Picking up a hobby during retirement

When you’re planning for your retirement, it is essential that you pick a hobby to replace the time you’re giving up in your primary job. You’re used to working 40-60 hours a week and focused on your job. Once you retire, you have all that time and nothing to fill it. Retiring cold turkey is not a good idea, you need to prepare for it and plan replacing all those hours and that job focus into a new hobby or job during retirement. Your hobby should be able to fill part or all that time. If you have a hobby that you like and can spend more time doing it, it can replace your job as you retire. What are the things you should plan for all that time.

You can volunteer!! There are lots of community organizations that need volunteers, helping the homeless, teaching young people, helping seniors with their daily routines, driving people who can’t drive and are disabled, hot-lines, etc. The choices are countless.

You can find your new hobby and do something with it. Hobbies can be interesting such as woodcarving, publishing newsletters, creating websites, social media marketing, doing fundraising, and teaching adults or college kids. There are a lot of jobs you can do part time at the local community, bring some extra cash, and have fun doing it. The key is to focus on something you like, research it and try it before you commit.

You can enroll in the local college and learn new skills that translate to a hobby such as using PC’s, medical billing, woodcarving, marketing, chair recovering, plumbing, electrical, etc. Sometimes, taking a class to learn new skills is what you are looking for. Those new skills can translate to a new career during retirement.

I would learn how to make new websites and how to write books. Both of them intrigue me enough to learn about it. I have already started picking up skills on website building. I have learned to use WordPress and can create websites on the fly. I also have learned to use social media to advertise. I have begun to write and plan on using the skills to write short stories.

If you can use your new skills to make some extra money  and it can supplement or replace your present income, all the better as more money available during retirement comes in handy and supplements your social security and pension income. The key is to make your new hobby fun and it all starts from there.

What is your hobby?

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