Stress-free business ideas for retirees

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People have different ideas on how they want to spend retirement and while most want to live through their golden years in relaxation and pleasure, some dream of finally pursuing their interests and turning them into winning entrepreneurial ideas.

If you belong to the latter and you’re planning to launch your own business after you retire, here are some options that can turn your talent and interests into income.

Start your own consulting firm.

You can use your years of experience and deep expertise in your field to inspire and educate others. This is also the best way to help your brain and body stay active, utilizing the skills and talent that you have honed through the years by helping others find their own path.

The good thing about this option is you can operate from home and just make use of the physical and virtual tools available to you.

Transform your interests into a business.

Perhaps you want to do something that it totally outside for your professional field of expertise and take time focus on your interests, the hobbies that you did not have enough time for when you were still a busy employee.

For instance, why don’t love turn your love for art and crafts into an income-generating project? Maybe you can host a workshop for fellow seniors who want to practice their artistic side?

How about your love for gardening? With it, you can start a gardening business that can include selling gardening tools and products.

Open a cozy Bed-and-Breakfast Inn.

If you love meeting people and want to be fully involved in your retirement business, starting a small B&B accommodation can be ideal for you – and it only requires a relatively low startup cost.

This business option is perfect for retired couples who wish to stay active while earning a steady income to pay the bills and other home maintenance expenses.

The digital space and the rise of millennial entrepreneurs

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Majority of today’s millennials work in offices. However, most of them are very much eager to pursue careers outside the corporate world. In fact, a growing number from this generation is starting to build their own businesses—many of which have promising concepts or taking on unconventional paths. What’s holding back most of these individuals from becoming full-time entrepreneurs, however, is the lack of sufficient resources and a sound business plan. But that is changing rather quickly.

Most millennials are still in their 20s and have inherited an already flawed world. The financial crisis of the late 2000s has made these young, talented people more cautious about their every move but not to the point that they will suppress their appetite for adventurous endeavors. They take risks, but they do it with restraint and are somehow more open to failure than Baby Boomers were. Growing in a ‘transition age’ between the old and the new, this generation has become emboldened by technology and molded by major world events.

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Social media plays a key role in the rise of millennial entrepreneurs. This low-cost but remarkably effective marketing and customer interaction platform is making it possible for the young to build their business strategically, starting small and hopefully ending up big. Social media is perhaps this generation’s defining aspect, so much so that the world’s biggest online networking site was actually invented by a millennial, Mark Zuckerberg.

While big success stories aren’t too common (yet) among the millennial generation as far as business making is concerned, the digital space is making it easier for them to expand their market, boost their brand, and offer a wider range of products or services. The millennials are a new generation of business people, who mainly capitalize on technology to serve their target markets and are banking on the older generations’ mistakes to make more prudent business decisions.

The millennials are also a unique group of consumers. In fact, they are currently the most prized costumers by companies of all sizes. But because millennial businesses know their own market much more deeply, they have the upper hand to dominate this demographic. The result is a dynamic and thriving business playfield that the world has never seen before.