13 Legit Work From Home Jobs For Senior Citizens
Many seniors want to stay productive and sharp during retirement, while some could need some extra money to get them through until their next retirement check. Either way working from home could be an effective way for seniors to stay sharp, and to earn some extra money. Working from home would be convenient, and beneficial for seniors who might have mobility issues. This article will list and explain some great work from home opportunities that are available to seniors.
First, we begin by warning the readers to be aware of online scams. There are many scams online targeted at seniors, that might seem legitimate however they are not. Anything that promises you to make large amounts of money for something that wouldn’t normally pay a lot of money should raise a red flag. They do this to get your attention, hoping you take the bait. If something sounds to good to be true, then usually it really is to good to be true.
A good way to see if the opportunity is legitimate, is to do some research on the company and read reviews about what other people about them have said. Furthermore, if any work from home job is asking you for money upfront, do not trust them as legitimate companies will not charge a fee to hire you. Keep in mind for some jobs such as a virtual customer service agent, you will have to pay for supplies such as a headset and your internet connection.
1. Virtual Customer Service Agent
This can be a great work from home job, especially if you have customer service experience. Many large companies now outsource there customer service calls to companies that hire virtual customer service agents. You can look at a list of companies that hire virtual agents and pick one that you feel best meets your interests.
The pay for this job varies, but can range anywhere from $8 to $15 an hour depending on the company. Keep in mind you will have to have an up to date computer, high speed internet access, and a landline phone. The amount of hours worked varies, however usually they start at 20 hours per week and up.
If this is of interest to you, there is a great resource that will show a large list of virtual customer service jobs available.
There are many freelancing websites that allow you to register as a freelancer and search for jobs in a wide variety of areas including, article writing, transcription, design, advertising, telemarketing, direct sales and more.
Usually how it works is, the user searches for available freelance jobs, and then bids on jobs that are of interest to them. The employer will then select one or more of the bidders and award them the job. Once you complete jobs you will get reviews and ratings which will be seen when you bid for further jobs. If you have good ratings then it will be easier to be awarded future jobs.
There are several freelance websites available, with some of the most well known and trusted freelance websites being:
Keep in mind some of the websites might charge a small monthly fee to be a ‘premium member’, allowing you to take tests to show you are qualified, as well as notifying you when certain jobs become available.
If you become a freelancer there is actually a Freelancers Union, that addresses the needs of freelancers, while also offering benefits such as health, life and dental insurance.
3. Online Tutoring
There are a few great websites that allow you to tutor over Skype, allowing you to share your knowledge in certain subjects. Generally, as long as you have a college or university education, along with expertise in english, math, or science, you can qualify to become an online tutor. This is great for retired teachers or anyone with a deep knowledge in these key subject areas.
Obviously this job requires a computer and a high speed internet connection, with many online tutors requiring you to use a video service such as Skype. The pay varies but averages out to $10 per hour. You can work choose the amount of hours you work, however some sites might have limits on the hours.
Some popular online tutoring websites include:
• tutor.com: one of the most popular tutor sites, also allows to helps students with homework
• wiziq.com: students pay pricing plans and classes are taught in groups in a virtual classroom
• buddyschool.com: allows the tutor to promote classes, and pay a fee to increase exposure
• tutorvista.com: tutors teach one on one with students
• tutorhub.com: students find tutors who set their own rates
4. Online Juror
This is an interesting, and even fun way to make extra money working from home. Online companies pay the participants to sit in on mock juries, to give attorneys feedback on real cases. When you sign up, you will fill out an online questionnaire, and when the online juror needs feedback based on your demographics from the questionnaire, you will be noticed by email.
Once you log in, the online juror will post the content on the website, and you will go over videos, audio, and read information on the case and submit your verdict. Each case you review will probably take between 30 minutes to an hour to review. The pay ranges depending on the length of the case, and material you have to review, but pay usually starts at $10 and can range up to $100 at times.
Most online jurors will not have daily work, so sign up for as many online jurors as you can. Some of more well known online jurors are:
5. Online Article Writing
Writing articles online can be an effective way to earn income from home. There are many different websites that offer online writing, so finding a gig should not be to difficult. You do not have to be a expert in writing, however you should have good grammar, and write good content that is deemed acceptable.
This is in line with being a ‘freelancer.’
Online writing includes mainly writing articles, however you can also do proofreading, as well as resume writing and more. Some of the sites will require you to submit a writing sample in order to be able to write articles for money. Most of these sites pay you through PayPal, so if you do not have a PayPal account it is recommend that you create one.
On some of the sites, you will choose areas of expertise that you have knowledge in, and when a job meets your area of expertise, you will get an email notification saying the job is available. Keep in mind it is a first come first serve basis so you must be quick to accept the writing job first.
The pay for writing articles varies greatly based on the site you are using. On average, you can earn anywhere from $5 to $30 per article. Most of the pay is on a cents per word basis, meaning the more words you write, the more you will be paid.
Here is a list of some great websites to earn money writing articles:
Many large companies outsource their telemarketing operations to third party websites, who hire people to work from home. You could be a telemarketer in a number of subjects, including product offerings, debt collection, asking for donations, increasing awareness, doing surveys etc.
Most of these jobs pay by the hour, averaging to approximately $10-$15 per hour. However, if you are selling products, it could also be commission based. If you want to try telemarketing, use job search engine websites such as
7. Online Surveys
You can earn money completing online surveys, however do not expect to make high amounts of money. This is good if you are looking for a little extra side cash to keep you busy.
But given the low pay rates, you are going to earn far less than minimum wage.
There are several websites to complete online surveys, with some paying cash for the surveys, and others awarding points that can eventually be redeemed for gift cards.
Below are some of the best legitimate survey websites:
8. Direct Selling
Many companies will pay individuals to work from home selling their products. Many of the companies require you to purchase the product first to see how it works, or to purchase a ‘starter kit’, however it usually is not very expensive. The legitimate direct selling companies will allow you to sell back the products you did not sell, or if you decide that it is not for you.
You can earn good money with direct selling, with part time sellers earn $300 all the way up to $1000 per month if they sell a lot of products. There can be scams with direct selling, so it is important to be careful when choosing a direct selling company. Below is a list of legitimate direct selling companies:
Click here for a more in depth list of direct sales companies.
9. Online Transcription
If you are a quick typist, there are some good transcription jobs that you can do from home. The content of the transcription you will be doing includes medical subjects, board meetings, presentations and more.
Many of these sites will require you to do a test before you can begin transcribing for money. The ranges of pay varies by the site, however you can find some that pay $10 an hour. The following shows websites that hire people to transcribe from home:
10. Online Translation
If you are fluent in more then one language then you can earn money translating from home. You can translate over the phone, translate written documents to a different language, or translate audio files.
Translators are in high demand, especially if you are fluent in french, Chinese, or Spanish. The average pay varies but can range from $10 to $30 per hour. Some great online translation companies include:
11. Web Search Evaluator
Large search engine companies such as Google, Yahoo, and Bing will hire home based evaluators to test the accuracy of search results. Basically they provide you with terms to search, and then you have to specify which websites are displayed. The pay is pretty good for a simple job, which ranges from $10 to $15 per hour.
There are a few good websites to apply to be a web search evaluator such as:
Also, you can search for web search evaluator jobs on job search sites such as indeed.com.
12. Virtual Assistant
A unique work from home job is a virtual assistant, which is a home based job where the assistant performs basic tasks such as making phone calls, replaying to emails, performing data entry and more. The pay for a virtual assistant ranges from $10 to $15 per hour.
There are many websites to apply to be a virtual assistant, with most be freelance websites such as:
13. Fiverr (Create Your Own Freelance Job )
There is a unique freelance website called Fiverr, where you can create your own jobs called gigs, that charge 5 bucks for the service you provide. You can literally create your own unique gig and charge 5 dollars for it.
Many of the gigs include article writing, product testimonials, basic web design, logo design, website traffic and many more. If you have a unique skill you can use this site to make some extra cash. There are even some gigs on Fiverr that charge 5 bucks just to friend somebody on Facebook!
If you are interested in using FIverr to make some extra cash, visit fiverr.com.