Jobs working at home for seniors can be rewarding personally, socially, and financially.
The Perfect Work-At-Home Jobs for Seniors
The best kind of job for anyone, whether young or old, is a job they enjoy, can do well, and produces the desired income. Finding the right employment is a highly individualized process.
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?
That last question is important. Obviously it will be easier to sell antiques if you have some to sell. It will be easier to work on website design if you don't have to buy a computer.
Next, consider what kind of employment you've held out of the house. Teacher, grant writer, lawyer, and cook - all of these jobs have skills that can materialize into a job at home. For example, if you were a kindergarten teacher for years and loved it, you might want to consider at home day care for two or three children. If you were a restaurant chef you could prepare homemade meals and deliver them to families lacking the time to cook, or have someone else deliver them for you.
You don't need to just look at your primary job either. Make a list of all the skills you used at work in the past. If you worked as a secretary for a large company you have typing skills, communication skills, phone skills, and more. If you never worked outside of your home, make a list of all the skills you currently have. Painting, antique collecting, scrapbooking, landscaping - all of these skills can translate into jobs working from home for seniors.
After you have made a list of the skills you have, cross off the skills you have but don't like. What you will be left with is a list of skills you both have and enjoy, which gives you a nice starting point when looking for work.
Types of Jobs Working From Home for Seniors
Because all jobs require different skills, time, and effort and have varying start-up costs, it would be impossible to look at all the possibilities one by one in a short article.
Instead, have your list handy and take a look at the following types of work that can be done at home.
- Sell items on eBay or from your own website
- Freelance writing or paid blogging
- Cooking and catering
- Sewing (think mending, altering, and design work) or quilt-making
- Maintaining websites or graphic design
- Consulting for businesses or self-employed individuals
- Tax accounting or bookkeeping
- Setting appointments for other professionals
- Tutoring academics or teaching a craft; say, piano lessons
- Artist or crafter
- Gardening for profit; sell items like fresh and dried herbs, flowers, or veggies.
- Auto repair
- Pet-sitting or dog-walking
- Set up a call center
- Party planning
If you need help, try looking into senior citizen vocational training.
To find basic resources about more jobs working from home for seniors, visit the following resources:
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: