For many, retirement is automatically translated thus: “you will stop working, which is just not acceptable”. Therefore, retirement from work is equivalent to “death”. If you have been a productive worker all your life and someone asked you what your dream retirement might be, you might respond: “to work”. This is because you may be one of those people for whom work is what gives meaning and purpose to life.
It is not fair for us to impose the same retirement standards on everyone. To say that to enjoy your golden years, you must take up fishing, start sleeping until noon, sit in a rocker and watch the day go by; and gradually turn into a senior citizen, would be viewed by many as being sentenced to life-imprisonment.
Some decide to continue to work into their retirement years because they did not or could not adequately prepare for retirement. Whatever the situation, there are some adjustments that should be made so as to shift to a retirement career. These will ensure that you can continue to do well into your senior citizen years. If that happens to you, you can get a jump-start on finding a career that suits you in your retirement: a career that can be an income generator that might never go away.
It is usual for men, in their later years, to start a new career. This is for instance, a career where you can use your creative side: one that can be a natural transition into retirement.
Many times, the skills and knowledge you learned in the business world, during your first career can transition you into a lucrative consulting career late in life. One way to explore this option is to think of the venders who sold goods and services to you when you were in your previous career and contact them to see if you might now represent their services as a former satisfied customer. If you had specialized knowledge and training in how to use their software, or a technical product, that training which your former employer paid for can now transition you into an exciting career as a sales representative or sales-support for the very companies who once had you as a customer.
The internet can also open up worlds of moneymaking opportunities that you can use to land work or sell something you may have made by setting up your own website; and learning how to promote yourself online. Many cottage industries have taken off and been hugely successful: just getting what you do out into cyberspace. For example, if you are talented at making beautiful artistic pottery, you can create a line of pots that is perfect for sale over the internet. You can work with a skilled internet web-developer, and promoter, to get your product out on the internet; and before long, you might have more orders than you can handle flying out through your website: translating into money and filling your bank account with profits.
The ways you can create a new business in your retirement years are only limited by your lack of imagination. And once you have a good new career going, you will not have many of the worries other retired people have. You can enjoy the freedoms of a retirement lifestyle and make plenty of money at the same time. And that is a great combination.