I often joke that when I ask people what they want to do in retirement at least half of them will respond, “Consulting.”
Jokes aside, this response comes as no surprise. Consulting can be a great way to bridge the gap between full-time employment and retirement. That’ s why I wanted to share three key points from a recent NY Times article that highlights consulting as a second-act career:
As we settle into 2015, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at some of the studies about boomers and retirement that appeared during 2014. While I am reluctant to put too much emphasis on any one individual study (we are talking about 78+ million people after all) the combined data offers some interesting insights into the changing nature of “retirement” in the United States.
So what does “retirement” look like as we begin 2015? Here are five key takeaways from the studies:
I recently received a note from a new visitor to the website asking the following:
“ I want to travel, have motorhome – will travel, and would love to get paid for it. Any suggestions for career changes? Keep up the great work and hope to hear from you soon.”
Rather than respond to her directly, I thought it would be helpful to post my answer here, since so many of you would like to figure out ways to blend work and travel during semi-retirement.
Here are a few suggestions (and no, these tips aren’t just for folks with motor homes):
Looking for a last-minute holiday gift idea for that hard to buy older person on your list?
Why not buy them a great book? Most people over 50 already have all the sweaters, cologne and socks they need, but a gift of inspiration and information is always welcome.
So if you know someone who is getting ready to retire, here are my recommendations of 10 books sure to please:
Whenever I speak about my book, I always get at least one question about how I got my book published. In all honesty, I find it somewhat surprising that so many people are interested in publishing a book during their semi-retirements.
After all, writing a book is a massive undertaking that takes time, persistence and marketing savvy (not to mention a really understanding spouse and a love of coffee).
In any case, if you’re an aspiring author, one of the decisions you’ll need to make, sooner rather than later, is whether to self-publish or pursue a traditional publishing contract.