Find Happiness by Working After Retirement

by JS 

It is a fact that the workforce is aging out. That means that more and more people will be heading out of the work force in the next ten years.

Will there be enough good qualified workers to replace them? It doesn’t look like it.

Many baby boomers are returning to the workplace after they retire. Are they crazy? Maybe. Are they wanted? Definitely.

The average person still works at least until they are fifty-five. That is still a good ten years earlier than the recognized retirement age. Those baby boomers that wait until sixty-five and retire often look forward to years of relaxation once they get the gold watch. Often retired people take up hobbies to fill the time void left by having no job to show up at. At least that’s what we are told we should do when we retire.

If we look at the cliche: the men fish and the women learn to paint or tend to their garden.


Boring! And you know what? It sounds too boring to many retired people these days. Instead of living the next twenty or thirty years in the stream with a fly reel, they return to the world of work. But it is not like it was before. Work actually provides many benefits besides the paycheck; social interaction, a sense of accomplishment, goals and rewards.

Surprise – Work Can Be Enjoyable

It is probably shocking to some people to realize, but it is the concept that we actually do enjoy working is becoming more popular. It’s just having to work, being trapped in a job, and struggling to pay the bills that we don’t like.

  • Baby boomers have planned for their retirement.
  • They have saved in the conventional and unconventional ways and have money to live on after they finish working.
  • Now, work can take on a new role in their lives.
  • They can have the job of their dreams.

Most people worked the jobs that were available to them. Depending on the geographical location, they worked in sawmills and other factories, or service industry positions. It was a job of convenience because they had families to feed and kids to put through college.

When the family obligation is said and done, they can decide what they want to do instead of what they have to do. Many seniors find working after retirement to be less stressful and more enjoyable. The second half of life can be a time for a second career – the one you dreamed of.

How About Getting Rich Selling Your Knowledge

The job you choose may not make you rich, but it certainly could. As someone with a lot of life experience you are actually perfectly positioned as an information marketer. Currently, the information selling business is booming and all manner of products, from e-books to instructional video training are in huge demand as more and more consumers solve problems online.

Working after retirement is a fun proposition because the pressure is off. The possibilities are endless as companies mount campaigns to draw in seniors with the knowledge and experience they need. It used to be just the young who could write their own ticket; now the seniors are gaining on them. And remember, with your experience and knowledge there is never a better time to be entrepreneur.

Update: This story was featured on Moolamony in the week’s Carnival of Personal Finance.

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2 Responses to “Find Happiness by Working After Retirement”

  1. fathersez on June 1st, 2008 4:22 am

    You are right. Work becomes a chore when we don’t have a choice. Make it something that we want, and voila…it becomes a dream job.

    Tom Sawyer knew this and used it to his advantage.

  2. Carnival of Personal Finance #155 — Time With Family | Moolanomy on June 2nd, 2008 6:08 am

    [...] Find Happiness by Working After Retirement at Smart Money Daily — Retirement is fast becoming a myth, while a lot of people may be forced to work to augment their income a growing number are actually choosing to work…just because they enjoy it! [...]

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