12 Ways to Get Started After 50

This story originally appeared on NewRetirement.

Some individuals dream of the day when they can do absolutely nothing. To them, retirement is a euphoric future of sleeping in, lounging in the sun, and thinking as little as possible for the next 30 years of their lives. (Others dream up retirement business ideas.)

In fact, for most of us, a life of zero activity and thought would drive us absolutely nuts! Sure, a few days of relaxation is great, but after that, it’s time to tackle something, learn and grow from it, and then conquer the heck out of it!

Acting on our passions and setting future goals can really do great things for a person — for their mind, body, and soul. If you find yourself nodding to this statement, then the next question is, “Have you considered starting a business after retirement?”

Retirement business ideas for the over-50s don’t have to be blockbusters. It doesn’t have to be big. It doesn’t need to be impressive. It just needs to fulfill that void that’s probably been inside of you for many years — yes, even while you were working that supposedly fabulous full-time job.

Starting a business after retirement is probably right for you if you’ve always longed to …

  • Be your own boss.
  • Do what you love full-time.
  • Help others directly.
  • Learn something totally new.
  • Build a massive business from absolutely nothing.

If you finally want to tackle your dreams and love the idea of setting up a retirement of purpose (instead of, you know, being a slug like some of your friends), then I suggest you seriously consider the following 12 small-business ideas for the over-50s.

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