Michelle Schroeder-Gardner is the owner and writer at Making Sense of Cents, a personal finance blog. Today she shares tips with us about how to retire early.
On her blog Michelle helps readers learn how to save money, make money, and reach their goals.
What I love about Michelle’s blog is that I think it has some great advice for everyone, both young and old.
Since I know that many of you are hoping to retire from your jobs early, and some of you want to retire overseas or possibly protire (make money in retirement doing things you love) I asked Michelle for some of her top tips about how to retire early and how to make money once you’ve quit your job.
Michelle’s story is inspirational. Some years ago, through blogging, she managed to pay off a $40,000 loan debt after just 7 months, and she now works full-time as a personal finance expert on her blog.
Due to the success she’s had, Michelle and her husband sold their house to follow their dream to travel full-time in an RV. Having done that, they bought a yacht to live in and sail the seas, and are now preparing to cruise the world on SV Paradise.
I love Michelle’s entrepreneurship and gumption. I think she’ll definitely be retiring early. Anyway, here’s what Michelle has to say …
How to Retire Early
Definitely save money in the lead up to retirement. There are so many different ways to save money.
Find out what you can cut out of your life that you don’t need. You may want to cut out TV costs, memberships, going out to eat, and more.
Your life won’t be miserable, instead you just need to think about where you may be wasting money and if you could possibly cut it out of your spending, or, at least, lowering the amount that you spend in those areas.
Downsize your home
Downsize if it’ll save you money. The average person has a HUGE house and fills it with things that they don’t need.
By downsizing, you may have lower costs, lower maintenance, and less things needed to fill a big space.
Find a way to make extra money
Make more money. Many people have extra time in their life, so you may want to find ways to make money in that spare time so that you can reach retirement even sooner, or if you just want to have more money saved.
You could find a part-time job, start a business, ask for a raise or more hours at your day job, and so on.
Making money in retirement
Find ways to make passive income. Making passive income in retirement can allow you to feel more comfortable in retirement as you’ll continue to have money coming in.
Passive income could include dividend income, rental real estate, and more.
Michelle’s most successful way to make extra money
I would definitely say that creating my blog has been the most successful way for me to make extra money, plus it is now my full-time career and business.
In the summer of 2011, I started my blog with the aim of teaching people how to save money as well as journaling my personal finance journey after reading a magazine that featured a personal finance website in one of their articles.
I became extremely interested in that website and my interest in blogging just grew from there. This is interesting and hilarious because before that same summer, I had no idea about what blogs were, that they could even make money, or anything along those lines.
I did not create my blog with the intention of making money blogging. It was all just a hobby and an outlet I then realized how much I loved blogging and realized that it was for me, so now I am a full-time blogger! I went full-time in October of 2013 and I haven’t looked back once.
Blogging has completely changed my life for the better and it’s something that I recommend everyone try if they are interested.
If you’re interested in starting a blog, please check out my How To Start and Launch a Blog Free Course.
Three ways you could make extra money in retirement
As a full-time traveler/RVer, we have seen many people who are retired and working part-time, in order to fill their time and earn a little extra cash.
One way is to work at the places that you travel to – these are called workampers. Workampers sometimes work at RV parks and campgrounds in the office, helping guests, and so on.
Another option would be to find a part-time job at a store you like. Maybe your favourite local grocery store, a craft store, and so on. A place where you can connect with people that you share a skill or hobby with.
A third option would be to start a business that you love 🙂
For Bloggers who want to earn from their blogs in retirement
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Perhaps you’ve tried affiliate marketing in the past, but nothing seemed to work.
Now, you just feel like it’s not possible and that you’ll always be stuck.
Trust me, I know how you feel. When I started out blogging, I knew NOTHING about it.
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