Thinking about starting a business in retirement? If so, you’ve probably realized that you’re missing some of the “how-to” expertise you’re going to need to succeed. You know, things like how to create a blog – or how to use Twitter – or how to market your services using YouTube . Unfortunately, no matter how great you are at the core part of your business, not having those essential entrepreneurial skills could prove to be a real drag on your plans.
A recent NY Times article, At Leisure, or Still At Work paints a fascinating picture of the changing face of “retirement. Here are some of the key takeaways:
- Of the 42 million Americans age 65 or above, 18.7 percent remain in the labor force. That is a sharp increase from 13.9 percent a decade ago.
- According to the American Time Use Survey, in which the Bureau of Labor Statistics surveyed 136,000 people about how they spent their time, Americans over age 65 who were still employed typically worked six and a quarter hours a day.
- According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 20.1 percent of Americans 70 to 74 years old remain in the labor force; among those 75 or older, 7.5 percent still work.
The article also highlights the fact that the choice to continue working reflects not only financial concerns, but the desire to remain engaged, active and vital – a popular sentiment illustrated in this story:
“Raymond A. Raskin still works four days a week as a psychoanalyst in Manhattan even though he is well past 80. And like many, he continues to work because he loves working. “I like dealing with people,” he said. “I’m a people person, and I love helping them, plumbing the depths of their minds. I wouldn’t say it’s a challenge. It’s a joy. I like my work so much that I can’t think of not doing it.”
Couldn’t say it better myself. To read the full story, click here.
I am a technical writer who wants to continue to write into my retirement as a part time, low-stess job. I have always done a lot of personal writing for my own fulfillment and satisfaction. I actually started out writing for a free music newspaper. I have co-authored articles in the field of business process automation, a field I worked in for many years as a technical writer. Do you have any suggestions about an approach I might take to transition into a fun-filled retirement doing what I love, writing?
Ah, a question near and dear to my heart. Fortunately, I’ve got lots of resources that you might find helpful. But before doing so, I did want to share a note of caution.
I’m always on the lookout for great new training programs and tools to help you build your second-act career. And when they’re free, all the better! Here are two you’re going to love:
1) CreativeLIVE: Free online broadcasts of live classes covering a wide range of topics. Of particular interest for second-acters are their business workshops for creative entrepreneurs with titles like Unlock the Power of Pinterest, Make Your Website Work for You, Starting a Business over 40 and Social Media Bootcamp. This looks to be a phenomenal resource. In-depth classes (typically run over 1-2 days), high-quality instructors and handouts – all for free.
I’ve never been the sort of person who recites mantras or affirmations. But that said, I love inspirational quotes as much as the next person. Quotes provide a quick shot of perspective, inspiration and encouragement – just when we need it most.
Dealing with your career and planning career reinventions can be challenging. So to help you better manage, I compiled a list of 25 of my favorite career-related quotes.
Please chime in with your favorites by leaving a comment below. After all, you can never have enough motivation. As Zig Ziglar once famously said, “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily.”