Why Should the Kids
It's pretty well known that Mark Zuckerberg started Facebook in a dorm room at Harvard. Today Facebook is worth more than half-a-trillion dollars. While that kind of success is a once in a lifetime occurrence, many high school aged kids are pulling in $1000 to $1500 a week by running online businesses.
So, why should the kids be making all the money when you have much more experience in so many more areas? Maybe it's cooking, or you have some secret method of training dogs. Maybe you've been living with arthritis or farming the backyard. Put your life's experience to work.
So, Retirement Wasn't Exactly What You Expected?
Money isn't going as far as you expected? Too much time with nothing to do? Bored beyond belief and broke? We have the best answers to your problems.
Too Much Time
Do you have too much time on your hands? Maybe if you could find something to do with half of it?
Too Little Money
Is it like they say, "Too much month at the end of the money." There are better ways.
It's Time to Blog
Regardless of your area of expertise, blogging can be the answer. Let me show you how a blog can be your solution.
Overcome the Complications of Retirement
If you've found that golfing two or three times a week is plenty and that the people at the senior center are too old. If retirement isn't working out like you thought it would. If you just aren't ready to retire, then I have something for you.
Boomer Biz is for people who know and want to be useful well past 65...or 55...or even 45. Not all professions are friendly to older workers, notes Alicia Munnell, director of the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College. Working longer isn't always rewarding or even pleasant.
But it can be.
A Boomer is a member of the post-World War II Baby Boom generation from 1946 to 1964. For the purposes of this website, we consider a Boomer to be any adult -- even those who are still employed -- who are looking for something more in their lives. You may be retired but don't want to be, an empty nester who finds themselves with a lot of time to kill now that the children have grown, or someone looking to a future retirement who's concerned about finances.
If you're retired and loving it; traveling, playing with the grandkids, doing volunteer work, then more power to you.
But, if you were forced out by retirement and aren't finding it all that special, this is the place for you. If you're an empty nester, you raised the kids and sent them out into the world. This is the place for you. If you're looking for something else to do with your life, welcome.
That's up to you. You may be happy as a clam in retirement and have no need to work. Others of us have no interest in retirement, we aren't ready to quit working and others have found that they aren't happy with their financial situation and want something to supplement their income.
For several reasons:
1. Work at home (WAH) based business.
2. A fairly low entry expense.
3. You can take your business anywhere you can connect to the Internet.
4. An ongoing income whether you work or not.
5..Regardless of your area of expertise (Your niche), there'll be someone who's interested in what you have to say.
There are really many, many ways to get started, but you may want to begin by finding your niche and starting a blog. Maybe that will be enough for you. Or, you may want to try your hand at affiliate marketing and CPA (No, not Certified Public Accountant, CPA means Cost per Acquisition). Do you have a book in you? If so, you can try your hand at publishing your work on the Kindle platform at Amazon. There's really a lot you can do at home, online. We'll have articles about it all and we'll also have full products and reports on the various ways to earn online and work at home (WAH).
Your niche is the market you're in. It can be knitting, or muscle cars, or photography. For your first niche though it's a good idea to blog about something that interests you. It's easier that way. You kind of have a head start on things. So, a niche can be a hobby -- like boating -- or maybe the field you worked in -- like real estate.
One caveat. Don't let your first niche be a broad subject like fitness or golf. Instead, you might want to build a website about the relationship between low-salt diets and weight training or how to pick the right iron for mid-fairway shots.
The short and simple answer is no. The longer answer is you can't do without hosting if you're serious about an online business. A web host, or web hosting service provider, is a business that provides the technologies and services needed for a website to be viewed on the Internet. Websites are hosted or stored, on special computers called servers.
Sure, you'll see ads that tell you that you can be an affiliate marketer without your own website hosting, but I doubt you'll find a successful affiliate marketer who doesn't have their own website...many websites actually.
If you want to sell a product of your own -- such as an ebook -- a website is a must. And if your goal is to build an authority website on your niche subject, having a website goes without saying.
A domain -- technically called a Top Level Domain or TLD -- is the name you put into the address bar on your web browser. It's basically the address where the world will be able to access your website. Google.com is a domain. Facebook.com is a domain. Boomer-Biz.com is a domain.
If all you want to do is make a website with pictures of your last family vacation or barbecue, nope, you don't need a domain. You can probably do just fine with a free site from Wix, or Weebly, or Yolo or WordPress.com. Google "free website" and you'll find all sorts of them.
But, if you want to make a business out of your website, then you'll need your own domain name. Oh, and it'll have to be unique. Google.com is already taken.
WordPress is THE best way to build your blog or website, and I'm talking about WordPress.org (See WordPress.org vs. WordPress.com) being the best. WordPress lets you build a custom website or blog without knowing any code. Just pick a theme, add plugins and build your website. Simple.
WordPress.com is the free (sometimes) version of WordPress. Go to wordpress.com and sign up. It really is that simple. WordPress.org is the version of WordPress that typically comes with your hosting account. If it doesn't, you can still download it from wordpress.com and upload it with free FileZilla FTP software.
Which WordPress version is better? WordPress.org vs. WorrdPress.com.
If all you want to do is create a family blog or write about a hobby with no intent of monetizing your blog, then the free version at wordpress.com is probably perfect for you. You may even want to upgrade to the $4.00 per month (paid annually) version that gives you a custom domain name and removes the WP ads.
But, anything more is pointless. The next version will cost you $8.25 a month and you still won't be able to ad professional themes and plugins. You can get a hosting account for three dollars a month less (I recommend A2 Hosting) than a .com Premium account. The reason a .org account beats the .com account becomes pretty obvious. A Professional account on wordpress.com costs $25.00 a month to get basically what you get with a hosting account.
WordPress.ORG is much better than WordPress.COM, in every respect, if your goal is to build a professional website. A .com account (Which comes with an A2 Hosting account) lets you add any theme and any plugin. Basically, you're free to build a custom website any way you want and as you become more accustomed to WordPress you'll understand how to build the perfect website.