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Old 11-02-2011, 05:05 PM
 
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I kinda think I might upon full retirement. Depends upon where I am and what is around.

wouldn't be against it
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Old 11-02-2011, 06:18 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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I think about it all the time.
I'm a bit beat up but still too young to be 'retired'.

If the economy were in better shape I'd be pushing for something more.
But I need *something* to get the juices flowing again.
This is where I'm at. I am one who misses working. I was in nonprofit arts management and there was always a drama at work, believe me. But especially when we were in production for a show or concert, it was really exciting, a real high. I'm now realizing how much I miss all this even though I was terribly overworked. I'm trying to stay busy but to tell the truth....
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Old 11-02-2011, 08:12 PM
 
Location: Edina, MN, USA
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Well, as time goes by, now I find myself getting a little bored with retirement. I am considering starting a business, probably on line selling something, or something that a retired social worker could do, for money. Has anyone else thought of this solution to boredom and lack of retirement funds? If so, what have you chosen to do?

I have absolutely no business experience whatsoever. Have always been in the "helping professions" and now am stymied as to what I can do to increase my income, yet being aware of my physical limitations (arthritis) and other ailments (shrinking brain), pick an appropriate business. Any ideas? Find a need and fill it, so they say. Am looking for the "need".
I now realize I could never have been a stay at home mom/wife etc... I've grown tired of keeping myself busy with house stuff plus I find I get less and less done due to complete boredom with it all. I will be interested reading this thread. I need the old adrenalin high again.
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Old 11-03-2011, 07:20 AM
 
Location: State of Being
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I know this thread is about doing something to make money . . . but I have seen where volunteering can lead to other opportunities for making money. So don't rule out getting involved in something that is interesting . . . we meet new folks, discover new opportunities . . .

I have friends who are volunteering for their local community theatre and have opened new doors for themselves - new friends, new social settings. One friend discovered jewelry making b/c another volunteer was into it - and now she is selling her jewelry online - and hoping to find a local boutique that will carry her "line."

You just never know where you might find inspiration!
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Old 11-03-2011, 10:40 AM
 
Location: Prescott AZ
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I know this thread is about doing something to make money . . . but I have seen where volunteering can lead to other opportunities for making money. So don't rule out getting involved in something that is interesting . . . we meet new folks, discover new opportunities . . .

I have friends who are volunteering for their local community theatre and have opened new doors for themselves - new friends, new social settings. One friend discovered jewelry making b/c another volunteer was into it - and now she is selling her jewelry online - and hoping to find a local boutique that will carry her "line."

You just never know where you might find inspiration!
I do believe this is true. It isn't going to work if I just sit at home and try to think of a business to start. As a social worker, I could volunteer at a homeless shelter, for CPS, in a hospital, for foster care kids, etc. My concern is that sometimes I might want to tell them how to do things better, having been there. Am not one to just "go with the flow". As a volunteer, I think you have to be a little bit timid, even when you want to shout out WTH !! So, with that in mind, I will look for a volunteer "job" and TRY to keep my opinions to myself. Thanks for the suggestion !
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Old 11-03-2011, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Boca Raton, FL
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I know this thread is about doing something to make money . . . but I have seen where volunteering can lead to other opportunities for making money. So don't rule out getting involved in something that is interesting . . . we meet new folks, discover new opportunities . . .

You just never know where you might find inspiration!
I agree. Volunteering is wonderful and it feels good to give back. Also, you are an inspiration to others.
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Old 11-03-2011, 11:17 AM
 
Location: State of Being
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I do believe this is true. It isn't going to work if I just sit at home and try to think of a business to start. As a social worker, I could volunteer at a homeless shelter, for CPS, in a hospital, for foster care kids, etc. My concern is that sometimes I might want to tell them how to do things better, having been there. Am not one to just "go with the flow". As a volunteer, I think you have to be a little bit timid, even when you want to shout out WTH !! So, with that in mind, I will look for a volunteer "job" and TRY to keep my opinions to myself. Thanks for the suggestion !
Yes, I DO know what you mean!

It just occurred to me . . . you would probably be the PERFECT person to volunteer as a Guardian ad Litem! And in that circumstance, your ability to "see how to do things better" might be a huge asset to the program.

Serving in that position would put you in contact w/ attorneys and paralegals and could be the foundation for offering your services as an expert witness in your field.

And here is another job you are likely qualified for: what about taking duty for a suicide hotline? Or an EAP or eldercare hotline? They typically require a LSW or nurse . . . and many hotlines are operated out of homes these days (especially for the night shift). Don't know what your certifications are or where you are located but . . . thought I would throw that out there.
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Old 11-03-2011, 11:26 AM
 
Location: State of Being
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I agree. Volunteering is wonderful and it feels good to give back. Also, you are an inspiration to others.
Absolutely agree. In the past, I have volunteered to help stock and create the boxes of food that a food bank distributes. Met some wonderful folks thru/ that program. I have friends who are doing "Meals on Wheels" . . . others who are volunteering thru/ schools to help w/ tutoring at-risk children in math and reading . . . I have volunteered at hospitals and nursing homes in years past . . .

Often, cities have various boards or commissions you can apply to serve on. That can be really interesting, i.e. Historical Society, Parks & Recreation.

And then there are the art galleries and community theatres . . . apply to become a docent . . . or help with concessions at a theatre . . .

Some volunteer positions have freebie benefits, such as free tickets to events. That isn't the same as earning some $$ but it sure can expand one's social outings w/o dipping into personal finances!
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