This one goes out to my retiree readers. Recently, I've been getting quite a few emails from readers like you, asking for work-from-home opportunities best suited to those just beginning or currently living retirement from the traditional workforce. While I can certainly provide you with legit work-at-home leads all day long, I can't always give a first-hand account of some of the unique obstacles you are facing – like ageism.
I’ve put together a list of six fantastic resources that offer guidance – both in living your best post-retirement life and in work-at-home alternatives to total retirement. Let’s get started!
One of the most important lessons that the current life expectancy and thriving remote work industry have to teach us is that retirement doesn’t look like it did when we entered the workforce. Seniors have more to offer and more to experience in retirement than ever before – and Revolutionize Retirement is keyed into that. Dorian Mintzer is a popular speaker and retirement consultant who shares her enthusiasm for vital and meaningful aging as she helps other aged Americans discover “what’s next?” in their careers and lives.
Keep up with her blog for insightful interviews into varied topics of interest to retirees or those soon facing retirement – recent blogs covered planning for retirement as a solo ager, aging in the 21st-century workforce, designing your second act career, and more. Dori will help keep you engaged and thriving even as you transition away from a traditional, on-site career.
RetirementJobs.com is a robust job board dedicated to finding jobs for people over 50. They're dedicated to fighting ageism in the workplace, identifying those companies best-suited to employ older workers, and then matching senior job-seekers with those available jobs. They only share legitimate job offers – companies must pay a fee to have their positions listed while job-seekers over 50 can access the job board for free. They also offer a premium service for $99 per year – you get a free resume critique and access to additional resources such as Tuesday webinars, career coaching, discounts on financial advising, and more. Premium membership also lets you view their list of “Verified Work from Home Companies.”
Visit their site regularly to keep abreast of job offerings friendly to older Americans, and to explore their articles in the Career Advice section of their website – they cover subjects such as “Self Employment,” obviously important for most remote workers, along with “Working and Retired,” “Ask the Expert,” and “Dream Retirement Jobs.”
AARP – which was originally spelled out as American Association of Retired Persons – has always been about giving people the power they need to make and live their own choices as they age. It's no surprise that they have a formal Disrupt Aging campaign or that they offer an active, vital website covering all aspects of the aging experience. You'll find articles on their site ranging in subject matter from Family Caregiving and Scams & Fraud to Travel and Politics & Society.
Of particular interest is the blog post “Great Work-at-Home Jobs for Retirees.” Check it out for a robust and thorough breakdown on some work-from-home opportunities suitable for seniors – did you know you could be an online juror? How are your editing skills? Learn about potential scams as well, and be careful in your job hunt. This blog is available on their site in both English and Spanish.
Prime Women is for my mature ladies out there, and focuses on “redefining the over-50 woman.” While they cover every aspect of the aging woman's life from beauty and fashion to health and fitness, they also have a comprehensive Career Maker section on their website. Anyone who tells you life starts ending at 50 doesn't know what they're talking about, and Prime Women has a whole site full of reasons why. In their Career Maker section, they're dialing in on making those final leaps in your career – whether that's climbing the executive ladder, getting a seat on a public board, or how to transition into a new career – including one where you work from home rather than in an office.
Keep your fingers on the pulse of over-50 life by following Prime Women. In particular, you can start with these articles: dive into remote work with the “Do’s and Don’ts of Working from Home.” Explore what it's like to be an office nomad with “7 Tips to Work Remotely.” And get inspired by a bevy of entrepreneurs, all women, giving TED talks – from Elizabeth Gilbert to Dame Stephanie Shirley – on topics as diverse as failure and the creative drive to the remote workplace being pioneered by women.
I'm sure you've already heard of Monster as a job search resource and job board – it's been around since 1999, after all! You can register for a job search account on their site, upload your resume, and set up job search filters so that you're alerted when a job you might be interested in is listed. They also have a repository of career advice, offer resume writing services, provide interview tips, and give workplace advice.
If you’re currently job searching – either nearing or past the age of retirement – you may be struggling with one of the last acceptable forms of discrimination widely found in our society. Ageism. It can start as early as your mid-40s according to AARP, depending on your other demographics. If this has happened to you, this particular article published at Monster's site may be of use: “How to fight ageism in your job search” offers strategies for you to redirect any conversational elements that may focus on your age in the job search process.
The Balance is a great resource dedicated to helping people understand their personal finances and how to manage things like buying a home, saving for retirement, and investing. They've been around for a couple decades and have shared almost 10,000 articles from proven experts in related fields. They also have two more focused sister sites in The Balance Small Business and The Balance Careers.
For those retiree entrepreneurs eager to start your second career, The Balance Small Business has some indispensable advice. Check out “5 Great Home Business Ideas for Retirees” – it breaks down how to turn your first career's wealth of experience and know-how into a vital small business, whether you decide to go into consulting, take up blogging, or turn a hobby into a business. They link to plenty of other articles from this piece as well, providing depth on the various topics mentioned.
These six resources should put you on the best path to your work-from-home second career! Let me know your favorite work-at-home blogs, too – share them in the comments so your fellow retirees can benefit as well!