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People used to call my Generation X, the slacker generation. But many of us have no problem working until we die. I just don't plan to work in a traditional way.
When people talk about how old they plan to be when they retire, I can't really relate. I have a completely different view of retirement compared to older people. I won't say I'll retire when I'm 55 or 70. Instead, I am creating a financial path now that will lead the way through the rest of my life.
I don't view work as a negative thing that I will one day need to "escape." I plan to travel and engage in my hobbies while having earned and passive income.
Having a mobile office
One of the ways I'll make sure my career does not interfere with my other goals when I'm older is to have a mobile office. With cellular phones, laptops, tablets and other technology that has not been invented yet, I'll still be able to work as an editor and writer.
Managing investment properties
One of our goals is to have at least one rental property that will generate us at least $500 a month profit after expenses and management costs. We will leave the investment properties as inheritance for our children one day.
Working at home
More companies are realizing there are huge benefits to hiring work-at-home employees. I'd rather be working at home than "retired" and bored. Too many senior citizens I know are bored. To stay sharp, some take volunteer positions or continue to work at home at least part-time.
Managing financial investments
When I've reached official retirement age in 30 or so years, I will still want to manage my investment accounts. Trading stocks, mutual funds, bonds and options can be a part-time job when you are engaged in research. I'm learning as much now as I can. I love participating in the "trading day," and that won't change when I'm old.