Many of us do not even consider stopping work as an option in retirement. We may plan to work in a different way, different hours, or even utilizing totally different skills. I find exciting the notion that many of us decide to use this opportunity to work at something we are passionate about.
As we approach retirement, it’s natural to think about how we are going to support ourselves in the decades ahead. Starting a business is an option, but, most of us don’t know where to start. In addition, we are constantly exposed to images of 20-something entrepreneurs succeeding. If the media is to be believed, older entrepreneurs don’t stand a chance. Or do they?
A few years ago, I published an article entitled “60 Ways to Make Money in Retirement.” It was massive.
In a previous post, I wrote about how to find your website’s Alexa score to see if you’re getting good traffic. My advice was, don’t panic if your score isn’t so impressive. Rather, use it as a baseline to measure progress.
In a previous blog, I offered some points to consider when you decide to become an entrepreneur in retirement. This time I would like to look at the qualities that make a successful entrepreneur.
Too many entrepreneurs, young and older, say they can never take a vacation.
When I first started working for the YWCA in the ’70s, vacations were a treasured perk. Poorly paid but rich in benefits, we started with two weeks of annual vacation and before we knew it, it had grown to four.
Many of us are turning our hands to starting a small business to supplement retirement income. This will probably pose no problems if you have been an entrepreneur previously – though few entrepreneurs retire!
Many of us, women over 60, have our own websites, whether to sell products, promote services, or build a following for a blog or upcoming book. But do we know if said website is doing us any good? Luckily, it’s pretty easy to answer that question with Alexa.
I almost gave up on my business a couple of years ago. After years of 12-14 hour days, my two partners and I simply weren’t seeing a return on investment. Worse, we had just sunk tens of thousands of dollars into a social network for older adults. We were tired and we felt like quitting.
On the surface, freelancing sounds like an ideal option for older adults looking to make a little extra cash. It’s something that you can do from home, it allows you to leverage the skills that you earned over the course of your career and, for the most part, ageism is avoidable.