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Best Ways to Prepare for Retirement as a Freelancer

Post by TCWGlobal
June 5, 2023
Best Ways to Prepare for Retirement as a Freelancer

Retirement planning can be complicated, but it’s necessary for everyone – especially  for freelancers who may not have the benefits of traditional employer-sponsored retirement plans. 

If you are a freelancer, you have the flexibility to design your retirement strategy according to your specific needs and circumstances. With these practical steps at your disposal, you’ll be ready to step into a retirement that offers both peace of mind and a sense of accomplishment. 

Start Saving Early 

If there's one thing you should take away from this article, this is it. Start saving for retirement as early as possible. The earlier you start saving for retirement, the better. As a freelancer, it's essential to develop a habit of saving and investing a portion of your income for your retirement years. The power of compound interest can significantly amplify your savings over time. 

Set Clear Financial Goals 

Figure out how much money you'll need to keep living your best life during retirement. Take into account things like your day-to-day expenses, healthcare bills, and any other financial obligations you have. When you have a crystal-clear goal in sight, you'll be in a better position to make smart choices about how much to stash away for retirement. 

Create a Budget 

Develop a comprehensive budget that includes both your business and personal expenses. This will give you a better understanding of your cash flow and help you identify areas where you can cut costs and save more for retirement. 

Establish an Emergency Fund 

If you happen to be a freelancer, the chances are that your income may fluctuate a bit (it might even be all over the place). For that very reason, having an emergency fund could be a total lifesaver. Honestly, even if you’re not a freelancer, it’s a good idea to save some money in a separate account to handle those unexpected expenses and keep your retirement savings out of harm's way. Trust us, you'll thank yourself later!  

Explore Retirement Account Options 

While you may not have access to a traditional retirement plan, you still have options. Consider opening an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) or a Simplified Employee Pension (SEP). These accounts offer tax advantages and allow you to save for retirement on your terms.  

Maximize Contributions 

Once you’re comfortable with your setup, try to contribute as much as you can to your retirement accounts. Take advantage of any tax benefits and matching contributions offered by the retirement accounts you choose.  

Diversify Your Investments 

To prevent risk, diversify your investments across different asset classes such as stocks, bonds, and real estate. This diversification can help protect your retirement savings from market volatility and potentially provide better long-term returns. If this sounds too technical, talking to a financial advisor might be the way to go to ensure that everything is running smoothly. 

Continuously Educate Yourself 

Stay informed about personal finance and retirement planning strategies. Read books, follow reputable financial blogs, and talk to a financial advisor who specializes in retirement planning for contingent workers or freelancers.  

Plan for Healthcare Costs 

It's no secret that healthcare expenses can be super pricey during retirement. So, it might be a good idea to know your options and think about getting long-term care insurance or other health coverage plans. That way, you won't have to worry about unexpected medical bills later on. 

Consider a Business Exit Strategy 

If you're working as a freelancer or on a project basis, it's important to plan for the future of your business. You don't want to be caught off guard when you're ready to step back from work or retire. This is the time when you should start thinking about what you'd like to do when that time comes. Maybe you'd like to sell your business, take on a consulting role, or slowly cut back on your workload. Whatever you decide, make sure it lines up with your retirement goals. 

Enjoy Retirement 

Retirement planning is a must, but don't forget to take time to smell the roses, too! You've worked hard, so you deserve to have some fun during your golden years. Plan activities, hobbies, and adventures that make you happy and fulfilled. And the best part? As a freelancer, you have the freedom and flexibility to design a retirement that fits your lifestyle and dreams. So, go ahead and embrace your newfound freedom, and make your retirement years the best they can be! 


Following these steps can help you lay a solid foundation for a retirement that's both financially secure and fulfilling. But, hey, everyone's financial situation is different, and you might have some specific goals in mind.  

By planning ahead and being diligent with your savings, you can create a retirement that recognizes all the hard work you've put in as a freelancer.  

At TCWGlobal, we really care about our contingent workers, that's why we offer an amazing retirement package. We want you to have an awesome time when it comes to retirement. So, if you're getting close to that time and you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch! Shoot us an email at, or give us a call at 858-810-3000.  

Remember, it's your retirement - you deserve to enjoy it to the fullest! 

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Post by TCWGlobal
June 5, 2023