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Old 07-18-2016, 09:37 AM   #21
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My original username here was "Want2Retire". Then I did and have been ecstatic with retired life ever since.

Personally, the last thing I would want is ANY kind of job, even a part time job. I don't have time for it, and I don't need the money. If there is a topic or hobby that I am interested in, I spend as much, or as little time on it as I want.

On the other hand, some early retirees really enjoy having a hobby job. Some also find a little extra income to be handy, especially before SS kicks in. I know that this is an individual choice, so I say, "more power to them" for figuring out what they want to do and then doing it.
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Old 07-18-2016, 09:39 AM   #22
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Old 07-18-2016, 10:14 AM   #23
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Career was as an engineer. In retirement, I do income tax returns from Jan to April. Pay is a fraction of career jobs, but it gets me out of the house during the dog days of winter. My employer, a lcoal CPA office, knows I don't need the job so minimal hassles. I generally decide when and how much I work, but do keep in mind that I need to be of value to the firm so usually have 50+ hour weeks in late March. Finished my 10 season with the firm this past April.
Ditto, ditto, ditto, ditto, ditto, but only my first year. I got "recruited" by the CPA firm and I'm not sure I even said yes before they told me my starting date. I didn't realize I already knew so much about taxes, but of course there is more to learn as it's rare to see an "easy" tax return at a CPA office.

The partners have told me a good dozen times they want me back. The question to answer for myself is do I break the cycle now or continue on (for ten years??). It messes with skiing and travel plans.
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I really enjoyed my part time gig . I knew nothing about retail and I ended up finding a source for new cocktail dresses at amazing discounts , building up a repeat customer base and was made a top seller on ebay for several years . After spending 40 years in the medical field this was a fun change plus the money padded my grandsons college accounts .It is a lot different doing something when you do not need the money . It is all pure fun money.Plus I ran my business in my PJ's .
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Old 07-18-2016, 12:10 PM   #25
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I was a computer programmer before retirement.

I took a reading tutoring job in March, shortly after retirement. I had worked in daycare MANY years ago and thought working with kids and helping them with such an important skill would be fun. It started off 2 half-days a week, then ended up being 3. I just quit in June.

Having to be somewhere 3 days a week became a burden. Also, I didn't factor in that many of the kids were really young and did not want to be there.

Since quitting I feel very free - like my retirement has just started. I won't be making more commitments any time soon. For now I feel absolutely no desire to be useful or productive. If that changes, whatever I take on will be more considered and evolve out of new interests I discover in retirement.
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Old 07-18-2016, 01:12 PM   #26
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Haven't taken a hobby job yet. I've had several offers for photographer and woodworking short term gigs.I really enjoy these as hobbies, but there were parts of these gigs that just seemed like work, So I turned them down. I have looked into being a photographer for the Chicago White Sox during spring training, but again this would involve too much work. It would take something extremely interesting on a very short term basis to lure me back to work.
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I briefly entertained the idea of working part time at a bookstore until I looked into it. It would be minimum wage, working every weekend and the hours were quite absurd, one day you might work 8 - 12, then come back and work 5 -9. No thanks. If I really want some fun money I would probably be better off working one day a week as an RN instead. But I don't want to do that either. I really like being totally unscheduled.
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Old 07-18-2016, 02:12 PM   #28
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Ditto, ditto, ditto, ditto, ditto, but only my first year. I got "recruited" by the CPA firm and I'm not sure I even said yes before they told me my starting date. I didn't realize I already knew so much about taxes, but of course there is more to learn as it's rare to see an "easy" tax return at a CPA office.

The partners have told me a good dozen times they want me back. The question to answer for myself is do I break the cycle now or continue on (for ten years??). It messes with skiing and travel plans.
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At my place, I can take time off easily before about March 15th, but that last month....the pressure is on to get the returns into the review cycle ASAP.

I still have HS sons at home so I don't plan travel in the winter, maybe a 3 day weekend for local skiing at most. But this coming year will be the last with HS, and may very well be last at CPA office. Once both in college, wife and I would like to escape to some southern locale for Jan & Feb.
And the clients are changing from a mixture of returns when it was a smaller firm but due to a merger, concentration is now on strictly business clients and family/owners, and quite a few doctors. I work strictly on 1040s and simpler 1041s.

It does keep my mind agile and gives me a sense of competency. And yes, every year I hear from the partners hoping I come back. It's a win for them.......head for numbers, accurate, no expectation of further work during the year, no benefits (except lot of free meals to keep folks in the office).
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I've considered that, probably for H&R Block, which I know doesn't pay much to start. I've done our taxes, which are pretty complicated, for years with the help of software.

Before working for a CPA firm, worked for HRB for five years. It gave me good experience but pay was low and iffy. At HRB, at least in 2000-2005 time frame, you had build your own client base that would return each year asking for you to make any decent money. Since I moved and changed states, didn't happen for me and you need to be part salesman....selling yourself to clients for them to return and selling some of their "junk" add-ons to drive the fee up. Once felt comfortable with my knowledge, moved on.


Been retired 16 years now and youngest will be a senior in HS so this coming year may be my last doing taxes for pay. Our local community foundation sponsors a tax office for lower income folks and have not ruled out volunteering there.
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DH and I are planning ER soon. I've been a C-level exec for many years and have no interest in continuing a career in my field post ER on a part time or consulting basis. We both have many interests so not too concerned about getting bored. I'm curious to hear from people who have taken a part time job doing something completely unrelated to your former career, not for the money but just because the job is related to a personal passion or hobby. I've thought about doing that but I wonder if it would really be satisfying or if it would just feel like w**k?
I have a diving acquaintance that retired from a full time gig, moved to south FL and got her Divemaster certification. She's can get work almost any day she wants after a little networking with the dozens of Captains in the area. I think she just does daily contract work if they need someone for a particular trip...maybe a couple times a week. It may not be applicable, but seeing your Scuba handle brought that to mind.
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Old 07-18-2016, 03:08 PM   #31
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Technology is ruining the job market.
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2012/06...-job-to-dummy/

And I see they're using spectrometers to measure thc and cbc levels nowadays.
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Old 07-18-2016, 03:16 PM   #32
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I have a regular schedule. I play in two community bands so I'm committed 2 nights per week. I'm also president of two small organizations (one is one of the bands). Publicity for concerts, running a fundraiser, etc. I can miss any time I need to for travel. The bands help me keep track of the days of the week.

I've been working a few days a month for my old group, but after 2 years of their lack of success at recruiting a replacement, I'm done at the end of the month. I will feel free.

I'm hoping to get a few paying gigs, perhaps playing musicals. An added bonus is I'll spend time with DH, since he does 3-4/year as music/pit director.

If I were to want a low paying hobby job, it would be watering plants at my favorite garden center.


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Old 07-18-2016, 06:15 PM   #33
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My cousin works part time in a budget men's store--to keep busy.

The store owner is a retired minister, and he's off selling suits in mass at minister and undertaker conventions.
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Even though I don't plan to retire until next year, I just took a part time job (6 hours per week) as a ranger at a golf course-- in exchange for free golf. Plus I get to drive around in a golf cart on a really pretty golf course. I'm hoping to continue this job after I retire.
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I have a small home-based business that is related to my old car hobby. It is for fun and also gives me some car spending money outside of other sources. I will never get rich or retire earlier than scheduled, just too much niche product and too small total market. Few $K per year net, can't complain. The main reason though for me is the tax benefits of the business. Home office deduction being the major one, but also mileage, office supplies, and few small meals also add up for the deductions. Overall really helps when I am still working.

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...That's probably a good thing because my other hobbies are loner activities. I might turn into a hermit otherwise....
So what's wrong with a hermit??

I will plow your drive, but I don't work for pay. I do appreciate when someone donates something to my favorite (kids camp) charity if I plow for them. I'm working on the homeowner's association donating an ice machine they will probably replace. I will be keeping a couple of roads open for them next winter.
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Yes, took up a creative hobby with laser cutting & engraving, which has now grown into a small business.

Proves to be a very enjoyable & lucrative pastime blasting away with a high powered laser
That's really cool!
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I was also a C level executive. I spent three years consulting for a privately held firm after my last corporate job. Since then I taught a corporate strategy class for a semester at a university business school. I thought the part time teaching would be ideal but soon discovered much of the conventional wisdom about the millennial generation was true. The grade grubbing and unwillingness to actually work hard for A's bothered me. After catching a student flagrantly cheating, the administration would not take disciplinary action, so I quietly finished the semester and declined not to return the next semester.

Today my wife and I enjoy traveling about 1/3 of the year with our travel trailer. A number of hobbies occupy the rest of my time. I recently came up with an idea for a business in my home community which can be executed remotely while traveling. I am currently giving it serious consideration. At age 61 I still miss the challenges of running a business but I don't want to work full or part time on a specific schedule. DW enjoys having me at home and says it is time to let go.


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I subbed for a band a while ago that gigs on a regular basis. Then their bass player left and they asked me to join, but I turned it down...they gig 4 - 5 times a month, which isn't a lot, but a gig is often a 12 hour day from start to finish once you factor in hauling gear, sound check, playing, and then packing up gear at the end of the night. In addition, most gigs are on the weekend which conflicts with other plans. When they have Friday gig followed by a Saturday gig, it was back to back 12-hour days.

I do keep up on their set list and sub for them on occasion, but joining the band would have been too much like w*rk...
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Thanks Markola. Having retired from working as an architect, I've really enjoyed balancing in some creative work in my (abundant) spare time. I can set my own hours, and it gives me a chance to meet other creative types in my town. I've always had a need to have some sort of outlet as a compliment to my other passion - mountain sports.
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