Are you ready to retire, but can’t afford to stop working completely? Why not focus on changing your career instead? There are now many retired and semi-retired people who are earning the majority of their income online. Seniors are among the fastest growing demographic of people who want to work online from home. Whether you are just looking to supplement your retirement income or are looking to earn a full paycheck, there are opportunities available for you to make a career change at 50 and do just that all without getting out of your pajamas.
Do you enjoy writing? If so, there are lots of online opportunities waiting just for you. The demand for well-written original content increases all of the time so there are all kinds of different writing jobs that you can find. The prices paid for quality content articles by website owners, magazines, etc that I’ve seen range from $50 – $1000 per article and mostly for 1000 words or less.
TextBroker has a wide variety of writing assignments for you to choose from and they will hire writers with no previous experience. Your rate of pay will be determined by the quality of your work. There are always plenty of jobs to choose from and you can work as much or as little as you like.
Blogmutt hires freelance writers to write original content for their customers. Customers usually consist of blog owners or businesses who need content for their site but don’t have time to produce it themselves. Pay depends on how many posts you sell, and the better your writing is, the more money you can make. Payment is made once a week via PayPal and there is no minimum payout to meet.
Demand studios hires writers to write articles for their clients on a wide variety of topics. You can pick topics that sound like they will be interesting to you or topics that you already know a lot about. You get paid $7.50 for a 150-200 word article and $15 for a 400-500 word article. Payments are made twice weekly.
If you prefer editing over writing, there are still plenty of online jobs available for you.
EditFast hires writers and editors for a variety of jobs, and there are plenty of editing and proof reading jobs available. EditFast pays via PayPal on the last day of the month.
Contena is not a company that hires you for writing or editing work, but it finds the jobs for you. You can join the Contena site and find jobs for writers, editors, and proof readers of all skill levels. Pay will depend on the client that you are working for and the services that are ordered.
Do you like the idea of jury duty, but don’t really enjoy the idea of sitting in a stuffy courtroom all day? How about becoming a virtual juror? Online jurors provide a way for lawyers to present a mock trial and see how a prospective jury pool would rule. Here are a few of the virtual juror sites that are known to be very reputable:
eJury hires prospective jurors from all over the United States. The pay is between $5 and $10, but that is dependent on the difficulty of the case you hear.
Online Verdict hires American citizens over the age of 18 to participate in virtual mock trials. Just sign up and they will contact you when they need a juror that matches your demographic. Online Verdict pays between $20 and $60 to their virtual jurors. The more complicated the case the higher the pay will be. Online Verdict pays monthly via check.
Juytest.net is also hiring online jurors to hear their mock trials. This company pays between $5 and $50 per case. Payments are paid via PayPal or check based on your preferences.
Tutoring students virtually is another online job that you might consider. Students range in age from as young as 5 years old to adult college students. Teaching another person a challenging concept can be very rewarding and very lucrative.
BrainFuse provides online tutoring services for college students. They do require a Bachelor’s degree in their respective field, a computer, and reliable internet connection. BrainFuse uses a virtual dashboard and chat box for their tutoring sessions so you are not required to have a webcam and microphone. They are looking for tutors in nursing, English, math, finances, economics, social sciences, computer sciences, statistics, and business. They do not release pay rates to non-employees, but they are known to pay well and offer very flexible schedules.
Tutor.com hires independent contractors to teach students from kindergarten through college. To apply fill out an application and they will then test your knowledge base in the subjects of your expertise. Once hired the pay is $5.50 an hour while you are logged in and waiting on a student and $9-$13 per hour when you are tutoring a student. Payment is made via check or PayPal.
Yup.com hires independent contractors to tutor students from elementary school through college in math, physics, and chemistry. Yup does not require that you have a college degree or be currently enrolled in college like some other tutoring companies, but you will have to complete proficiency tests. Yup pays between $11 and $13 per hour and they also offer performance bonuses.
Chegg Tutors hires tutors from around the world and while they do not require a college degree to work for them, you do have to prove that you are enrolled in college or previously were by providing transcripts or copies of your student ID. Chegg allows you to log in to their platform and tutor whenever it is convenient for you and they operate 24/7. All Chegg tutors are paid $20 per hour and payments are made via PayPal every Thursday.
The examples listed above are just a few of the careers fields that you can participate in online. The number of people in their 50s choosing to work online is growing every day, so much so that websites like the American Association of Retired Persons has work-from-home positions and articles about how to find them listed on their website. Needing an income doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to leave the house anymore.
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Changing careers in your 40’s can be somewhat frightening depending on your circumstances because you’ve already put a number of years into the corporate world. However, if your ready to make a change don’t be intimidated or overwhelmed. You are far from alone in your desire to move to the virtual employment world. There are many options to choose from that put you in control of how you spend your workday.
You should choose when to work, how to work and even what your business niche is before you get going on the project of your dreams. Choose what to wear and how to wear it, shave or go a few days in between shaves. Working at home is fast becoming a leader in the over 50 age group’s career choice and may soon be the main way to be gainfully employed over 50.
There are a lot more people of all ages and especially the over 50 group staying at home and earning their income without the hassles of personal grooming, wearing the right clothes, traffic, co-workers, etc. The job market has become a very nice place for the over 50 workers to supplement their retirements and much more. From what I’ve read numerous times, latest reports show the unemployment rate for those over age 55 stands at a much lower rate when compared with the rate of the total population.