6 reasons retirees return to work

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Posted on: 02 February 2017 by Jessica Gust

If you're retired and feeling unsatisfied, it's worth considering going back to work. Here are the top reasons why other retirees have made the decision to work again, and why it may be a good idea for you to do so, too.


​Retirement doesn't always mean the end of one's working career. It's becoming increasingly common for people to return to the workforce after retirement, even well into their sixties and seventies. If you're retired and feeling unsatisfied, it's worth considering going back to work. Here are the top reasons why other retirees have made the decision to work again, and why it may be a good idea for you to do so, too.


To Alleviate Boredom

Retirement doesn't suit everyone's personality. If you were a hard worker during your time in the workforce, you might find yourself getting bored by sitting around your home all day. Even if you have hobbies, you may not feel the same sense of accomplishment that you got from excelling in your job. If being retired makes you unhappy, consider taking a job. You don't have to work full time, and many companies are happy to consider older workers because they appreciate the experience you've accrued. Consider what you're looking for in a job and apply accordingly. 


Financial Necessity & Independence

If you're struggling financially or you don't like having to rely on your retirement or other fixed income sources to take care of your financial needs, an easy solution is to take a new job. Even working just a few hours a week will help alleviate financial strain, and help you feel more independent. You'll be able to enjoy additional spending money that you earned yourself.


For Health 

Unfortunately, many people see a decline in their health after retiring. Working keeps your mind engaged, and will keep you active, helping prevent health concerns such as weight gain that can be prevented by staying active. Some jobs will require more physical activity than others. If you want to keep your mind engaged, but aren't as interested in physical activity, consider a desk job that involves computer work. If you want something more active, then inquire look at jobs that don't involve sitting at a desk, such as working at a store or restaurant.


Need for Structure

After fifty or sixty years of living with a set structure, first in school and then in the workplace, suddenly having no structure in your schedule can be difficult to adjust to. If you feel like you're floundering and need something to base your life around, going back to work can help you achieve that. Most people are more productive in their home and personal lives when they have a set schedule.


Sense of Community

Most people have friends who they met at the workplace. If you're feeling socially isolated, working around others will enable you to create a new community to engage with. Whether you decide to work full time or part time, you'll be exposed to new people, both coworkers and customers, who you can forge relationships with. It's a great way to keep yourself from feeling lonely, and you can make a little money while you do it. 


For a Great Idea

Maybe you've come up with an idea for a great product and you want to start your own business. Many retirees return to the workplace to create their own business. This is a great time in your life to do so. You've already had years of experience to base your business plans on, and you won't have to try and balance your time between raising small children, going to school, or working another job. Don't be afraid to start your own business. You may find that being your own boss and putting your time into a product you believe in is very rewarding and is a fulfilling way to spend your golden years.


Jessica Gust is a Marketing Assistant at Localpeek.co.uk- a new postcode finder. She is passionate about new marketing strategies, she is always eager to share her ideas through blogging.

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