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Old 01-26-2017, 01:21 PM
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Originally Posted by bpollen View Post
3. Maybe some sort of Ebay sales business BIL nets about $60k selling lawnmower parts on EBay (a lot of work) SIL nets about $10k selling garage sale 'specialty' clothing and jewelry;
5. Day trading again Yeah, pretty tough / stressful, but you can reduce activities to a very narrow . high return subset of your normal day trades (maybe to a narrow 'options' board, some friend do ONLY EFT options in a very specific sector ~ $30 - $40k / yr);
6. I'm thinking of trying a personal business of running errands and driving elderly people...Me too, one of my areas has very low access to drivers / errand runners. I think it would be EZ to set up a Uber type app to run errands / airport / Costco delivery to rural places within 1 hr of metro - very time consuming AND will require extensive permits and regulatory approval (PUC / DOT)
7. Possible to do dog sitting or dog walking, ...

If you like to travel, consider pet / plant sitting. We met a couple in Belgium who have regular 'clients' in Tokyo, Bangkok, Hong Kong who like to have 3-6 weeks / yr pet / plant sitter.
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Old 01-26-2017, 02:35 PM
Location: Florida -
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IMO, there is a big difference between retirees who work "to keep busy" and those who "work to make ends meet." Likewise, the priorities and attitudes vary widely.

There's certainly nothing wrong with retirees working for income or insurance. But, I wonder if many of these "semi-retirees" who insist they are only "working to keep busy" (in lieu of volunteering in a worthwhile organization - or pursuing individual interests and hobbies) ... are being fully honest with themselves and others.
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Old 01-28-2017, 02:47 AM
Location: Las Vegas
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After 33 years of public agency social work, I retired three years ago. Have not looked back. Now I work part time with a private adoption agency doing birth parent and child placing services and home studies. I work from my house, with no toxic management, no commuting, time clocks, and work fee for service. I do as much or as little as I want and it keeps my busy enough but not stressed to the point of collapse like full time work in this field did to me. I retired at 56. Husband was working as a commercial Pilot but six years ago he got fed up with continual layoffs so is now working airside ops at our local airport, and for the first time in his life, at age 60 something, he is building up a pension and has health insurance. Our house is paid off, no kids, live in the sun, and have our health. Many of our circumstances are planned, others just happened, but we feel very fortunate. So we are bee bopping along until he wants to retire. We travel a lot and have friends and family in the US and in London, where we used to live. We don't have millions in the bank, but we don't have huge living expenses, either. I wear casual and he is supplied uniforms, so don't have high maintenance personal needs. We are both modest spenders and have few toys, and take good care of ourselves and our home. We are just making it work and so far so good. We don't consider ourselves old. We still have some of that "what do we want to be when we grow up" spirit going on. Not sure what else to say except retirement is really good, but who knows how it will be when it's his turn. We will need to start planning for eventual old age and health issues, but we believe the longer we stave that off the better by taking care of our health now.
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