How to retire
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Do you know how to retire?

This may seem a strange question, but you would be surprised how many people do not make any plans for surviving retirement and ensuring that they enjoy the rest of their lives free of stress.

You probably know someone who has looked forward to retirement for years only to discover that, when the big day arrives, they suddenly have no idea what to do with themselves. Without the structure of work and the companionship of workmates – not to mention the loss of income – they go into a state of shock. They simply did not prepare for… well… being free… having so much spare time to fill.

Does this apply to you? Are you retired, about to take the plunge or worried about your future after work? Do you know what you are going to do with all that new leisure time or do you think that you will be bored out of your mind?

But must it be like that? No, of course not.

So read on…

There are many ways of surviving retirement and enjoying it – even making money in the process – now isn’t that a carrot! You should look on retirement as a new opportunity, a new horizon, a new mountain beckoning you to climb it – well, maybe that is going a bit too far, but you get my drift.

So, firstly, let us deal with the mind set thing…

How to retire?

The trick is not to think of it as retirement at all because that is too final; it sends the wrong message to your brain. Think of retiring as an opportunity to change course, to do something new, something you have always wanted to do but never had the time because you, like most of us, have been too busy over the last forty years or so just earning a living. In my case, when I retired, I changed course from banking to writing novels, screenplays and websites.

In my experience, the people who know how to retire and cope best with retirement are those that have changed course rather than just sat back and waited for the world to come to them – News Break! – it won’t happen.

Right, so what interests you? What are your hobbies? What have you been putting off until the day you retire but have long since forgotten all about?

This sort of thing perhaps…

or maybe one of these…

No? Well, how about one of these…

Still not there? Perhaps there is something below that will jog your memory, revive a dream.

  • Camping
  • Cooking (BBQs, Recipes etc)
  • Fishing
  • History
  • Knitting
  • Motoring
  • Orienteering
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Rambling
  • Travelling
  • Writing
  • Your Family Tree (Don’t lose your family history. Set it up for your kids.They might not be interested now, but they will be one day.)

… and so on.

Of course, retirement is the ideal time to try something entirely new, particularly if you have a computer… and maybe a camera… you don’t want to ignore the fabulous outdoors, do you! The Internet is wonderful tool for research, and it can lead you to some very enjoyable and interesting new places that you probably didn’t even think about before you retired.

Okay, so the very fact that you are reading this means that you have a computer, or access to one, and know how to use it. That is a good start but now consider this: if you are of, or approaching, retirement age, you already have an accumulated wealth of knowledge and experience that could be very interesting and/or helpful to other people – so share it with them and...

… be reborn as an Infopreneur.

Share your hard earned knowledge and experience with others and, perhaps, earn additional income in the process although that is not necessarily the object of the exercise. The main aims are to keep your mind active, to have fun and to enjoy your retirement. Making money in the process, if you can (and you can!), is a plus – a big plus.

So what exactly is the difference between an “infopreneur” and an "entrepreneur"?

An entrepreneur is someone that sets up a commercial enterprise with a view to making a profit. Entrepreneurs are risk takers. They can make a lot of money, but they can also lose their shirts.

An infopreneur, on the other hand, only provides information. They take little or no risk, and so they keep their shirts – depending on the subject and the way they approach it. You, as an infopreneur, may or may not make money from your chosen field. It really depends on how you tackle your subject, and how much time you are prepared to commit to it.

It’s your life, your retirement, you choose.

Having said that, if you are a really ambitious type, there is nothing to stop you becoming an entrepreneur by starting your own business on the Web – but always remember that your main aim is to enjoy your retirement and put all the accumulated stress of bygone years behind you – not create more!

So, how do you share your knowledge and experience? what would you write about? Well, for example, for camping you might discuss:

  • The best and worst caravans you have experienced.
  • The best and worst sites.
  • The do’s and don’ts of camping
  • Places you have been to or want to visit.
  • General experiences: the good, the bad and the ugly.
  • Tips on towing caravans.

Remember that what interests you will probably interest many other people as well… possibly millions of them… all over the world… so why don't you become an infopreneur!

However, one thing is certain: an infopreneur… and it could be you that I'm talking about here… cannot function properly without a website. Don’t let that put you off. I knew nothing about website design and operation until well after I retired… so, why not have a go… and

… Build your own website

Haven't a clue how to do it? Don't panic! Help is at hand!

Ken Evoy and his clever team at SBI Sitesell have developed a system that makes creating a website within the grasp of everyone… even novices like me… and if I can do it so can you. Ken's SBI system lets you build your own website without having to understand HTML, which, if you don’t know – and I certainly didn’t – stands for “Hyper Text Mark-up Language”. HTML is the internationally recognised computer language. Using HTML, that last sentence would be written something like this:

<BR><center><font colour-“#996600”><B>HTML</B> is the internationally recognised <i><u>computer language</u></i>.</font></center><BR>

It should then appear on your website like this (assuming I’ve got it right!):

HTML is the internationally recognised computer language.

What a hassle!

Thankfully, you can forget all about that with Solo Build It! You just type your pages of information using Word, save it in Rich Text Format, and then simply copy and paste the result into your website page. Easy – job done!

I have written and designed nearly every page on this website, and I am a complete novice – or I was when I started. But I was in a hurry, so I initially got someone at Solo Build It to help set it up – good move! In the long run, this can save you money although it is more expensive to start with. But you can do it all yourself if you prefer, after all, you are retired; you have time on your hands, and setting up a website can be a very exciting and rewarding pastime in itself.

So why don’t you have a go and change course to a new and rewarding career. You could start with a simple click right here.

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