9 Great Jobs for Retirees That can Be Done from Home

Make a little extra cash with these nine retiree-friendly jobs that can be done from home.
Updated April 11, 2024
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It's not unusual to worry if you have enough money saved to retire comfortably.

Now that you’ve reached retirement age, maybe you feel the need to make extra money, or you’re a little lost now that you don’t have a 9-to-5 job to fill your time.

Here are nine of the top work-from-home jobs for retirees, including how much money you could earn from each job on average and which skills you need to get started.

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Freelance editor

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Average pay: $31 to $36 an hour

Do you have a good understanding of grammar and syntax? Freelance editing could be a good fit.

It's a job that will help you boost your bank account and doesn't require the same dedication as an in-house editor. Generally speaking, freelance editors have more freedom and control over both the work hours and the types of projects they take on.

If that type of freedom appeals to you, check out copy editor job boards like Publishers Marketplace.

Freelance writer

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Average pay: $32 an hour

If you retired from a copywriting career or a job in the publishing industry, why not try freelance writing from home? Even if you haven’t worked as a professional writer before, you might be able to find a gig writing for a business in your former industry. 

The amount of money you make as a freelance writer can vary greatly from company to company and from piece to piece. Some companies pay as little as $5 per article while others pay closer to 30 cents a word. 

You’ll want to carefully sort through your options and calculate the exact amount of money you could make before signing a freelance contract.

Virtual assistant

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Average pay: $24 an hour

Becoming a virtual assistant has been a viable career for a while now, but after the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual jobs that used to be office-based are more popular than ever. 

As a virtual secretary or assistant, you might schedule appointments, take phone calls, send emails, generate spreadsheets, or create presentations. 

As an administrative professional, your hours might be a little less flexible than if you had a creative job. But if some external structure is something you need in a job, virtual assisting could be the perfect new gig for you.

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Graphic designer

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Average pay: $35 an hour

As a freelance graphic designer, you could work with just one company to create designs that match its brand image. 

If a corporate job doesn’t sound appealing, you could work one on one with clients whose projects you find interesting. For example, you might look for self-published authors in need of cover designs. 

You’ll almost certainly need a design portfolio to apply for a graphic design job, so this part-time gig will only work for people who have a solid background in art and design.


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Average pay: $17 to $24 an hour

Did you recently retire from an accounting career? Keep your math skills sharp by teaching others online. 

Some online tutoring jobs are face-to-face, requiring you to schedule and attend meetings over a virtual platform like Zoom. Other tutoring jobs involve creating lesson plans that you tailor for individual students.

Either way, remember that the best tutors have more than subject matter expertise. They also have a passion for helping others. If you don’t like teaching and lack the patience to mentor others, you’ll want to stay away from this particular job.

Tax-time bookkeeper or CPA

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Average pay: $24 an hour

If you have a bookkeeping background and would prefer a seasonal job rather than a year-long gig, consider offering at-home bookkeeping services during tax time only. 

As a virtual bookkeeper or accountant, you could partner with companies or solopreneurs to prepare tax documents from afar. Or, if you prefer working with individual clients in person, you could set up a home office for counseling or tax prep services.

Life coach

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Average pay: $35 an hour

If you’re interested in learning new skills while inspiring other people, consider life coaching. Most states don’t require you to get a license or complete a course to become a life coach, but it’s a good idea to get certified before starting a life coaching business.

Giving people advice on how to structure their lives is a big responsibility that can have outsize consequences. Learning coaching skills through a course can keep your brain spry and your life interesting while teaching you how to help other people.


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Average pay: Varies by project

The crafting site Etsy has been around since 2005, and both its popularity and profits continue to grow year over year. 

You can find just about any type of handmade product on Etsy, from clothes and blankets to pottery, charms, and watercolor. No matter what you enjoy creating, you’re almost certain to find a market for it online. 

In other words, if crafting is already something you enjoy, Etsy is a great way to monetize your hobby.


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Average pay: $23 an hour

Speaking of crafting, would you prefer the stability of working on projects for individual clients rather than creating items and hoping to find a buyer online? 

At-home tailoring is ideal for capable needleworkers. And while $23 might seem low, you could make more by charging either per hour or project. Of course, what you charge may be based on your skill level and years of experience.

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Bottom line

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Once you’re retired, you’ll hopefully have more free time to do something you love.

Depending on your income and budget, you could have more time to turn that passion into a money-making opportunity that might be easier than you think and will help you earn extra income.

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Author Details

Michelle Smith Michelle Smith has spent a decade writing for and about small businesses. She specializes in all things finance and has written for publications like G2 and SmallBizDaily. When she's not writing for work at her desk, you can usually find her writing for pleasure near large bodies of water.

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