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How Passion Translates Into Part-Time Income

Investment-3247252_1280The Boomer version of retirement is a new paradigm -- utterly different from past generations. One thing that has dramatically changed for Boomers is the reality that living longer means saving longer. In order to support themselves as they age, many Boomers are realizing they need more money than they originally thought to live comfortably.

A recent article appearing in does a good job of characterizing the challenge. As retirement coach Nancy Collamer points out, “The fact of the matter is that a lot of people have gotten to this point [of retirement], and they haven’t saved enough. Working on a part-time basis becomes a real area of interest for these people.”

A main reason Boomers consider part-time work is to supplement other income, such as Social Security and retirement savings. For some Boomers, these sources simply don't provide enough of a financial security blanket. Research conducted by AARP suggests that the "gig economy" is alive and well for Boomers. According to, "For those age 60 and older, [AARP] found the top ways of earning money without a full-time job include freelance or contract work (48%), teaching (16%), providing pet care (8%), doing home repair, such as handyman, lawn care, or snow removal (6%), shopping for others (6%), and making or growing things (6%)."

The article cites this quote from an AARP executive:

“Among the 65-plus age group, entrepreneurial, gig, or nontraditional work has exploded,” says Carly Roszkowski, vice president of financial resilience programming for the DC-based AARP. “COVID has made us rethink how we want to live and the kind of flexibility we want; the gig or freelance work allows people to work when they want, be their own boss and have that work-life balance.”

Interestingly, the recent pandemic probably helped Boomers feel more comfortable using digital platforms and websites to engage in part-time work.

The key to part-time work for many Boomers is to combine their passion with an income-generating opportunity. George Fraser, managing director at the Fraser Group of Retirement Benefits Group, tells, “[Retirees] can look for things they already like to do and get paid for it. Let’s say I like golf, but rather than pay for a membership, I get a part-time job at the club. If I like to ski, I could get work as a ski instructor.”

I can attest to this strategy. For several years after I first retired as a direct marketing professional, I pursued my passion for writing, both for personal enjoyment and for part-time income. In addition to writing articles and books for my own benefit, I freelanced for a few clients, generating modest but steady income. This offered me a bit of "fun money" and reinforced my professional self-esteem.

Even if your passion is not in the same area as your career, you can pursue something that could turn into part-time work. It doesn't have to be anything very lucrative. Your goal should be to do something you enjoy while bringing in a little extra money. The idea is to reduce some of the financial pressure by supplementing your other sources of retirement income.  

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