You should be searching for retirement jobs at least 6 months before you retire. It’s the best way to keep a steady flow of cash in your bank account. Converting from a full-time paycheck to a part-time paycheck can take a little time, and will take a while to get used to. It’s always better to have some money coming in vs. having no money at all. Freelancing and consulting are popular job options for retirees. Start small and work your way up to fairly bigger jobs, but don’t overwhelm yourself.