Top Home Businesses Older People Can Start

Top Home Businesses Older People Can Start

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When people retire, the general idea is they stop working and rest on their laurels. However, times today are changing by the minute, and with Social Security and employer pensions no longer the guaranteed source of income they once were, many seniors are looking for additional sources of income. One of the most popular avenues being explored by seniors today is starting their own business before retiring or after retirement.


Once a person decides to start a business, the next question is deciding what business to start. This is a very personal decision, and is usually based upon a person's prior experience, interests, abilities and how successful the business can be. The ability to start a business from home is one that intrigues almost anyone, especially seniors who may have limited mobility or access to transportation. For those who may have health issues, running a home-based business is a dream come true, giving them an ability to make a living while staying home and tending to other issues during the day.


One of the best home businesses older folks can start is freelance writing. For those people who always had an inner author waiting to come out, this is the perfect chance to let it shine through. There are many online sites that let people sign up for free and begin their writing careers, usually writing articles on a variety of subjects for clients all over the world. It's a business that can be done anytime of the day, and can be worked around other duties or appointments. The pay can be surprisingly lucrative, with those working full-time earning as much as  £1000 per week.


Another great home business to start is pet sitter. Rather than going to the client's home to care for their pet, they bring the pet to you. Those who love animals and have the necessary space for them to stay during the day can make quite a nice income doing what they love. This also helps the pet because they are not left alone during the day, and have someone with them to play and care for them. While this is a great business for seniors, it should only be done if one's health is good enough and they truly love animals.


Consulting is a smart business to start for those retired managers or supervisors. People with a background in business, finance, education and many other fields find their services are needed by various corporations, small businesses and school systems regarding a number of different topics. Those folks with extensive experience can charge anywhere from $75 per hour and up, leading to quite a tidy nest egg in later years.


People who love to cook can start a cake-baking or pie-baking business from their kitchen, making tasty treats to sell to both individuals and businesses. This is an easy business to start, needing only some ingredients, appliances and secret recipes to make it a success. Sell a few delicious cakes or pies, and watch your business grow quickly.


As money continues to be a concern for almost everyone, especially seniors, starting a home business can be the perfect way to supplement one's income while having fun at the same time. Decide what you want to do, gather the resources and make the dream come true.


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Editor, 11/21/2013