4 Great Online Business Ideas for Retirees


“Turn Your Knowledge and Experience Into Income After You Retire”

Cheryl Morgan, Director of Marketing at GBBC

While many people look forward to the lazy days of retirement, many retirees aren’t ready to stop working or they have financial issues that require them to continue to work.

Working a regular job after retirement is not only unappealing to many seniors, but it can be difficult to get. A better option is for retirees to turn all the knowledge and experience they’ve gained during a career, into a home based business. A home business allow for greater flexibility and freedom that retirees have earned after a long career. A business can be run from any country, for retirees interested in being expats or from an RV for those who want to travel closer to home. It can be run part-time, to allow for more fun or if there is a need to care for an ailing spouse.

Here are four online business ideas that allow retirees to capitalize on what they know or love to do to make a part-time or even full-time living from home or where ever they happen to be.

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1. Coaching/Consulting

Just because you’re retired and have left the workforce, it doesn’t mean your knowledge and skills have left as well. Starting a home based coaching or consulting business allows you to profit from your work knowledge and experience. Coaching and consulting can be done completely from home using tools such as online conferencing and Zoom.

Coaching can be done with private individuals, such as life coaching, or professionals, such as developing success strategies or interview skills.

Consulting is usually done for businesses, such as improving sales or productivity of a team. This usually requires visiting the business location, but again, technology can allow for video conferencing to provide consulting services.

Getting started can be as easy as contacting a former employer and offering to help. You can also use your network to find referrals.

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2. Writing/Blogging

People go online for information and entertainment. If you can provide what they’re looking for through a blog, you can make money through a variety of monetization options, such as affiliate marketing.

If you have great information or entertaining stories, people will read what you post. Did you retire, sell your home, and buy a boat to follow the sun? People would enjoy reading about your exploits. Are you a retired accountant? People would be interested in hearing your tips on managing money and dealing with taxes. Are you foodie? You can share your enjoyment and knowledge through food blog. The number of possible blog topics is endless.

Maybe you enjoy writing, but don’t want the hassle of starting and marketing a blog. Many bloggers and online media sources pay for articles. You can start a freelance writing business or find writing markets and jobs in a variety of places including freelance job sites, writing resources, and social media.

Many people enter retirement ready to write the great American novel, or share their life story through a memoir. While the traditional publishing route continues to be a challenge to break into, self-publishing is fast and affordable, and can be a profitable way to get your book to the masses.

3. Service Based Business

Nearly any skill you have can be turned into a home business. Selling those skills through a service-based home business is one of the fastest and least expensive ways to start making money at home.

Any tasks that other individuals or businesses will pay to have done can be turned into a business including virtual support, bookkeeping, writing, landscaping, handyman, pet care and more.

Similar to coaching or consulting, you can contact your former employer to offer your services. Or you access your network to find potential clients.

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4. Ebay/Amazon/Etsy/Ecommerce

After years of working and raising a family, you probably have a lot of stuff around the house you don’t want or need anymore. You can profit from your used and unwanted items by selling them on eBay or Craigslist. If you find items that sell well, you can find sources of them at flea markets, garage sales, and thrift shops to start your own eBay store.

Or, Amazon also offers the ability to sell used items. It even offers a service, Fulfillment by Amazon, whereby you can ship all your listed items to Amazon, and it will take care of shipping them to your customers.

If you enjoy making home made goods and crafts, you can sell your items on Etsy as well as at local flea or farmers markets, trade shows and bazaars. You can also sell vintage items over twenty years old on Etsy.

Ebay, Amazon and Etsy aren’t your only resources for selling items online. There are many places you can sell your electronics, clothing, art work, books, jewelry and more online.

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