Some places are cheaper to live than others.
That’s what he said. I was struggling with the cost of living when I lived there, because having to travel to the majority of my work cost a lot in vehicle and gas, but the cost of living in small town America wasn’t really that bad.
So, I took a quick look around at the cost of living in a small rural community and found the best option, to be those communities where business opportunities may be limited, or non-existent – in town. If you don’t mind a bit of a drive once a month or so to get supplies, and don’t require ‘outside’ entertainment to keep you mentally alert and motivated, small town living may be your best option for retirement.
Most smaller towns have some business in the area: grocery store, clothing, hardware, and options for communication with the outside world can be amazing.
So what options do you have?
Crafting is usually a good option, and you can sell your crafts online, or locally during the summer tourist seasons.
Consulting is always good, and you can travel to do some consults, using those opportunities to ‘get out of town’ as well as learning and education opportunities.
Other local small-town opportunities include running mom and pop shops, restaurants, or seasonal stores.
Job opportunities in the small town may not pay as much as the big city, but cost of living is cheaper, and the neighborhood may be just as nice. Check them out!