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View Poll Results: For those who are certain they are going to work in retirement -OR- are working. Why? How often? Che
For the $$ 20 31.25%
For the benefits 5 7.81%
Because I love my current job 6 9.38%
It's a hobby I enjoy AND I earn $$ too!! 10 15.63%
I want to, or have, started working a different line of work or new business owner 9 14.06%
I will stop working but do a small side gig 14 21.88%
I don't believe in the concept of retirement while still able bodied 6 9.38%
I cannot imagine not working 10 15.63%
I do not like being at home with my family and or spouse all the time 4 6.25%
Spouse wants me to keep working 5 7.81%
Job involves travel or residing somewhere else aJob keeps me in good physical shape while earning $ 1 1.56%
I will likely or do, work 10 hrs or less a week 3 4.69%
I will likely or do, work 11-16 hrs or less a week 9 14.06%
I will likely or do, work 16-20 hrs or less a week 10 15.63%
I will likely or do, work 21-25 hrs or less a week 7 10.94%
I will likely or do, work 26-30 hrs or less a week 1 1.56%
I will likely or do, work 30-35 hrs or less a week 2 3.13%
I will likely or do, work 36-40 hrs or less a week 3 4.69%
I am poor living in a less than desirable enviornment. The work enviornment is more appealing 0 0%
I will continue working because I really have no life 3 4.69%
Other 11 17.19%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 64. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 11-10-2018, 08:19 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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I will stop working (in 3-4 years)but do a small side gig, the same one I do now while working. I make about $6,000 working 3-4 weekends a year, great for extra vacation money, manufacturing parts for 2 companies, one tech and one in the hobby industry. As long a small they need my work, I’ll continue to do it.
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Old 11-11-2018, 03:08 AM
 
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In my opinion I think you have to many choices to even want to bother to think about when it comes to forum polls .
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Old 11-11-2018, 03:45 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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So Why work? I'd die a slow death sitting on the couch. Plus, I cannot turn off my brain.

Due to physical limitations my wife finds it very difficult to travel. A two hour plane ride is about her limit. Therefore, travel is very restricted.

My work has always been my hobby so it's not really work. A 20 hour per week gig is like working on a project in my garage. The difference is that when I work, I have access to multi million dollars worth of lab and electronic equipment. I'm getting paid to play. I also am enjoying training my replacement, a very sharp 24 year old EE.

The money is nice but that's not my main motivation.
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Old 11-11-2018, 06:44 AM
 
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No choice really. The stock market tanked two of my investments I was set to use in retirement. Lesson learned. Now I get to live paycheck to paycheck til I get fired or found without a pulse.
Some of us don't get to plan the golden years...they just don't exist. Work work work.
There's no doubt I'm angry about not being able to have a retirement...it's completely my fault that I followed the sheep and had money managed by fidelity. Who knew that twice the market would dip soooo low.! I do believe in saving but investing...what a joke.
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Old 11-11-2018, 06:48 AM
 
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Dipped so low ? What year are you talking ? We are about 5-10% from all time highs , unless you speculated in individual stocks and took on individual company risk which is more speculating then investing and is never a good idea coming up on retirement .

At any age ,individual stocks can be risky . But diversified funds are just fine which are just market risk..taking on individual company risk is betting on the whims of a particular company .

You hope you picked the right stock at the right time in the right business in the right sector . Even if you got all that right you still don’t know what competitors have on their drawing board.

So there is a big difference in risk taking on both market and individual company risk
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Old 11-11-2018, 07:09 AM
 
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So Why work? I'd die a slow death sitting on the couch. Plus, I cannot turn off my brain.
Do you have any idea how insulting that statement is to those who have chosen not to work in retirement?

Ironically, you've actually insulted yourself by demonstrating the dearth of intellectual thought that led to you posting such a ridiculous and idiotic statement.
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Old 11-11-2018, 07:20 AM
Status: "The days are getting shorter" (set 16 days ago)
 
Location: Willamette Valley, Oregon
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I didn't need to work, but I saw an opportunity to do something in my field, fish management, work with people I had already worked with and enjoyed being around. I only worked for a few months. I was doing creel census on a local reservoir, worked about 3 months, and at the end had a very negative interaction with a group of people who blocked my access to cross a bridge. I had to drive for 30 minutes or so just to get back to the main road. I said the hell with that and quit.
BTW-I love retirement, playing music, growing marijuana (it's legal in Oregon) and spending lots of quality time with my wife.
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Old 11-11-2018, 07:53 AM
 
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If you're working, you're not retired. You might be semi-retired if you're working part time.
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Old 11-11-2018, 07:59 AM
 
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I voted 'other'. I would love to retire early and work at things I want to work at - like gardening, painting, things I do for pure joy alone.

But, I don't know what life will bring. I already have to postpone retirement longer than I wanted to, so plans have already changed, and will continue to change on an as needed basis. If I do end up needing to work in retirement, I hope it wont be more than 2 to 3 days a week.
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Old 11-11-2018, 08:07 AM
 
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I did everything late. Got married and started a family late, waited too long to buy a house, went back to school in my 40s and accumulated large student loans.

I'm going to be paying for mortgages on two houses into my 80s. My wife makes barely any money from her crap job teaching ESL. So I have to work until I drop!
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