Retirement, when you hear that word, what comes to mind? When I was a little girl, we would visit my grandmother in PA. She had a little porch on the front of her small home and in the summer, she’d sit out there and talk to the neighbors or just enjoy the evening breezes. While I know she enjoyed her time on the porch, I also believe it was a bit lonely. I think this remembrance helped to form my vision of retirement. An older person sitting on the porch in a rocking chair, watching the world go by. I mean, isn’t that what was portrayed to us in cartoons, TV shows, and other communications?
Today, retirement is being redefined. Retirement is whatever you design it to be and at whatever age you want it to be. In general, one assumes if you “retire” it basically means you are no longer working and you are free of any responsibilities related to work. For many retirees and semi-retirees, retirement is being redefined as moving from the need to earn a living wage for financial growth and survival to finding a viable use for skills and talents you’ve honed for a great number of years and getting paid to share your knowledge. This might include volunteering, providing occasional support, a part-time paid position, or even starting your own business. Continuing to work in some compacity with the benefit of additional income is a great boost to the senior who is looking to keep active.
With the advent of RV living, more and more stationary dwellers are living away from convenient part-time work options. And what about those that chose to travel in their RV home. How can they find ways to earn additional income? Believe it or not, today there are more options to finding work than ever before. You really have two options, work in your home via the internet, or create a hands-on income.
If you have knowledge of or are willing to learn how to use the internet and you have an office skill such as administrative services, bookkeeping, writing, editing, and the like, you can work as much as you like or as little as you want. Robin Barrett, from Creativity RV, shared a great video on remote jobs. She also wrote a wonderful book Work from Home While You Roam, you can purchase on Amazon.
For those of you who like to work with your hands and outside your RV, there are any number of ideas for starting your own business, you just need to be creative. One of the hottest jobs right now is RV Technician. The trend of full-time RV’ing has brought on a high demand for RV technicians and the wait time is often extremely long and frustrating. Some have even built their trade into their travels and work on RV’s at whatever park they may be visiting. Chad and Tara from Changing Lanes recently share a video on their time at the National RV Training Academy and it was excellent.
Another innovative idea is caring for pets wherever you are parked. Dog walkers, pet sitters, behavior training, etc. are issues RV travelers still need and, in most cases, don’t have access to when traveling. You should have some sort of certification or other way to provide assurance to your clients that you are trustworthy with their animals.
Hanging a shingle on the front of your RV doesn’t make you an expert or a business. You
do need to ensure you have the skills of your desired trade, the knowledge of business development (even if on a small scale), and basic accounting for tax purposes. The RV VA is a branch of RV Retirement Redesign. It provides an online training option on how to start your own Virtual Assistant business or other type of home business right from your RV. You can receive 5-Steps to Launching your own RV VA Business to see if you might be a good fit. The principles and practices provided in the actual course are applicable to most small business endeavors, therefore if you desire to do something other than virtual assistant work, you just substitute your trade during the course work.
Retirement, it’s not what we thought it would be, THANK GOODNESS!