Portion of part-time workers over age 55: 11 percent
Median hourly pay: $15.15
Satisfaction rating: 76 percent
High-meaning rating: 74 percent
If you hadn’t known it already, child care assistance is an essential service for parents. And while care providers cannot exactly replicate their work via screens and remote services, they may be able to apply some of their skills in a work-from-home opportunity as a tutor, teacher or camp counselor.
Of course, you’d need expertise in a particular subject to teach it, but demand for knowledge goes beyond what you might think of as standard academic curriculum. For instance, Outschool, a marketplace for online classes, offers a platform for teachers to share their knowledge and talents in a wide range of activities, such as shoe tying, French braiding and creating a Dungeons and Dragons character. You can even host your own show-and-tell or storytime session.
Portion of part-time workers over age 55: 20 percent
Median hourly pay: $11.99
Satisfaction rating: 65 percent
High-meaning rating: 56 percent
You don’t have to be on location to be the gatekeeper for an organization. Virtual receptionists can respond to calls, emails, web chats and other messages on behalf of one or more companies from any location. Traditionally, most receptionists have been employed in health care and social assistance, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, but you can find opportunities in a variety of fields.
Portion of part-time workers over age 55: 16 percent
Median hourly pay: $11.82
Satisfaction rating: 50 percent
High-meaning rating: 36 percent
If you have a phone, computer and internet connectivity, you have a shot at making your home a one-person call center. Virtual customer service representatives assist people by phone for a variety of businesses in a range of industries, from retail to health care to technology. You may also provide your services online, helping customers via email, text messaging, online chat or social media.
Although these jobs are remote, you may have to live in a certain state to do them. Be sure to check the fine print before applying.
Portion of part-time workers over age 55: 13 percent
Median hourly pay: $10.72
Satisfaction rating: 53 percent
High-meaning rating: 33 percent
Companies across a range of industries, including retail, finance and health care, are seeking star salespeople with various experience levels (and a license to sell, if necessary) to push their products and services from a remote location. And despite the low hourly pay, you may be able to earn more through commissions — potentially much more if you’re moving cars, electronics or other high-ticket items. Workers in some higher-level (and higher-earning) positions may even manage a sales team remotely.