One member has asked a question that might be applicable to others:
I'm a social worker near retirement. I will have to bring in some income after I retire. My pension and savings will not be enough to keep me going. I've been thinking of finding a product to sell from my home or perhaps in flea markets. Does that plan sound feasible to you? Thank you. Roberta
Roberta – Congrats on getting ready to retire and looking forward to the next chapter. Thinking and planning about what you want your life to look like in that chapter are so important.
You ask whether your plan to sell products from your home or in flea markets for extra income sounds feasible to Barbara & me. The coaching and planning process is often about asking questions. So, as a coach, my question is does it sound feasible to you? Let me suggest a few basic question I might ask if we were working together to help you conduct your “feasibility study.”
If you could do anything you want to supplement your income after retirement, what would it be? If the answer is home sales or working at flea markets, then you are on your way to a feasible plan? If you’re not sure, you might ask --
What about selling or retailing appeals to you?
In what ways would you find it satisfying?
Are there other income producing avenues you might explore that would give you the same satisfaction?
When you think about selling, do you have a product in mind? If it’s the product that interests you (because you’ve been a collector or lover of that product), how else might you use your knowledge or talent in working with that product?
Is the selling plan simply about money? If so, how much income do you think you will need and how much do you think you could earn? Are there other ways you might earn the same amount?
Roberta, this is the time to ask the questions and explore your options. We’d love for you to get back to us, as your “feasibility study” continues.
Thoughts from other members ??
Rosemary /The Next Steps Team