Here's the options we looked at:
1. Buying a Franchise
2. Be a Picker
3. Network Marketing
4. Start a Website and/or Blog
5. Freelance Writing
7. Start a Home based Business
8. Design T-Shirts
9. Make a Film
10. Build a Start-Up Business
Are these ideas you have thought about before?
Do you know anybody that is following these ideas? Are they successful or not?
Can you see yourself doing something completely different with your life in the next 5 years?
I would love a response from you.
Send me your comments below or on my Facebook page at www.facebook/survive55
Which idea is your favorite so far?
Have you tried any of these ideas?
Do any of these ideas scare you?
Do any of these ideas seem too far-fetched?
Social Security and Corporate Retirement Funds, what our parents have relied upon as their "golden years" security blanket no longer exist or have been so badly ransacked that they are no longer effective.
Traditional morals and traditional forms of income no longer dominate our culture.
I fear that our generation, the "baby boomers" will be the last generation that actually puts the needs, rights, safety and concerns of others before their own.
We are about to be overtaken by an "instant gratification", "declaration of entitlement" "me first" social expectation.
Nobody is going to be there for us people !!!
We are being "unceremoniously kicked to the curb" by our younger generations and if we don't reinvent ourselves then our outlook is depressing.
If we do this right, then we will be lying on the beach, analyzing our retirement portfolio on our smartphones with one hand, a frosty adult beverage in the other while we enjoy our favorite hard cover novel (obviously written by a member of our generation) listening to our favorite tunes of the 70's and 80's by the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Steely Dan or Elvis Costello.
Are there other options you have been researching that will lead to a satisfying and relaxing retirement?
Let me know what your plans are for the next 20 years?
Today I will continue to "push" you even further out of the box.
Here are a few more ideas you might want to consider as alternatives to mainstream employment..............
I'm sure everyone has heard the phrase "fresh pair of eyes" at least once or twice in your corporate lives. The economy of the world has dictated that companies need to change and conform to new challenges faster than ever if they are to be successful or at least survive.
This adjustment has driven the C-Level administrators to go outside of their company to look for better ways to adapt to change. Thus the "consultant" has become an important and everyday way of life for many companies.
In general, a consultant is an expert in a particular field that is hired from outside a company to come in to the company and help fix an issue, instigate change or solve a problem.
If no one on the staff knows anything about a particular subject, a consultant might be hired to come in and explain what the company needs to know.
If a company is working inefficiently, a consultant could come in and give an outsider’s perspective on what the problem is and how they can solve it.
This means, in essence, consultants are generally not so much doers as they are instigators. They bring change to an otherwise static environment.
In 2010 U.S. businesses spent just over $25 billion on consulting.
So you have a pretty good background in a particular field of business?
You are also a pretty good sales person?
Maybe, you have that "warm and fuzzy" type of personality that people just like to listen to you?
Then you probably have what it takes to be a consultant.
The "expert" part of being a consultant has actually become easier over the last couple of decades. Technology has made it easier to become a "know it all". If you have good research skills and effective presentation skills then I recommend you look into consulting as an income stream.
One way to look at the market is as a consulting "contractor".
A "contractor" is typically hired for one project (via a "contract"), and the relationship is often more technical than personal. One is hired to write new job descriptions, restructure an inventory control system, build a website, or modify some software, and at the end of the project: you're done and you move on.
Most contractors work on one project at a time, which allows for a great deal of focus.
If you do a good job on the first project you probably will be given more consideration for a subsequent project.
Everybody loves to have an "expert" around.
There will certainly be projects in the course of a consulting relationship, sometimes big ones, but the general idea here is that you're an always-available resource they can call on for big matters or small.
For instance, you can be the "marketing" or "IT" department in smaller firms.
They use you to develop a new program, sell a new product or grow a new market so they don't have to hire a dedicated person for it.
Unlike the contractor, this involves a lot of juggling when the fluctuating demands of multiple customers come into play.
It's harder to get a deeper focus because of all the context swapping going on, but long term relationships are worth it.
There are all kinds of ways to consult and just as many fields to consult in.
Surely you have some talents and experience the corporate world needs.
The business startup costs are a factor, depending on your niche, but most people can get started as a consultant for less than $2,000, which might include a website, business entity, cards, and network group memberships.
Have you ever been to an industry trade show and come across a booth manned by one person who is the owner, developer, creator and marketer of a unique product? He's the guy with a smile on his face and a flame in his eyes because he is selling the world on his one true love.
There is high percentage of us out there that have at least one idea or we know how to do at least one thing we believe is better than the rest. You tinker with it in the garage or kitchen, show it to your friends, maybe enter it into a contest at the local talent show or state fair. It's your hobby.
Right now, it is what you would rather be doing than anything else.
It could be a new bar-b-que sauce. It could be a better drink holder for your motorcycle handlebars. It could be bird houses built out of repurposed wood. It could be playing piano, watercolor art, raising organic vegetables or buying antiques. In other words, package your talent and passion and sell it.
1. Teach others how to participate in your hobby
This is a great way to make money with your hobby and it does not require a tangible product. Teach piano (or any instrument) a lesson if piano playing is your hobby. You can offer weekly or monthly lessons. You can hold workshops at your local YMCA. I have seen instances where you can offer a ship cruise line free lessons during the trip in exchange for your fare. You can even become a "star" by making and selling training videos.
2. Go green with your hobby
Everyone is Eco-friendly these days. As we are all starting to think of ways to live our lives in a more Earth-friendly way, why not help others who enjoy your hobby learn ways to go green with their passions? Charging for workshops to teach green methods or finding a part-time eco-friendly job is a great way to blend your passion for the environment with your need for income. The green industry is on the rise, and the availability of green jobs reflects that. Some websites that specialize in environmentally friendly work are SustainableBusiness.com and EcoJobs.com.
3. Sell finished products online
This is ideal for those whose hobby results in a marketable product. If you enjoy art, building crafts, creating food items or other tangible goods, then sell them as well and make a profit. I am constantly looking for new and innovative items to buy on line. There are now dozens of great websites to sell your wares. Consider setting up shop on Etsy.com to sell your handmade products. Take a look at Amazon.com, Craigslist or Ebay.com as a venue to sell your treasures.
4. Swap your skills
Trading is a great way to save money. If you have a talent or have fun creating something that is valuable to someone else, then use it to trade locally or online with others. For example, a crafter might trade her crocheted or knitted bags at a local flea market in return for a gardener's freshly grown fruits and vegetables. TrashBank.com, SwapTree.com and GoSwap.org are just a few sites that will help you find someone to trade with.
Finding a job related to your passion is a great way to enjoy a little creative freedom while in the workplace. This applies to almost anyone, from the baseball fan that gets paid to write a local sports column for his home town newspaper to the yoga enthusiast who nets top dollar for her well-informed Bikram yoga classes.
6. Create a website about your hobby
You can monetize your website, sell ad space on your site or even charge readers to download instructions for projects you have created. Make sure you pick a memorable or relevant domain name. Trust me; there is nothing more fun than building a website to tell the world about your favorite hobby.
7. Photograph your hobby
You can sell the photos online to specialty websites. If photography is your hobby, this is also a wonderful way to make money while honing your camera and editing skills. There are numerous stock photo sites where you can sell your work, including istockphoto.com and sxc.hu.
Send me your comments and as always........
Stay tuned and Thanks for joining me !!!