There are lots of people who enjoy keeping busy and even holding down jobs all the way into their old age years. In a recent post I asked the question “When Last Have You Thought About Your Retirement Income?“, I discovered that a large number of people are considering skipping out on retirement altogether and prefer staying employed for a long as they are physically able. My boss is a perfect example â€“ for the past sevens years sheâ€™s been planning on retiring.
Yet around Caribbean there also tons of people who just donâ€™t have a choice but to keep on working beyond the age of 60 which is the average age for retirement, simply because they havenâ€™t saved enough for their retirement or didnâ€™t start saving early enough.
Wouldnâ€™t it be great if we could retire on our own terms to pursue the things weâ€™d like do. Taking on a job in our senior years is something that should be voluntary and not a requirement. And though the idea of retirement may be a big change for many people â€“ many prefer to continue working instead of relaxing â€“ retirement is still a goal that everyone one of us should aspire to attain, just so we get to control whatever time weâ€™ve remaining in this world.
For all those who are not workaholics like me 🙂 and who would like to retire on time, here are some great tips I came across over at TheDigeratiLife.com â€“ a blog which writes about money, personal finance, geeks and cyberspace in the silicon valley.
Start investing early.
This is by far the most important recommendation made to anyone who would like to retire on time. Itâ€™s one of the most ubiquitous tips Iâ€™ve read about investing, and for good reason: the earlier you start investing, the longer the magical power of compounding can work on your funds, thereby ensuring you a healthy retirement.
Invest with any amount you can afford.
A lot of people make the excuse that they donâ€™t save and invest because they just CANâ€™T. I know someone who says he just cannot afford opening a retirement account because all of his income goes to supporting his family. Yet heâ€™s a heavy smoker and drives a fairly expensive car that requires some maintenance. With some adjustments and heartfelt effort, he could very well be on his way to building a decent retirement nest egg. Freeing up even just a $100 a month to put in an investment account is really all that it takes to build a simple, diversified investment portfolio.
Avoid procrastination and letting life â€œtake overâ€.
Letâ€™s face it, thinking about retirement and more generally â€” financial management â€” may not be the most exciting thing in the world. Weâ€™re faced with distractions on a daily basis and weâ€™re living busy, hectic lives. If youâ€™re like me, youâ€™re constantly wondering where all your time has gone, by the end of the day. So its way too easy and tempting to have our financial matters take a backseat to everything else; but by going along this path, we may eventually find ourselves in our middle age with meager savings. Being more proactive about our finances and taking a more serious look at our long term financial goals should help us avoid this plight.
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Forget how hard the economy is presently, the early you apply these tips together if whatever ideas youâ€™ve â€“ the better chance youâ€™ll have not to work in your retirement years. Though I believe a lot of people will agree with me â€“ that it will be fun to keep working all the way into grey years. Once you do it on your own terms.