“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” –Thomas Edison
One of the most appealing facts seniors appreciate about the Internet is that it can supplement their retirement income. Many seniors discover they did not save enough when they were working and don’t have enough to retire comfortably. You have a choice:
- Pinch pennies to make ends meet
- Find a way to earn more money to supplement your retirement income
The Information Highway is the Path to Financial Independence
The ‘net offers a myriad of methods to leverage income and experience – and without the startup costs of most businesses or embarking on new careers. There is so much information available (including courses you can take on your computer) about making money on the Internet that seniors should have no problem finding a path that suits them well.
All you need is a basic knowledge of computers and how the Internet works (through emailing and other methods of communication). You should be able to create a custom-made business plan that perfectly suits your needs.
The ‘Net Provides Access to Resources
You’ll find all types of help, including forums, blogs, online tutoring and much more that will teach, motivate and help you begin earning money that can make you more financially secure during your retirement years.
Set Up a Website
WordPress makes it fairly easy to identify you and immediately begin to bring in revenue with very small startup costs. These costs may include a small amount for a domain and hosting for your new venture. Stay tuned to this blog for my video lessons on using Word Press for your business.
Beware of Scams: There are No Free Lunches on the Internet!
Know that starting an online business has very few shortcuts. There are many scams on the ‘net that prey on seniors and those desperate for money and offer overnight success.
You Must Devote Time and Energy Before Seeing Results
There’s no overnight success when it comes to creating an online business. Your financial success depends on more than just how much time and effort you’re willing and able to put into your business. It requires you to enjoy helping the readers in your niche market.
Need Help? Just Ask!
When in doubt, visit a valued forum or blog and ask those who have had success in building an online business. You’ll find that most entrepreneurs will be ready and willing to help you as much as you need and even offer some alternative and legitimate ways to learn the business.
I joined a “Boot Camp for Freelance Writers” and found a community of friendly supporters. I took several coaching courses on video and affiliate marketing with Tiffany Lambert. She stills offers advice and counsel a year after taking her courses.
Rewards of an Internet Business
The Internet offers some of the best methods for seniors to make money to supplement their incomes. But even more important – it offers unique challenges which can boost mental acuity and help inactive seniors become excited about life again.
Take advantage of the opportunities the Internet offers for making extra cash and using skills you’ve learned during your lifetime. You’ll enjoy sharing your years of wisdom, or even embarking on a brand new niche adventure for something you’ve always wanted to learn.
Begin researching ways to make money from home on the Internet. I have been reading the “For Dummies” series for years because they provide information in a simple, step-by-step format that is for the newcomer to the topic. They have an excellent book on Amazon called “Starting an Online Business All-in-One.” It is packed with information that you need to get started. It will also serve as a reference for you to use in the future. It has a 4.5 star review from people who have read it. You can find out more information on the book by clicking here.
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