First Things First
It’s likely that you already have an idea about the direction you’d like to go, but it’s a good plan to lay out all of the possible options, first.
- What is your background?
- What are your strengths?
- What are your interests and/or hobbies?
- Are you interested in volunteering?
- Would you want a part-time position?
The answers are probably connected with your professional experience…the job you held for the majority of your career.
I’ll be offering suggestions for a variety of work options through the posts here on the Income Ideas for Retirement blog. There’s also a link on the menu at the top of this page. I’ll be posting new relevant information as I find it. I’ll cover other subjects, as well. Scams targeting everyone but especially retirees. Scammers are becoming more and more sophisticated and it’s important to know what to look for.
AARP has a wonderful program called Life Reimagined that is being introduced in various states, right now. AARP calls it “finding your sweet spot” and you can register free of charge. You’ll find activities to help you zero in on your best options. It’s actually fun!
AARP’s Bill Newcott says “it’s just a matter of seeking out the perfect fit between their gifts and the world of real opportunities out there.”
It’s a matter of finding a “good fit” for your lifestyle and your visions about your future.
Life Reimagined and Work Reimagined are two books that are companions to the program.
Both books have earned excellent reviews and are considered fine guides to help you decide “what you want to be when you grow up.”
Start by writing down your strengths and training, the amount of time you want to dedicate to a second career or part-time position, how much time do you want to dedicate to leisurely living?
Should I Stay or Should I Go?
That question means a lot more than just the lyrics from a 1970’s song! One of the big questions on the minds of someone about to retire is, “Where should I retire?”
It’s an exciting time! What do you want to do with the rest of your life and where do you want to do it?
You might consider moving to an active retirement community in a warm climate. There are so many excellent choices and I know that because I’ve visited many of them. It all comes down to the things you’ve been looking forward to doing in retirement. Most retirement communities are all inclusive…recreation, shopping, health facilities, etc.
If you live in a city and want to get away from the hustle and bustle, you might consider moving to a small community. One of the links I’ve provided in the post Great Websites for Retirees has a list of the best small towns for retirees.
On the other hand, if you love city life, you’ll find lists of the best countries and U.S. cities for retirement life in that post, as well.
Create a Website or Start a Blog!
BY THE WAY…If you’d love to turn your work experience or a hobby into a blog as a way of earning additional income, it’s completely do-able.
If you’re thinking that you have to be a writer, many blogs are started by people who are highly experienced in their fields and they write (blog) about that experience...they have a niche and they share their knowledge to others who are interested in that particular niche.
They don’t think of themselves as writers…they think of themselves as experts in their fields and they write to offer advice and share their expertise!
In the meantime, you should take a look at How to Start a Blog…here’s an easy and free site to get you started!
Please let me know in the comments if you have other suggestions. This is a good start!