Unfortunately, not many companies want to hire people of retirement age. All your years of experience, and the wisdom that age brings, are not as valued as they should be in today’s fast-paced, ever-changing society. You may have retired because you reached the age limit at the company you worked at, or been forced to take early retirement due to the economic downturn. That does not mean that you are incapable or over the hill, so why not consider starting a business from home?
With retirement jobs in short supply, many retired people are looking at internet home business ideas as a way to make a little extra money to supplement dwindling pension funds. Now before you say ‘I’m too old to learn about the internet’, give some thought to what you are saying. Chances are pretty good you worked on a computer before you retired. You sent emails to people, received them and forwarded them when you needed to. You attached pictures of yourself to emails and sent them to the grandkids on the other side of the country. You probably also went onto the internet and looked up a few things, researched something for work, or even bought a book or DVD from an online retail store. So, you’ve got the basics already.
The chances are also pretty high that you have a PC at home, and if you don’t, you can get one that won’t break the bank. Internet access is not expensive – and when you start earning a nice income from internet marketing, you’ll recoup the expense real quick.
Here are a few internet home business ideas that will give you some food for thought, and a great way to supplement your retirement money. Most of them take a little bit of effort to set up, but once they are running, you’ll earn a nice passive income to keep you going comfortably.
1. Affiliate Marketing
With affiliate marketing, you become a sales agent for other people’s products, and earn a commission from sales that you generate. You make those sales via a website you create, and the traffic that you drive to that website. (Remember – don’t say ‘I can’t’!).
2. Internet Marketing
You can create your own product to sell online – via an affiliate program that will get other people selling your product for you. Your product can be an instruction book, for example on one of your hobbies. Gardening tips, woodworking tips, knitting instruction books and so on can be sold online – and your experience won’t be wasted!
3. Online consultation
There are many small businesses that may need your expertise, whether in marketing, risk management, accounting or legal advice. Obviously you will need to have the qualifications necessary to provide the expert advice, and make sure that any required licences are still valid, but you can offer an online consultation service that many people will be interested in using.
There are many other internet home business ideas available to you as a way to make more retirement money. More importantly, there is plenty of help out there for you too. Internet marketing and affiliate marketing has given rise to coaching and training sites that can help you learn the ropes. Make the most of your retirement money, and generate a passive income that will allow you the little luxuries you don’t want to give up!
Anne Erasmus –
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You’ll get the best training, advice, step-by-step training and resources on internet marketing at Wealthy Affiliate. Read about my experience with Wealthy Affiliate’s coaching. It worked for me!