Make Your Final Chapter the Most Productive With Social Media
Social media is a great way to connect with businesses, public personalities, and professionals to find suitable content for your development post-retirement, but retirees usually overlook it. They misunderstand social media as a medium made explicitly for Millennials and Gen-Zers when, in fact, they can learn a lot from it.
And the best thing about it is that they don’t have to spend even a penny! Although the internet has its own set of repercussions, it also has many benefits, especially for retirees who want to be productive with their time. Here are some ways to use the internet to fulfill your retirement plans.
Benefits of Social Media: A General Perspective
The World Wide Web connects you with friends, family, and acquaintances. Even if you are miles apart, you can talk to them with a tap on your cell phone screens. It’s also a great way to stay updated because you don’t have to wait for the headlines or the newspaper to know what’s happening worldwide; you can head to Twitter or Google.
It is also a great networking solution for brand marketers, small businesses, and startups to build a reputation in front of their target consumer base. It’s a hub of information, from books and entertainment to scientific research and history; everything can be accessed for free on the World Wide Web. However, utilizing and learning from it post-retirement can be difficult as not everyone is as tech-savvy as their children, nieces, nephews, or grandchildren.
But where there is a will, there is a way! Plenty of online and offline seminars and workshops are available for retirees to learn about social media. For example, AARP and SCORE have tailored courses for retirees on marketing, networking, content creation, and business management using social media.
Why Should You Use Social Media to Make Your Retirement Days Productive?
As social animals, we need to evolve with time. It does not seem wise to stick to the flip phone era while everyone has shifted to a foldable touch screen. You must know how to adapt to change to remain relevant in the current world. As a retiree, many aim to make a fresh start by starting a business or taking up a hobby. Both of them require the use of the internet and social media. If you are starting a business, social media marketing, business profiles, online directories, and marketplaces can help you accelerate your revenue. If you have a hobby like painting, knitting, sewing, writing, gardening, or aerobics, social media can help you learn new ways to enjoy them and motivate you to polish your skills.
Should You Spend Money on Learning Social Media?
The answer depends entirely on your preference. Some people like self-learning and research. They would learn how the applications work and how to use them independently, while others prefer an expert’s direct guidance.
If you opt for workshops, the initial sessions are usually free, but the advanced courses, curriculums, and workshops are paid. You can also choose to sign up at a nearby community center or library for social media-relevant classes.
In this day and age, a global phenomenon like social media cannot be dismissed. It is normal to be skeptical about it as people often develop screen addictions and unhealthy comparisons with the lives they see onscreen. Still, it also helps you network and build connections with like-minded people. You can also connect with other retirees who are looking for opportunities.
“And Just Like Planting a Seed, It All Starts With Getting Started.” – Candy Carlberg
Retirement is a time to nurture your new self and make your long-forgotten wishes come true. Embrace your creative side and exploratory mindset, and take social media as an opportunity to discover more diverse possibilities post-retirement.
And as soon as you see even the tiniest bit of progress, pat yourself on the back, appreciate and value your efforts. Candy Carlberg also preaches the same message in her book, “Retirement on a Shoestring.” A creative self-help book to help you nurture your mind and soul.