I’ve always liked to tinker. In the “good old days” you would have found me with my head under the bonnet of a car getting my hands dirty (When I got married, you would have found my wife Jan dragging me away by the ear from said bonnet). Today, you will most likely find me playing with the latest smart phone or digging around on the internet (Jan likes it, so long as I don’t bother her when she’s the one on the internet).
This got me thinking. Over the course of the past 18 months I have watched Jan get more heavily involved in the running of Seniors Discounts. She’s now their resident bargain hunter! Like me she’s not interested in just sitting around at home, although we do enjoy it when it’s on our terms.
We both find technology fascinating. We see it as the new frontier for connecting us oldies, especially now that many of us are retired and have more time on our hands. And that’s the thing, we have more time. More time to do whatever we want.
This is different for every individual, but for me, I miss being involved in business.
I’ve accumulated all these skills, have all this knowledge and all those decades of experience just put away in a drawer—like building a car and then just letting it sit in the garage. That car should be driven. And all those decades of experience should be put to good use.
But I don’t really want to work for someone else. I would if I had to, but I have this urge to create my own business. I don’t want to be locked in to 9-5, Monday to Friday hours. I want my own business, but part of being retired is having the flexibility to actually live my life the way I want.
So I started exploring ideas, and then *BAM!* There I was trying to come up with a business idea, when I suddenly realised “I am” the business idea, or should I say “we”, us retirees are the business idea.
No longer are we confined to a life of nothingness once we either retire from our jobs, or in some cases, are made redundant. We can put our knowledge to good use and create our own business ventures. We are Seniorpreneurs!
They Come In Two’s
I spoke to Jan and a few friends about my idea of creating a business, in particular a website for seniorpreneurs. I was met with resistance. Most of them said it’s good idea “But most people our age aren’t quite as tech savvy as you, Harry.”
That created another BAM! moment
What if I show retirees ‘how’ to set up their own business online? They already have the business nouse but setting up a business on the internet requires a new set of skills.
Although many of us now use the internet in daily life, people our age didn’t grow up using computers and the internet. It’s not second nature to us. It can feel like there is a knowledge gap between wanting our own business and the steps we need to take to set it up, especially in the online space.
The Purpose of Seniorpreneur
From the very outset of creating this site I have tracked everything I have done, from the seed of an idea, to creation of the logo, to getting the website built.
In detail, I will share with you how I accomplished each step as the days, weeks, months and years unfold. You can follow my steps, or better yet, improve on what I have done.
Unlike my younger counterparts, being my age I’m the first one to admit I don’t have all the answers. I know what my strengths are, I also know my weaknesses. This is why I will actively ask questions, gain insight from people in the know, and along the way hopefully business owners who have achieved success will impart some wisdom to my fellow seniorpreneurs.
How Much I Earn from Seniorpreneur
As of today I haven’t earned a penny from Seniorprenur, but I’m going to show you how much I make each month. By the end of the first 12 months I have a goal of making £1,000 per month, which equates to $US1,670 at today’s exchange rate.
I’m not here to give you a sales pitch and boast I can make millions. Like me, you’ve heard it all before. I’m here to provide practical tips on how us seniors, us baby boomers, can improve the quality of our retirement.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have an extra £1,000 every month. Imagine the holidays, the dinners… and spoiling the grandkids!
So that’s my target. If I can make more, great, but lets see if it’s achievable. For the first month I have set a lofty income target of £1.00.
So join me on my seniorpreneur journey as I create the retirement I imagine.
Like many people around my age we are redefining what retirement is all about. Our generation is not satisfied with just sitting around waiting for time to pass. We’re breaking the rules and making our latter years mean something.
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