I wanna start a new business.. Anybody know anything about kickstarter?
Playing online poker in a disciplined manner is one way of garnering the money on the side of whatever job you do.
Another way to get 'pure money' like that is to sell items you own online.
There's very little else you can do where you don't need to sign contracts or sell yourself out to another.
Old age is not always a disadvantage. Banks are FAR MORE likely to loan a LARGE AMOUNT to an elderly person with a good track record than a younger person with a good track record but they are FAR LESS likely to loan a SMALL AMOUNT to an old person with a bad track record than a young with a criminal record on top of iffy credit history.
If the reason you were a convict was money-related crime it's actually less likely you'll get a loan than if you were a murderer or some non-thief, non-fraud etc criminal.