Retirement is an exciting time, but it can be tough to leave behind the safety net of a stable income or the work routine you’ve followed for decades. Many seniors who reach retirement age end up working part-time; this can be for a variety of reasons, including wanting more spending money, miscalculations in retirement savings, or just a desire to experience new types of work. Whatever your reasoning is, there are multiple avenues you can take to work during your retirement without feeling overworked.
If you follow the tips below, you can generate extra cash while also remaining active and engaged in your passions, whether that’s a honing your skills in a hobby or spending time with your loved ones.
Start a small business.
Now that you’ve left the nine-to-five life, you can pursue your long-time hobbies more deeply and discover new hobbies you previously never had the time to try.
Fortunately, the demand for handmade goods and online courses is higher than ever before. Take advantage of your skillset and market yourself and your creations or talents on sites such as Etsy, Fiverr, and Skillshare. You can sell just about anything you can imagine on these online marketplaces. Keep in mind, you don’t need to necessarily sell material goods. Teaching lessons and online coursework can give others a starting point into the same hobby. Enlist the help of a loved one who knows how to navigate social media to help market your product; this small business can be a fun project to share with children or grandchildren.
Invest in real estate.
Consider saving any money you made from downsizing or moving to your retirement home, and invest it into purchasing a vacation rental property. This is a win-win situation because you have a vacation home you can use with loved ones and rent out when you’re not there for extra income. Choose a location for your vacation home that you and your loved ones enjoy vacationing at or choose an up-and-coming location that’s predicted to generate more ROI for you. The key is to not tie up all your money into an asset like real estate because it’s not very liquid, so if you invest in a rental property, make sure you have other readily available liquid assets you can fall back on during unexpected hardship.
If the thought of managing another property other than your own home stresses you out, consider hiring a property manager who can act as a landlord on your behalf (if that service fits in your budget).
If you find that you miss the routine of going to work, you can try working part-time. The key is to choose a job that you will enjoy rather than focusing on high-paying work. If you like animals, consider working at a local farm or animal rescue. If you enjoy the arts, work at an arts and crafts store or a local theater. Make sure you enjoy the atmosphere of your job, because you’ve earned the right to choose something that is fun and fulfilling!
Retirement doesn’t need to stop your drive to generate income. If you implement one or more of the tips mentioned, you can have a fun and financially comfortable retirement.