Want to Freelance in Your Retirement? Here’s What to Know.

If you’ve been a retiree for any length of time, then you’ve probably been making the most out of your new, schedule-free existence. Perhaps you’ve been traveling, reading all those books you’ve always meant to get to, spending more time with those who matter most to you, or even just catching up on some well-deserved rest. However, retirement can also mean leaving one sort of career and embarking on another, more flexible one, like freelancing!

Freelance writing and editing takes top billing.

If there’s one niche that I’ve seen quite a lot of happy retirees in, it’s this one – particularly when it comes to writing and editing novels.

Did you have a career in marketing, business, or finance? These are in-demand topics for article writers.

  • Problogger regularly advertises writing jobs that require advanced levels of experience!

To all you professors and teachers out there, you’re of course, ahead of the game when it comes to editing academic papers. If you’d like to revisit aspects of your former career on your own schedule…

Is terrific typing your thing? Try transcription.

There are many transcription sites to choose from. If you type with precision and expedience, then the world is your oyster in this niche! It’ll become, then, more a choice of what topics you’d prefer to transcribe, as well as your choice of equipment – foot pedal, headphones, audio augmenting software, or just your laptop/computer.

There’s value in being a virtual assistant.

Were you an administrative professional? Virtual assisting has gained an increasing level of prominence in the freelancing world. Sometimes it’ll involve phone work, other times it’ll involve managing schedules and databases, that sort of thing.

Don’t set (all) of your sights on surveys.

The only thing that might be a little tricky to embark on in certain instances is survey taking. At present, companies have skewed more towards those in their 20s-30s, and/or who have young children. It’s nothing personal, it’s just the products they tend to be testing for certain groups.

That doesn’t mean, though, that you should entirely give up on the notion of taking surveys, because there’s a place for retirees, too!

Activate your inner artistic abilities.

Since retirement is a time for you to really explore your hobbies, why not share them with the world and make a little money at the same time?

  • Etsy is, perhaps, the most popular online marketplace for “all things handmade.”
  • Obeo is an interesting (location-specific) option if you’re good with photography – it involves taking pictures of properties for real estate listings.

Remember, it’s never too late to get started as a freelancer – you just need to know where to look for a niche!

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