We seniors perhaps do more thinking and worrying about our finances than most. How much do I still have in reserve to cover all my expenses for the future? And how long will this future be? How can I cover medical expenses? How will I pay my rent or mortgage? Do I have enough to enjoy life and travel now that my 9:00 to 5:00 years are over?
It may seem that you are looking through dark sun glasses and that things look awfully bleak. You didn’t save up nearly what you had wanted or expected to save. Inflation keeps eating away at the buying power of the little you did save. Add to this the current financial crisis with losses in what you thought were fairly secure mutual funds and loss in the value of your home, and things really do look dark.
Radical Proposal for Seniors: Start an Internet Business!
I know that that doesn’t even sound reasonable to some of you. “I can see that for young people, maybe even my children. But for me? Get real! I can barely send e-mails let alone run a profitable business on the internet.”
Many of us seniors do realize that we need to be proactive. Our financial world won’t improve all on its own. We could go back to work or could just keep on working and never retire. I want to challenge you to take a second look at the internet as a viable means for making extra money, and even lots of money, for those of us who are “internet challenged”.
Why Should Seniors consider Building an Internet Business?
First, I’ve already mentioned the current financial crisis, to say nothing of our individual financial crises, that cry out for an ongoing source of additional income.
Second, we do have a number of favorable circumstances going for us that are conducive to building an internet business or a network marketing business that leverages the internet to make it successful. These vary with the individual, but let me just mention a few of the things we have going for us.
We do have time to invest in learning and working a business on the internet. The “rat race” of our former lives has slowed down and we are free of the 9:00 to 5:00 job that used to fill our days.
An internet marketing business is “home based”. You don’t need to rent extra space or make any great outlay of capital to start such a business. In fact, Robert Kiyosaki of Rich Dad, Poor Dad fame, says that multilevel marketing offers an inexperienced person a great way of getting started in one’s own business.
We need worthwhile things to do to keep us involved in life and involved with people. When we don’t have this, something inside of us dies. Our bodies deteriorate much faster when we don’t have a reason for living.
Many of us continue to have a thirst for learning, for growing in knowledge and skills. The more we quench this thirst, the more we enjoy life and stay strong in mental health. There’s a great world out there to explore on the internet! There’s a lot of new skills that we can learn on the internet. The more you master, the more you’ll get paid, if you know how to use them properly.
Third, you may still have dreams that you haven’t realized, maybe even given up, that you’d love to experience if that were really possible. I know that for myself, I didn’t even realize that I had “dreams” till I first saw the potential of making good money in network marketing. Then all of a sudden I discovered dozens of such dreams that I wanted to make happen.
Fourth, let’s go one step further and talk about “mission in life”. Do you feel as if you’ve realized your “mission” in life or have you been afraid to even think about it because it seemed so impossible to realize. I believe that seniors have the chance of their lives to accomplish things they never thought possible. Just think of what you could accomplish if you were able to make “significant” money. Think of the good you could do with it. I grew up and worked in a Third World country (the Congo) for many years. My exposure to Third World need makes me realize how much difference we in the developed world could make.
Finally, what is your passion? We each have different things that we can get excited about…Learning a foreign language and all the enrichment and opportunity that could afford. Or teaching others how to use artistic skill in beautifying their home. Or helping someone with no mechanical skill learn to do some basics in maintaining their own car and the satisfaction that comes with it. Or a thousand other things! Any interest or skill you may have can be transformed into a profitable business on the internet. And we seniors are rich in experience and skills!
How Can Seniors Build an Internet Business?
Let me first say, You can do it, if you really want to! This is what is behind the whole concept of Web 2.0. It’s the second wave of the internet. The first wave was mostly for those who were technically inclined. They could master the “mind boggling” skills to work the internet. However, today the internet has been made available to the technically challenged. This is me! I have found that through the friendly teaching tools out there, I can learn all kinds of skills.
There are training programs for just about anything and everything. How to do Squidoo or Twitter? How to build a business on the internet? How to build a web site or a blog? These training programs are extremely user friendly. They take you step-by-step or literally click-by-click through the training. Fast learners learn fast and slow learners, like me, learn slow. Yet, at the end no one will ask you how long it took you to learn “X”, but rather “Do you know how to do ‘X’?”
Now let me get very practical and tell you about three such training programs that I’ve come across. You’ll doubtless come across many more as you proceed.
Site Build It! This is an incredible training program and support system that provides you with all you need for building an internet business. They will show you how to take just about any interest you have or skill you have and turn it into a business. If you were into “bug collecting”, they’d show you how to build a profitable business out of it! They give you the broad theoretic foundation of business building on the internet as well as the step-by-step tools to do it and all this at an incredibly inexpensive cost.
IM (Internet Marketing) Success Library by Bob the Teacher Bob used to be a high school teacher and now teaches internet skills in a user friendly way. What I like about his instruction is that it is taught for the bottom of the class (me) rather than for the top of the class. You’ll see the breadth of instructional tutorials that he’s prepared and he’s constantly adding to the list.
Renegade University is a cooperative effort of Ann Sieg and Mike Klingler. You can actually get started free to understand their approach to business building and to try out their click-by-click tutorials. If you want to go further, you can decide at what level of seriousness you want to build. They show you how to make money almost from the very beginning of training which will enable you to cover the costs of starting an internet business. You get the overall picture and get to decide what kind of business you want to build. You can do direct marketing or learn to build a network marketing business. The cost is a fraction of the real value of what you are getting. They literally teach you how to build a money making machine on the internet, while your focus is on helping others succeed. And what’s even better, they model it for you. You feel like they are really there for you and are taking your own personality seriously in the process of business building.