone prepare for a job interview, all of which can be done from home.
Average pay: $15.56 per hour
If you’re comfortable with a computer and can type quickly, you may want to look into data entry positions. These jobs are a good fit for people who are organized, detail-oriented, enjoy repetition and understand basic software and computer programs. This could be a good fit for someone who worked as an administrative assistant or receptionist prior to retirement, as most of the skills for these positions are used in data entry, too.
Average pay: $19 per hour
You may not be familiar with the term online juror, but it is pretty much what it sounds like: online mock jury companies pay people to sit on mock juries in order to give legal experts (attorneys, etc.) feedback on mock cases. The work can be sporadic so if you’re looking for more of a full-time gig, this probably isn’t it.
If you’re just looking to earn some extra cash, though, this could be a good opportunity. The general requirements are pretty lax: you can’t be indicted or have certain misdemeanor or felony charges on your record. You’ll also need to be comfortable giving written feedback and have access to a computer and the internet.
Average pay: $10 to $100 per case; varies by case and company
Customer service transcriber
If you’re looking for a solid at-home gig, you might want to look into customer service transcription. As a customer service transcriber, you’re responsible for transcribing recordings of customer service calls from various companies into text format.
This job is a good fit for people who are strong listeners, accurate typists, proficient with Word or similar applications, and have a keen eye for editing and proofreading. These positions are often available for part- or full-time work and can be done from home as long as you meet the technical requirements from the company you’re working for.
Average pay: $15.18 per hour
If you’re knowledgeable about math, writing, English, science, or another academic subject, online tutoring may be a good fit for you. You’ll also need to be creative and a good communicator, as you’ll be explaining involved topics to people on the other end of the computer and will need to find innovative, out-of-the-box ways to help people understand the subject matter. This type of job would be a good fit for a retired teacher or professor — or anyone with a solid understanding of high-level educational concepts.
Average pay: $19.65 per hour
Consultant (based on your previous field)
Were you at a high level in your career prior to retirement? Then you may be a good fit for consulting, which can be done completely online for companies and clients across the globe.
To be a good fit for this job, you’ll need to be comfortable leading and coaching high-level management in your areas of expertise while providing advice, offering creative strategies, and making recommendations for improving workflow and revenue. In return, you can expect a high hourly rate, which can help you pad that nest egg.
Average pay: Varies by industry
Virtual personal assistant
The demand for virtual personal assistants vastly increased after work and home life became intertwined during the COVID-19 pandemic. People need help with completing administrative tasks that other people in the office were once helping with: scheduling, booking travel, making appointments, answering emails, transcribing documents, or any other task that can be outsourced.
The nice part about this kind of job is that it can be done from home and you don’t need any particular skills for the job. It’s a good fit for people who are comfortable with administrative duties and could work well for retired executive assistants or office assistants.
Average pay: $15.79 per hour
How to avoid job scams
Before you start narrowing down the jobs that could be a good fit for you, it’s important to understand that there are a ton of job scams on the internet — and many of them target senior people. It’s easy to get duped — these scams are often the work of crime groups, not individuals, and people of all ages and experiences can fall for them.
You’ll need to keep an eye out for the red flags that come with these scams, which include:
- Asking you to pay for anything upfront: office equipment, software, training fees, or “investments” into products you’ll sell;
- Sending you money: this often happens under the guise of a stipend for equipment, but the check or transfer won’t clear after it’s deposited;
- Pay to play: if a job is asking you to pay for applying or working, it’s a scam;
- Requesting bank or credit card information: this may seem like an obvious, but scammers are sophisticated and can get this information out of people in clever ways;
- Asking for your Social Security number: you’ll need to provide this on your employee paperwork, but if a company asks for it during the application process, you should be wary;
- Unprofessional interview tactics: if you’re being asked to interview on messenger, chat, or another text platform, or if you’re not required to interview at all, it’s probably a scam;
- Unprofessional email addresses or emails: if the address on the email you receive isn’t from a professional website/company, or if the emails you receive are full of grammar issues, it could be a scam;
- No online presence: if you can’t find the company online, it’s possibly a scam.
To avoid being targeted by scammers, there are a few things you should do, including:
- Only apply on reputable job sites: LinkedIn, Indeed, or other job boards — avoid Craigslist or other scammy sites;
- Don’t offer personal information: not until you’ve had a video meeting or face-to-face chat with the potential employer, anyway;
- Verify the company exists: look online to make sure it’s a real company and verify that the person you’re speaking to works there;
- Follow your gut: if it feels wrong, it probably is.
If you follow these tips, you’ll cut down on your chances of being scammed. The goal is to get employed, not get duped by fake employers or companies. The best thing you can do to avoid online job scams is to be aware, be educated, and follow your gut. If it feels like a scam, it very well could be, so don’t offer personal information and verify everything.