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Old 06-24-2020, 11:07 AM   #21
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My brain does not compute. Why would I work if I don't have to work for money?
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Old 06-24-2020, 11:27 AM   #22
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- Do you do any paying work in retirement?
- How many hours a week do you work?
- What types of jobs are people doing in retirement?
  • Yes. But very little.
  • Around one hour/week, on average.
  • I do freelance I.T. consulting for small, local businesses.
I have been FI since about 2012 and semi-retired since 2015. As of this year, I'm about 99% fully retired, as my freelance consulting work has dwindled down to almost nothing. That's perfectly fine with me, although if it picks back up again down the road, that'll be OK, too. Life is good... except for this annoying pandemic.
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Old 06-24-2020, 11:36 AM   #23
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I worked part-time for perhaps 7 or 8 years after leaving megacorp. It was something completely different from my career, and something I enjoyed doing. On average, I probably worked 6 to 8 hours/week, a bit more in the beginning and then gradually pulling back until I stopped working altogether.

It was a good opportunity at the right time. I retired right into the financial meltdown (late 2007), and was pretty stressed about suddenly taking withdrawals as the market was tanking. There was a nice and gradual transition to working less as the markets improved and I become more comfortable taking withdrawals.

At this point I wouldn't want to work even part-time, as I really don't like having to be someplace at a prescribed time. However, I remain grateful that the pt work was there at the right time.
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Old 06-24-2020, 11:42 AM   #25
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Yes...

One to two days per week (8 hours total) doing accounting work for a local florist.

I actually enjoy feeling appreciated for my efforts as well as picking up some extra spending $$.

Sadly, it is doubtful that the shop will remain in existence as the virus has dramatically decreased business. This year Iíve made more in UI then I have at the shop.
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Old 06-24-2020, 11:48 AM   #26
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In 2006 I started working as a school crossing guard. I needed 7 quarters of social security credits to complete my 40 in order to ever get a benefit. I had been a full time mom but I needed to get this done so I took the job because it was the least commitment and just enough pay to earn the credits.

It turns out that I really enjoyed it! We never needed the money, I usually put my entire income into a Roth IRA. I finished earning the 7 credits in under two years and just kept going.

This spring itís been 14 years and this is the longest Iíve ever had a job. Then COVID-19 happened and the schools closed March 13th. Iím hoping school resumes in the fall. Iím hoping the police department has the funds to continue the crossing guard program because I want to keep doing this. I truly enjoy it and itís not about the money!

Itís just an hour in the morning and an hour in the afternoon. Plenty of school holidays. And I can sit in my car if no one is coming to the crosswalk.
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Old 06-24-2020, 11:53 AM   #27
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Meh. I have never been a fan of this saying. I'm not saying that it's not true, but as far as I am concerned, if you have to be PAID to do something, then it can't all be fun and games.

I have not w*rked for $ since I retired. As a matter of fact, with unemployment at record numbers, I think I have a duty to those that NEED a j*b to NOT TAKE a j*b away from them.
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"Do what you’ll love, and you’ll never work another day in your life."
I must respectfully disagree. In my view, we sell young people a bill of goods when we tell them that. You should choose something you can stand that makes good enough money that you can quit before you get too old. I very much enjoyed what I did, but I never forgot that it was work. In fact, I never decorated my office in any way, just so that I could maintain the distinction between work and home. And when I had enough money to do so, I stopped.
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Meh. I have never been a fan of this saying. I'm not saying that it's not true, but as far as I am concerned, if you have to be PAID to do something, then it can't all be fun and games.

I have not w*rked for $ since I retired. As a matter of fact, with unemployment at record numbers, I think I have a duty to those that NEED a j*b to NOT TAKE a j*b away from them.
Agreed. Even if I take a dream job like playing major league baseball, I probably wouldn't want to play on a super muggy night or freezing day. Especially if I did poorly and was getting booed by everyone, if I wasn't getting paid I'd say Screw It and walk away.
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Old 06-24-2020, 01:43 PM   #30
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Apparently I'm going to start a new part time job chasing my GF's hot air balloon. I tagged along 3 times with another chaser to learn what to do (mostly the set up, or take down), but tomorrow I go solo if the weather holds. I told her I didn't want to be paid but she didn't seem to like that. Maybe we'll put the money in a vacation fund. She'll still use others for many of her flights.
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Old 06-24-2020, 01:53 PM   #32
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I did work part time for a few years. DW decided she wasn't ready to retire, so I had extra time on my hands. I worked at home, my own hours, for my old boss/friend, on interesting engineering problems. I enjoyed the time I spent doing that, and even got to apply for another patent.

Turns out the boss was a total workaholic. He ran through about $4M from selling his company developing new tech and prototypes that hadn't sold last I heard. He was going to be living on the funds he was saving for his kids. Not a great FIRE story there.
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Old 06-24-2020, 02:16 PM   #33
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Retiring in 16 days from my day job. I will be working after that, but as an Adjunct Professor. One night a week in the fall and spring for ~ 2.5 hours each night I teach. Love doing it, will probably keep teaching as long as I can and as long as they will have me.
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- Do you do any paying work in retirement?

- How many hours a week do you work?

- What types of jobs are people doing in retirement?



Thank You.


In 6.2 years of retirement, Iíve worked about 50 hours wrapping up projects still lingering from my working days at my previous employer. Also did a couple of woodworking items and photography gigs early on. Nothing recent. I now turn down any work that people try to hire me for.
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Old 06-24-2020, 02:33 PM   #35
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NO! In fact I avoid all work, even pay to have the lawn done. If I consider it work, I don't do it!
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Old 06-24-2020, 02:42 PM   #36
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So my view is I'm retired when I no longer have to work for $'s and no longer have to manage a career or resume.
My vision is I'll still do some part time work to provide some structure and enjoyment even when retired.
So my questions are the following:
- Do you do any paying work in retirement?
- How many hours a week do you work?
- What types of jobs are people doing in retirement?

Thank You.
Agree with your view of retirement. I retired at age 50 with one and three year old sons (20 years ago) primarily to put career demands behind! However, I've had earned income every year until 2019. First as a consultant for 1.5 years, too much like my career job. Then started my retirement career for the reasons you described. Became a seasonal tax preparer, at first for a national store front firm, moved on to a CPA firm. Typically, each year I would start in late Jan with 10 yours a week, slowly ramp up to 50-60 hours a week in late March & early April, and leave about April 18 for 9 months to live life.

Lots of unpaid jobs along the way as treasurer of what ever activities my son's were involved in soccer club, Scouts, pool club, etc., coach.
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Old 06-24-2020, 03:17 PM   #37
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No, but I helped a few old friends do a few jobs in their profession. It has been about 60 hours a year total. Very physical work and love to get that exercise because it is good for me. I also enjoy their company and we have known each other for many years.

I consider that not working in retirement some might have a different view on that.
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We have a granny flat we rent out... Some would consider that work but it really isn't since we've had the same tenants for almost 6 years. DH does the maintenance... Maybe 20 hours per year. I have the hassle of depositing the rent checks, lol.

I am on a few community boards (planning group, various working groups) that is probably 10-15 hours/month, but unpaid. I do it because I strongly distrust the local power brokers and feel they need an opposing view on local governing issues. But it's not fun.

Zero earned income since I retired.
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I work a couple hours a month as a magazine editor/rewrite specialist, get paid $200 per job (monthly) on a contract basis. Maybe once a year I get called to do a little more work, but not much. I got recruited into the gig shortly after I retired, and it just keeps going at that low-key pace. The people are pleasant, usually thrilled to hear from me. The money is peanuts, but it's neat to see my name on the magazine masthead. I suppose it's my ego overcoming my good sense.
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I have taught two adult education courses since retirement.

The reward is not the $$, which is very little per hour when all time-costs considered, but the enjoyment of learning/teaching.

This all ended with Covid19.
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