Is there a favorite place that you frequent? Do you love spending time there? Do you enjoy their product or service? Maybe, possibly, it could turn into a perfect retirement dream job. Try volunteering somewhere and see if you like it. If you are all a great fit for each other, maybe it can turn into employment where you earn income. Over half of retirees are working not only for the salary but the activity and social connection too.
Since Americans are living longer and typically healthier lives, traditional retirement is postponed or doesn’t happen at all. Supplementing income to support the desired retirement lifestyle makes a positive financial impact and helps retirees take less out of their retirement plans. Many retirees find adding a stable part-time income makes a significant difference in their retirement lifestyle.
Dream retirement jobs do exist where you can do something exciting and have a flexible schedule. Discuss it with a potential employer, try a trial run as a volunteer and see if something perfect can be worked out where everyone wins. Think about what you want from your employment. Is it solely income? Is it to interact with people? Is it to learn something new or share a passion?
Before retirement, most people have to focus on doing what makes the most financial sense. During retirement, there may be a bit more flexibility where you can do what you love and not have to focus on the amount being earned. Everything will add up to help you live the retirement lifestyle of your dreams.
There are many websites where you can work from home such as Freelancer.com and other sites such as YourEncore.com and PatinaSolutions.com that cater to experienced professionals matching them with organizations needing your seasoned experience. There’s also always a need for occasional babysitters (care.com), pet sitters (rover.com), errands (taskrabbit.com), and grocery delivery services. AARP is also still a great resource to keep in mind as you search for the perfect retirement dream job. If you love pets, try working at a pet care facility or a veterinary clinic. If you like children, check out the local child care center. If you love plants and have an entrepreneurial spirit, try making terrariums and selling them or work at a garden center. These are all valid ways to earn an income and even add some benefits or store discounts.
As you earn income, be sure you understand your social security benefits. Talk to a qualified professional to be sure you are getting the most out of your benefits and making the best choices for your retirement.
As you search for the perfect retirement dream job, be sure to find something that works for you. After all, retirement even though it is not what it use to be still needs to be enjoyed. The perfect retirement dream job will be one that you can enjoy and feel great about at the end of each day.