Retirement income

Gary George

Editor at Senior Confidential, father of 3, married to my high school sweetheart, living my dream life in Dripping Springs, TX
Oct 8  ·  6 min read
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How Seniors Can Supplement Their Income By Freelancing
I bet you can do AT LEAST one of these right now
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People used to follow set career paths.

They would work for decades, perhaps in the same company, and retire, hoping to forget the stress of job hunting in their golden years.

Globalization and rising costs, however, have forced today's retirees to seek sources of supplemental income.

Retired professionals may also want to dabble in different interests.
The Internet and cellphone technology have resulted in the growth of a new freelance market.

A retiree has the opportunity to have a decent income without the stresses of a full-time career.
What is Freelancing?
Freelancing refers to working for businesses or individuals as independent contractors instead of full-time employees.

It offers flexibility, with people working from home or on the go.

Freelance work is often on a project basis, with several opportunities available at once.

It can vary from home writing to graphic design.
Why Freelancing is Suitable for Retirees
Freelancing and retirement are an excellent mix because retirees possess invaluable knowledge.

It is a precious commodity, sought after by individuals and businesses.

The flexibility of freelancing is attractive to many retirees and retired professionals because they can decide where they work.

Also, projects vary, which provides excitement.

Freelancing also gives a person the chance to be the boss of himself.

He doesn't have to answer to the needs of employers.
Where to Find Freelance Work
Finding work as a freelancer is as simple as turning on the computer and surfing the internet.

Freelance websites like PeoplePerHour, Elance, Guru, and Upwork help freelance professionals find work.

You may have to bid on projects, so competition is stiff.

Other sites like Craigslist, TaskRabbit.com, and Thumbtack.com offer job listings as well.

Craigslist lets people post ads asking for help, but responders should be wary of potential scams.

As mentioned above, there is a wide range of services retirees and retired professionals can offer online.
1. Graphic/Web Design
If you had a career as a graphic or web designer, then using photography, typography and digital tools like Adobe Photoshop to create ad or web layouts is straightforward.

These tasks are achievable remotely.
2. Freelance Writing
If you love the written word, consider a retirement career as a freelance writer.

It is a viable career because the number of employers who outsource writing tasks has increased.

Truelancer.com and Freelancer.com are examples of writing platforms with positions available for retirees.
3. Consultancy Services
You may have been a consultant in business or related fields.

Offering freelance consultancy services gives you the opportunity to use your knowledge, and help others as well.

It is also a way to keep your professional skills current.
4. Online Tutoring
Another option is to offer online tutoring services.

Parents are ready and willing to spend large amounts on their children's education.

They are beginning to believe in online tutoring because it is flexible and convenient.

It is perfect for retirees who had prior experiences as teachers or tutors.
5. Freelance Marketing
Businesses are beginning to rely on freelance marketers to design their promotional plans.

Many of them only require marketers at specific times, e.g., at the launch of a new product or promotional event.

Hiring full-time personnel thus does not make monetary sense.

A retiree can take on these ad hoc projects at his leisure.  
In all, retirement does not mean the end of a career, but the start of a new one.
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