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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These Free Tools Can Help You Find the Perfect Product to Sell Online

One of the first and most important steps for any newcomer to dropshipping is choosing what product to sell.  There are successful dropshipping stores for virtually every kind of product you can think of, from small, inexpensive items like phone chargers to large, costly goods like furniture. But finding a product that will deliver consistent […]

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Build or Buy a Store—What’s the Best Way to Get Started in Dropshipping?

One of the most common questions I’m asked by newcomers to dropshipping is whether you should build a new store from scratch or buy an existing one.  I began my own e-commerce journey by purchasing a store. In the years since, I have built and bought stores and I have coached students who have adopted […]

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Get Paid for Writing About Your Hometown

Some years ago, I decided to quit my full-time teaching job and start a career as a travel writer. When my colleagues heard this, they were supportive but curious about how I would make it happen. I fielded numerous questions about how I would be able to afford all the travel to exotic overseas destinations, […]

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Believe It or Not, This Is an Excellent Time to Try Out the Digital Nomad Lifestyle

Some days are just made to write about. Like today, for instance. I woke to blue skies and mild temperatures here in Prague. Because the city is fully open again, I strolled across the street to my favorite coffee shop for an iced latte and a cinnamon roll, then spent the morning editing a script […]

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This Part-Time Online Business Provides a Full-Time Income

An online business can be a great way to earn some additional income to subsidize your pension, or gain the ability to retire early and travel the world. The most important factor when considering an online business is ease of operation. Just how many hours a day is it going to take? I began my […]

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How to Sell Products Online…Without Buying Any Inventory

Dropshipping is a way for store owners to sell and send physical goods to customers without the need to warehouse inventory.  Here’s the dropshipping process simplified in five steps:  1. Your customer visits your online store and places an order. 2. Your store processes the order and sends it to your third-party supplier automatically. 3. Your supplier receives […]

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How I Unlocked a Fun, Exciting Life…and How You Can Too

Maybe you saw the story in recent days about Americans increasingly seeking refuge Down Under, where New Zealand has reported that some 80,000 Yanks in May sought information on how to emigrate to the land of hobbits, sheep, and kiwis. But there’s another story that I haven’t seen reported. I know about it because I […]

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Beaches, Waterfalls, and Wine Bars—Living the Pura Vida in Costa Rica

American expats and entrepreneurs Casey Siemasko and Dan Moore arrived in Costa Rica five years ago with just two backpacks and no intention of staying long term. The married couple had spent the prior few years as digital nomads, exploring the world while funding their travels via their online businesses. Once they’d spent some time […]

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Stay for Free in European Resorts Just for Speaking English

I’ve spent weeks in European resorts for free. As a volunteer in English immersion programs, I’ve paid nothing for a comfortable room, three amazing meals a day (often including wine or beer), tours of charming medieval villages, and dips in the pool. In exchange, I was simply expected to participate in activities, which just meant […]

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How I Started Three New Lucrative Careers After Age 50

In 2004, at age 48, after living in New York City my entire life, I made a decision to move to Paris with my longtime partner. Prior to our move, I was a successful chef, caterer, and business owner in New York for 20 years, and my partner was a high-profile art director in the […]

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Age Is Irrelevant in This Online Earning Landscape

Sometimes you find yourself so deep in the weeds you don’t realize no one can see you. Which I realized last week in a conversation with a friend. She lost her job in June—a nice job, sixty grand a year, a fine salary living as a single person in South Louisiana. She’ll be 61 later […]

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Major Financial Change Is Coming…Here’s How to Prepare and Prosper

The first time I traded a share of stock was 1984. My mom thought I was an idiot. Not because I was investing—but because I was using a newfangled discount broker. When I told her about the low-cost commissions and the ability to use a touch-tone phone keypad to buy and sell stocks without human […]

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Truffle Hunts and Grape Stomps: A Richer Life and Business in the South of France

Johann and Lisa Pepin left the chilly winters of Chicago, Illinois to start an organic farm, Les Pastras, in Provence, France. Along with offering guests tailor-made truffle hunting excursions, the couple also hosts grape stomps during the month of September that comprise “the stomp” itself, a cheese and charcuterie buffet, all you can drink of […]

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How to Own and Get Paid for Your Online Data

Who you are—the interests that define you—is valuable. If, for instance, you search online for “lime-green porcelain gardening sheers,” there’s a maker of lime-green porcelain gardening sheers somewhere in the world eager to pay for information on you so that it can market to you through Google ads and Facebook ads and other online venues. […]

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The Best Cities in Italy for Remote Working

With the rise of remote working, it’s now possible for many more people to perform their roles from literally anywhere in the world there’s a decent internet connection. So why not from Italy? This beautiful country has everything you need to work online, including high-quality broadband. Plus, the cost of living is lower than many […]

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There’s an Online Role for You…No Matter What Your Background

If you’ve worked as a bus driver all your life and at age 55, let’s say, a global pandemic vaporizes your job because, well, public transit demand collapses…are you employable online? This question popped into my mind while reading this in a Motley Fool story:  Older workers whose jobs aren’t conducive to telecommuting may not […]

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Earning Remotely From the “Rome of France”

For freelancer Maggie Montanaro, France has been an integral part of life since childhood.  As the daughter of a high school French teacher, the Ohio native visited France a few times during her mother’s school trips. Maggie would go on to study French and spend more and more time there. She participated in a study […]

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A Love Affair With Lisbon: Earning Online From Portugal’s Stunning Capital

Karin van Mierlo’s love affair with Lisbon started the moment she set foot in it.  “It’s a beautiful place,” she says. “I love it all: the narrow, hilly, winding streets, wide-open riverbank vistas, breathtaking beaches, and landscapes. I live just outside the city center in a residential area with big apartment buildings. Some are beautifully […]

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Are You Drastically Underestimating Your Earning Potential?

This much is true: COVID-19 has not been kind to older workers.  May unemployment data showed the jobless rate among 55+ workers approaching 12%. That’s one of the highest jobless rates for any age cohort. Worse, the rise was explosive and dramatic in its speed. You can see in this chart just how fast the […]

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Working Remotely From Italy: Affordable, Relaxing, and Enriching

Since moving to Italy, my morning commute is no longer mandatory. Rather it’s an indulgence…a gentle stroll along ancient brick-lined streets to get a freshly brewed espresso. Afterward, I might visit the gym, which is open again this week as life in Italy begins returning to normal. Then, I typically run some errands, before finally […]

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Earning U.S. Wages From a Resort Town in Costa Rica

“All you need is good internet and you can work from anywhere in the world.”  When Brittany Braucher from Springfield, Missouri heard these magical words from her employer, it opened up the opportunity for her and her husband, retired firefighter Gerry Koeneman, to move overseas.  Brittany has been working as an accountant for a construction […]

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