Just because we’re Baby Boomers doesn’t mean we’re stuck in the dark ages. Many of us are active online and use the Internet and other technology daily. We may be working online to make retirement income, searching for information, or using it for simple enjoyment. That’s why I’ve put together a list of my favorite electronics and technology products for tech savvy Baby Boomers whether you are a blogger like myself, an online entrepreneur, or just like tinkering with technology.
Tech-savvy tools for small business
A large number of Baby Boomers are running small businesses whether it’s something they’ve been doing for decades or are pursuing a new opportunity to supplement their retirement. Using online tools makes it easier and doesn’t use as much paper.
- FreshBooks Cloud Accounting – Free Trial – A convenient service for online invoicing and accounting – Easily and professionally send an invoice to a client. It creates branded invoice forms and links to pay buttons so you can get paid immediately. Clients can also choose the option to pay by check. It’s easy to see your account activity you can also track all your business expenses.
- Zoom – Conduct online meetings with your business partners and friends without leaving the comfort of your home. It’s easy to set up and use and you can connect it to your online or offline calendar.
Setting up your website
I’ve been helping other Baby Boomers blog and set up WordPress sites since 2008. It’s surprising how many people over 50 are starting online businesses. No matter what you’re promoting whether it’s a business, a project, a book you’ve written or another product you’re selling, you must have a website so that people can find you online.
- Bluehost for website hosting – I’ve been using Bluehost since I started my online business and I use them to host all my websites. Their customer service is in the U.S. and is excellent. Anytime I have a problem, I give them a call and they fix it immediately. I haven’t been disappointed yet. They offer excellent services and affordable options.
- Start a blogging business – Contrary to what you may believe, you can earn money by blogging and I teach other Baby Boomers who aren’t tech savvy how to do it. You may also want to take a look at my complete list of resources for bloggers
Do you love taking photos? I sure do, but I don’t want to get a pain in the neck carrying heavy equipment. When I travel, I always take a light camera in addition to my smartphone to get the best photos I can without the weight.
- Canon PowerShot – I’ve been using a Canon Powershot camera for several years now. I love it because it has an awesome zoom lens, is light enough to carry around when I’m traveling and is affordable. Canon always makes great cameras. You can go more high-end with a larger camera like the Canon Rebel, with more bells and whistles, but I like that the SX540 is the perfect solution, and easy to use for those of us who aren’t professional photographers.
Create Videos and Audio
I’ve been a voice actor for over 35 years so it’s a no-brainer that I’m interested in recording audio and shooting videos. I have a podcast that has over 90 episodes on it that is currently on hold that you can listen to here.
- Techsmith – I love using Camtasia to create videos and it’s improved so much through the years. You can add titles, transitions, annotations, audio and so much more. The best part is that you can send it straight to YouTube or Vimeo as soon as you’re done. They let you take a free trial before you purchase to see if you like it. I also use Snagit to do screenshots and quick recordings. You can edit your photos, add text, shapes, callouts, resize, overlays, you name it. I don’t know what I would do without either of them.
- Roland R-07 Studio WAVE/MP3 Recorder – Have you tried podcasting yet? For on the go recording of audio. I recommend the Roland R-07 to create podcasts on-the-go, or just simply to get great quality when you record a lecture, tour, or meeting. The files download as an MP3 or Wave file and it has a built-in and powerful condenser microphone. Another very popular high-quality recorder is the Zoom H5.
- Audio-Technica AT2020USB+ Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone– This is what I use to record my voice-over auditions, and to do podcast interviews. It’s affordable and has excellent sound quality.
Having fast Internet and a good smartphone is important for tech-savvy Boomers. You want the fastest available to avoid frustration.
- Boost Mobile – Get 4 Lines at $25 line/mo.with Mobile Hotspot per line and unlimited Gigs. Plus: Unlimited Data, Talk & Text On All Lines When You Switch.
- Sprint – Good deals on unlimited data plans. For just $25 per month you get unlimited data, talk, and text. You can use the phone you own already or buy a new one with no annual contracts.
- Zone030.com – Do you worry about being exposed to radiation from your smartphone, computer or other electronic devices? This company, based in Israel provides protection in the form of SMART CARDS that you can attach to your devices.
Reading and listening to books
For those of you who love to read but don’t have room in your house for more books, enjoy your reading material on a device you can take anywhere.
- Audiobooks – Listen to over 100,000 audiobooks for a low monthly fee. It’s sort of like the book clubs we joined when we were young except that you can listen to books on your smartphone or tablet.
- Kindle Oasis E-Reader – Graphite, 7″ High-Resolution Display (300 ppi), Waterproof, Built-In Audible, 8 GB, Wi-Fi – Includes Special Offers.
Other cool stuff
- Phone Tripod, UBeesize Portable – Use it to hold your cell phone or GoPro for selfies.
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