Working from home in retirement can be a great way to stay active without having to fully re-enter the workplace

Bidding adieu to the rat race after working for decades can be a very liberating experience. Not having to commute to work or deal with a demanding boss and coworkers is a reason for celebrating!

For many active adults, this milestone can actually open up a whole new world of career options. This new found time can be used to develop a rewarding new career, where you can be your own boss. It is also an excellent way to supplement that retirement income. With a computer, internet connection, and some other office equipment, setting up for a successful work-at-home business is easier than ever. More and more adults 55+ are looking into at-home careers, and it is something you might want to consider.

Using Your Experience

Many retirees want to remain professionally active and remain in their chosen field of work. This kind of experience can be used in a home office and can be quite lucrative. An accountant that worked for a large firm can relocate to their house and easily prepare tax returns and perform other accounting work from there. This can also work for lawyers, writers, designers, and other professionals looking to downsize. The gig economy has created lots of opportunities for people with specific skills. 

Something Altogether New

Have you always dreamed of another type of career? Now is the time to give it a try. First, though, you will need to do some research. A new job in another field will require learning new skills, volunteering can teach you the ropes. For example, if you want to open up your own dog-walking company, you can donate your time at an animal shelter and then grab a part-time job walking dogs for someone else. If you belong to a social club, volunteer to help with the group’s management. Once you feel confident enough, you can move ahead.

Networking Will Get You Working

Make sure to tell your family and friends about your new venture and ask them to pass the information along. This is one of the best ways to get new clients. Joining a local Rotary Club, Toastmasters, and other local business groups can also put you in touch with potential clients.

Being familiar with social media is an added plus. You can promote your business through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and whatever other outlets that you choose. If not, now is the time to learn. Classes and support groups can be found at local libraries, community colleges, and online.

Housekeeping for Your Business

With a little planning and creativity, you can set up your own shop and have clients contacting you for work. It is important to register your business in the state in which you live. Fortunately, this can be accomplished online. Keeping tax records is also a necessity. Opening up a separate bank account for the business and keeping accurate records of your credits and debits are also integral parts of running a home-based business. Neglecting these will likely lead to problems later so make sure to handle these details up front and maintain your records. Proper housekeeping will free you up to pursue your at-home business goals.

What do you need to get started? Just a willingness to learn, and some motivation! Finding your dream job during retirement will help you live your life to the fullest with a strong sense of purpose, and can add a nice cushion to your nest egg.