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Old 05-05-2008, 09:18 PM   #41
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Old 05-06-2008, 03:00 AM   #42
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Second career? I figure people either work because they need the money, or it is a social outlet, or a hobby.


We will be FI. If I do something... it is likely to motivated by my interest.

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Old 05-06-2008, 07:07 AM   #43
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Retired now for three years and worked for a major tax prep firm this past tax season. Not really a second career more of a part time job when the weather is too crummy for golfing and motorcycle riding.
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I've thought of doing this too, but wondered if it payed enough to make it worth the effort. I have no tax background, but am pretty sure I can learn what's needed for the job. Working for part of the year appeals to me - especially, if I feel the need for a supplemental income in ER.
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Old 05-06-2008, 07:53 AM   #44
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One guy I worked with wanted to sell fish from the side of the road, and he did that for several years after retirement. Not for me, it's too hot in the summer, too cold in the winter.

Another works 2-3 days a week for minimum wage at the golf course shop. Being an employee he gets free golf and sometimes free food from the restaurant.

I'm going back to work to buy some toys. A travel trailer if I can talk DW into going, if not I may go by myself or get a light sport aircraft and bore holes in the sky. Perhaps an ultralight - I've never flown one of those. No skydiving though, I think people who jump out of perfectly good airplanes are nuts.
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I want to take the place of Guy what's-his-name on the Food Network show "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives". Ah yes..... traveling around the U.S. in a classic Camaro convertible, sampling food from various establishments8)
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Maybe not so great a deal. When he won the "next food network star" (or whatever it was) contest, the foodtv network got to use him in an unlimited capacity for a fairly cheap salary for several years. And man, is there a single show they have running now that he isnt shoved into?

I call him "the food networks bitch". Makes my wife giggle.
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Seems like everyone has a different take on a second or FIRE career. I enjoy these discussions.

My goal is to FIRE within a couple of years, by age 52-53. We have some rental units to manage, so it will be nice to have that be my "day job" at only 5-10 hours/week.

Once FIREd I would like to expand my long time avocation of performing music into writing music and also general writing and photography for periodicals, etc. I never felt comfortable with the idea of earning a living as an writer or artist (and neither did my DW or kids...), but we have worked hard toward FIRE to enable the pursuit of these passions.

We also have a 40 acre farm to maintain, but that is like therapy for DW and I.

Happy FIRE folks!
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Not sure yet. I'm hoping to find something I both enjoy and can do largely on my terms (as in number of hours worked, which hours I worked, et cetera).
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I've thought of doing this too, but wondered if it payed enough to make it worth the effort. I have no tax background, but am pretty sure I can learn what's needed for the job. Working for part of the year appeals to me - especially, if I feel the need for a supplemental income in ER.

The pay isn't all that great but depends on the amount of time you work and the number of tax returns you do. I took the course to learn more about doing my own taxes more than anything else and did taxes just to see how I liked it. From taking the tax classes I learned enough that it made sense to set up an HSA. Plus continuing education classes on tax stuff keeps my brain from going into atrophy. I did enjoy the work and the people and will probably contimue to do it until I get bored and decide to do something else.
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I'm with those who want to be the next road person for "Drive Ins, Diner and Dives." Looks like a blast to me!
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I'm thinking about being a manwhore.............
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I'm with those who want to be the next road person for "Drive Ins, Diner and Dives." Looks like a blast to me!

I'm in as long as I don't have to eat deep fried Twinkies !
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I was a freelance gynecologist for a while after I retired, but my wife has nixed taking up that excellent second career again.

Turns out she's rather inflexible about some things...
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Turns out she's rather inflexible about some things...

Did she at least let you keep the stirrups ?
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me toooo, im up to my elbows in work

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Did she at least let you keep the stirrups ?
Since she was my last patient, yes. I had to take some accelerated depreciation on my capital equipment that year though.
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I play golf for money. Since Ive started keeping track it looks like I'm not very good at it.
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[quote=Sarah in SC;652926]I have also thought of volunteering with Water Missions International, taking self-contained water systems in to areas without potable water. "

I have a friend who volunteers with them and knows all the people if you want me to hook you up, let me know.
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