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Laid Off Before You’re Ready To Retire?

If you have been one of the many impacted by COVID-19 and you’re closer to retirement than some, then you should look through these tips to see what you can do to overcome this problem.

Check Your Savings

Check your savings account to see how much money you have.  It’s a necessary exercise to be sure you have enough in your account to last your entire retirement.  If you are not working with a financial planner, this may be an ideal time to start.  You should also verify that you have more than you need since you never know when you may face an emergency during your retirement.

Be proactive, don’t be surprised when your savings gets low.  Find out if you have enough money to retire now!   Will your savings last if you live into your 90’s?  Take the time to properly look through your savings account. This way, you can avoid problems in the future.

Consider Freelance Options

Most people will try and find a job after they get laid off, but that might not be an option for you. You can always go online and look into freelance or remote jobs that you can do to make some money while looking for something stable. This way, you can at least create a flow of income without relying on your savings to survive.

Remember that the internet provides multiple ways for you to turn your hobbies or skills into freelance opportunities. For example, you can take advantage of the “gig economy” including food delivery, grocery delivery or at home call center support jobs. If you feel you still have time before you retire and you want to keep busy (and income coming in) check out the freelance world and see if you can make some money through it.

Look Into Businesses and Stock

Remember that you don’t need to work at a job to make money. Depending on your financial situation, you could either create a business or purchase stock to make some money before you enter retirement. This way, you can work on the best schedule for your situation and look for ways to make money through these avenues.

Creating a business can be difficult, but can be a great opportunity if you approach it correctly and know how to market. On the other hand, stocks can help you to make money, but you do have some risks associated with them, just like with businesses. It comes down to deciding if either of those risks will be worth the potential rewards you could gain.  Again, working with a financial planner can help guide you to an appropriate financial plan.

You may face some struggles if you get laid off right before you retire, but you can still try and make the most out of the situation. This comes down to assessing your current position and then looking for ways to overcome it.  Let us know how we can help.

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