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A lot of people look forward to their retirement, as it means that after years of working for someone else they can finally take a break and only do what they feel like doing. Many people do not consider, however, just how long retirement can actually be and what it means to leave work behind forever. Lots of retirees find that they get bored after their work years are done, even if they have an activity filled life.
Unfortunately, there are not a lot of Ottawa recruiting firms or other types of job placement organizations looking to fill positions with senior citizens. The fact is that once you are in your retirement years, you have passed your potential as far as many businesses are concerned.
Never fear though. If you are or see yourself as a retiree who is unlikely to be able to truly retire, there are several options open for you. Pre-eminent among these are opportunities to run your own business, from your own home. With a bed and breakfast, you can actually make your home your business!
Running a bed and breakfast as a business after you retire has several major advantages. First of all, as we have mentioned, it will give you something to do. Running a bed and breakfast is a stimulating challenge for people, and it's an idea that can work from a piece of Ajax real estate or a house in cottage country alike. Of course if you take the Bowmanville route, you are going to have to put a little bit of extra effort into attracting customers (have a look at our 'Keys to Success' article).
Operating a bed and breakfast as a retirement business can also mean an income beyond that available to most retirees. Many people count on their commodity funds, RRSPs, and other types of investments to see them through the Golden Years. However, a look at the stock markets today clearly illustrates the pitfalls of that financial plan.
An alternative, of course, is put that Milton Ontario house for sale, the one you have lived in since your thirties. Odds are that the market value has gone up, but again the vagaries of life may interfere with your home sale.
By turning that home into a bed and breakfast, you not only get to keep it but also to make a profit on it. That business can make all the difference as far as your ability to survive on your own after retirement.
It's never too late in life to start a new venture, and that includes retirement. Brainstorming ways (such as using discount postcard printing) to cut down on your overhead can keep you sharp mentally. The revenue brought in from the business can keep you sharp economically. All in all, running a bed and breakfast is a great option for those in their retirement years.