Finance: Flexible jobs for retirees

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March 22nd, 2018
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Older adults working from home!

Back when you began your career, “going to work” usually meant commuting to an office and toiling behind a desk from 9 to 5. But now, just about everyone has a laptop, a reliable Internet connection, and a mobile phone within arm’s reach at all times. Technology has changed the way we work, making it possible for more people to do their jobs from home—or wherever they happen to be (a coffee shop, a hotel room, or, heck, even the beach!).

It’s not just Millennials who are seeking flexible work-from-home gigs. Older Americans are continuing to work past age 65—at record numbers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. seniors are employed “at the highest rates in 55 years.” In fact, in the first half of 2016, 32% of Americans age 65 to 69 were employed. That’s compared to just 22% in 1994.

But older adults don’t want to punch a clock like they’ve already done for 40 years. A report from the National Institute on Aging found that older people want to continue to work—if they can have a flexible schedule.

“About 60% of retirees would be willing to return to work with a flexible schedule,” the report states. “Furthermore, 20% of retirees would be willing to take more than a 20% hourly wage reduction to do so.”

If you’re one of the 60% of retirees who wants a flexible job, you’ll be happy to know that there are many of these positions available. Job search site FlexJobs recently released its annual list of “The Top 100 Companies to Watch for Remote Jobs in 2018.” Companies on the list have the highest number of job listings that offer some level of telecommuting, or working from home.

“In reviewing this data annually for five years and in working with hundreds of companies across different industries, we’ve seen remote work transform into a much more mainstream mode of working,” FlexJobs CEO Sara Sutton Fell said. “Now, as more companies accept and integrate telecommuters into their business models, 2018 is an ideal time for job seekers to pursue their search for a better, more flexible job.”

Fastest-growing work

So, what kinds of work-from-home jobs are available?

These days, virtually any field can accommodate telecommuting. But the fastest-growing remote career categories are therapy, virtual administration, client services, tutoring, and state and local government, according to FlexJobs. Some of the most common telecommuting job titles include teacher, writer, developer, analyst, sales representative, nurse, accountant, and program manager.

The company that nabbed the No. 1 spot on FlexJobs’ 2018 list is VIPKID, an online English language learning company. Teachers work from home and can work as many or as few hours as they wish.

Retail giant Amazon ranked seventh on the list of companies with telecommuting positions. Recent job postings included openings for data associates, customer service associates, event programs manager, and solutions architect.

Other well-known companies on the list include Williams-Sonoma, Salesforce, Humana, Xerox, Toyota, JPMorgan Chase. International hotel chain Hilton came in at No. 21 on the list.

Ready to start your search for a work-from-home encore career? For FlexJobs’ 2018 list, go to