January 11, 2008 10:01 PM EST
If I read the original post correctly, it didn`t mention anything about retirees specifically. Why limit the response to only those who have retired.
Some boomers may have never been a long-term employee, because they chose to be a full-time parent - A very important job, but not one that earns a retirment.
Other boomers may have been laid-off, and are finding it difficult to find a worthwhile job if any at all. I`m a member of the Eons.com forum (As seen on TV) restricted to those 49 years of age and better. I qualified with a few years to spare.
Some boomers may have just started receiving Social Security, and with no other pension, may need additional income to avoid wiping out their next egg.
And some boomers may not need the income, but must remain productive for their physical and mental well being.
Lastly, some boomers may be employees who have suffered the corporate world long enough and their spirit cries out for the freedom of the self-employed entrepreneur.
I feel certain that I haven`t covered every possiblity, as I myself am a boomer, who made the transition to self-employment over 20 years ago. I know I would never have achieved the success I have found as an entrepreneur, if I had remained as an employee. And now, I`m probably unfit for almost any type of long-term employment. The freedom of being your own boss can be very addictive.
Our needs may vary, as well as our motivations. Those who have a "green" leaning, should look in the direction of solar power or other renewable energy sources. Solar isn`t the last word in green living.
I`ll stop now before this becomes an eBook.