When Will You Be Able To Retire

Can You Afford to Retire?

Regardless of whether you are in your 50’s, 60’s, or just want to plan ahead to the day you can retire, you have come to the right place! I have been working for over 30 years in the I.T. field, I am in my mid 50’s and I’m starting to see the retirement light at the end of the tunnel. I’m looking forward to the day when I can walk out of the office for the last time, knowing that I won’t have to get up the next morning and drive into work. However, there is a constant nagging in the back of my mind, asking me two questions: am I ready for retirement and more importantly, can I afford the lifestyle I want on my current retirement income?

When Will You Be Able to RetireWell, the answer to the first question is a resounding yes!!!! I’ve been ready to retire for a number of years now, but from a financial perspective, it just wasn’t feasible. My three children are all in university and it was a decision of my wife and I that we would pay for their university costs, and we are happy to do that for them. We didn’t want our kids to be starting their lives off with a huge mountain of debt. Now, my wife and I are in a position where we can afford to pay for their education, however, it has come at a cost. The cost is that we both have had to work longer in order to pay for this.

The answer to the second question is I’m not sure! My wife and I want to be able to travel. We want to be able to vacation in Florida. We don’t want our retirement plans to be hindered by money, or lack thereof.

For years, I have looked for additional ways to supplement my income. Unfortunately none of them seemed to work for me for one reason or another. What I am here to tell you is that I have found, what I consider, to be the real deal. It is called Wealthy Affiliate. Wealthy Affiliate is an affiliate marketing community that offers step-by-step training to people on how to build niche-specific websites and earn an income from them. To be honest, I don’t even remember how I stumbled onto it, but I am glad I did. I firmly believe that this is the opportunity that I have been searching for, for all these years. And the best part, it’s FREE!!!
Wealthy Affiliate – In a Nutshell

Now, before I go any further, I want to be upfront with you and tell you that Wealthy Affiliate is NOT a get-rich-quick scheme. You will get out of it what you put into it. Nor is Wealthy Affiliate an MLM or pyramid scheme. It is a program for everyone (beginners or experts) to help you start and grow your own online internet marketing business. You are not obliged to promote any product or service from Wealthy Affiliate. No matter what you are passionate about, you can earn an income from the comfort of your home with the help of Wealthy Affiliate and all that it offers. It is an online university that offers you the following tools and services to help you build your business:

  1. FREE access to in depth, up to date training, including hundreds of videos
  2. Two FREE websites – Click here to get your websites for free
  3. FREE website hosting
  4. FREE WordPress Web Design (an industry leading Content Management System)
  5. FREE weekly webinars (for premium members)
  6. Access to a Real and Supportive Community of Thousands of other like-minded individuals
  7. 24/7 Live Chat to get your questions answered

Wealthy Affiliate University

It is an online community where you get to meet people and make friends all around the world. The support from like-minded people is one of the things I enjoy most about Wealthy Affiliate!
You Have A Decision to Make

Have you ever thought about having your own website and letting the world know about a topic or product that you are passionate about? Are you going to be able to afford to do all the things you want to in retirement? Are you going to be able to travel? What are the things that you want to do when you retire? Wealthy Affiliate is here to help. They will provide you with all the tools you need to start your online business and the best part is, I’ll say it again, it’s FREE!!! The community here at Wealthy Affiliate want you to succeed. They have step by step instructions, live chat if you run into problems and all the support you will need.

Please watch this video on how Wealthy Affiliate can benefit you and help you to realize your dreams.


How Wealthy Affiliate Can Benefit You

The only way you’ll find out what Wealthy Affiliate is all about is by signing up today. Sign up for the free starter membership and see if this is something that might help you to supplement your retirement income. This could be the day that changes the course of the rest of your life. I know it will be one of the best decisions you ever make, it certainly was for me!


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Thank you for taking the time to look this over! If you’re still interested, visit the Start Here page to find out more information on how you can create a successful online business with Wealthy Affiliate.

76 thoughts on “When Will You Be Able To Retire

  1. Yes, I discovered WealthyAffiliate a couple of months ago and the training is fun and easy to understand and you start your own website pretty much off the bat and start it for free. If you want to upgrade to “premium”, it’s your choice but it’s not much to pay considering how much bang you get for the buck. Of course, how much you get out of it depends on how much time you put in. BTW, I like the look of your website.

    1. Hi Jean,
      Thanks for your comments! You make a great point that you need to put in the work if you want to be successful with this. After all, it’s not a get-rich-quick scheme.

  2. Hi, Shawn.
    I can relate to your story about retirement income. I like to call myself semi retired because I did retire from corporate America but I haven’t retired from life yet. If you know what I mean.
    I’ve always had a little something going on the side throughout my employment years and now that I am retired, I have the extra time to devote to other things as well.
    I found Wealthy Affiliate about 6 Months ago and I’m having a lot of fun with it. It’s a perfect way to increase your retirement income.
    When I joined, I figured that I’d give it a year. That’s a fair trial as far as I’m concerned. Right now, I’m farther ahead than I thought I’d be by this time. So I’ll be be a member for life. For me, it’s just a no-brainer.

    1. Hi Forrest,
      I wish I could say I’m semi-retired, but not that lucky quite yet. I was always looking for something on the side from my regular job, but didn’t have any luck until I found Wealthy Affiliate back in January. I too am having a lot of fun looking at all the training and trying to implement everything I’ve learned into my websites.
      Looks like we are very like-minded. When I became a premium member in February my rational was to sign up as an annual premium member and give it a year to see what I would do with it. After the year I was planning on retiring anyways, but thought I would give it 100% effort for that year and so far, like you, I’m ahead of where I thought I would be.
      Good luck to you and best regards,

  3. Interesting site, Shawn!
    I also have the pleasure of having stumbled across WA.
    The thing that constantly amazes me is the amount of knowledge and work I see being done behind the scenes on a daily basis.
    The work ethic of the founders is very high, and, checking them out, you find professionalism and clear, concise answers, based on real experience.
    These are people who love their job and have nothing to hide.
    And the time is so ripe for something like this!
    I’m staying in WA!

    1. Thanks very much Therese! I agree with you, I don’t even remember how I came across Wealthy Affiliate, but I’m glad I did. I have created a number of different websites for work in the past but the training that is provided in WA is incredible, and they are constantly updating everything. I’m guessing that Kyle and Carson are probably having too much fun to consider this a job. I know that’s how I feel. The one other thing that impresses me is the number of members out there that are willing to help you out if you have any questions. We don’t know any of them personally and yet they are willing to give their time and help other people. That’s one of the key things that impressed me about WA!

  4. Hi Shawn!

    Lisa here. I am in your network on Wealthy Affiliates. I just wanted to shout out to you that your website looks incredible. Love it!

  5. Hello Shawn! I really enjoyed your article. I’ve been searching for ways to earn money online and retire young too, and when I stepped into Wealthy Affiliate I had the same feeling. And I still have it. Wealthy Affiliate is a true opportunity and your article confirms it as well. I am very happy that websites like this exist. Thanks again and wish you the best with your business! Effie.

    1. Hi Effie!

      Thank you very much for your comments! I still have the same feeling as well about Wealthy Affiliate. I really enjoy everything about it! I’m always spending time thinking about ways to improve my sites, whether it be checking out the training to see what else I can implement from that into my sites or looking at other members sites to see what they have done. The help from the Wealthy Affiliate community is incredible, something I haven’t seen from any of these other online companies.

      May Wealthy Affiliate bring you the success you’re looking for!



  6. Hi Shawn, What a great article. Thank you for sharing all this awesome information. Wealthy Affiliate sounds like a great way to supplement your income and it sounds ethical. I like the idea that it is also a training platform. The free membership is awesome. Who wants or can afford to plunk out a ton of money for something they are not sure of? I know I don’t want to.

    As far as when I will be able to retire – I consider myself retired already. I started to work online after I left my previous traditional job. The stress was too much for me and I had a heart attack a few weeks later.

    I am no spring chicken by not at the age of retirement just yet. Working online has provided me the opportunity to work in a stress free environment, at my own pace, and supplement our families income.

    1. Hi Suzette,

      Thanks very much for your comments. I couldn’t agree more with everything you say about Wealthy Affiliate. Believe me I spent a fair amount of time trying to find negative things about the company with nothing to be found. I wanted to very careful given that I had been scammed in the past and I didn’t want a repeat performance. I really appreciate the fact that they let you “kick the tires”, so to speak, and try Wealthy Affiliate for free.

      I am getting close to retiring and I sincerely hope that Wealthy Affiliate provides both of us with the opportunity to supplement our incomes.

      Best regards,


    1. Thanks for your comments Mike! Wealthy Affiliate certainly provides a lot of training to help us build successful online businesses. Best of luck to you and congratulations on becoming a premium member. I think you’ve made a wise decision.
      Best regards,

  7. This may sound unrealistic, but I hope to retire from employment before I hit 35 and become a full time online entrepreneur. Free from the 9-5 routine, free from duty roasters and to be able to sleep in on a Saturday/Sunday morning.

    My work is crazy hectic and there’s really no social life to it except for work commitment. I used to think that that is a good trait to adopt, but after so many years, it’s obviously clear that I’m helping building someone’s dream and not mine.

    1. Hi Cathy,

      Thanks for the comments. I hope that you will be able to build your own dream as well!

      Best regards,


  8. Hi Shawn
    I have tried several online marketing businesses myself but none come close to WA. Clear and concise step by step instructions of how to build your business is a goldmine and for free too!!
    Great Website

  9. Great post and brilliant attention to details.
    This is definitely one sure way to recoup your retirement days into something meaningful that comes with financial benefit.

    I will come back for more.

  10. Hi Shawn,
    A wonderful website!
    Glad to have met you and learn from you.
    As you know I’m a new Premium member. It’s exciting times!

    1. Hi Bernice,
      Thank you so much for your feedback! Please let me know if you have any questions and I will do my best to answer them for you! Also, welcome to Wealthy Affiliate and congratulations on becoming a premium member. You are right, exciting times lie ahead!
      Best regards,

  11. Great post Shawn! I’ve been with Wealthy Affiliate almost two months now and I love being a part of its community. It’s great for encouraging you to set and achieve your own personal goals. I’m glad I joined Wealthy Affiliate, and I can’t wait to see how much success is to come.

    1. Thanks very much Morgan, I appreciate your comments! Wealthy Affiliate is a great community, isn’t it! I am so glad to be part of it and enjoying all the training that is available.
      Best regards,

  12. Hello Shawn, very informative and interesting website! I just joined WA and I am amazed about the quantity of information and online courses they offer. I can’t wait to achieve some good results!

    1. Thanks very much for the comments Luciana! I agree with you. The amount of quality training and help from the WA community is incredible. That’s one of the main reasons why I signed up.

  13. Hey! I am no where near retiring, but my goal and your goal are very much a like! I am a single mom of 4 kids 14 (twins), 10 and 8. I was having a time making ends meet and couldn’t find even a part time job for the life of me. I came across Wealthy Affiliate when I was looking for jobs and immediatly became intrigued. I liked the fact you could sign up for free and look and play around while you made your choice to jump in and do it or not. Everyone was so friendly and helpful. No one was pressuring me ever to upgrade ir sell, sell, sell. It’s not an MLM and I really liked that. Pressure free, stressfree, work at highly your own pace enviorment, that is huge. I am only 1.5 months into the program and I already exceed my own expectations! I give this program 5 stars!

    1. Hi Barbra,
      Thank you for your comments! The WA community is amazing! That’s one of the main reasons why I joined up as a yearly premium member. You’re right, there is no pressure. I also like the fact that you can work at your own pace.
      Best of luck to you in all your endeavors.

  14. Hi Shawn, the WA program is truly the place to be if you want to learn and become successful in online marketing. I agreed with you that it is neither a rich-quick scheme or an MLM pyramid scheme. The training program is very efficient and easy to understand. I wish anyone who will come across this program to give it a chance. By trying the free starter membership, someone will become aware of the live community support, training and opportunity to reach his financial goals.

    1. Hi Cathy,
      Thanks so much for your comments! You are absolutely right about the training here at Wealthy Affiliate. You can’t get that kind of training at a university or college course, and for that price no less! Not to mention the help from the WA community. I typically get responses from people within 30 seconds of posting a question. Incredible!


  15. I love you website and even the content. Am about two weeks now with WA and i have been doing things that i never imagined i can do on my own.Am nowhere near retire but WA is making us to have a common goal.

    1. Hi Luciah,
      Thanks very much for your comments! I hope you’re enjoying your time here at WA and all the training. It’s amazing at just how good the training is! May you have much success in all your endeavors.

    1. Hi Diem,
      Thank you very much for your comments. I agree with you completely about Wealthy Affiliate being a great place to learn skills to develop your website.
      Best of luck in all your endeavors.

  16. Thank you Shawn. Great site. You know I am part of WA as well. The thing that is the biggest asset to me is the great awesome community. Everyone helps each other all the time there is not other way as to just succeed unless you do absolutely nothing. Keep up the good work, and great success to you. May you be able to retire exactly as you and your wife envisions to.

    1. Hi Marlene,
      I couldn’t agree more! The community here at Wealthy Affiliate is one of the main reasons I joined as an annual premium member. Being part of a group of like-minded individuals is such a breath of fresh air.
      Thank you for your comments!

    1. Hi Rachael,
      Nice to meet you and thanks for your comments! The WA community is wonderful and it’s a real pleasure to be able to work with and get help from like-minded individuals. I wish you much success in your endeavors with WA and let me know if there is anything I can help you with.

  17. Hey, Shawn!

    I was fortunate to stumble across Wealthy Affiliate, too! Like yourself I’m mid fifties and looking at retirement!

    Like you said, Wealthy Affiliate is the real deal and can help add income to your retirement years! The thing is, anyone can do it! Not that it’s easy but anyone can follow the great training offered inside Wealthy Affiliate!

    Great site! Real professional looking and well written!

    Keep up the good work and have a great day!

    1. Hi Donnie!
      Thanks very much for your comments. I agree with you 100% in that Wealthy Affiliate is the real deal. The training that is provided is top notch, well worth the monthly or annual fee that you pay. You couldn’t get that much information in one course at a college or university! As long as people are aware, this is not a get rich quick scheme. You are going to have to put in the work, but if you do, you will eventually reap the rewards.
      Thanks again!
      Best regards,

  18. Hi Shawn,

    I love your site layout which is simple and effective. I’ve just signed up to Wealthy Affiliate and can vouch that all the available training and business building tools are second to none. I can highly recommend WA to anyone looking to build their own business or to boost their retirement income.

    Well done!

    1. Hi Rui,
      Thank you so much for your comments! I appreciate you taking the time to look over my site. I agree with you totally regarding Wealthy Affiliate. It is amazing with all the training and the help of the Wealthy Affiliate community. You don’t see that very often anymore where people want to help other people succeed.
      Best of luck to you in all your endeavors.

  19. Hi Shawn,

    great work. I loved the theme and the way you have manifested your article. number of links are pretty decent and ads are brilliant in display.
    I should simply say “Brilliant work” and i admire it.

    1. Hi Muhammad,
      Thank you for your comments, I appreciate it!There are some great themes that Wealthy Affiliate offers to help make your sites look very professional. That’s just another reason why I joined up with Wealthy Affiliate.

    1. Thanks very much for your comments, I appreciate it! I really believe that the training at Wealthy Affiliate and the selection of the theme has really made a difference in this website. Let me know if there is anything I can help you with.

    1. Hi Adina,
      Thank you so much for your comments, I really appreciate it! I have worked hard to try and provide enough information to help people make their own informed decision about the benefits of being a part of Wealthy Affiliate. Let me know if there is anything I can help you with.

  20. Great way you went about showing how you can supplement retirement with Wealthy Affiliate! In today’s economy it is hard for almost anyone except the real rich to get a comfortable retirement. I have been my own boss all my life and WA sounds like the way!

    1. Hi Dennis,
      Thank you for your comments! I agree with you 100% about WA being the way to go to help financially, whether it be for retirement or the present. Life just seems to be getting more and more expensive, so I’m hoping that the training and knowledgeable WA community will help me to succeed at boosting my retirement income.

  21. I am totally with you on the retirement income thing, and as several commenters have mentioned, I too haven’t retired from everything quite yet. But I definitely plan to make WA my last stop (tried a lot of other things that didn’t work before discovering WA). BTW I really like your professional site design, and the family pic!

    1. Hi Randy,
      Thank you for your comments. I’m hoping to retire in 9 months and while my wife and I will both have government pensions, life is still expensive. Thankfully, we will have paid off the university tuition for my three kids by then, but like you I’m hoping that Wealthy Affiliate will be my final stop. I too have tried a number of other things that didn’t pan out and only resulted in my bank account to be depleted instead of supplemented. I do believe that the training and the WA community is definitely the way to go and I firmly believe that it will help me to boost my retirement income. Hopefully it will do the same for yours.
      I wish you much success with all your endeavors.

  22. Hi Shawn.

    Great website. Very professionally done and lots of information too. The contents will get anyone glued for hours just reading. Once again…Good job! Keep sharing.

    1. Hi Regie,
      Thank you for your comments! I’m hoping that people will find the information on my site interesting and informative. I appreciate you taking the time to look at my site.

  23. Hey Shawn,

    Great website and thanks for sharing your “Why”. Your story means a lot when you share it with others because we can relate. I for one certainly appreciate it and found your site very informative. You’re a natural!

    Keep up the good work!


    1. Hi Jim,
      Thank you for your comments! I can definitely see the light at the end of the retirement tunnel and I’ve been looking for ways to boost my retirement income. I really believe that Wealthy Affiliate will help me achieve those goals. Best of luck to you in all your endeavors.

    1. Hi Terry,
      Thank you for your comments! I also think that WA is great. Between the training, site support and the great WA community of people, I really believe that WA is the place to be. Congratulations on becoming a premium member! I think you’ve made a wise decision that will help you to grow your online business.
      Best regards,

  24. I’ve been with Wealthy Affiliate for about 4 months and it has been a great experience. Before joining I did not think much about starting blogging sites, but I have really gotten into it since I joined. My sites got traffic and activity which will help me rank high on Google. Hopefully, the next thing that will come is the monetization so I can add more to my travel blog.

    1. Hi Karin,
      I’ve been with Wealthy Affiliate for 11 months now and still really enjoy it. I too never thought I would writing blogs as English was never my favourite subject in school. But I do enjoy doing it! My sites are generating traffic, they’re all ranked within Google and I’m even starting to earn some money through them. All in all, it’s very exciting and it was all accomplished by following the training through Wealthy Affiliate.

  25. Hi Shawn 🙂
    You’re right…the website looks fantastic!
    I’m going through the training’s right now
    and Kyle makes it so easy, simple to understand…
    Step by Step training in EVERYTHING!
    I’m grateful to be here 🙂

    1. Hi Barbara!
      The training offered by Wealthy Affiliate is amazing and easy to follow. The beauty too is that you can watch the videos over and over again. You can also get answers to your questions from the great WA community. I’m also grateful to be here!
      Thank you for your comments.

  26. I never thought that I’d retire but I did. I just wish I had known about Wealthy Affiliate before I retired. But that’s in the past and the important things is that I did discover Wealthy Affiliate. While I have to rely on social security as my only income, I can’t live too comfortably on it. I joined Wealthy Affiliate and it will be the supplemental income I need to live a better life. First it’s all about helping others and then everything else will fall into place. They help you with your niche, building a website and getting traffic. The community is awesome and the training is excellent. Do yourself a favor and check out Wealthy Affiliate today.

    1. Hi Rob,
      Thank you for your comments! To be honest, I’ve been thinking about retirement for the past couple of years now, but I still have a couple of kids in university to pay for. I have been looking at other ways to supplement my income for a number of years now, but I believe that Wealthy Affiliate will give anyone who tries it the best chances. With all the training and the incredible WA community that offers support, it’s pretty amazing! Best of luck in your retirement! I hope that you find what you’re looking for with the help of Wealthy Affiliate.


  27. Shawn, your website is awesome, very cohesive, tying the information together in a simple yet effective and professional manner. I am retired, however, I’m one of the persons your website is designed for. Needing to supplement the income to have a better way of life. Thank you for the great information, I wish you every success in your goals.

    1. Thanks very much for your comments Riley! I am not quite retired, but hopefully within the next year. My intention was to provide people with the information they needed to make an informed decision on ways to supplement their retirement income or current income through this website. I hope that people can see the benefits of what Wealthy Affiliate can offer them. I wish you much success in all your endeavors.

  28. Hi Shawn, firstly, congratulations on building an awesome website. I’m in my late 30’s now and so I have a few years before I can retire. However, that’s not to say that I haven’t been planning ahead financially for when I do finally get to that stage. For me personally, I would rather invest my time into building passive income streams that stand the test time, than investing my money and hoping the markets won’t crash, taking my money with it. The beauty of Wealthy Affiliate is that it gives you control by helping you build a solid business online and the financial benefits to doing so are limitless!
    Thanks Shawn

    1. Thank you for your comments Christian, and thanks for taking the time to look at my website. It’s good that you’re looking ahead as far as planning for your retirement. I started looking at additional ways to make money in my 30’s as well, but nothing panned out for me. I wish that Wealthy Affiliate was around back then!!!! Better late than ever, as they say! I don’t believe in dabbling in the stock market. I don’t know enough to gamble my money away. In addition to owning some real estate, I believe that following the training here at Wealthy Affiliate will also provide a secondary stream of income for when I retire. Best of luck to you.

  29. I myself have been blessed enough to find this amazing university and community known as wealthy affiliate, as it truly has shown me the way to have success online. I can guarantee that wealthy affiliate will teach people about all of the ins and outs of affiliate marketing, it is simply up to them to take action that will bring forth their success.

    1. I couldn’t agree more Jacob! The Wealthy Affiliate community is amazing. They are one of the main reasons I joined as an annual premium member. People are so friendly and helpful which is refreshing and they don’t benefit financially by helping out other members. The training is also top notch with their proven techniques. Wealthy Affiliate is truly an amazing university at a fraction of the cost. The best part is, you can learn everything from the comfort of your own home.

  30. Hi Shawn, I don’t want to sound corny but I’m so happy that I found Wealthy Affiliate! I knew that I wanted to get involved in internet marketing simply because I feel like it’s something that I can do well into my retirement years and so many people are earning quite a bit of money doing it. It makes great sense. Anyhow, best of luck…your website looks awesome! Jim M

    1. Hi Jim! Like you, I too am glad that I came across WA. All the up-to-date training that they provide certainly helps to take the guess work out. One of the other things I love about WA is the community. Having the opportunity to meet so many like-minded individuals is amazing and having so many people offer to help you out with any questions you may have is so refreshing. Best of luck in all your endeavors.



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