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Be inspired for retirement – earn money from home

Jon from The Money Shed is featuring today in our be inspired for retirement series, showing you how you can earn money from home. These ideas can help you to see that to earn money from home can allow you to plan for the retirement you really want, without having to eat beans on toast for the next 20 years!

Jon Earn money from home

Tell us a bit about you and your family

We’re a family of 3 with everyone over 18 now so the days of pocket money and buying jumpers for the child are well over. However what lays ahead in the coming years is paying for accommodation for University, which at around £5000 a year isn’t going to be cheap!

Where are you employed?  What do you do?

I work in ICT for Local Government. I’ve worked at the same place for around 10 years now, starting as a contractor for around 6 months, before I became full time and have been working my way up the career ladder ever since!

What do you enjoy about this job?

Being a manager! I love developing staff and motivating them. I also enjoy the autonomy that comes with management of running my own projects and having the freedom to make my own decisions. I’ve worked hard to get myself up to this position and it’s something I don’t think I would ever want to give up completely.

Tell us about how you earn money from home.

I earn around £2000-£3000 a month from home alone. I run the UK’s largest community website for earning money from home which is The Money Shed. On top of that I do the usual mixture of Risk Free Matched Betting and other bits and bobs.

When did you start this and what inspired you to do this?

I think I must have started around 11 years ago when I first started buying things from Poundland to sell at a profit on eBay. I think I’ve always had the drive to try and find new ways to earn online so that I can get the most I can possibly earn for the amount of time I have.

What do you love most about it?

Seeing what each week brings. I’ve recently drop my days down to 4 instead of 5 in my main job so that I can concentrate on The Money Shed more. Each week ends up with an endless ‘to-do’ list of things to do on my ‘work at home day’.  I suppose that is no bad thing and shows I made the right decision.

What do you find most challenging about it and how do you overcome this?

I get distracted far too easily. I now tend to try and work somewhere other than home so that doesn’t happen and I can concentrate fully on the job in hand.

For many, the retirement age is now 67 or 68.  Do you still see yourself still working at this age?

I’m in my mid 30’s so I’m unsure on that one. By 55 I would hope to have my mortgage paid off so at the very least I would expect to be working very few hours by that age out of choice!

What does your ideal retirement look like?  When?  What do you see yourself doing?

I suppose I would like to retire when I CHOOSE. I see many people at work who are dragging themselves to work in their 60’s and just want to quit, but can’t afford to.  That isn’t a situation I would want to end up in!

What plans do you have in place to allow you to live this ideal retirement?

Honestly, zero!! Buying a house early enough will help and living in the North of England property is definitely cheaper, which has REALLY helped us. Who knows what the future holds though. We might move city or country in the coming years; it’s just so hard to plan!

Although Jon hasn’t started planning for his retirement, I thought it was worth including his story.  The Money Shed is packed full of ideas to help you bring in some extra money, which might help you to put something away for your own retirement.  Follow him on Facebook to get regular updates.
I have got exciting plans for my retirement, and I am in the process of making sure that I have enough funds to be able to retire at 55.  It’s not going to be easy, but I am certainly going to give it a go!

For further inspiration why not pop over to my friendly Your Money Sorted Facebook group – it’s for women only and it will help you to have MORE money in your pocket to spend on the thing you LOVE.

You might also be inspired by The Nutty Squirrel, who is just starting out on her blogging journey.

Eileen Adamson Financial CoachEileen x

I am Eileen, Your Money Sorted coach, working with UK based women helping them to become financially empowered.  Being calm, confident and in control of their finances, allows them to concentrate on the things that are important to them. Previous clients feel that they can spend more quality time with family, friends and having fun. That has to be a great thing doesn’t it?



14 responses to “Be inspired for retirement – earn money from home”

  1. Talya says:

    So interesting to hear more about John and how he works a regular job with his blog to make extra money. That sounds like sensible future proofing to me!

  2. Great post Jon. Unfortunately we live in London and rent privately so can’t even begin to think about our retirement plans yet!

  3. Helen says:

    It’s interesting to find out a bit more about someone who earns money from home, as it is something I aspire to be able to do one day 🙂

  4. Dean of Little Steps says:

    I like to joke that I’m semi-retired. Before having my daughter I actually had a “proper” career. Now I do mostly freelance work and earn a bit from my blog too. Would love to earn more, so yes, this is inspiring 🙂

  5. Gosh retirement scares me as we literally have nothing in place. Neither of us has so much as a pension so we need to make sure we are saving as much as possible in the lead up to our retirement!

  6. Thank you for sharing this valuable information. I myself work from home at the moment and am looking to keep doing that for a long while.

  7. Mary Abbott says:

    Very inspiring! I would love to do something similar full time

  8. tots2travel says:

    I sense people are planning ahead like you as the pension age will most likely just rise and rise. How depressing!

  9. Great to learn a bit more about Jon! At the rate we’re going, we won’t even have a mortgage by the time we’re 55, let alone have it paid off. I need to take some serious money tips from him so I can actually get a house deposit together.

  10. Stephanie says:

    He comes up with some great ideas for money saving/earning and it is interesting to hear more of his story behind the blog

  11. Kara says:

    I am dreading university fees. Kian is due to start next year and I am starting to worry about where we will find the money

  12. I am so bad and have not even thought of my retirement, I really should

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