I’ve been feeling rather intimidated about writing this article! The vague title of “home jobs for seniors” has been sitting on my article list for months now, constantly being put off while I’ve written other things.
On one hand, I know that a lot of retired people want advice on home working and freelancing. It’s something I get many emails about. The two most common themes: ageism and technology, are both covered in this article.
The scary flipside is that I’ve been worried about how to pitch my advice. I was raised to respect my elders, so the last thing I want to do is come across as preachy or patronising. However, home working and freelancing is what I know about.
So here goes! In this article we look at home jobs for seniors. Where to find them, how to get them, and how to avoid some of the pitfalls.
Home Jobs for Seniors: Key Tips
1. Learn Where to Look
Something that seems to surprise a lot of HomeWorkingClub readers is that there’s really no big secret as to how to find home-based work. I think the reason many people think there is is that lots of online marketers have a vested interest in convincing others that it’s more complicated than it is. This is especially the case if they’re trying to sign you up to an “essential” course or membership scheme!
There are two things I’d suggest doing first:
- Taking a look at our list of 50 firms that take on home workers.
- Using this article to learn how to uncover remote jobs on the regular job boards.
Home working is perfectly normal nowadays. You may have to dig a little to find the vacancies, but they’re out there.
And you’ll notice that in this tip, I’ve said nothing specific to retirees / seniors. You’ll see why after the next tip.
2. Defeat Ageism
I receive a LOT of emails about ageism. The most common question is how to circumvent it when applying for jobs.
The depressing fact is that age discrimination does exist, as has been proven repeatedly.
The only strategy I can really suggest is simple, but can be effective. Whether you’re applying for work by submitting a resumé or a portfolio of work, don’t supply a date of birth. This might seem like a controversial piece of advice, but I’m far from the first person to suggest it.
It’s also worth thinking about other areas of a CV that can reveal your age. For starters, there’s no need to display what year you obtained your qualifications. Employers are also typically only interested in your last few job roles, so it’s easy to discuss your earlier career in summary form.
Having worked in various recruitment capacities over the years, I can honestly say that I’ve never noticed a “missing” date of birth. Recruiters are looking for resumes that SHINE and fit the job role. The priority is making sure your CV gets through the first sift and attracts attention. Everybody has to “get their foot in the door” in this exact same way.
I appreciate that I’ve not “solved” ageism with this advice, and that it’s not at all fair that things are the way they are – but this may at least prevent people falling at the first hurdle.
3. Consider Freelancing
Finding freelance work is an alternative to seeking out home jobs for seniors. You can design your own freelance lifestyle, perhaps part-time around retirement.
The best news? I’ve never once provided my age or date of birth when applying for freelance work, nor have I asked for it from anybody applying to work for me. In the world of freelancing, clients just care whether you can do the job.
4. Get Up-to-date with Technology
There’s nothing unreasonable in saying that older people face more of a challenge with technology than youngsters.
Millennials grew up with computers and the internet. Older generations (and that includes me) only really got involved in technology at an early age if they had a passion for it (also me!)
Unfortunately, the reality is that pretty much everything IS online now. Your chances of success in an online job really are closely connected to your level of technical prowess. As such, I do actively encourage those seeking home jobs for seniors to work on their computer skills.
Since 2004, I’ve done a lot of freelance IT consultancy, which has included helping dozens of retirees with tech issues. Fear of technology is something I see again and again. However, in actual fact it’s not like you can press the wrong button and make a computer explode.
The best piece of advice I can give is to learn by doing. Open up a program – Word, Excel, or even your web browser, and PLAY. Look at all the menus, see what all the buttons do. It’s what most people would do with a new car, so it’s really little different.
I’d also suggest having a look at my computer fundamentals article.
5. Carry on Learning
One of the wonderful things about the online world is how easy it is to learn new skills. There are even companies that offer courses specifically for seniors.
I’d recommend checking out my recent guide to eLearning websites. It includes several sites where you can take courses for very little money, or even for free. Many of them are delivered by world-leading universities.
Not only are there plenty of home jobs for retirees, there are also plenty of ways to prepare for them – and some are only a few clicks away.
Be in no doubt that there are seniors out there winning and doing these jobs. I know that because I speak to them 🙂
- If you’re browsing the web for jobs, you MUST be alert to the possibility of scams. This article discusses how to avoid them.
- Check out FlexJobs if you want a quick way to find curated home working jobs.
Founder of HomeWorkingClub.com – Ben has worked freelance for nearly 20 years. As well as being a freelance writer and blogger, he is also a technical consultant with Microsoft and Apple certifications. He loves supporting new home workers but is prone to outbursts of bluntness and realism.