Your friends are retiring and you too are of retirement age. You see them planning their new life with travel, socializing and possibly even furthering their education. They appear to be fully embracing life, as they should. It appears that they planned for their retirement and they planned well. Or did they?
Have they truly retired? It could be possible that they are working retirees and you don’t even know it. Because some have mastered how to work like they want to and not like they have to.
Many retirees continue to work after retirement and for several reasons:
- Some literally have to continue working because they don’t have a retirement fund. While they may want to, they just can’t retire
- Some have a retirement fund and continue to work to supplement their income for more financial freedom
- Some choose never to retire because they feel they will stay youthful with a vital mind and feeling of purpose and significance if they continue to work
- Some continue to work until their significant other retires so that they can do so together
- Some have worked long and hard their entire life and they dreamed of the day when they could do what they were called to do for full self-expression
Which one are you?
If you are still working, whether you have to or choose to, the purpose of this message is to encourage you to work as though you truly want to work and not as though you have to. Sure, it could be for appearance sake when it comes to socializing with other retirees. But, more so, it’s about how you feel while working that makes the difference. If you’ve already put in ‘your time’ and continue to work, let this time be gentler and more freeing.
If you find yourself looking for additional or even full-time income and you are over 50, this is the perfect time for you to choose well and do it with age-appropriateness. Yes, work with dignity. You are not 20 years old after all, so why not work at a pace that is sustainable and suits you?
How to work age appropriately
- Easy, peasy job – If you decide on a ‘real’ job, choose one that allows flexibility in hours so that you can travel and socialize when you’d like
- Consider becoming an entrepreneur – not just any entrepreneur, but a laptop entrepreneur (where you work solely from your computer and can work from anywhere, any time)
- Fits like a glove – Find a business opportunity that aligns with your personality and desired lifestyle. For instance, if you are not social, choose something that won’t require you to be on the phone or having to network
- What? No Stuff? Choose a business that is inventoryless – There’s nothing worse than having to travel with all your ‘stuff’. Let’s say you become an eBayer, find a way to sell small items or become a drop shipper
- Don’t push me – Choose a job or business that only challenges you to the limits you set. For instance, there is always a learning curve when you embark on a new experience. How large that curve is can be moderated by you. Are you going back to hitting the books? Get licensed? Do you have to learn a new language? Or would you prefer something that you are already qualified to do and can start immediately?
- How important is this? Depending on how much of a supplement this experience is to your life will determine your investment of time. Some make their entrepreneurship the nucleus of their lives. The business itself is what creates their desired lifestyle and supports their travel and social lives
- Stay flexible – if you plan to travel and be busy most of the day, choose something that allows for flexibility of days and hours. You don’t want to stop skiing mid-morning because you have to be somewhere
- Fun is the name of the game – When choosing something that will earn you money, consider doing something really fun. Something stimulating and maybe even a little daring. If you watch Grace & Frankie, you know they started selling vibrators for seniors. Find the ‘thing’ that keeps you thinking and feeling youthful!
Working during retirement doesn’t have to suck
Remember, retirement can be amazing! And so can working while in your retirement years, if you choose well, really well …Not out of fear or obligation. You deserve to live a fun, free-spirited life. You know, work like you WANT to and not like you HAVE to
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About the Author-
Fran Asaro is an active senior and never-going-to-retire entrepreneur who motivates and inspires other seniors. She offers laptop lifestyle opportunities to seniors interested in earning supplemental income with age appropriateness. Her philosophy is Work like you WANT to, not like you HAVE to.
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Retiring is over rated I feel.Productive work means we dont ever need to feel the need to stop working.Liked what you shared.
Hi Dr Amrita, thank you for your comments. I feel the same way. If you set yourself up to do what you love, then you can’t tell the difference between work and ‘real’ life, right?
Lori Ferguson says
You’ve brought up some interesting points about this next phase of life – what really struck me was your statement: “Find a business opportunity that aligns with your personality…” That’s so important! I’m an introvert and though I enjoy people, I really need time alone to recharge. Many opportunities, though enticing, wouldn’t be a good fit! I think I found it easier to adapt a few decades ago… 😉 Thanks for so many interesting points to ponder!
Hi Lori, thank you for your comments. Ironically, I lived my life as an extrovert until about 5 years ago when I watched a video about introversion. My mind was blown and I was off and running into my new world as an introvert. I can actually go both ways but I truly love my alone time. I feel that was the pivot point when I decided to become a laptop entrepreneur. I was tired of ‘having’ to perform at network meetings and do live events. I’m not shy, I just love my quiet and alone time So yes, please stay true to who you are and choose accordingly. There’s nothing greater than when your life fits like a glove and you are on the path meant for your vibrational energy. I wish you all the best in choosing. ~ enthusiastically, Fran
Debi Walter says
Such great information, Fran.
My husband retired a year ago after making three “soft-landings” as I like to tease. He wasn’t ready the other three times. The fourth one stuck and we are really enjoying it. I love the opportunities/ideas you provide for retirees no matter what their passion at this stage of life.
I am also doing the UBC. Looking forward to hearing more of what you have to share.
Hi Debi (fellow UBC’er) , thank you for your comments. I am thrilled to hear your husband is officially retired now! I am a ‘never going to retire’ type of person. But you never know! I am glad you will look for my new posts. I appreciate that. After having a blog for 12 years, created for the general public and women, this blog is dedicated to my new passion – to help active seniors find laptop lifestyle opportunities. So this is just the beginning and my mind races with all that I want to say! Keep enjoying your fun time! ~ enthusiastically, Fran