Anderson arranges containers of popcorn at Treat Street in
Brookfield. The retired teacher helped her daughter launch the
popcorn store. “Is retirement staying home all day and every
day? Never in my life will that be retirement. I will always
be helping others,” she said.
—The idea that retirement is for spending your days at home
reading, gardening and baking is an out-of-date concept for many of
today’s retirees, who prefer to use their time to give back to the
community by volunteering or working part time and sharing their
years of accumulated knowledge with the younger members of the
Waters, executive director of the Pewaukee Chamber of Commerce,
refers to this group of people as the “unretired.”
need a sense of purpose and want to give back,” she said.
of the ways Waters has witnessed the “unretired” contribute is
by starting a business or mentoring another small business owner.
She said it’s also beneficial when a retired person returns to the
workforce, especially because many companies struggle to find a
competent workforce with a strong work ethic.
Appleby retired twice before finding the role that has been the most
fulfilling of his life — as a member of the local Action-COACH
team. He started out working with Jim and Tom Palzewicz of
Action-COACH in Elm Grove. He has since helped to start a Pewaukee
branch and is in the process of becoming a partner.
a certified business coach, Appleby can pass along the knowledge he
gained as an executive for Compaq and Dedicated Computing. He also
started his own hunting, tailgating and camping equipment business
and launched a consulting business.
leaving his position as chief operating officer at Dedicated
Computing and retiring for the second time, Appleby said he golfed
frequently, but spent a lot of time at home alone because his wife,
who is executive director and CEO of the Menomonee Falls Ambulatory
Surgical Center, enjoys her job so much that she doesn’t envision
morning I got dressed just like I was going to the office,”
had been an Active-COACH client while at Dedicated Computing so he
reached out to Tom Palzewicz about business opportunities. After
exploring different ideas, Appleby determined that being a business
coach would be the next step for him.
is so much opportunity in the state of Wisconsin. There are so many
businesses that need help,” he said. ActionCOACH Elm Grove was
recognized as the global firm of the year, he said.
actually have more fun doing this than anything I’ve ever done,”
Appleby said. “It is by far the most fulfilling thing I’ve ever
walk down Treat Street
a popcorn store wasn’t on Wendy Anderson’s bucket list, but when
her daughter, Beth Chiaverotti, expressed an interest in starting a
business due to the poor job market, Anderson recognized how it
would provide a good education and experience for her and would
allow her to “venture out and prosper on her own. And then I can
show others how to prosper.”
joining Chiaverotti in launching Treat Street, Anderson taught
economic and marketing courses at the college level, working about
three days per week.
in May 2012, Anderson said, she thought it would be easier to launch
and run Treat Street than it has been. Now she works more than
double-and-a-half the hours she did while teaching and a five-day
work week is a thing of the past.
because of the lessons she has learned, Anderson said she feels
compelled to share her knowledge with others.
think one of the things I enjoy about being in business is sharing
with other businesses,” she said. “I see more what does succeed
and what doesn’t succeed and how much you should take on and
doesn’t picture retiring anytime soon.
retirement staying home all day and every day? Never in my life will
that be retirement. I will always be helping others,” Anderson
said, whether that’s helping Chiaverotti and her son, Paul
Anderson, with the popcorn business in Brookfield, or volunteering.
a social circle
Lamarre decided to return to the workforce after moving back to the
Pewaukee area from Europe to be closer to his children and
grandchildren. When he returned, Lamarre wanted to make new friends,
so first he took a trip to China with the Pewaukee Chamber of
Commerce and then began to volunteer for chamber events, such as
organizing the weekly summer farmers market.
feel that it’s keeping me busier,” he said. “I know more about
what’s going on in the community.”
has also picked up a part-time seasonal job at Kohl’s to get out
of the house. Lamarre’s career was in construction equipment
sales, but he doesn’t want to do that again or work full time.
Like Anderson and Appleby, Lamarre hasn’t returned to work for the
Flaherty, communications director for AARP Wisconsin, said there are
retirees who must return to the workforce to earn income or to have
health insurance until they reach Medicare age.
also appreciates learning about people’s businesses and
contributing to the business community.
he wasn’t working part time, Lamarre said, he would donate more of
his time to church functions or other organizations helping people.
plans to retire completely
“unretired” is better for a person’s health than sitting at
home, Lamarre has found.
said he has learned there are two camps of people: those who want to
have a quiet retirement at home and those who want to stay active in
the community. He, of course, is the latter.
think there is another portion of us who have lived a productive
life and want to continue,” he said.
Appleby spends many hours each week helping clients, he said being a
business coach also gives him the flexibility to schedule vacations
and time with family.
comes down, he said, to “what is it you ultimately want to
said he likes to share his life lessons with others.
good to go back and help people after working. Business has been
good to me so I want to help people with their businesses,” he
jobs to consider for post-retirement:
* Librarian assistant/aide. Duties might include
fielding questions, shelving books, helping patrons check out,
tracking overdue material and sending notices, as well as cataloging
and keeping an eye out for lost and damaged items.
* Bookkeeper. You might take care of purchasing
office supplies and processing payroll, as well as establishing and
maintaining inventory database systems, tracking accounts receivable
and accounts payable and producing financial reports.
* Personal and home care aide. You typically help
elderly, ill or disabled people with everyday activities ranging
from bathing and getting dressed to running errands. Other duties
might include light housekeeping, companionship, grocery shopping,
meal preparation and medication monitoring.
* Handyman. There are more structured opportunities
in this arena with building owners who hire part-time workers to
perform basic maintenance. This is one job, even on a part-time
basis, that requires a certain level of fitness and stamina.
* Medical assistant. Administrative tasks in doctors’
offices are usually the bulk of the workload.