Alternatives To Working From Home
Your retirement plan is becoming an entrepreneur, consultant, or working on a project. Consider working remotely or sharing co-working space in addition to working from home. Get energized by having a change in scenery and somewhere to go for work projects.
Working from home does have its pluses, but it can get lonely. You’ll definitely miss daily interactions with your co-workers. Now granted, some co-workers can be annoying non-stop talkers. But often you have a select few that really make the workplace fun.
When I retired, I really missed hearing the stories from my co-workers. I loved hearing about families and the latest craziness that’s part of everyone’s daily life. Now that I work from home, I still miss not having co-workers around to bounce ideas with or just visit with. Consider finding ways to develop new “work” relationships. This may be just what you need to stay upbeat as you begin your next career.
No doubt you’re already familiar with coffee shops and public spaces as remote work locations. You bring in your laptop, phone or notebook and get busy. If you go to the same place often, you’ll get to know others who come in every day. It will feel like you have co-workers again.
Being part of a co-working group could be make you feel like you have an actual work space. Co-working spaces often have a variety of work areas that include desks, tables and common spaces. You’ll pay a daily or monthly rental for using the shared space. Co-working offers support for you if you work alone but still want to belong to a work group.
It’s a flexible space that allows users to regularly interact with other independent professionals. Co-working spaces usually have all the amenities of an office. In addition, they may also offer a lounge, kitchen, meeting area and events for members.
Co-working may give you just the right work space to get your creativity flowing. In addition you can set up shop without a lot of upfront cost. Look at Workfrom.co for co-working spaces. They also offer a directory of coffee shops and public spaces that support remote workers.
Developing new connections and creating community is an important part of enjoying your retirement. Consider working remotely or sharing co-working space. A remote work space or co-working spaces offers the chance to conveniently network with others who also work independently.
People of all ages struggle to live a more meaningful life, but the struggle to identify a meaningful retirement is very real. Working with a certified retirement coach can help you frame what’s important to you and how to work towards it in order to find a meaningful life in retirement. Please contact us if you would like to discuss your journey and how we can help.