Many Boomers are anxious to learn about computers and the Internet with the goal of making money to supplement their retirement incomes or just to keep busy and be self-sufficient. They’re part of the movement which can keep seniors working and independent for the rest of their lives.
If you have a computer and Internet access, you’re already well on your way to building a home-based business. Home businesses let Boomers set their own hours, determine how much effort they want to put in, and how much money they’ll make.
Many Boomers already have skills they’ve learned from jobs. Now, thanks to the Internet, Boomers can put those skills to work from the comfort of home in areas such as marketing, administration, finance, and research.
In fact, many companies today are outsourcing jobs to home-based workers. This cuts down on overhead and the companies don’t have the risk of full-time employees who don’t have enough work to keep them busy at all times.
Boomers can capitalize on this scenario, developing relationships with multiple companies – keeping as busy as they want, setting their own hours, and taking off when they want. It’s a big plus for working on the computer from home.
Now, even if you don’t know a lot about computers – or the Internet – there are all sorts of local and online classes for beginners. Learn all you can and when you’re ready you’ll know the type of business you want to start.
Don’t worry that you’re too old to start a business. I was 59 when I started my online consulting business and there are more Internet entrepreneurs now who are over 55 than those between 20 and 35. The major advantage is that the startup costs are really small.
Quite likely, you’ll be able to add an Internet connection to your television package for a small fee. And possibly the biggest bonus of all, working from home means that you’ll have limited startup costs, no office space to rent, nor employees to hire.
You can be your only employee until you decide to branch out and then you can seek out the many available freelancers. You’ll find social media full of Boomers, retirees and others who are also looking for ways to earn money from home.
Many who had planned on a life of leisure in retirement are finding it difficult to make ends meet on savings from their main productive years. You can work full-time or part-time. It all depends on your needs.
Build your business to be a part-time way to supplement your income, or even as a full-time income, as a freelancer working for other online entrepreneurs – or go for it and build an online empire. It’s all within the realm of possibility if you’re willing to learn and do the work.