Seniors Working from Home after Retirement

Detective Anthony Vincenzo “Tony” Baretta is an unorthodox plainclothes cop with the 53rd precinct, who lives with Fred, his Triton sulphur-crested cockatoo, in apartment 2C at the run-down King Edward Hotel in an unnamed, fictional city. A master of disguise, Baretta wore many while performing his duties. When not working he usually wore a short-sleeve sweatshirt, casual slacks, a brown suede jacket and a newsboy cap.  This is a “sort of” instance of working at home…okay, well maybe I’m stretching this a bit, however, jobs working at home for seniors can be rewarding personally, socially, and financially.

If you’re a retiree who wants to return to work without returning to the grind of a 9-to-5 job, you might be wondering if there’s a way to work from home instead. The good news is that with the growth of technology that makes it easy to work from anywhere, as well as more companies that connect at-home workers with employers, you just might be able to land a work-at-home position.

First, ask yourself the following questions:

  • How many hours a week do I want to work?
  • Why do I want a job? For social interactions, self-fulfillment, extra money, etc.
  • How much money do I want to or need to make.
  • How much time do I want to put into start-up costs? Do I have any money to put into a business?
  • What are my best skills or strongest interests?
  • What supplies do I already have?

Older Americans looking for a little extra cash might want to investigate work-at-home opportunities.

Working at home can help make ends meet by adding to Social Security and retirement income or finance the extras that are so important. Some have found working at home to be a good way to create extra income or successfully take the place of a full-time job.

Unfortunately, in the areas of working from home or starting a home-based business, there are many companies that make offers that sound enticing but are not legitimate. According to a  survey by the Investor Protection Trust, one out of every five citizens over the age of 65 has been the victim of a financial scam.

Look Out for Scams

Paying out of pocket for start-up costs is one thing. For example, you may need to buy sewing supplies or flower seeds. But, if someone is advertising at-home work and wants money up front, don’t trust them. Real businesses will never ask you for money; they pay you. To learn more about work at home scams and what to watch out for visit:

You must carefully investigate any business offer — particularly those that require a substantial investment on your part. Check with your local Better Business Bureau and if possible others that have invested in this businesses prior to investing yourself. Google the company and see what others are saying. Do your research.

The following are work from home ideas for earning revenue:

Direct selling

There are literally hundreds of firms for you to choose from should you be interested in representing them. In most cases companies that involve direct selling require you to purchase some product for you to sell but the “starter kit” of training materials is generally not very expensive. Legitimate direct selling companies allow you to “sell back” unsold products that are in good condition if you decide this isn’t for you.

If you feel direct selling is worth exploring, check out the Direct Selling Association where you can see companies marketing products from air filters to wine and services including financial, insurance and Internet.

Selling online

There are many who make a good living selling online. You could start by selecting things that you have around the house and list them on eBay, Craigslist or Once you decide if this is something you wish to spend more time doing you can purchase things to sell. If you purchase the right products at the right price you should be able to make a good profit.

Don’t worry about getting started as each site provides concise instructions on how best to use their particular site to sell or purchase.

Become a tutor

If you graduated from a college or university in the U.S.A. or Canada, or you’re a current student at an accredited school, and you have expertise in English, math, science or social studies, you could make money as an online tutor.

You must be able to convey key information to students of all ages – generally fourth grade through college level – in an online environment. That means teaching mathematical formulas and chemical equations through an Internet connection rather than face-to-face instruction.

Visit to learn how you can make $10 an hour or more working 5 hours to 30 hours a week out of your home.

To find other online tutoring opportunities, or to learn how to start your own online tutoring business, do a Google search using the keywords “online tutor” where you can research dozens of options based on your availability and subject-area expertise.

In conclusion, gone are the days when one could just sit back and enjoy retirement, we are finding more and more seniors and baby boomers working well into their retirement years and then seeking other sources of income while retired.  Times have changed dramatically.

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