Guest post by Jim Vogel,

Teaching classes or giving presentations is an excellent way to share your knowledge and expertise with others.

Having a post-retirement career is not an idea that crosses the minds of many retirees. Retirement is supposed to be the end of working and the beginning of freedom.

However, many seniors find that retirement does not suit them. The risk of social isolation and depression increase after retiring due to the lack of activities and diminished social network. Some seniors simply find retirement dull.

If you want a job that allows you to fully enjoy retirement while still keeping engaged and active, here are a few jobs that might be the perfect fit.

Real Estate Agent

Most seniors have purchased at lease one home during their lifetime. This life experience is invaluable to the real estate community, making real estate a very viable option when looking for your new post-retirement career.

Real estate agents get to control their own schedules, which is an ideal benefit for retirees who are busy enjoying life. Meeting new clients is a perfect way to avoid social isolation and the resulting depression while bringing in a little extra cash.

Tour Guide

Tour guiding is an easy job that brings you in contact with people and allows you to teach guests about a subject you care about. If there is a museum or other attraction you enjoy, try sending in an application. Guiding a few tours each week will connect you with people, bring in extra money, and give you something fun to do.

Rental Car Driver or Cleaner

Seniors have been driving long enough to have valuable experience on the road. Some large rental companies need help transferring cars from one branch to another, driving cars to get oil changes, or simply driving cleaned, prepared cars around the rental lot. You can even apply for a car cleaning job where you’ll help turn around recently-rented vehicles for the next customer.

Community Teacher

Community education programs offer a wide variety of subjects you could teach. Did you have a career in finance? Teach an introductory course on financial literacy. Are you a master knitter? Offer knitting classes at your local craft store or community center. This can be a fun way to pass on what you know while earning a little money and meeting new people.

Doggy Daycare

As people become busier and busier, the need for pet care services is skyrocketing. If you have space in your home, you may want to consider opening a doggy daycare  service for the people in your neighborhood.

There is no better way to stay young than playing with dogs every day. If your home is a little on the smaller side, keep in mind that there is a growing market for small breed-specific pet care. The average toy-sized dog runs the risk of getting trampled at a traditional daycare, leaving pet parents at a loss for safe, fun, small breed care.


There are infinite opportunities for retirees to keep busy. These are just a few fun, engaging options that might make a good post-retirement career, but the sky is truly the limit for your golden years. Inquire if your favorite shop is hiring or find a volunteer cause you care about. You will be able to enjoy your retirement more if you love what you’re doing.

Jim Vogel and his wife created after they began caring for their ailing parents. With the site, he hopes to spread awareness about senior health and wellness and to provide valuable resources for caregivers on other senior-related topics. When he isn’t working on the site, Jim enjoys fishing and reading, in addition to spending time with his family.

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The allure of retiring to another country can be tempting, but proceed with caution.
The allure of retiring to another country can be tempting, but proceed with caution.

If you have traveled internationally, you have probably visited charming, exciting places and thought about how great it would be to retire there. You may be motivated to stretch your retirement dollars in a place with lower cost of living and cheaper health care. Maybe you want to enjoy your leisure years in a locale with a warmer climate and breathtaking natural beauty. Perhaps you are ready for a new adventure and the opportunity to discover new lands and experience new cultures. Or maybe you are formulating an escape plan in the event your least favorite candidate makes it into the White House.

Whatever your motivations are, if you are considering retiring to another country, here are twelve factors to research and consider before you start packing.

...continue reading "12 Questions You Need to Answer Before Retiring Overseas"

Retire Fabulously Snowbirds Crowded Freeway Heavy Traffic Retirement

Each year, over a million people migrate from colder regions of the United States and Canada to sunny locations in Florida, Arizona, and other Sunbelt states. To these snowbirds, seasonal migration offers the best of both worlds – an opportunity to maintain ties to family, friends, and familiar places, while also enjoying a change of scenery and an escape from cold, wintry weather. While there are many advantages to being a snowbird, there are also challenges and additional expenses to consider before you start packing.

...continue reading "8 Essential Planning Considerations for the Snowbird Lifestyle"

live-mic-logo-2Earlier today I had the pleasure of catching up with my friend Mark McNease on his podcast, "Live Mic with Mark McNease."

Mark and I discuss his recent transition from working in the corporate world to following his own passions and pursuits (he's says he's not ready to retire just yet), the fact that many retirees (or post-employment folks) still need to generate some income, and recent positive developments on both of our journeys.

Mark is an author, journalist and publisher who now has six gay murder-mysteries and several short stories published. He runs the website, and he has been an invaluable supporter and promoter of Retire Fabulously! I was honored to have Mark edit my first book, Design Your Dream Retirement.

Grab your headphones and your favorite beverage and have a listen!


With so many factors to consider, choosing a place that’s just right for you can quickly become overwhelming.
With so many factors to consider, choosing a place that’s just right for you can quickly become overwhelming.

It's fun to think about where you want to retire. Once you no longer have your job tying you to a particular area, there's no reason not to relocate to a place that's more to your liking. Perhaps you want to move someplace warmer, closer to the water or where the cost of living is lower. But with so many factors to consider, choosing a place that's right for you can quickly become overwhelming.

In a poll of readers of this website, these ten factors emerged as the top criteria for choosing a good retirement location.

...continue reading "The 10 Most Important Criteria for Deciding Where to Retire"


Shouldn’t your retirement be exciting, liberating, and stress-free?

You have probably been anticipating your retirement for many years. Perhaps you’ve entertained some general ideas about what your retirement will look like, but you’re not sure what your day-to-day life will be like once the big day comes to pass.

Despite your years of anticipation, you may be surprised by what it’s really like to wake up and have no job to go to. You will find that your life will suddenly be different in more ways than you might ever have anticipated.

...continue reading "What Will Your First Year of Retirement Be Like?"


Will You Be Happy After You Retire
One key to happiness in retirement is to cultivate a network of people you enjoy.

At first, this may seem like a rhetorical question. After all, you won’t have to work anymore! You will no longer have to deal with pressure, deadlines, performance reviews, demanding customers, or annoying co-workers. You can shut off the alarm clock and get up when you want. And best of all, no more boss! (Well, except maybe your spouse.) Why wouldn’t you be happy after you retire?

As it turns out, enjoying a happy retirement does not automatically happen when you kiss the old job goodbye. Not surprisingly, it takes more than simply saving enough money.

While what makes you happy is as individual as you are, these five tips will enable you to make good lifestyle choices and approach retirement with the right frame of mind to truly be happy after you retire.

...continue reading "Will You Be Happy After You Retire?"

To ensure a fun and meaningful event, start by asking the honoree how he or she would like to celebrate and who should be invited to the party.
To ensure a fun and meaningful event, start by asking the honoree how he or she would like to celebrate and who should be invited to the party.

One of the nicest rites of passage when someone wraps up their working career and transitions to retirement is the retirement party. If you have been given the opportunity to help plan a retirement party, here are some suggestions to create a send-off that the retiree will appreciate and remember.

...continue reading "How to Plan and Execute a Memorable Retirement Party"


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The amount of money you need to retire is not a simple calculation.

How much money do you need to retire?

This is probably one of the most significant questions facing workers approaching retirement age, and it's not simple to answer. Some experts will tell you that you will need 80 percent, 85 percent or even 100 percent of your pre-retirement income to live comfortably during retirement. Other sources report that you need some level of savings, such as $1 million, $1.5 million or eleven times your ending salary to be able to finance your retirement.

But the question of how much money you need to retire can't be answered by a one-size-fits-all formula. There are at least seven questions you need to ask – and answer – before you can determine how much money you need to retire.

...continue reading "7 Reasons Why Retirement Income Formulas May Not Work For You"


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Exciting news! I am now a contributor to U.S. News & World Report's "On Retirement" blog!

Hopefully, that will allow this website to reach a much wider audience.

Under my agreement with them, I am allowed to re-post articles I write for U.S. News on this website four days after they are published there, so you will be able to read them on either site. This also holds my feet to the fire to write an article every week!

I grew up with U.S. News & World Report (the magazine). It was my parents' news magazine of choice. I subscribed to it for many years after I reached adulthood. They (and I) felt that it was more impartial, in-depth, and insightful than Time or Newsweek.

Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that one day I would be writing for it. Of course, back then I couldn't conceive of the internet and web-based publications in my wildest dreams, either.

Look for my first article on the U.S. News "On Retirement" blog late next week (August 18 or 19), and on this website early the following week.

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