Waspi pensioner boosts income by £600 a month with side hustle | Personal Finance | Finance

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The 65-year-old, from Stroud, says her side hustle has enhanced her life “on so many levels”, providing between £400 and £600 in extra income each month. She says she enjoys the social side of her job and knowing that the company is eco-friendly.

Forever Living Products is a range of Aloe Vera-based items, including skincare and other daily healthcare products.

Ms Mann explained why she got into the business selling the products: “I started my business with Forever Living because I had seen my grandparents struggle and live a very frugal retirement, solely on their state pension, and I had always been determined that would not happen to me.

“Due to life circumstances, I found myself looking at just that sort of life and I was determined that would not happen.

“I knew there must be something I could do to not only get me the pension I wanted but also that would enhance my physical and mental health. Which this business has done in spades.”

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Ms Mann is one of around 3.8 million women born in the 1950s who were affected by moves to bring the state pension age into line with men.

Many of these women align themselves with a campaign group called Women Against State Pension Inequality, and thus call themselves Waspi women.

The campaign group, amongst others, has campaigned for years for “fair and fast compensation”, arguing women were not provided with ample enough notice about state pension age changes.

Many saw their retirement age jump from 60 to 65, and then to 66 in 2020, and some have argued they suffered financially and emotionally as a result.


The business operates in more than 160 countries, and Ms Mann is currently recruiting in Portugal to expand the retailer’s reach.

She spoke about the flexibility of the business, saying: “The great thing about a business like this is that you fit it around your existing commitments, not the other way round.

“And you can pick it up and put it down if you need to and I am working towards the stage when I can, if I want to, stop working and still get paid.

“I think that is very unlikely to happen any time soon, the stopping working, because I love what I do so much.”

Research from the Office for National Statistics suggests nearly half of Britons are considering taking on a side hustle to make ends meet.

When it comes to top-paying roles, translator roles can bring in the most money, with average advertised salaries of up to £48,648.

Content creation jobs such as Influencer, Graphic Designer and Photographer, can earn £36,461, £36,145 and £33,306 respectively.

Strategy and planning roles such as Virtual Assistant (£35,521) and Social Media Manager (£33,729) are also an option for enterprising Britons.

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