For women wishing to increase their cash flow after retirement, an internet business may be just the thing. Opportunities abound for home-based businesses, and seniors – men and women – are getting into the game by the thousands. A keyword search for “internet business” turned up the following searches from people looking for information.
- Make money online
- Internet opportunities make money
- Work from home
- Best business opportunities online
- Best home businesses
- New ideas for home businesses
These are just a few of the popular searches, and they include all ages and come from both men and women.
For women who are retired and looking for opportunities, an internet business is the ideal place to start. A business may be based on skills you already have, a hobby or something new that offers a learning curve that interests you.
That said, by far, the biggest deterrent for women starting a business is getting a loan. Expenses for a new business go beyond a domain name and a website. Building a website is not for the fainthearted. If it gives you nightmares (me), you may decide to hire a good website designer. Prices here have a wide range, and some very effective sites are fairly simple. However, a good website has many pages of content, and you will probably want images. Then, there are affiliates.
The Daily Maintenance
Building and maintaining your business site takes daily attention.
Marketing is a given. Social media, posting on various sites, reviewing others’ information and keeping your name/brand out there takes time and some expertise. If content writing isn’t your best thing, or you need more than you can comfortably handle, you may hire a freelance writer. Hiring help when you need it is essential to maintain a good business.
The Money Pit
That help often starts with a business loan. Often, women are simply turned down for a loan because they lack experience in running a business. However, many women currently running a profitable business have been denied loans because they’re not considered a “good risk”.
The good news is that recently, the SBA (Small Business Association) increased their lending budget by 128 million for women-owned businesses. This is a huge step forward in supporting women business owners. According to the US Department of Labor Blog, women own close to 10 million businesses. The SBA will also help you with other questions and ideas about starting a business. Here is the link to view more information about women in the work force.
When women are able to get a loan to start a business, they contribute to the household income, and can become financially independent. Seventy percent of mothers with children under 18 are in the labor force. If the jobs are secure, they may stay. However, having your own business gives you more than independence; it allows you to determine your own work hours and location, and sets an example of self-reliance.
Retired women have experience and job skills that can be repositioned into an internet business. Hobbies you’re had all your life may also become good startup ideas.
The Picture Today
The fact is, more women than men have college and graduate degrees. However, women still earn 20% less than men. By starting and maintaining a business, you put the ball in your court. That startup fund can make a huge difference in your lifetime achievements.
In a previous blog post, Women Startup Business Solutions, I included a link to a site for finding a good loan for your business.
Freelancing and home based businesses are becoming number one choices for earning and making a living. Many people have been able to quit their regular job within a couple years, and live comfortably on the business they started in the living room. Being your own boss is an attractive alternative to working for someone else, who invariably takes home more than you do.
Need a loan? Research the links in this, and my other blog posts, and write a provisional business plan. Putting that ball in your court could be the start of financial independence and lots of personal satisfaction.
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