I am excited you’ve decided to explore the idea of starting “My Retirement Online Business”.
No more frustrating job interviews where your age works against you. Instead, you’ll use your qualifications and skills to start a career that you control.
An online business solves many problems older generations face today. Sure, we’re called baby boomers, active agers, and all sorts of other terms. But regardless, I know you have important questions and concerns in your new chapter of life. Like…
- How will I supplement my income?
- Will I have to give up the mobility I was looking forward to if I take a job?
- Are there legitimate ways to make money that I could do using my knowledge, skills, and experience?
- How will I keep my mind active?
- What am I going to do with all that time?
- I’m retired, bored, and miss my colleagues!
Baby Boomers Online
We are currently being bombarded with worrying news about the Coronavirus crisis. While it’s crucial to stay informed, it’s also essential to let your mind wander to more positive thoughts — like pondering ideas for your retirement online.
Use the present lockdown to benefit while locking in your own plans for a profitable retirement.
Thinking Through Possible Retirement Ideas Will Help You:
- keep positively engaged
- boost your physical and mental health
- add something to your family and community, and
- potentially lead to a good retirement income in the future
Lay your foundation now
This is not an empty promise. These are all things that I’ve accomplished myself.
Retired? Yes. But Done? Never!
6 Retirement Ideas
Plan for the future while surviving the present!
1. Write Down Your Memories
Has anyone in your family ever told you that your life is “history”? Even if you are not that old the youngsters nowadays think otherwise 😉 with our experience of having lived through an economic depression, or even the “Swinging Sixties” is history for them!!!
For the present:
Go through your pictures and write down your story. It’s your legacy to your children and grandchildren, and more generations to come.
Retirement ideas in the future:
Now you can turn your memories into a book. If a book feels like too much, consider smaller steps. Here is an article on how to publish an eBook
If the idea of writing an eBook does not appeal to you but you enjoy writing, here is another idea for you: Try Upwork.
What is Upwork?
Upwork is a global freelancing platform where businesses and independent professionals connect and collaborate remotely.
To get an overview of how work happens on Upwork, click here
Here is another taught, I saw someone that developed an entire online business around writing thank you notes.
They sell paperless thank you note. You can always add more occasions to your online collection.
There are different platforms that you can use to build your online business. For me personally, I have been using those 2 platforms and so far I can tell you they are the best one!
2. Earn Extra Income From Language
Do you speak a language other than English?
Did you know you can make money from teaching or tutoring a language online?
Tutoring, as opposed to teaching, generally involves simple one-to-one conversational learning. It requires few qualifications and can be done online via a video conferencing platform like Skype or Zoom, both of which have free plans.
If you have skills other than languages, you can do the same thing as well. There are a lot of international students in need of mentoring in specific subjects. They are looking for online tutors. You don’t necessarily need a degree for that, all you need is your knowledge in that specific subject.
Use your skills and get paid to help others. Simple right?
—> How To Teach Online <—
3. Enjoy Gardening? Turn Your Green Thumb Into an Income!
Become an expert in a particular type of gardening, this will narrow down your competition!
Ask yourself which plant or tree do you love the most? Which flower makes your heart sing when you see it from your bedroom window?
Which herbs do you know to add peace and serenity to your home? We could all do with a bit of that right now!
Simple right? Share your passion, around the globe! Simply create a website. Write about it there. What tips can you share with others that would help them make their gardening thumbs glow green?
Share with others the sense of calm gardening gives you.
4. Sell Your Handmade Products Online
Join the online world! Here are some places where you can sell your custom made products.
5. How to Create Passive Income from Etsy Digital Products
You don’t have any custom products to sell online? No problem 🙂 I have the solution for you!
Let your creativity SHINE with Cafe Press. Turn your ideas into profits with their easy online design tools!
6. Work From Home Opportunities
What is “Work at home call center”? You are taking incoming calls for companies. Nowadays a lot of companies will hire people to work from home to answer general questions, making reservations, etc.
Companies like U-Haul has a “Work from Home Program”
Hilton also offers a work at home program with a lot of growth within the company.
Become a Hilton Reservations and Customer Care Representatives all from the comfort of your own home: Human Hospitality In A Digital World!
There are a lot of companies that offer Work From Home now.
Now you are ready for Your Retirement Online!
Please don’t be a stranger, any question you may have, feel free to use the comment box below!
Happy Retirement 🙂
Some great ideas in here. Too many to have a full look at in one go , so I have bookmarked your site and will take the opportunity to fully investigate the possibilities later.
I am particularly interested in using cafe press to sell my handmade products. Myself and my partner are creating ‘sweet treat’ ideas as an alternative to the normal stuff that you can buy from shops. I.e. at the moment we have some balloon bunnies on top of a cup of mini eggs as an alternative to the standard Easter egg.
A couple of your other ideas such as teaching English and creating my own website have also peaked my interest.
Hi Lawrence, thank you for commenting, I really appreciate that. Cafe Press is a very good platform that brings passions to life by helping people express themselves and connect with others through unique designs and products. It is good to sell your products or create them. You can support your favorite cause, the options are endless.
I absolutely love this. There are many ideas, which started my wheels turning. I am not looking to retire as of yet, but extra income is always good right? How can we get to the next level of life.
Thanks for sparking a flame in my life!
Hello Richard! Thank you for commenting, I really appreciate that. Indeed extra money is always good for anyone, retired or not! To get to the next level of life, all you have to do is to think outside of the box and make your dreams a reality! If you need help let me know!
Some great ideas here Carole.
Retirement should be looked at as a new chapter in everybody’s life with new goals to achieve.
I have never been the one for working continuously and as an IT contractor was lucky to have that flexibility. Always looked at work as a means to an end.
Sort of semi-retired now and our goal will be to travel.
Thanks for sharing, I really enjoyed the post.
Hi Mick, Thanks for commenting. If you are semi-retired and plan on traveling when you are full time retired, now would be the time to plant your seed. If you need help or have any question let me know!
Some great ideas here and certainly something that sparked a little interest for me.
I wouldn’t say I’m quite ready for retirement yet, but I’m not that many years off.
Gardening has always been a passion of mine, I guess an interest that was handed down from my father. So whenever I’ve got any spare time I’m pottering away in the garden, tending to my vegetable patch, seeing to the flowers beds, etc.
I’ve always been told I know far too many “useless” gardening facts, although the same friends and family who ridicule me still come to me for tips all the time.
I’ve never considered building a website around my interest, so definitely something for me to ponder.
Hi Partha, even if you are not quite ready for retirement, you need to prepare it right now so you can be ready when the time comes! Here we go, you already have a passion! Most people have a hard time finding a passion. Your next step will be to build a website Let me know if you need help!
Awesome article Carol! I love all these different ways to make an income. Thanks for sharing. I love having multiple streams of income so this was a very helpful read.
Fiona, yes indeed having multiple income streams is very good. It demands a lot of work, but when your streams are all in place, it has its reward!