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Ready For A Career Change At 50? My Personal Story
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Ready for A Career Change at 50? My Personal Story

Are you looking for a career change at 50 and not sure how to start? Then let me tell you my own personal story and where it has brought me to so far.

I am now in my mid fifties and have been doing the same job since 1978. Admittedly it pays pretty well but due to several events in my life my savings are low and my pension provision is poor. My job is quite stressful also so you might just see why I am currently working on my career change at 50 (well a little bit over anyway).

In addition to the reasons above my wife does not want to carry on working until retirement age so she too is looking for ideas for her own career change at 50. We both would like to retire at the same time and we plan to move away when we do so. Obviously living long enough to really enjoy our retirement together is important.

I thought long and hard about what I wanted to do and earning a second income online was something that really attracted me so I started to do some investigating. So then where has that investigation taken me?

These points are what I have found out so far.

1) It certainly is very possible to earn an income online, in fact there are a lot of people who earn a substantial income that way.

2) There are a few pitfalls to earning online. There are also some very unscrupulous people who are quite happy to separate you from your money for very little in return.

3) Money can be earned online with only a small financial out lay at first. As income grows you can reinvest to accumulate more.

4) It is essential to have get solid advice early on in your career change. A lot can be found for free but again it is worth investing in some proper tuition because it really does give a real leg up.

5) This is not a get rich quick system that I am following (the proponents of those are usually the ones that will take your money).

6) A good honest campaign will build a long lasting business that you can be proud of. That is what I am working on because I want something that will see me up to and into retirement

7) You can work online from anywhere that has internet access. I can take my business wherever I want to go.

8) You can work whatever hours you want, so you have more time for family and friends.

9) I am entirely my own boss so nobody to answer to but myself (and the taxman)

So what exactly have I tried for my career change at 50?

Google adwords was short lived because I did not know what I was doing and lost money.

I took one look at Multilevel Marketing (MLM), did not like what I saw or the people running these schemes, so decided to give that a miss.

I have settled instead on affiliate marketing. At the moment I am promoting real products from the likes of Amazon and an online drink retailer and downloadable products from the likes of Clickbank. I also promote a site that helps people to learn internet marketing. Doing is the very best way of learning and my decision to do that promotion was motivated by that reason.

I have learned how to set up a website, how to get that website to the top of Google, how to write articles like this one, about social networks like Facebook and Twitter, about bookmarking sites and I can now tell you what an RSS feed is.

It is now a year since I started out on this career change at 50 adventure, so am I earning money? The answer is yes. Not enough to retire on yet but it is growing steadily and I make sales in all the promotions I mentioned above so I think this can only bode well for the future.

This then is how I have developed for my career change at 50. Now it is time to persuade my wife that this could be her answer too.


Street Talk

Hey Roger, I just passed by to say hallo and to tell you that I like your article

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  about 7 years ago

Thanks Geoffrey

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  about 7 years ago

WELCOME

  
  about 7 years ago

I like hearing stories like yours. It gives me hope that if I keep at it I can make money doing this.

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  about 7 years ago

It is slow for me because of the day job, but I will get there I am sure. Thanks for the comment

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  about 7 years ago

Roger that is a really interesting story. Good on you. I don't think age is a barrier to anything that you put your mind to. I believe if you are passionate about something and do it authentically the universe will line up behind you and help you be successful. Good luck I will follow your business with interest. Good luck Gayle

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  about 7 years ago

Thanks Gayle, I am determined to succeed and you are right age is certainly not a barrier.

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  about 7 years ago
Johnney  

Well said Roger, I hope your wife jumps on board as well, that would be the ultimate, IMO, I will be fifty very soon and have been putzing around with trying to make it on the internet for a few years now, but unfortunately I was just chasing pipe dreams, boy if I had a dollar for every dollar I've given to those so called Gurus, but I digress, can't say I haven't learned a thing or two. Started delving into Aff. Marketing w/ WA a few months ago and am feeling really good about the future for the first time in a while. I have read alot of your comments there as well and just like with this article you have contributed to my growth. Thanks for the share and full steam ahead.

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  about 7 years ago

Thanks Johnney. Without WA it would be like going in blindfolded. Yet to get my wife on board but I am sure that with she will be a big support in the future.

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  about 7 years ago

Isn't it interesting what turning 50 will do to your perspective? I, too, am segueing out of my 'brick and mortar' practice to head an on-line wellness program. As you said, this is not 'get rich quick'. This takes hard work. This takes perserverance. But, the flexibility and freedom one gains from being able to do this job anywhere in the world is exciting. I wish you all the success you desire in your new venture.

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  about 7 years ago

Thank you Becky. I feel "good vibes" for the future

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  about 7 years ago
Barbara9  

very nice article

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  about 7 years ago

Thanks Barbara

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  about 7 years ago

I am with you Roger.

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  about 7 years ago

It makes for exciting times. My wife was on amotivational course yesterday. Message was "enjoy what you do" That is what I intend

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  about 7 years ago

This is a great article Roger, thanks for sharing your story.

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  about 7 years ago

Thanks Penny. the story continues too.

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  about 7 years ago

Good one Roger this has certainly made more sense to me than a lot of others I've read that were a little over my head and confusing. An honest article with good explanations, one I can relate to, thank you.

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  about 7 years ago

Good advice and info Roger...nice article

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  about 7 years ago

Thanks Kevin, as 60 looms on the horizon I am determined to retire in this decade. :-)

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  about 7 years ago
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