Starting a business after retirement -best business for 2022

Starting a business after retirement can emerge from whatever past career that you have had and includes whatever hobbies you have ever had.


For example, if you have worked for a wind farm – or in any other expanding economic sector – you have adequate knowledge and contacts to establish yourself as a consultant.   This is particularly relevant if you have innovative solutions to issues that typically have yet to be resolved.

What do chefs do when they retire?

Lou Papé is a French service that allows nostalgic food lovers to hire a grandma to come to their house and cook for them a superb meal from their childhood.

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What do horticulturists do when they retire?

Just a few years before he retired from his career with government horticulture in 2011, when he was in a holding pattern just waiting for his final payday, Darby Higgs started an online business using the SBI (Site Build It) platform.

His focus is on small vineyards that make wine from uncommon grape varieties and wrote articles against high demand/low supply keywords. He started out selling maps of wine regions in California, France, and Italy – he’d buy them in bulk for a few dollars each and then sell each for $30 (plus postage).

Retirees should join the Facebook community Retirement Startups Group to learn how their peers have faced this (very common) challenge.

If you need to create a side income (and everyone wants to be above that very modest average retirement income) hobbies that make money are easy to establish as a home-based business, and provide you with an above-average retirement income.

The basic approach to the best retirement business ideas

Self-Employment is a real option for any retiree. offers something similar for young unemployed and bored.  This is their five steps basic approach: how they recommend that their clients proceed:

  • Challenge 1: Think Like A Job Creator
  • Challenge 2: Create A Brand
  • Challenge 3: Build An MVP (Minimum Viable Product)
  • Challenge 4: Acquire A Customer
  • Challenge 5: Pitch An Idea

Here you can see Working after retirement rules

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Of course, if you are yet to retire, and are thinking of early retirement (whatever that is these days) you’ll find solid advice here. And of course, my views on a practical approach to thinking about retirement include positive advice if you are thinking of a career change as you move into “retirement”.

Feel free to contact us anytime if you have questions about your own situation.


Perhaps you have an interest in vintage cars, rodeos, Portuguese Water Dogs, baking, gardening, farming, sailing, railroads, first peoples, brown bears, salmon, natural woodland, Highland Games, British monarchy, tea, Paraguay – in fact, a profitable hobby can emerge from virtually any interest that you may have..

“Profitable Hobbies” are generally part-time home-based businesses that make money because they not only generate an income through servicing the needs of other members of your tribe, but they also add to your zest for living, which flows through to your better health.

This is an easy route – provided you build upon a hobby that you really enjoy.

One chap I knew some time ago would fly radio-controlled model aircraft.

Then to add a new dimension to this hobby, one day he installed a small camera in the belly of an aircraft, which – thanks to the marvel of electronics – he was then able to control this camera remotely.

Then he started doing aerial photography of weddings, and eventually, he hit the big time by selling his services to commercial real estate agents who sold mega factories and large industrial sites.

Since then of course, as always happens, he has developed other hobbies that make money.

He used to joke with me that he was the expert in providing broadly based great retirement advice.

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Additional retirement business ideas

To be paid as a writer is something you may not have realized is easy in this electronic age.

And as I mentioned at the foot of this article, any hobby today can become an online business and “profitable hobby“.

If you hold a conversation with someone, then – instead of speaking words – just put those words on paper. Writing is an excellent example of hobbies that make money – within the overall approach to finding retirement business ideas that are viable for you.

You are probably an expert on something – everyone is. It may be nothing more than “raising teenagers” but if there is an audience for what you know, you are well on your way to becoming a writer, and be paid for it.

In this electronic age, you can readily start by blogging. Now if you write on a piece of paper, no one else will see it. However, if you start writing (blogging) on a site that has a huge readership, you could start to earn good money.   However, you need to find a topic with wide appeal, where the news is constantly changing. is a blog that pays for content. It consists of columns (articles) written by its member users based on various niches such as technology, education, cars, gaming, finance, health, lifestyle, etc. All the columns are written by its member contributors (columnists) and hence visitors will often find a great deal of information on the same topic. pays around $1.50 CPM i.e. for every thousand views that your columns generate you get paid $1.50. When more and more readers come to read your columns, you simply make more money.

Buying and Selling

A simple retirement business idea in the “buy-low, sell high” category is buying and selling autos online.   If you can buy an auto for $3,000 and sell it for $4,250, and you repeat that process every so often, you’ll have quite a profitable hobby.

The trick is to find quality looking cars and then bid just $1 more in the last few moments of the online auction.  Then you sell that same auto for a fixed price, somewhat below what a dealer would sell it for.  If you concentrate on vintage cars, there’s more flexibility in what you’ll be able to sell for.

However, in some jurisdictions, you will need a dealer’s license if you sell more than five cars in a year.

But you get the idea – there are things out there online that you can buy, and on-sell at a profit

Opportunities are everywhere when starting a business after retirement

Retirement business ideas are everywhere, and you may be daily passing up on opportunities to establish a home-based micro-business.

For example, if you like walking, you probably are walking past a potentially “profitable hobby” i.e. walking sticks.

The hardest part of this hobby is locating a supply of straight sticks. The ideal time to search is during winter when the sap has retreated to the roots, so the wood is dryer and less prone to splitting when you begin to work it after it has dried for a few months in your shed.

Ideal locations would be deserted railroad tracks or forgotten forest trails, and the best timber is perhaps cedar, but hazel, birch, cherry, blackthorn, ash, oak, and holly are all quite suitable.

If you want to dress your finished product, you can always buy an old leather coat from a thrift shop and fix pieces to both the base and handle.

Then you can sell your walking sticks at either a flea market or at a craft market. But while you may be able to sell a walking stick for $25 at a flea market, the identical same product might sell for $55 at a craft market. The difference is due solely to the environment, which differentials what a buyer thinks he should pay.

Hobbies that make money are often very easy to establish.

It’s often just a matter of asking people for suggestions.

Any Hobby Can Become An On-line Business

Amateur photography is another simple on-line profitable hobby, as all you need is a routine.  Once again, this qualifies in the list of first-rate retirement business ideas because it is simple, but can be very profitable.

Or consider it you were to breed Chinese Golden pheasants.  These are very colorful game birds and routinely sell for $150 a pair.  You would naturally need to use the internet – perhaps a free advertising site such as – to attract customers.   Everything is an online business these days.

If – after you have read this page and need further inspiration – you will find other suggestions for retirement business ideas in the textbook 37 very profitable hobbies these case studies emerged from the responses to my newsletter that has its focus on financial planning for retirement.    And of course, there is always the Work from Home magazine.

Final thought

if you need extra money – any hobby can be the basis for an online business using the technology from Site Build It! (That’s how I created this profitable magazine/Blog that you are now reading).

Please feel free to comment below – what is your thought about starting a business after retirement

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