Even if you want to keep working in retirement, you may have decided that your days of punching in, wearing an ID badge or yawning through meetings are over. Fortunately, you don't have to go back to the office grind to earn extra cash — workers can perform many jobs remotely.
The COVID-19 pandemic made it clear that remote work is more than feasible. Whether you need to supplement your retirement income or simply want to stay engaged with meaningful work, there are more opportunities than ever to work from home after retirement.
Consider these seven jobs that allow you to work remotely in retirement.
1. Creative Freelancer
Are you a good writer, graphic designer or developer/programmer? If so, you can earn money from the comfort of your home office, living room couch or local coffee shop working as a freelancer for clients in need of your talents. Depending on how much work you want to take on, freelancing can be a good part-time or even full-time gig in retirement.
Do you have a vast amount of knowledge gained from decades in your profession? If so, you could work remotely as an independent contractor in retirement as a consultant in your field or specialty. Popular consulting jobs include freelance and part-time work in business management and operations, financial advising, IT and software, human resources, and sales consultants.
3. Online Tutor
You don't have to be a retired teacher to become an online tutor. If you have a degree in English, math, chemistry, engineering, music or another discipline, you may be able to tutor students virtually. There are also online tutor jobs for teaching English as a second language to students.
If you can type 65 words per minute or more accurately and have an up-to-date computer, you can earn money transcribing recorded speech. You might prefer legal transcription of court hearings and depositions; or, you may lean toward medical transcription, especially if you retired from a health care profession. Transcriptionists also transcribe podcasts, videos, lectures, speeches and webinars. You don't need much training to transcribe — just fast and accurate typing abilities and attention to detail. You may have to invest an initial $100-$300 for basic transcription equipment such as a foot pedal, word processing software and headphones before you can get to work.
5. Virtual Assistant
Are you highly organized and able to get things done efficiently? If so, you can find full- or part-time work as a remote virtual assistant. Virtual assistants assist busy professionals by taking care of research and other tasks that eat up the client's time. For example, if you're a virtual assistant to a freelance writer, you might search for sources to interview for an article or compile a list of potential clients. A virtual assistant for a business may organize meetings or coordinate corporate events.
6. Career Coach
If you have an optimistic, encouraging personality, you could make a great career coach to someone just starting out or changing careers. You could be a general career coach, who offers job search and interview tips or specialize in helping others find work in the profession from which you retired.
7. Call Center Representative
Credit card companies, insurance providers and hotels are all usually in search of remote customer service representatives. To find a customer service remote job, search job boards or the "careers" page of company websites.
Expand your professional options by searching online for jobs that allow you to work from home after retirement. Supplementing your schedule with a job you enjoy can help set you up for a financially secure retirement filled with purpose.