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How to Start a Home-Based Business and Still Enjoy Retirement

How to Start a Home-Based Business  and Still Enjoy Retirement

Working in retirement can have its rewards, especially when you work for yourself. Instead of venturing out into the world, however, you should think about starting a home-based business. Being able to work from home will provide more freedom in retirement, and it can also provide added income, especially if you have this guide to getting started.

What home-based businesses can benefit seniors the most? This is likely to be the first question that comes to mind, but it’s one that can be easy to answer. You can choose from one of the following when it comes to setting up your business.

Freelance Positions

Wondering what sort of business you should start in retirement? You may want to think about becoming a freelancer. That’s because online job boards make it easy to connect with potential clients and get your freelance business up and running. This can be a safe but lucrative way to get some practice running your own business if you feel a bit intimidated.

Ecommerce Shops

If you’re not into freelancing for established organizations and businesses, you may want to consider opening an e-commerce shop. This may sound more complicated than it actually is, but with dropshipping services its easily fill your site with in-demand merchandise without having to worry about cluttering your home with inventory.

Creative Businesses

Do you love spinning pottery or painting portraits? Why not turn that hobby into a money-making home-based business? There are several ways to sell your products, from using online sites like Etsy to setting up tables at local growers markets and festivals. You can work at your own pace, turning out a limited amount of goods to drive demand up even more. And since consumers love buying handmade goods, you can earn extra cash selling just about anything.

Pet-Sitting Services

Love animals and looking for a new home-based business? A home pet-sitting service can provide the additional income you need while also providing some major benefits for your overall health. Being around animals can provide mental and physical health boosts for seniors; plus, more active pets can help you stay in shape. Just be sure to take the proper precautions to ensure pets don’t cause falls for your or any other seniors who are living in your home.

Once you know what sort of business you would like to open in retirement, you can start planning the “how” of getting your business off the ground. Having these essentials can help.

Business Plans

While starting a home-based business is simple, it can still be helpful for seniors to sit down and write a business plan. A business plan can provide a sort of roadmap to guide your new home-based business to success, as well as serve as contingency plans for any obstacles you run into along the way. Having a business plan can also come in handy if you need startup funding. Wondering where to get those startup funds? Then skip down to the next paragraph.

Start-Up Funding

If you want your home-based business to succeed, you will likely need to invest a minimal amount of money from the start. Whether you use those funds to build a home office or create a marketing plan, having some capital can provide some freedom for your new business and some peace of mind for yourself. Start-up funding can come from a variety of sources, but you should think about using some of your own savings or income if startup costs are minimal.

Tax Knowledge

Working for yourself in retirement can come with some perks in terms of personal freedoms, but it can also come with some tax benefits. If you want to stretch those retirement dollars even further, then take advantage of lucrative tax deductions — but also be aware of potential tax penalties. You need to keep detailed records and be accurate in order to avoid an audit.

Speaking of knowledge, it never hurts to brush up on the skills you have while learning a few new ones along the way. You can find a plethora of online videos and resources that can teach you all sorts of new skills. Alternatively, you can head back to school by taking courses via an online university that offers business degree programs. The best part is that you can take these courses from the comfort of your own home!

A home-based business can help fund your retirement and provide a sense of purpose. So, keep this home-based business guide handy so you can make the most of your new venture.


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by Carla Lopez // Carla Lopez kept her entrepreneurial spirit even after retiring a couple of years ago. She created Boomerbig.org for retirees who still desire to work and achieve - a site that offers business resources for people in their golden years.

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