So you have come to the decision that you would like to work into retirement. You have also decided the best way for you to do this is to find a job that allows you to work from home. It can be a home-based remote job or some other form of freelance work. All that matters to you is that they are legitimate work-at-home jobs and something that keeps you active and earns a few dollars at the same time.
Well, you are in luck.
There are literally thousands and thousands of legitimate work-at-home jobs out there and you can locate them searching online. However, you have to be careful where you look and what kind of jobs exist.
Not all jobs listed online are listed at legitimate companies. One serious tipoff is how they conduct business with you. If you are ever asked for an upfront fee for one of them to locate online jobs for you, steer clear. You should be able to sign up for free to any of these online job marketplaces and have complete and free access to their listings. Anything less should be a warning sign.
So which ones are the real deal?
I have put together a list of the best places to look for work-at-home jobs for retirees. It is rather extensive as there are actually a lot of great online resources available. You just need to be careful and stick to the ones that are considered reputable. Here is a starter selection of legitimate work-at-home jobs:
The best place to go to assist with professional market research is at 2020Research.com. The tasks vary but will be centered on your opinion shared through online surveys or in focus groups. Another choice is CashCrate.com where online surveys will pay you for your opinion.
If you have healthcare services in your background you may be a candidate to work through IntelliCare.com which provides clinical and non-clinical telephone services. If you have sales in your career skill set you may be a better match with LiveOps.com. This virtual call center has opportunities for various kinds of sales in work-from-home settings. Another virtual call center, but this one offers you an opportunity to be a home-based sales agent of various products is Sykes.com.
A pair of good online sites allow you to connect directly with students seeking assistance with virtually any subject. They need the lessons and you can develop an ongoing series of sessions. Visit Tutor.com or Chegg.com for details.
There are several ways to earn extra income as a freelancer. Upwork.com has thousands of different job postings weekly covering a wide spectrum of possibilities from web content to business consulting and marketing. Elance.com is another place to visit for the same kinds of jobs. Fiverr.com is where you can sell a product or service for $5. Add-ons can triple or quadruple that number! It may allow you to develop a larger client base than trying other conventional methods.
TaskRabbitt.com is where you market your services to your local area and essentially become part of an online errand service. Sutherland Cloud Source is built around customer service opportunities in a work-at-home model. WorkingSolutions.com hires home agents to provide independent customer service which pays between $8 and $20 per hour. RedBeacon.com is a lot like TaskRabbitt where you market your services to your local market. A customer care home agent opportunity is available through ConvergysWorkatHome.com and Amazon Flex pays about $20 per hour for package delivery to independent contractors.
Scoopshot.com issues photo assignments based on your location, SnapWi.re brings together businesses in need of creative imagery with mobile photographers. Foap.com provides an opportunity to sell photos taken on your mobile device into the online stock photo market.
Retired insurance industry workers can find work at WAHVE.com where remote contract opportunities exist in that field of work. FieldAgent.net shows you jobs in your area where you earn cash by finishing them within two hours. West.com has jobs for various office administration-type tasks in a work-at-home model. WorkplaceLikeHome.com is an online forum where many online job listings can be found.
This is just a sample of the kinds of legitimate online jobs available as at home jobs for retirees. You can also search online yourself using terms like ‘online work from home jobs’ and ‘work from home job opportunities’ but these you will have to filter yourself.
Remember the old adage, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. That being said, there are a lot of great, legitimate opportunities out there and if you are able to find something that matches your interests or skills, you will do well.
There is also nothing wrong with asking for assistance at a local employment center. They may have leads to working opportunities in your market that can be work-at-home positions. You won’t know unless you ask and you may be amazed with the options you find in your very own back yard!