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Australia’s most experienced entrepreneurs head online

Meet the Australians contributing to the forecasted $11.9 billion E-Tirement boom.

Australia’s most experienced professionals are starting to take advantage of access to fast internet to power a whole new way of thinking about retirement. The just-released nbn™ Silver Economy Report provides some remarkable information on the approach some Australians are taking to life after 60.

In fact, this demographic is expected to be twice as active as its Gen Y counterparts in using our more connected world to launch start-up companies. They’re expected to launch 14,000 new businesses a year!

It equates to an expected $11.9 billion contribution to Australia’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) every year, but more importantly, could give many Australians greater control of their income and lifestyle.

Be it to create new businesses, indulge in passion projects or contribute to volunteer organisations, the concept of an E-Tirement isn’t pie in the sky. It’s happening right now.

Meet Irene and Ian Manson

Irene Manson lives in Varsity Lakes on the Gold Coast. She is in her 60s and enjoys life in sunny southern Queensland with her husband, Ian.

Rewind back to the start of 2016, and the couple were working nine to five, investing in management rights and property administration. Then they quit.

It was a big leap of faith, but for Irene and Ian the opportunity to start their own online business was too big to resist. They signed up to a service over the nbn™ network and, almost a year ago, CareCallingNow was born.

CareCallingNow is an initiative devised to support and care for elderly people living at home alone. From anywhere in Australia or the world, family members can sign-up to the program, which will call older relatives once a day to ensure everything is ok.

As long as the phone is answered and the correct button is pressed, family abroad are notified and peace of mind is kept. However, if the phone is not answered, a red flag is raised and the appropriate contacts notified, allowing potentially lifesaving action to be taken swiftly.

It’s the kind of business that can only really work efficiently online. Family members can sign up from anywhere directly through the website, and notifications can be sent over the network to and from devices in real-time.

In fact, Irene and Ian only had the idea after researching online and discovering that similar services existed and were in demand overseas.

Seeing a hole in the local market, they connected with international businesses already established overseas and found both the knowledge and resources to start up CareCallingNow.

Still considering themselves semi-retired, Irene uses her home internet connection to ensure that they retain the flexibility they need to log in and out of work around other priorities in their lives, such as picking up their grandchildren from school.

Yet CareCallingNow continues to grow since it launched and has now gone global.

Irene uses social networks like Facebook and Twitter to spread the word, and also uploads YouTube videos and participates in online podcasts using their home internet connection.*

Other Aussies getting involved

The nbn™ Silver Economy Report shows that 58% of Australian Baby Boomers are considering starting a business, half of them believing the internet will be the primary vehicle through which they make an income.  

Glenn Pearce from Parramatta is another example of a user connected to the nbn™ network who has found a new lease on life at 60.

Glenn enjoyed a successful career primarily as a university teacher, but also as a children’s entertainer. He used his skills in puppetry to create shows to help children learn, and they were so effective he won a National Teaching Award.

Now retired from his career at the university, Glenn has more time to spend on his passion for puppetry and now successfully tours NSW as a ventriloquist and performer.

He makes use of access to the nbn™ network in his home office and at his rehearsal facility, swapping files between the two locations and staying in contact with his music director and co-comedy writer.

He has also been able to put together big video performances, which he is able to send to clients and potential clients across the country, and share with the International Ventriloquist Group overseas.*

Another success story is Terry Martin from Yarraville. At 60, he retired from his life in regulatory accounting and threw himself into his passion for cricket.

Now 63, Terry is the coach of his local community team and believes having access to the nbn™ network at home has given him a chance to take his knowledge to the next level.

He is able to find and watch the latest and greatest in training techniques through online streaming portals, read up on research coming in from overseas, and watch the best professional players from around the world perform.

He is also able to quickly and easy share information with the entire team and local cricket community through a centralised website and email system.*

Terry has also discovered a number of websites that provide brain-training exercises, which he uses every day to help ensure his mental acuity is at its peak. 

So, what will your E-Tirement business be?

* nbn is very happy with Irene Manson, Glenn Pearce and Terry Martin’s experiences with the nbn™ network. Of course, end user experiences may vary. Your experience including the speeds actually achieved over the nbn™ network depends on technology over which services are delivered to your premises and some factors outside our control like your equipment quality, software, broadband plans, signal reception and how your service provider designs its network.

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