Why work to earn money in retirement?

By | November 8, 2014

“Yes, I’m retired and I work also”

“You might ask, Shirley, why do you want to work during retirement?”

image of sign with Retirement text on it
image of sign with Retirement text on it


That’s certainly a legitimate question.  Retirement is supposed to be when we rest from our labors and enjoy life.   I, like many, thought that retirement is the time when you are rewarded for your lifetime of hard work.  A time to take it easy.  I still think that, for the most part.

“You might ask also, do I have to work to live?

Well, that is the primary reason a lot of people work in their latter years. But that isn’t my main reason to become a business owner in my 60’s.  In my FDA career, I worked really hard and was an ambitious employee,  always ready to learn new skills and take on more responsibility.  This served me well and I was promoted several times during my 33 year career with the FDA (Food and Drug Administration).  I retired with a nice pension, no debt and my husband still in the workforce as a Financial Advisor.  We were able to live comfortably.

But when I retired early at the age of 53, somehow I felt that I still had something to offer to society.  I spent several years opening and running my own Photography Studio and website design business and then sold it to my business partner when personal health issues began to arise and I was no longer able to physically do the work necessary for my Photography studio.

Because I really didn’t feel like I was “finished” being productive, I searched online for things I could do from a chair/wheelchair.  I found many scams and ways to earn little bits of money, but nothing that really paid for the amount of effort involved.   When I came across the Wealthy Affiliate Progam,  I struck gold.  This was something I could do on my computer sitting down and also use my personal skills and intellect; and I could even make money doing this.

Image of a woman reachting for the stars

Image of a woman reaching for the stars, copyright Microsoft


In a way, Wealthy Affiliate’s Program  fulfilled my need for a new identity – one in which I could still contribute to society and feel good about myself.  Yet is also allows me to be flexible and work around my health issues of diabetes, fibromyalgia, a blood disorder and deteriorated discs in my back.

Now, I can fill my need for accomplishment in spite of my physical limitations,  contribute to society and provide extra income for my family that I use to help my missionary daughter and my grand kids and a couple of charities that I support.

Whatever the reason you have to be earning money in retirement,  if you are in interested making money with affiliate marketing, I can vouch that working through the Wealthy Affiliate Program can help make that a reality and give you tremendous self-satisfaction in the process.


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