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Old 07-16-2006, 10:56 AM   #1
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I see that yesterday AltaRed listed on another topic several part-time jobs (is that at four-letter word??) for $10,000 to $15,000 a year.* Rather than hijack aother topic, I am going to start a new one.* What would folks suggest as a part-time job (either outside or working at home) for that mad money for frivilous stuff?* Certainly do not want to be a wage slave again, but working 15-20 hours a week at a low stress, flexible, interesting job to get money for the "toys" interests me, but am I chasing a mirage?* *What has been others experiences?
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Re: Part-time Employment
Old 07-16-2006, 11:13 AM   #2
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Here is a recent topic...
http://early-retirement.org/forums/i...p?topic=8228.0
...listing some part-time jobs with medical benefits.

Based on my recent experience...
http://early-retirement.org/forums/i...p?topic=8402.0
...you may feel very differently about part-time work once you actually sit down across the interview table from a potential prison guard employer.

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Old 07-16-2006, 12:21 PM   #3
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From my perspective, I would prefer a small business as an attractive place to do some PT work. No corporate crap, etc, etc. Course health benefits are a non-issue for me. There are endless opportunities from what I can see for 10-15 hours a week.

Some ideas floating around in my head include, besides what I mentioned before:
- sales in a plumbing store (e.g. fixtures, faucets, showers, tubs),
- UPS/FedEx/Mail Boxes store,
- mega home appliances store,
- bike or motorcyle shop including repair,
- seasonal tax return preparer for seniors, etc. (home business sole proprietor)
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Old 07-16-2006, 12:43 PM   #4
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Here is a recent topic...
http://early-retirement.org/forums/i...p?topic=8228.0
...listing some part-time jobs with medical benefits.

Based on my recent experience...
http://early-retirement.org/forums/i...p?topic=8402.0
...you may feel very differently about part-time work once you actually sit down across the interview table from a potential prison guard employer.

Yes, sure not interested in re-entering the rat race but hope there would be some options.
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Old 07-16-2006, 12:53 PM   #5
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Yes, sure not interested in re-entering the rat race but hope there would be some options.
I would think it would depend on the individual. As an IT guy, I have done some pro bono computer work at local churches ("No, no, Jane, you plug it in this way!") and I may find it a pleasant diversion in retirement. A person with a different background may find different things rewarding, e.g. Hellbender just posted his real estate development plans on one of the other forums.
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Old 07-16-2006, 06:13 PM   #6
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Up to now I have stayed away from any gainful employment (4 years) on the basis that is like being a little bit pregnant. After early retirment with a pension in 1992, I decided to do part-time consulting. Got drafted into full-time work 3 times. Finally went cold turkey in 2002.

If you can be your own boss with a home-based business, it is better odds unless the business takes off.
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Old 07-16-2006, 07:00 PM   #7
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If you are still fit, you could cut lawns, do general yardwork, clean eavestroughs, shovel snow, go shopping for, or take seniors shopping, drive them to appointments, shuttle cars etc.

I also do pall bearing several times a month.

Everything is on a cash basis!

All for 2 or 3 hours a day.

I average about $40 folding money a day for a 5 day week.
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If you are still fit, you could cut lawns, do general yardwork, clean eavestroughs, shovel snow, go shopping for, or take seniors shopping, drive them to appointments, shuttle cars etc.

I also do pall bearing several times a month.

Everything is on a cash basis!

All for 2 or 3 hours a day.

I average about $40 folding money a day for a 5 day week.


That sounds good.

The guys around here that do yard work all have big pickups and trailers full of equipment. It looks like quite a commitment. I used to do yard work as a kid- mostly used the homeowner's equipment.

So a low key thing like that would be almost fun, and one could fund a ROTH. But all that equipment- weed eaters, etc.etc., and all the maintenance- not for me now. I basically loathe maintaining equipment

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I just shove the mower in the trunk and go. Likewise with the snowshovel.

I scope the snowjob and if it's a small driveway and sidewalk and no more than half an hour I'll do it. Same with a lawn. No more than an hour. It helps keep me in shape.

You would be amazed at the number of seniors who need transportation to and from appointments. I always stay with them and act as an advocate. I've had regulars for years and they treat me well. I do get upset when my favourites pass on though. I gave a eulogy for one in June.

I've always liked shopping and my clients trust me to pick out the best produce and meat. I put the stuff in the fridge and cupboards for them and usually have a conversation for a few minutes.

I don't really think of any of this as a job because I'm in and out quickly.

I remember some days when London had megasnow and I made $100+. That was work!

Mrs. Zipper still works and I always send her off with a good breakfast and a prepared lunch.

With my little sidejobs, her honey do list, and supper prep, Zip's a happy guy!
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A few jobs that might spark some ideas:

Work in community/government service
Become a candidate in local elections (school board, zoning board, town council, coroner, etc.)
Work at the polls as part of the Election Board
Work concessions, security, or taking tickets at festivals, civic performance, or sports events
Work for your local Irrigation Board
Be a seasonal or part time Park Service worker
Start a small business
Start a community Newsletter
Do landscaping or yard work
Start a used bookstore
Buy a suitable property and build a hotel/apartment or store
Collect and sell antiques
Head a small non-profit organization
Run a Laundromat
Be a home inspector
Be a Finanical Advisor
Be a Web Page Designer
Start a computer repair business
Be an author
Write a book
Write freelance articles for newspapers and magazines
Be an artist
Learn woodworking or metalworking and create sculpture
Play an instrument in a band
Consult/Technical
Invent a device and obtain a patent
Solve a company’s current technical or manufacturing problem
Serve as an interim executive
Teach
Become a substitute teacher in nearby school districts
Become a tutor, bus driver or crossing guard
Teach courses at local colleges or junior colleges
Develop short courses in your field of expertise
Get trained for specialized temporary employment
Be a Tax Preparer
Be a temporary office worker
Be a member of a campaign team
Work for a special events security team
Be a fitness advisor
Become a tour leader (hiking, cycling, fishing, climbing, hunting)
Work at a museum or gallery
Be a real estate agent
Be a landlord
Take a job in a local store
Become a clothing store salesperson
Sell power tools
Sell sporting goods
Work in a home improvement outlet
Take up a trade skill
Build custom cabinets
Become a handyman
Make and sell jewelry
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OK, sgeeee. You know the rules. When you quote something you need to give credit to the author.

The above information is from Chapter 7 of "Engineering Your Retirement" by Mike Golio.

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Maybe things will fall more neatly into place in 1 1/2 years when I retire but for now it is hard for my to figure out something actually available that I would like to do for a few hours a week for a few dollars that is worth it. Each time I do this exercise in my head it works out that I am better off working at my current job a little longer for higher pay. Now my wife has it easier, she retired from teaching a few weeks ago. She can substitute, lead workshops and has other offers on hand.

I guess the only job I would actually like is to work in the local kayak shop.
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OK, sgeeee.* You know the rules.* When you quote something you need to give credit to the author.

The above information is from Chapter 7 of "Engineering Your Retirement" by Mike Golio.

That might be, but his book doesn't come out for several months. I beat him to the punch.
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That might be, but his book doesn't come out for several months.* I beat him to the punch.* *
Does not make a difference;* should have been acknowledged.*
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Does not make a difference; should have been acknowledged.
Yeah sgeeee, don't you be comin' round with those lame excuses!!!

Sorry to stir up a ruckus with my slightly warped sense of humor bookman51. Rumor has it that sgeeee is the author of the book he quoted.

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If he is the author, he then needs to protect himself.* Once he starts putting his ideas out in the public domain without attribution, then anyone can and will pick them up and use them--and without attribution.* I certainly appreciate his good intentions in his response to my post.
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I know a woman who is married to a rich man. Rich as in mega old money rich. She works part time at Barnes and Noble. Likes getting out of the house now that the kids are grown and likes having her own money. Plus the employee discount.

I also know someone who is thinking of starting a business helping seniors much as Zipper does. Take them to appointments. Make sure drug prescriptions are filed. Make sure they are taking their pills. Make sure they are eating properly. Etc.
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I have to come out of the closet. I ER'd 11 weeks ago, and started a part time job last week. It's 3.5 days/week at my church office. I had done volunteer work there for years, and just about the time I was ready for a bit of structure in my life (especially since DH is still working) an opening came up. I would be spending time there anyway, so I took the job. Honestly, it's more "service" than "work" (the pay is pretty low) but the little bit I'll be making will help with weekly expenses and keep us out of the savings stash. The schedule is flexible, and the people are great! Because I volunteered there for so long, I knew exactly what I was getting into.

I think the key to part-time is to do something you love to do, and make sure you have the flexibility you want. It is possible.

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Congrats, CJ. Sounds like it will be good for you, your husband and your church.

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The schedule is flexible, and the people are great!* Because I volunteered there for so long, I knew exactly what I was getting into.
Sounds like a dream job One thing to be mindful of is that sometimes you can run into different expectations as a paid worker. Once money is involved, things can change in subtle and not so subtle ways.*
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