Income Opportunities for the Open Minded

By | October 3, 2015

Income Opportunities for the Open Minded is the theme of this particular post.

Inc. Magazine/Website has recently published an article called 30 Easy Ways to Make Money on the Side This Year.  It includes many of the suggestions listed here but there are a few that you might not have thought of including:

  • A Catering and/or Baking Business
  • Renting personal belongings such as tools, furniture, video game consoles
  • Renting out a spare room through Airbnb

2 young 2 retireThere’s a terrific book called 2 Young 2 Retire by Marika and Howard Stone. I bought it several years before we retired.  I was (still am) constantly looking for new learning experiences and this book caught my eye because it’s subtitle is “101 Ways to Start the Rest of Your Life”.

You can see why that intrigued me, I’m sure.  It occurred to me that this book wasn’t just for people planning to retire.

This little book had a list I wanted to get my hands on.  I wanted to pick its little brain!

I’m going to list here a few ideas gleaned from this book that might start the wheels turning in your own head!

The first thing to do is to start thinking like an entrepreneur.  The past 30 years or so you were earning a living.  You might have worked all those years in your dream job or you might have worked at something that earned a good living but was less than satisfying to you, personally.

How about one of these Out-of-the-Box Dream Jobs?


So here are a few interesting suggestions and a few out-of-the-box suggestions from 2 Young 2 Retire with links to follow for more information:

  • Adventure on a Riverboat:  American Cruise Lines has seven luxury cruise ships that sail the Mississippi River, the Pacific Northwest and from Florida to Maine.  As I’m writing this post, there are about a dozen openings for onboard positions.  Read some of the employee testimonials on the website.
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San Juan Islands on the Alaska Cruise Route

  • Housesitter or Caretaker: My husband and I spent several years housesitting/petsitting mostly in California because our daughter lived there and it was a fabulous way to visit her, have our own space free of charge and do some sightseeing, etc.
  • We registered with HouseCarers.com and we were on our way!  It was so much fun!  You can travel all over the world this way.  There are other sites who offer a similar experience and some of them will offer payment, as well.
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Sailboat off the coast of Catalina Island, California

  • Declutter Coach – If you love order in your life and if you have ever helped friends and family restore order to their lives, this might just be the new career path for you.  There’s even an organization you can join that will validate your experience and give you credibility.  Check out the National Association of Professional Organizers.
  • Ebay Expert
  • Freelance Floral or Gift Basket Designer

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  • Travel Writer (This would make a terrific blog niche)
  • Virtual Assistant
  • Wedding Planner

These are just ten of the 101 ideas in this great little book.  If you get the book…either buy it or check it out from your local library, you’re sure to find something that strikes a chord with you.

The Stones suggest that you take a step or two in the right direction…make a phone call, check out a website or spend some time at the library researching your dream retirement job.

Another idea…creating a business card for your dream job will make it even more real.  You can do that at home on your computer.  It’s a good idea.

Here’s another book that will pique your interest!

55 Surefire Homebased Businesses

According to this recent article Need a Business Idea? Here are 55  in Entrepreneur magazine, there are a plethora of businesses you can start for $5000 or less as documented in the book 55 Surefire Homebased Businesses You Can Start for Under $5000.

This is where your experience and education will benefit you.  Some of the ideas don’t require much experience and little education but if you’ve got both, you’re sure to find just the right income producing business…part time or full time.

Just Do It!


I’d love to know if this sparked a thought or gave you an idea other than those listed here.  Are you thinking outside the box?  How many of these “open-minded” ideas have tweaked your interest? If you enjoyed this post please let me know in the comments below and don’t forget to share, Tweet and Pin!

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