5 Home Business Ideas for Retirees

Turn Your Knowledge and Experience Into Income After You Retire

Enjoy and profit from your retirement with a home business.
Enjoy and profit from your retirement with a home business. Tara Moore | Getty Images

While many people look forward to the lazy days of retirement, many retirees aren’t ready to stop working or they have financial issues that require them to continue to work. Getting another job is an option, but starting a home business allows for greater flexibility and freedom that retirees have earned after a long career. Here are five home business ideas that allow retirees to capitalize on what they know or love to do to make a part-time or even full-time living from home or where ever they happen to be.

Coaching/Consulting

Just because you’re retired, doesn’t mean your knowledge and skills are gone too. Starting a home based coaching or consulting business allows you to profit from your work knowledge and experience. Coaching and consulting can be done completely from home using tools such as online conferencing and Skype. Or you can manage the business side from home and visit your coaching/consulting clients at their location or a local java joint.

Coaching can be done with private individuals, such as life coaching, or professionals, such as developing success strategies or interview skills. Consulting is usually done for businesses, such as improving sales or productivity of a team. 

Getting started can be as easy as contacting a former employer and offering to help. You can also use your network to find referrals

Writing/Blogging

People go online for information and entertainment. If you can provide what they’re looking for through a blog, you can make money through a variety of monetization options, such as affiliate marketing.

If you have great information or entertaining stories, people will read what you post. Did you retire, sell your home, and buy a boat to follow the sun? People would enjoy reading about your exploits. Are you a retired accountant? People would be interested in hearing your tips on managing money and dealing with taxes.

Are you foodie? You can share your enjoyment and knowledge through food blog. The number of possible blog topics is endless.

Maybe you enjoy writing, but don’t want the hassle of starting and marketing a blog. Many bloggers and online media sources pay for articles. You start a freelance writing business or finding writing markets and jobs in a variety of places including freelance job sites, writing resources, and social media.

Service Based Business

Nearly any skill you have can be turned into a home business. Selling those skills through a service based home business is one of the fastest and least expensive ways to start making money at home. Any tasks that other individuals or businesses will pay to have done can be turned into a business including virtual support, bookkeeping, writing, landscaping, handyman, pet care and more.

Similar to coaching or consulting, you can contact your former employer to offer your services. Or you access your network to find potential clients.

Turning a Hobby into a business

Maybe you’re tired of the tasks you did at your job and don’t want to turn it into a business. Luckily, home businesses can be developed from hobbies, as well. Do you enjoy gardening?

Start a gardening business or create how-to garden information products (i.e. ebooks, video tutorials) and sell them. Do you enjoy baking? Start a home based cookie business. Do you like to take photographs? Start a home based photography business or sell your pictures online.

Nearly any hobby can be turned into a potential business. Does your hobby create a product or service you can sell, or maybe you can teach others how to do the hobby either through live courses (online or off) or through an information product, such as a book or email course. 

Ebay/Amazon/Etsy

After years of working and raising a family, you probably have a lot of stuff around the house. You can profit from your used and unwanted items by selling them on eBay or Craigslist. If you find items that sell well, you can find sources of them at flea markets, garage sales and thrift shops to start your own eBay store.

Or, Amazon also offers the ability to sell used items. It even offers a service, Fulfillment by Amazon, whereby you can ship all your listed items to Amazon, and it will take care of shipping them to your customers.

If you enjoy making home made goods and crafts, you can sell your items on Etsy as well as at local flea or farmers markets, trade shows and bazaars. You can also sell vintage items over twenty years old on Etsy.

You don’t need to be idle during retirement. You can take your life and job experiences and turn them into a source of income. And because you’re the boss, you can set the price and the rules.