Whether you’ve gotten to retirement and decided you can’t sit still, or you
need a bit of supplemental income while you enjoy a more relaxed
lifestyle, telecommuting jobs are a fantastic way to bring in extra
income without giving up your new-found freedom. In addition, jobs
during retirement can offer fun, flexibility, and opportunities for
socializing and personal/professional growth.
With a telecommuting job
you’ll be able to work from home provided you have the basics of a
home office -- laptop, phone, and Internet access are usually
standard. Telecommuting jobs include both part-time and full-time
schedules, so you’ll be able to find jobs that fit your schedule and
needs, and many of them offer flexible schedules where you’re able
to choose the hours you work.
Here are five types of telecommuting jobs worth considering in
1) Writing and editing jobs.
If you have a way with
words and have enjoyed writing and proofreading in your previous
jobs, telecommuting writing jobs abound. Look for job titles like
contributing editor, reporter, content writer, freelance writer, web
editor, technical writer, and other variations.
2) Nonprofit and philanthropy.
Retirees often have
the same goal of giving back in their later years, and taking a
part-time telecommuting job in a nonprofit organization is a
fantastic way to give back and support yourself. There’s a huge
variety of telecommuting jobs available in this industry, including
development and fundraising, grants management, tutoring, advocacy
consulting, and even telepsychiatry for people with backgrounds as
3) Teaching and tutoring.
If you want to pass your
knowledge on to future generations, telecommuting teaching and
tutoring positions are a large and growing option. Common job titles
include online faculty, English/language arts teacher, student
mentor, secondary science teacher, instructional designer, and
French tutor. No matter your expertise area, almost every subject
from math and science to the creative arts offers telecommuting
4) Medical and health jobs.
According to the
FlexJobs Flexible Jobs Index, the medical and health category
consistently offers the most available positions for telecommuting
and flexible jobs. If you spent your career before retirement as a
nurse, doctor, or medical professional, look for jobs like
registered nurse case manager, managed care coordinator, social
worker, and and Medicare chart reviewers.
5) Consulting jobs.
No matter your previous career,
consulting jobs allow you to continue to share your experience and
knowledge with companies who need to better their practices.
Consulting exists in fields like business, publishing, information
technology, law, medical and pharmacy, education, sales, economics,
and many others.
Holding a job in retirement is becoming more necessary, and
re-entering the job market through a telecommuting job is a
fantastic option. Consider what you’d like to do for work, learn
about job opportunities, and keep your skills and application
materials up to date to give yourself the best odds for landing a
great telecommuting job during retirement.
Brie Weiler Reynolds is the Content and Social Media Manager at
the award-winning site for telecommuting and flexible job listings,
and a former career advisor. At FlexJobs, Brie offers job seekers
career and work-life balance advice through the
and social media.