As a child, it never occurred to me I’d need to someday come up with ideas for retirement income. I thought adults worked all their lives and then retired and did anything they wanted.
I suppose some adults do this. They plan early on to save and invest. They’re more responsible than I was. 🙂
Why You May Need Retirement Income
Oh, my dad taught me to save a little every month. He said it would add up and by the time I retired, it would be worth quite a bit. That plus my teacher retirement would make for nice retirement living.
But retirement seemed soooo far away. My 25 year old self couldn’t imagine being 55 much less 65; I had plenty of time to save for retirement, so I simply didn’t save.
Because of a few other choices I made throughout the years, I’ve all of a sudden found myself at 51 with no clear way to retire on time.
I either need to teach for another 10 years (please, no) or work another full or part time job in retirement in order to earn retirement income.
Fortunately, starting my first blog about six years ago and learning all I could about making money from it, has given me a second income so that I won’t have to work for someone else. Being my own boss has always been my dream.
My husband says I’m the boss of the house, so that counts, too, right? 🙂
You may not have the same dreams and desires as I do; that’s perfectly natural. You should be able to get some ideas from this list no matter what you love to do.
Ideas for Retirement Income
1. Start a blog
Blogging has been such a blessing to me. I’ve been able to pay down debt faster, take care of things like car repairs and household needs without as much worry, and even save more than I ever have before.
It’s easy to start a blog; however, blogging is not a get rich quick job. I suggest starting as quickly as possible so that you have a year or two building content and traffic in order to make a good income.
Related Post: How to Start a Blog (and Live Your Passion)
2. Work or volunteer at an animal shelter
I dreamed of running an animal rescue as a child. In my mid 20s, I even volunteered at a wolf rescue. It was so much fun! If you love animals but haven’t had a chance to work with them, consider it an option for a retirement job.
3. Work at a pet store
Just like with working at an animal shelter, working part or full time at a pet store would be a great option if you love pets. I’m a little iffy about the snakes, lizards, and rats, so I think an animal shelter would be best. That’s just me, though. 🙂
4. Work part-time at a fashionable clothing store
While I’m the farthest from fashion queen, maybe you have an eye for what’s stylish and what looks good. Working in fashion could be a perfect option for you if it’s something you love but haven’t been able to be a part of.
5. Work at a book store
We have a wonderful local bookstore I’d love to possibly work in some day. Readers tend to be nice people (not that non-readers aren’t, but if you’re a reader you know what I mean!). And there’s just something about sharing good books with others that.
6. Work at a library
On the same note as the book store, working at a library would be fun if you love books. In a library, you’d also be able to help people with research.
7. Be a teacher’s aide in a special education classroom
Schools need good, kind people to become paraprofessionals in special education classrooms. You would be on about a 170 day contract so would have other time off to pursue other interests.
8. Teach community classes on a hobby you love
Whether you knit, paint, bake, blog, or anything else, consider teaching classes on your hobby to the community. It’s a great way to make money doing what you love.
9. Become a tour guide at a nearby museum or nature center
Here in the middle of the Ozark Mountains, we have a myriad of state parks, museums, and so on. Being a tour guide would allow you to share your interests with others.
10. Short story writer
I’ve known several people who write short stories and submit them to magazines for publication. This can be hard to break into, but once you have a publishing credit or two, you’re more likely to be accepted at others. Follow each magazine’s guidelines carefully.
Some magazines send a curt ‘no’ in response, but I’ve had a few tell me that while that particular story wouldn’t work they would love to see more. Some even gave me a few pointers. If you get any personal interaction like this, take it as a good sign. Keep writing and submitting!
If you want to retire on time or early and haven’t properly prepared, you’ll need ideas for retirement jobs.
While it might sound nice to do absolutely nothing, I know I’d get bored after a while. Wouldn’t you? I need to keep working and earning an income. Even if you don’t, you might want to find a fun job to challenge yourself and to give yourself something meaningful to do.
In fact, just because you retired from one job that may or may not have been your passion, you most likely would like to begin to or continue to follow your passion and your purpose.
For my first career, I wanted to be my own boss, but I didn’t follow that path or plan as you can read about in the article, xxxxxx. As I begin to look towards retiring and following what I’m passionate about, I will finally be able to do that by being my own boss as I become a full time blogger.
What stands out to you on the list? I’d love to hear what your dream job in retirement would be!
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