Although we’ve never met, I’m pretty sure you’re facing the transition to retirement at some point in the not too distant future. Otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this article.
By being here, you’re telling me that you understand this is a process, rather than a one-off event. You’re currently in the pre-retirement period, reading and researching all the options available to you. You’re full of expectations, but have yet to decide whether you’re excited by these, or anxious.
Transition to Retirement: A Worrying Time?
The transition into retirement can be daunting. You’re probably feeling a mix of emotions, and are looking for support as you prepare mentally for life after retirement.
Maybe everyone you speak with dwells on the financial aspects of retirement planning but not on the psychological concerns you may have. Finances are important, of course. In a moment, I’ll discuss an idea that can help you boost your retirement income.
Let’s Examine Those Anxieties in More Detail
During the 2020 global health crisis, many of us had to adapt to working from home. Today’s technology allowed us to “meet” via video over the Internet. You may have made new friends and acquaintances this way. I did. This may have helped reassure you that there are ways to beat the loneliness that leaving full-time employment can sometimes cause.
Are you worried that you’ll be retired and bored at home all the time? We’ve all been there! Perhaps you’ve always wanted to travel? Circumstances or your budget may not permit that, so you might need to investigate other activities that you can do, either alone or with friends and family.
Are you married? If your spouse is younger (or even older) than you, he or she will also have to adjust to a new lifestyle.
She or he may choose to continue to work after you retire, or get used to having you at home. That’s something you’ll need to discuss between yourselves, so that both of you can thrive in retirement.
Looking for an Alternative Transition to Retirement?
If you don’t feel you’re ready to stop work overnight, have you considered going part-time for a while? Or starting a side hustle from home?
I’m glad we’re having this discussion now, as the best time for retirement lifestyle transition planning is while you still have the stability of a full-time job.
The suggestion I’m going to make will take you time and effort. Like any venture, there will be planning and preparation to take care of. It might also include learning about things you’ve never tackled before. Ready for the challenge?
Consider the Following Questions
- What do you enjoy doing?
- What do you want to explore?
- What will give you a sense of purpose?
Is there a subject that you love and know inside out? Something you would like to learn more about? If your friends or family have questions about a certain topic, do they make a beeline to you for answers?
Is there a particular pastime that you would love to do, make, create or write about every day, then look forward to getting up the next morning to enjoy it all over again?
How many other people around the world are enthusiastic about the same thing? You don’t have to guess. There’s a special way you can find out!
How Can You Best Share Your Knowledge?
If all this sounds intriguing, then Solo Build It! (SBI!) could be the set of tools you need to present your knowledge to the world. I’ve used it myself to build my own site, Needlework Tips & Techniques.
It taught me, step-by-step, how to prepare for and then build my own online business. A website that gave me the chance to share my information and creativity while offering me the opportunity to earn an additional income, which I expect to grow throughout my transition into retirement, and for a long time after.
I remember being unsure at first, but it turned out to be one of the best decisions I made (marrying my husband of 42 years was the other)!
Solo Build It! isn’t for everyone. How will you know if it’s right for you? Try it for three months without any obligation to continue! Each Solo Build It! subscription comes with a 90-day money-back guarantee.
Make the most of those 90 days! Full training and instructions are included in the form of an Action Guide that will lead you through the process.
We’re Here to Help
If you need additional help, you can find it in the dedicated forums, which are just for SBI! members. They have all been where you are now. They followed the Solo Build It! Action Guide (just as I did) and now either have their own online business, or are beginning to build one.
Pre-retirement is an ideal time to discover Solo Build It!, although you can start your online business after retirement. There are many sites that now earn their owners more than their previous full-time salary.
Excited to get started? Here’s the link you’ll need to sign up and try Solo Build It! for yourself…