Want to work from home?
You’re retired and perhaps you are looking for ways to make extra income. Or, maybe you don’t need the income but would like to be productive and engaged. However, you don’t want to commute to an office (undoubtedly you have had enough of that). So, you’re thinking about working from home. And, perhaps you are asking “what are the best work from home jobs for seniors?”
The growth of technology has greatly increased the work-from-anywhere opportunities. Furthermore, there are more companies that connect home workers with employers.
As a retiree, you likely have a long record of employment and many unique skills. Also, you have a more developed work ethic and a higher level of education than younger generations. As a result, you are a very good candidate for all kinds of employment.
Watch out for the scams
First of all, it can be hard find legitimate work from home jobs. That’s because there are so many scams out there. Of course, these scams have been around for decades – even before the internet. However, the Federal Trade Commission has seen the number of complaints regarding scams double in the past few years.
The two leading red flags that indicate scams are:
- The promise to earn more than you have ever dreamed. I’m sure you’ve seen them – “Earn $1,000 a day today, no experience necessary.” or “Make $20,000 per month working just a few hours a day!” These are likely get-rich-quick schemes. Furthermore, they are designed to drain your pocketbook, not add to it.
- You are asked to pay for the privilege of working. Christine Durst, an internet fraud and safety expert says that payment to work is rarely acceptable.
But, hey, you’ve been around the block a few times and know how to recognize a scam when you see one.
How to prepare for working from home (Remote jobs)
Assess your skill set: Has it been a while since you’ve worked? If so, you must consider that things are changing rapidly. You may discover that you need to bring your skills up-to-date. Thus, you might need new certification, classes or even a degree.
Make sure you have basic computer skills: Also, you will need a laptop or desktop computer and a fast, reliable internet connection. In addition, there are other tools to learn. For example, you will need to know various collaboration programs like Google docs and other applications inherent in your field.
Conduct a trial run: That is to say, see if at home work is right for you. Set up your home office, learn new programs, study the latest innovations in your chosen industry. Get a feel for working from home before you make the plunge.
Concentrate on your experience and what you bring to the job: No question. Age discrimination exists. However, there is good news. Many employers recognize the value that older workers bring to the table. As an older worker, you take pride in hard work and doing your job well. Also, you have strong communication skills. Furthermore, you are mature and that means you are able to handle the sticky situations because of your experience and poise.
Who are the companies that hire remote workers?
FlexJobs is a company that vets different kinds of flexible job listings which include part-time, telecommuting and freelance. In 2017, it released a list of the top 100 companies that offered the highest number of such jobs. To see that list go to https://www.forbes.com/sites/laurashin/2017/01/31/work-from-home-in-2017-the-top-100-companies-offering-remote-jobs/#6b4e760242d8FlexJobs.
These kinds of opportunities seem to be increasing. As a matter of fact, the percentage of workers doing all or some of their work at home increased from 19% in 2003 to 24% in 2015 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 68% of US workers say they expect to work remotely in the future.
Industries that are most likely to offer remote jobs include computer and information technology, medical, health, finance, government, customer service, education/training and sales.
Here are three ideas for work from home jobs for seniors
Online Juror: Online companies such as eJury, OnlineVerdict and JuryTest pay you to sit on mock juries and give feedback on cases. You sign up for this online and when an attorney needs a juror that matches your demographics you are contacted via email.
An attorney posts a case on a secure website for you to review. You might listen to audio, view video or read material. Then you submit a verdict. Once a minimum number of verdicts has been submitted the case concludes.
The pay usually starts at $10 per case and can go to $100 per case depending on the investment of time. A case can take from 20 minutes to an hour
To be eligible:
- You must be a US citizen.
- Be of sound mind and good moral character.
- Be able to read and write.
- Have a clean criminal record
Online Tutor: This is a growing area because of the uber-competiveness in college admissions. Subjects in demand include:
- World History
- Foreign Language
- Preparation for standardized tests such as SAT and GED
Tutor.com is an online employer that offers one-on-one help to students. The student connects with the appropriate tutor inside a secure classroom. Then, the student and tutor can chat utilizing instant messaging. Also, problems can be drawn on an interactive white board, files shared for review and resources found through web search.
Hours for this job are flexible. Some firms ask that you put in a least five hours per week.
Hourly rates range from $10 – $14 based on experience. Private tutors can earn around $20 per hour with some making as much as $65 per hour
You do not need teacher certification to be eligible. It is your professional experience that opens doors. Generally, you are given an online exam in the subject you wish to teach prior to employment. Also, you must pass a third-party background check.
Virtual Assistant: In this position you provide administrative, technical or creative assistance to your clients. Common modes of communication are email, phone conferences and technology such as Skype and Google Voice.
Clients post details about the types of task they want to fulfill and the maximum rate they will pay, Freelance workers then bid on the job and submit work samples. Video conferences are also set up for interviewing purposes.
For the client, the advantage of hiring a virtual assistant is flexibility because they can contract just for needed services.
Virtual assistants earn anywhere from $10 to $29 per hour. The average in the US is $16.27 per hour.
Typically, five years of experience in areas such as executive assistant, office manager, secretary, legal assistant, Paralegal and information technology is required.
It is estimated that there are between 5,00 and 25,000 virtual assistants worldwide.
I have listed the above positions as the best work from home jobs because they are more unusual and interesting than the typical “customer service” positions you are likely to hear about.
With the growth in technology it seems that opportunities to work from home will increase. Also, if you live in an urban area, you probably don’t want to deal with the traffic and other hassles of commuting.
Remember, watch out for the scams, assess your skills and experience. Then, get to work!
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