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Any other oldies out there in retirement with little education struggling to suppliment the pension?
Just because people retire or the numbers go up chronologically doesn't mean they have to get "old" and keeping up with sites, maintaining content and having to continue promoting or optimizing - and even hustling after some income - means staying on top of things in a dynamic, exciting environment.
Oh, and congratulations on the check! I think those have to be about the sweetest checks to get; somehow there's something very special about them.
Basically I had to make the decision to take a low paid, menial job, retire or go self employed. I chose the latter and I am now earning more than I did in my last job. The down (up?) side of this is that now I don't ever see myself retiring. I work from a home office and I am now the boss and I can make all my own decisions. This is great but I probably work double the hours I once did, albeit at home.
I can take holidays when I want (as long as there Internet access available)!
Keep up the good work and keep looking for "e" opportunities. There may not be as many as there once were but they are still around. Who knows you may become a grey millionaire.
We certainly talk about it in our house as we are pretty close to retirement age.
My wife and I are both in our 40's and I clocked out of the corporate world about 6 years ago into something called self-employment. Then my web site started making as much money as I was earning with custom programming work and the light went off "idiot, you're working to hard".
We're talking about both of us taking an early "web retirement" in the next 2-3 years, just mess with a few of our own web sites when we feel like it and run around doing whatever we want the rest of the time.
One of the great things about this industry is that it doesn't really matter what age you are, or what formal education you have, you can still make a go of it on an even footing. Indeed, the old saying 'There's no point getting older if you don't get any wiser' probably means that you have an advantage over some of the more youthful folk around here :)
Hang out on the forum a while and I suggest you'll find the average age is somewhat older than you'd initially suspect.
Once you have experienced the rush of making your hobby into an income it becomes very addictive :)
I would love to get my parents into websites, but they believe they are too old...NOT! It is amazing how many of the barriers of regular employment vanish with this type of opportunity.
It is amazing to make your labor of love also provide more than food on the table!
Oh, Age 39
I live in upstate NY (I have family here, but I'm leaving by fall.) and I can't remember March beeing so consistenly teasing. Every day for the past two weeks has been almost exactly the same. Partly sunny (that alone is odd), but cold (30-38). This weeks looks like more of the same. I need 10 degrees more. Is that too much to ask?
I must admit when i first started as a spring chicken at big 50 it was to get away from the corporation world and I couldnt wait to retire
now 55 and I wonder will I ever retire
not in the traditional sense I like what I do and work 70+ hours every week , but have just bought a boat so will semi retire this summer and work maximum of 20hrs per week to concentrate on fishing and relaxing
The great thing about the internet is it provides an equal opportunity to all ages / backgrounds / colors / religions / countries .
and you can decide how much you want to earn and go for it .
The only limits to what you can achieve is YOU
I know three members qualified for the AdSense 55 club already.
[edited by: FromRocky at 4:54 am (utc) on Mar. 21, 2005]
I was born in 1980 and hope to retire by 2010...my definition of retirement is being able to do what I want for work regardless of how much money I make. So far, I've almost managed to make the UPS club as a one man show out of my spare bedroom... I would say that for the most part I am doing what I want to do for work, but money is still an issue...
I've never even thought of retirement, though. Writers don't retire; they just keep typing until the ribbon wears out. (And if you don't understand that metaphor, you're obviously not old enough for the AdSense 55!)