Whether you already work and want to make more money, or are retired and looking to supplement your income, there are jobs out there that fit the bill.
“Many people who are retirement age opt for ‘patchwork careers’ — they piece together a variety of jobs they can do from home or on their own schedule,” says Christine Durst, a home-based career expert and co-founder of RatRaceRebellion.com. Here some great make-extra-money suggestions.
1. Call center & customer service rep
“The offshoring movement (which sent so many phone-based customer service jobs overseas) has turned around and become a ‘homeshoring’ movement, creating thousands of home-based customer service jobs in North America,” says Durst.
As a home-based agent, you’ll field calls for companies like Bluefly, Spiegel, American Agents, Hilton, Best Western, HSN, 1-800-FLOWERS, and many others. Depending on the company, you may work as either an employee or an independent contractor, but you can usually pick your own hours.
Pay range:$8 – $18 an hour
2. Teacher/ tutor
You may be aware that many colleges offer online courses, creating great opportunities for virtual adjunct professors if you have a career specialty or skill. However, “there is also a growing demand for elementary and high school teachers as more public and private schools set up online classes,” says Durst.
While some of these positions require a teaching background, many do not. You might also be able to teach English as a Second Language face-to-face via Skype.
Pay range: $10+ an hour
Where to look:
3. Virtual juror
Review legal cases and render a verdict virtually. “Attorneys use virtual jurors to help them get a feel for the viability of their cases before they go to court,” explains Durst.
Pay range: Cases vary in length, and pay can range from $5 to $50 depending on complexity.
Where to look: eJury.com
4. Search engine evaluator
Evaluate and improve search engine results for some of the world’s largest Internet search engine companies. Basically, you Google (or use another search engine) to look for specific topics, keywords, and images. You then review and rate the results.
Pay range: $13+ an hour
5. Direct sales
Want to start your own business? This one might be tricky during social distancing, but you could consider starting a direct-sales business, such as Avon or Pampered Chef.
And don’t think your options are limited to makeup or jewelry. You can sell cookware, sporting goods, vitamin supplements, even security systems.
Pay: Depends on products and commission.
Where to look: The Direct Selling Association member directory lists legitimate companies
6. Give your opinions of websites
Website owners often wonder what visitors think when they experience their site for the first time. “As a site tester, you’ll provide candid feedback via video and audio recording of your gut reaction as you visit sites seeking feedback,” says Durst.
Pay: About $10 per completed site review
7. Focus group participant
Companies have long relied on test groups of their target markets to give their opinions of new products and concepts. “It can be fun to participate in focus groups,” says Durst. “You give your feedback in exchange for compensation, while helping guide the development of new products.”
Pay: Depends on length of the study, but anywhere from $25 to up to into the hundreds.
8. Courthouse researcher
Visit courthouses in your area to gather information from public records. The information you collect may be from real estate filings, civil filings, or other court documents.
Pay: $7 – $20/hour
9. Virtual assistant
A virtual assistant would do everything a traditional administrative assistant might do, from writing letters and emails, managing calendars, data entry and so on. Ideal for people who have extensive office experience.
Pay: $12 – 20/hour
Where to look: PennyHoarder.com