According to a recent study, less than a quarter of Americans feel confident that they’ll have enough money to retire comfortably, with many of them expecting to have to put off retiring until at least age 65.
Frankly no one should have to worry about ‘scraping by‘ in their retirement. If you don’t want to wait until you have enough to retire on which may mean working another 10 or more years what are the alternatives?
This was the problem we faced back in 2008 after we lost our retirement ‘nest egg’ in the unexpected worldwide recession and for the next two years thought long and hard about an alternative retirement to the one we were facing (continuing to work 7-7 in our management consultancy business)
There were a lot of factors in play at this point because we had got our retirement all planned out and now it was if it was impossible
Our dream was to officially retire to the mountains of the French Alps spending our winters there and then spent time travelling to other parts of the world the rest of the year. The question was how would be do that?
How could we earn an income to support this lifestyle?
In truth we’re not alone.
As a demographic referred to as “baby boomers” we’re living longer, healthier lives and our retirement funds need to stretch further. We’ve potentially got decades of productive life left and 65-70 is still young and we’re not ready to be put out to pasture quite yet. The old fashioned image of life in retirement consigned to golf, gardening and the “rocking chair” is long gone.
That was our challenge just as it may be yours reading this article
The alternative retirement is one of adventure and discovery BUT…
And it’s a BIG BUT
Because in hand with this new retirement regime is the fact that many people suddenly find the resources (savings and assets) they’ve put together for the ‘old style retirement‘ just isn’t going to last and many people are going to find themselves in a financial pickle with money running out before life!
And that lead us to looking at what this alternative retirement could look like and how we could achieve it.
Could we find a way to combine experience seeking, adventure and travel with some kind of business that was not location dependent?
Luckily for us and thousands of other like us there is
We have age on our side, we have experience and knowledge and skills that we can leverage if we choose or we can learn some new skills
We chose a combination for our retirement. We took our business experience as management consultants and accountants and started an online business. It was one that would tick the boxes are far as not being location dependent – the internet is available 24/7 365 and the doors of your business can always be open serving your customers… while you are sleeping, having adventures or spending time with family (especially those grand-kids)!
There are many different types of online business as we will show you in our book “Ultimate Retirement Lifestyle” so you can choose what fits you best. If you haven’t downloaded our book yet do make sure you do that.
The model that we love is the affiliate model because we want a more “laid back” kind of retirement and don’t want to have to create products, fulfil product delivery, support etc. It gives us our income to support our retirement living and freedom. These days if you learn marketing skills you can promote anything in any niche from dog training to business education as affiliates. This is a perfect alternative retirement.
An Alternative Retirement Enjoying “The Laptop Lifestyle”
The strange thing is that people just don’t seem to know about this alternative retirement method… but now you do!
Think about where you might like to live if you don’t want to be roving retirees like us. There are so many wonderful places where the cost of living is way lower than it might be for you now (especially if you live in the USA or UK like we do) Now you can relocate abroad. Your retirement savings will likely go a lot further and you can find “work” online or utilising your skills from your career or acquired knowledge like we have…
In fact from what we’ve read and experienced, retirees are actually living more productive, more engaging, healthier lives than they ever did during their “working” years. so why wouldn’t you want to do that too? It’s not just for those who are already financially well off.
It will take some planning and research and if you look in the right place for the information to help you you will find ways to do pretty much anything you want anywhere.
Why not make it happen for yourself?
Why choose the ordinary when you can have the extraordinary?
We’ll leave you with that thought.