PRESTONSBURG – For many reaching retirement is something to look forward to. Not having to punch a time-clock, doing whatever comes to mind, whenever you want to do it. For others retirement can soon become boring. For local Prestonsburg resident Freddie James, retirement is appreciated, but sometimes boring.
James worked for the state of Kentucky for 15 years. He also worked for the City of Prestonsburg for 30 years. His most recent role for the city was Tourism Director. Although it was a job he loved, he decided to retire on December 1, 2015.
“I loved all my coworkers, and working with the public. I enjoyed working with city and county government to promote Floyd County tourism,” said James. “I like getting up in the morning and drinking coffee, reading the newspaper and catching up on sports, however I am getting bored in the afternoons,” said James.
After thinking of ways to occupy s time during the afternoons, James decided since he was located in the middle of Prestonsburg he would offer his services to wash cars for individuals.
“People come to the City of Prestonsburg for court, to do business, and even to work. While those people are taking care of their business they can park their car in the parking lot next to my house, which is where many park anyway and when they return they will have a nice clean vehicle,” said James.
James plans on charging prices ranging from $15 for a small compact car to $18 to $20 for larger trucks and SUVs. The prices vary depending on the size of the vehicle and how dirty it is.
“I have put a sign out beside of the road advertising my services and it will take people some time to catch on and know my services are available. I enjoy being outside on beautiful sunny warm days, so why not do that and make a few bucks and help someone clean their vehicle,” said James.
Freddy James is part of a growing number of retirees that are starting their own business after retirement because they don’t enjoy idle time.
According to the website Market Watch, 15% of workers of retirement age currently describe themselves as self-employed. These days, the difference between regular working life and retirement may be more a state of mind. For some, retirement doesn’t mean not working; it’s more about being able to choose what type of work to do. For Freddy James, it means being able to be outside enjoying the beautiful sunshine while making a few bucks, or playing a round of golf at Stone Crest if that is what he chooses.
If you find yourself in Prestonsburg on a nice sunny day and need your car washed, look for the yellow sign right past the court house. If the sign is out stop by and get your car washed while you take care of business.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for the Floyd County Times. She can be reached at 606-794-0290.