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You Just Retired. Now What Can You Do?

Updated on September 7, 2014

Noah's Ark and Animals

One of my woodworking projects
One of my woodworking projects

Making money

Just retired!! Now what?? Good question.

If I could have, I never would have retired. It is not my personality to sit and twiddle my thumbs. But there comes an age when it is probably the sensible thing to do.

However, retirement does not mean that you stop living and doing. There have been so many things I have discovered or continued to do since retiring. Some make money, some are just for fun, and some are for my family. The following is a list of things I have been doing in my retirement: woodworking, sewing, quilting, knitting, crocheting, volunteering, photography, memory projects, gift ideas, selling, making my own greeting cards and surveys. Oh, by the way, I am still working part time. Whenever the City Clerk of our small town needs a sub, I am it. It averages about 15 hrs/month and gives me a nice little nest egg for those "extras" that come along now and then.

Selling items we no longer have need for is one of my main sources of income these days. My experiences on eBay ( have been very profitable and informative. Through the years I have sold to almost all 50 states, and just this past December I sold an item to a lady in St. Petersburg, Russia. That was exciting. My husband says that I have nothing left to sell but "HIM."

My second source of income is doing surveys on the internet. These take patience and much time so my income per hour is small. But what else do I have to do with my time? So far I have avoided any problems on the internet, and I have been to some "questionable" websites. You just have to be very careful. This has averaged me $1000/year in cash or rewards.

Amazon Mechanical Turk ( ) is another source of income on the internet. I don't remember how I discovered this website but it has been great. On this site you perform "Hits" for people who post them. Again the payments are small, but they do add up. And some of them are really enjoyable.

So far my woodworking and sewing projects have just been for myself, my family, and volunteering. And my woodworking has come to a halt as my fingers don't let me do what I once did. Sound familiar to anyone out there?

Since I know how to knit, crochet and sew, I thought I would check with some hospitals and see if I could make use of that ability. The University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City has a Preemie Project and so I started making items for them. The colors of the University of Iowa Hawkeye football team are gold and black, and the hospital likes to dress their babies in those colors for gamedays. The picture below shows one of my projects for them.

©joaniebaby - 3-1-12

Hospital baby project

Sample of my baby items for the University of Iowa Hospitals Preemie Project
Sample of my baby items for the University of Iowa Hospitals Preemie Project


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