One of the pleasures of retirement lies in enjoying friends through an extended and delightful lunch on a Friday afternoon. Of course, none of us consider ourselves retired. Larry manages rentals. Bill manages too many acres. Debbie and I own small businesses. Here’s the thing: Every retired person needs a side gig.
Why, you ask?
- Who couldn’t use a designated stash of mad money for travel?
- Who actually enjoys living on a strict budget of just Social Security?
- Who needs to pique the brain with stimulating interests?
I think I just described 99.9% of all seniors. Boomers, think about the tax deductions if nothing else! If you simply cannot fathom yourself in a side gig, comment below and let’s email back and forth. I’m full of ideas.
Friends who know me will affirm this truth: I am a serial entrepreneur, and at various seasons in my life I dabbled in several age-appropriate side gigs. When the boys were young and being home schooled, I wrote a monthly home school magazine and earned side money as a freelance graphic designer publishing corporate newsletters. When I owned a flourishing bead business and traveled to trade shows across the country, I also enjoyed a travel business. Each served me well. Each earned some money, but mostly I found them immensely rewarding. I haven’t changed. Right now I sell a fabulous affordable skincare line, and am positioning myself as a blogger. Writing brings me full circle to how I started, and since I think better with a pen in hand, it suits me. Writing brings my soul to water and refreshes me.
Find friends who share your interests and live life more fully, with grace and gusto. Retirement isn’t retirement. Not really. Hopefully not ever.