Do you have a hobby?
Do you have a passion outside of your day job?
Now that I am retired, I have the time to discover new interests/hobbies, or further develop old ones.
I used to play golf which I enjoyed more than I was good at. Love of the outdoors is what drove me into that hobby.
Golf is a great way to stay physically active in retirement, I guess that is why it is so popular.
Since I have retired, I have discovered that doing woodworking is calming and mentally challenging. The more I do this, the more I learn and acquire new skills.
I’m not very good at it yet, but I have built a couple of things that other people liked and have shared that with me. So that will encourage me to do more of it in the future
There seems to be a pattern around the hobbies I choose. I’m not very good at them, but I enjoy them very much.
This is what being retired is about for me. I finally get to do what I want to do and when I want to do it.
You worked hard and long during your career and now is the time to retire. This does not necessarily mean that the cash flow has to stop.
The thought of living on a set or fixed income is troubling to me. Who says I have to do this?
I have a lot of interest and things I want to do. Sometimes it takes money to support those things.
There is a lot of untapped talent among our retired and we need to realize our potential. This is the time in your life to turn your passions into a self-sustaining hobby.
In this article, lets discuss why it is important to stay active, lets discover new things that interest you, and how can I fund those interests so I can continue to enjoy them during your retirement.
It’s about staying mentally and physically sharp!
Have you heard the saying, “you are only as old as you feel”?
Do you ever say, “my body is getting old, but I think I am still young”?
There is a lot of truth and reality in these statements.
There is research by Howard Friedman, author of The Longevity Project, that says “Mental health affects physical health, and physical health affects mental health”. This is an objective assessment that personal character traits are associated with life longevity.
I believe that hobbies can keep a person mentally and physically sharp. A person that has worked their entire adult life will find it hard to stop at an age that is programmed into us to stop working.
For many of us, retirement does not mean for us to stop working. It means you now have the choice to do what you want to do and when you want to it.
The benefits of living in this technology driven world today is we can monetize just about anything, including our hobbies in this thing called retirement.
Do what interest you!
Go where you passion is and you will not have to work another day. Many of us share common interest and passions. These interests and passions makes it ideal to market because there is a large audience for you to capture.
Most of us in our working careers, we were good at:
These are all the skills of our adult working careers that we either learned or applied naturally. Now you can choose the what, when, and where of how you will apply these skills.
You can choose your interests and passions, then applying these skills to them. This is transferring these skills from your working life to retirement life.
With this comes the freedom you are seeking in retirement!
Now let’s see how we can make a passive or supplemental income during your retirement by applying these skills.
Hobbies that make money after retirement!
Teach what you love to do.
- If you are a skilled photographer, a chef, a salesman, play piano, or an engineer, you can continue to teach what you have learned over the years. Become the local piano teacher or teach at a local adult educational school is an excellent way to teach your skills.
You love to make things.
- Turn this passion into income by selling these goods at the local fairs or farm to markets.
You love to write.
- Start writing a blog or for the local newspaper. You have a unique perspective that many will find very interesting to read about or about what you are thinking.
- Tell people or show them how to do things based on your experience. Do a how to blog or step by step procedure on repairing something of your interest.
I bet you can create things that are needed.
- Use you skills to create things that will fill a gap in what is being needed. For example, cooks need knives, yoga needs mats, and coffee drinkers need mugs.
- There are many creative ways to produce these items and there is always a need for them.
Help lead the way.
- Work at a local museum, lead tourist to the attractions in your city, or lead a nature trail group exploring the outdoors. There is always a need for a good leader.
Hobbies that can make you money online!
- Do you love to take pictures? Sell your photos online to Shutterstock.com. You can earn a percentage or set amount for each photo that you sell.
- Show someone how to research and purchase the right camera for their hobby. If it is Nikon, Canon, Samsung, or Pentax, show them how to pick the one that has the options they will need to succeed.
- Write an eBook about something that you are an expert on. This can be a how to and it does not have to be a novel. It can be as short as 20 pages as long as it tells your reader how to do something or guides them to what they are seeking. Amazon loves to sell your eBooks.
- Be a ghost writer for a blogger. With the competition that the online blogger faces, they will always be looking to outsource this part of their business. Some of the most popular online writing sites that the online blogger uses are:
- Teach by being an Online Tudor. With the rise in homeschooling, the online tutor has never been in such great demand. This is an excellent way to share your skills and knowledge.
- One example of this is Tudor.com.
These are just a few examples on how you can leverage your skills and make money while doing so.
You have the knowledge, the experiences, and the skills necessary to help others.
Who needs a Job, I have Retirement!
As you can see and if you apply a little imagination, you can:
- stay active in your retirement years, both mentally and physically
- discover new things that interest you and share your life skills and experiences
- fund those interests or passions either locally or online
If you have followed this site, you know I have chosen to earn a passive income as an affiliate marketer online.
This is fulfilling my needs and wants to share my skills and experiences:
This allows me to stay socially active, physically active, and mentally active while working when, where, and what I want to. I set my schedule and have the time for myself and my family.
This to me is living retirement with freedom!
So as they say,“you are only as old as you feel”!
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