Jeff D. Opdyke is The Savvy Retiree, your guide to a richer life in retirement. An American expat based in Prague, he spent 17 years as a financial writer at The Wall Street Journal, and has written several books on personal finance, investing, and alternative assets. Today, he travels globally as a freelancer writer and has visited nearly 70 countries while writing about the best ways to earn money, save money, and live a vibrant, adventurous retirement.

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The Best Places to Live as a Remote Worker

“Where’s the best place to live as a remote worker?” I regularly hear some iteration of that question from friends and acquaintances, so I thought I would answer it today in light of new research out of Upwork, the freelance website I regularly write about. The company surveyed a bunch of Americans and concluded that […]

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How to Start a Dropshipping Business

Dropshipping is one of the most accessible ways to become an online entrepreneur and build a new income you control. As the owner of your own dropshipping store, you can work from anywhere, choose what you sell, and set your own prices. In time, you could potentially even build your store into a brand and […]

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How to Teach English Abroad

Do you dream of living in another country long enough to truly explore the depths of its culture, but haven’t figured out a way to do it without draining your bank account? If you answered “yes” to that question, then I have the solution for you. It’s one of the best ways to earn abroad, […]

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How to Make Money on Fiverr

Jeff: Hi, I’m Jeff Opdyke, and I am the editor of the Savvy Retiree, and I want to introduce you today to Alex Fasulo. She’s a freelancer for Fivrr, which is a freelance site where I do a bit of a bit of work myself. And I sort of regularly reference in my weekends Savvy […]

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Escape the Rat Race in the “Hamptons of South America”

My husband, Ralph, and I have always been prepared to reinvent our lives whenever we spotted a greener pasture. It’s a policy that’s served us well.  In 1996, we decided to immigrate to Toronto, Canada, where we have family on his side, to start a new business venture. After three years, this business took us […]

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The Top 4 Remote Working Destinations in Ecuador

During the six years I’ve spent living in Ecuador, one of the key trends I’ve noticed is the rise in the number of digital nomads from North America and Europe.  Some of these remote workers relocated when their careers migrated online. Others arrived here in retirement and built new incomes in blogging, freelance writing, photography, […]

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Are You Getting a Value-for-Money Retirement?

Another week. Another doctor.  I’ve been having strange, knife-like pains in a back corner of my tongue that no one can figure out—dentists, oral surgeons, a maxillofacial specialist, and two ENTs. I just returned from a neurologist prior to sitting down to write this. Healthy as a horse…and yet, knife pain every day. I mention […]

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Get Peace of Mind for $100 a Month in Uruguay

One of the hardest things about being a freelancer in the U.S. is the lack of affordable healthcare. Health insurance policies tend to be prohibitively expensive on the front end, come with steep deductibles, and harbor many exclusions or limited networks that make actually accessing healthcare difficult. So even when you have insurance, one accident […]

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How Dropshipping Rescued My Retirement

I started working on Wall Street in 1980. Over the following decades, I forged a successful career building wealth management, asset management, and private banking businesses for some of the biggest banks in the world. Then came the 2008 financial crisis.  Like so many other people, I took a huge financial hit in the crash […]

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The Smart Money This Election Season Is on Gold

And so it comes down to this—the last day before what, in all likelihood, will be a historic presidential election. Will this end peacefully, with a known winner and a pledge to hand over the reins of government without a fuss? Or will it end…differently? I can’t say. I won’t venture a guess. Polls point […]

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Don’t Fall for These Common Freelancing Mistakes

Freelancing used to be a taxing business. You’d have to go to endless business events, hand out countless cards, and cajole clients face to face until they decided to take a chance on you.  Email changed all that, allowing you to connect with prospective clients around the world. Still, challenges remained. Over email, it was […]

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The 5 Best Sites to Find Your First Freelancing Gig

If you’re considering freelancing in the online gig economy but aren’t sure where to start, you’re in luck. Nowadays, there are so many excellent websites where you can get gigs that, honestly, the only thing standing between you and your first payday is putting your fingers to the keyboard.  It doesn’t matter whether your skills […]

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The Fun Side-Income That Turns You Into a Mini-Multinational

I sold my first stock photo last week. I earned $0.33. It’s nothing. And it’s everything. But let me back up… A couple of weekends ago, I wrote to you about my battle with “side-hustle overload disorder”—the affliction stemming from trying to take on too many side-gigs in this world of innumerate gig opportunities. As […]

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From 100-Hour Workweeks to a Laidback Life of Luxury

“Are you out of your freaking mind? When you’re retired, you’re supposed to be enjoying life—not working!” That was the loud, emphatic reply I heard after sharing that my definition of retirement included at least one part-time job. And my subsequent explanation of doing “fun” jobs where the money wasn’t the primary goal rang hollow […]

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The Top 3 Digital Nomad Destinations in Uruguay

As a freelance copywriter with a strong stable of clients, I can live anywhere there’s a decent internet connection. That’s one of the many factors that led my wife and me to choose Uruguay: the country is unique among its South American neighbors in its commitment to providing excellent communications infrastructure. In fact, it’s fast […]

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Forget Remote-Worker Visas—Here’s a Better Way to Live and Work Overseas

I’m betting you’ve seen a rash of recent mainstream media headlines touting all the destinations aiming to woo Americans with temporary, remote-worker visas.  It started with Barbados and has expanded to include Aruba, Estonia, Georgia, Bermuda, and a few others. Antigua and Barbuda recently jumped onto the dog-pile and upped the ante by offering a […]

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This Earning Opportunity Lets You Explore the World From Home

After moving to Germany, I spent a lot of time investigating job opportunities for native English speakers. The one that kept coming up was teaching English. So I decided to enroll in an online TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certification course and try my luck.  Within one week of completing my course, I […]

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How to Teach English Online

Would it surprise you to know that you have had a high-ticket, money-making skill since you were 7 years old…one that is truly in demand in the global market…a skill that foreign executives pay top dollar hourly rates to learn?  What skill could a 7-year-old possibly possess that a CEO would pay top dollar for? […]

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The Huge “Benefits Package” of a Digital Nomad Lifestyle

The ferry from Istanbul to the island of Büyükada in the Sea of Marmara takes about 75 minutes. It’s a basic, unadorned commuter ferry, really—nothing like the high-speed, comfortable, tourist-centric ferries that zipped me through the Aegean Sea to the Greek island of Santorini last summer. My fiancé, Yuliya, was relaxing as best she could […]

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The Downside to Today’s Easy-Access Gig Economy

Here’s my problem: I want to do everything. And I want to do everything right now.  On a certain level, I’ll argue this is a beneficial character trait. It means I have institutional knowledge about a broad base of topics and experiences, and personally I like that because it informs my writing. Want to know […]

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Enjoying a Dream Life for Less on Italy’s Famed Amalfi Coast

In 2006, I took my first trip to Italy, visiting the renowned city of Florence. At the time, I was an aspiring New York City event planner. However, eager to explore Italy, I decided to accept a position with a tour operator that assists American university students on their travels. I departed New York thinking […]

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