This is the easiest option to configure. Especially as a senior: Open an online store, an e-commerce site. The most complicated thing in this story? Find the products you want to be able to sell!
The range of possibilities is large: it ranges from simple printed t-shirts to specific products for seniors or the elderly… If you are creative or “good with your hands” (carpentry, sewing, photos, etc.), you can also try to market your own creations. Sites like Etsy allow you to sell your handmade goods.
You can also try buying and reselling collectibles, used goods or small antiques. This depends on your knowledge and/or your passions. The idea: buy cheap and sell with a good margin. The business baba.
Become an independent consultant
This has been around for a few years now. The idea? Become an independent consultant. An ideal job for a retiree who can use his years of experience in his old job. This allows you to work according to your wishes and at your own pace. With many customers or with only a few handpicked companies.
In any case, you should know that it is important to keep a record of your contracts! “Paper” is often the rule in this business universe. It is good to digitize them so that they can be stored and shared safely.
If you want to learn how to do this, you can start the process here. Furthermore, it is advisable to consult a lawyer who will explain to you in detail the various processes and things you need to know.
Start a blog or YouTube channel
If you have the “communicating” fiber here is a good idea of ”small business” to create. In fact, for a few years seniors have been popular on Youtube, on Instagram or even on Tiktok!
More and more of them are getting started, some offer recipes, others are more geared towards mechanics, still others become models or develop a channel specializing in history, philately or geopolitics.
The community of seniors on these social networks is increasingly extensive and reaches different target groups: both their peers and younger Internet users, who are often won over precisely by the seniors’ feedback on many topics.
Become an e-book author
If you like writing and editing, why not become a writer or editor on the topics close to your heart? In fact, there are many ways these days to make money as a writer. And if you want to publish your e-book yourself, all you need is a word processing program and a PDF converter.
And don’t imagine that selling your eBooks is impossible! If you have a good idea, a theme that you master perfectly, and at the same time you have an active community that you participate in, it may be enough for you to make a few sales.
You can then work on different communication channels. For example, by creating a few reading pages for free on a trial basis. Then just send emails promoting your book.
However, you should make sure to choose a good autoresponder service and get permission from anyone you include on your list. Something you can easily do on a platform like SendInBlue or MailChimp.
Another option would be to purchase address books from specialized companies. They have files and can take care of sending emails on your behalf. On the other hand, be aware that they charge a fixed fee per email, but they are generally able to guarantee a certain number of visitors or customers.
Become a career or life coach
These days, many people are looking for experts who can do career or life coaching. It is very trendy.
So, if you have been successful in your field of activity during your long career and if you believe you have the skills to impart your knowledge or advise your peers, this is a business idea to consider.
Here again, you can organize yourself as you see fit, according to your schedules and a good part of the work is done online, especially via video appointments.
Become an online tutor
Becoming an online tutor is another great option for a retiree with expertise. If you are good at a language or bilingual, you can very easily get certified to teach languages in advance by passing various tests, such as the TOEIC for English. From there you can create a personal website where you can book appointments and/or join a tutoring organisation.
So here are a few things to think about. But of course this list is not exhaustive. Of course, there are many online business opportunities. It’s just a matter of finding the right one. And get on with it. Good luck.