Unless you work for, or have worked for, a government entity during your career, there is a very high probability that you do not have a traditional pension. Your 401-K or other investments may or may not be sufficient to supplement your social security entering retirement. Creating a retirement income to supplement what is currently in place is a high priority for many people today.
In order to create a stable income at this point in time which will provide long term benefits, there are a few guidelines which we need to put in place. When creating a lifetime income stability is the key.
What Happened To All The Pension Funds
Here’s a brief history of how we all got to this current place which has created many retirement challenges. Regardless of one’s current age, even if your are in your 20s or 30s, this information is extremely relevant to your current and future financial choices and decisions.
According to Doug Warren, author of The Synergy Effect, “Baby boomers are the primary mice used in the great 401(k) experiment.” In another post I will outline in a little more detail the importance of self-educating ourselves on our investment decisions. I am not giving any advice, but encouraging awareness so that you can make informed decisions.
The 401(k) came about in 1984 which allowed us to take part in the stock market with tax-deductible contributions. But here’s the kicker. The 401(k) was never meant to be the only retirement plan. This social experiment is now seeing many retirees attempting to retire with this retirement source and social security, which is not sufficient to produce the same income as when working.
When the 401(k) was put in place it was designed as a loophole for highly paid executives to be able to save more money, but it didn’t take long for companies to realize that could get rid of the cost of traditional pensions. This resulted in the employees assuming the cost and risk.
Since stocks were doing well during this time, employees embraced the opportunity for greater gains. So we went from a system of defined benefits with the pension, which was an income for life, to a less expensive option for employers with the 401(k).
On the surface having more control of our investment decisions looked good, but this does require us to have sufficient knowledge and ability to consider the best investment choices which will generate sufficient returns to fund our retirement. This is not easy when holding down a full-time job.
Also, with the 2008 financial crisis many folks took a big hit on their 401(k) balances. So it is not a surprise that many folks retiring today are having a challenge.
In a previous post called The Baby Boomer Retirement Crisis I provided some ideas and resources on how to manage when retirement income is not sufficient. This can be helpful in handling some challenges.
Also in my post Make Money After Retiring I provided a few more ideas of how to earn some extra bucks.
But in this post I want to encourage those of you who are inspired to create a online income. This can be done utilizing your current interests and skills to provide valuable knowledge and help to others. It is quite gratifying earning money while serving others with valuable products and services.
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In Malcolm Gladwell’s book, Outliers, he relates how he found meaning in work by observing his father: “My earliest memories of my father are of seeing him work at his desk and realizing he was happy. I did not know it then, but that was one of the most precious gifts a father can give his child.” [pages 298-299]
This is the true meaning of my work as the Un-Retired Entrepreneur. I enjoy the various projects in which I am involved in business and human services so much that I have no desire to retire. I am here to assist anyone who would like to embrace their true talents and skills and create a business which will not only be creating a retirement income, but a way to make a positive difference in the lives of others with valuable products and/or services.
Check out my article on Baby Boomers and Marketing for a few more insights as to how to go about this.
This is a journey and not an event. In addition to supplementing your current income, you will have a way to express your true values and abilities and contribute to the greater welfare of many people.
Let me know whenever I can be of assistance in any way. I am personally dedicated through my writings, businesses, and community work to empower others to learn to trust themselves so that they live Authentic Lives which produce the results which they desire. This results in greater joy and prosperity.
To your Success & Happiness,