I had to take early retirement (on the grounds of ill health) when I was fifty eight and I wasn't a happy bunny. My early retirement income was inadequate and I didn't like not earning my living. Things had to change.
It's now eight years since I retired and other pensions have now kicked in so I have an adequate pension income and, strictly speaking, no longer need to earn. However, for me, that is only half the story. I like the feeling of earning, I still have dreams to fulfil and over the years I've found ways to supplement my income.
I've written about two of those ways here - surveys and comping (entering competitions). Surveys are very tedious to be honest, but I spend quite a lot of time on my own and with my feet up, so I've got time to do them. The hourly rate is very poor. I'm quite quick at doing them but I am screened out of the vast majority which I start and I reckon I get about £2 an hour overall. Still, it's £2 which I wouldn't otherwise have.
Comping is very hard to quantify as, of course, it's largely down to luck. As far as earning an income is concerned it's not really a good idea. However, the prizes I win give me a bit of fun, they replenish the birthday present drawer and sometimes I am able to sell prizes on E Bay.
My biggest source of non pension income is when I fill in when no regular clergy are available. The pay rate isn't huge but no-one ever went into Christian ministry for the money, I hope! I get a huge buzz from doing the work and the fees pay for treats.
My earning potential isn't huge but it means that I can continue to fulfil a few dreams even in retirement.