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10 Business Ideas for Retired Couples


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Bed-and-Breakfast Owners
If you and your partner have never liked the feeling of an empty next, running a bed-and-breakfast may be just the thing!
If you and your partner have never liked the feeling of an empty next, running a bed-and-breakfast may be just the thing!
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While some retired couples may seek a new career out on the open road, others can find rewarding employment opportunities in the comfort of their own homes. If you and your mate like having a full house, running a bed-and-breakfast (B&B) may be for you. The average B&B is simply a large home: 5,700 square feet (530 square meters) with about six bedrooms. This type of lodging has grown in popularity with visitors preferring the quaint feeling of being an invited guest rather than anonymous boarder [source: The Professional Association of Innkeepers International].

In the United States, 72 percent of B&B owners are couples. B&Bs are an especially enticing business opportunity for partners because it requires a wide variety of day-to-day tasks -- cooking, cleaning, bookkeeping, management, maintenance and advertising -- that can be divided among spouses according to capabilities and interests. [source: The Professional Association of Innkeepers International].


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