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Fun retirement jobs
« on: February 26, 2015, 10:28:42 AM »
First time poster and registered.  Long time Lurker.

What type of fun retirement jobs is everyone looking forward to working or already working?  I realize that everyones definition of fun is a bit different along with everyone's definition of job.  Some of you may be as happy as a lark working in a book store for $8 an hour with free coffee and wireless as a perk for 20 hours a week.  I am looking for ideas.


My idea for now is to go out and referee high school and jr high football and basketball games.  You work from 4-7 PM only on days that you want to work.  You can make 60-80 dollars every day of the week.  Make your own schedule, exercise, help kids etc etc.  If you do it correctly all of the money you make is tax free.  So 300-400 dollars a week for 30 weeks only working 15-20 hours a week seems like a good idea to me for my FIRED lifestyle.  So unless I can find a job at a brewery this looks like my post work calling right now.  Any other suggestions?  I like high pay low hours and being away from computer.

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« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2015, 10:40:09 AM »
Refereeing sounds like fun. I'm planning on starting a small business as a retiree. I don't think I'll be able to handle being on someone else's payroll, no matter how flexible or low-stress it is. My plan is to have a portable sawmill, sell lumber, do custom sawing, build furniture, etc. Not everybody's cup of tea, but I love it. I would quit right now if I thought I could support my family doing that. But the reasonable thing to do is to build up a big stash and run the sawmill business as a supplement, and I'm nothing if not reasonable.

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« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2015, 10:43:01 AM »
Dog walker :)

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« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2015, 10:56:28 AM »
Whitewater raft guide in the summer, ski patrol in the winter.

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« Reply #4 on: February 26, 2015, 10:57:22 AM »
I have been thinking about my retirement job lately.  Providing that my health is still good, things I think would be fun on a part-time basis, working in a small coffee shop/bakery, and delivering the local newspaper that comes out twice a week.  For volunteering, I am thinking about fostering pets. 
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« Reply #5 on: February 26, 2015, 11:04:33 AM »
Zamboni driver to pay for my hockey habit.

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« Reply #6 on: February 26, 2015, 11:23:14 AM »
My FIRE job will be finding interesting and mentally stimulating ways of putting my money to work. I will delve into the world of rental homes, small business, and junior venture capital.

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« Reply #7 on: February 26, 2015, 11:24:20 AM »
I've been heavily considering getting a PhD in Classics and either doing translation work for the church (Wycliffe foundation or one of its kin). Or just going into teaching part time at a college somewhere.

Still not sure if I would truly enjoy going back to school for 5 years when I could be FIREd, but I still have 5-6 years before I'd consider leaving my current work.

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« Reply #8 on: February 26, 2015, 11:36:50 AM »
My FIRE job will be finding interesting and mentally stimulating ways of putting my money to work. I will delve into the world of rental homes, small business, and junior venture capital.

This, though I've dipped my toe in the first two already.  Building a rental portfolio and your own business takes time, which is why I'm starting the ramp up now.  Honestly, what I do doesn't really feel like a job so I may just continue doing it until I can't, or I guess until it does start feeling like a job. 

I would love a coffee shop job.  I worked as a barista during my gap year between college and grad school.  It was really fun -- I loved the hustle bustle in the mornings and chatting with the regulars.  I'm still friends with some of the regulars and I worked there 3 years ago. 

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« Reply #9 on: February 26, 2015, 11:55:37 AM »
Personally, I would love to be a crafter for conventions.
At this point I don't care what kind of crafter- I don't have much time to devote to improving my skills in these areas currently, but I would enjoy setting up some sort of etsy shop, growing my inventory the first few years and then travel about the country to rub elbows with other nerdy maker types of folks.
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« Reply #10 on: February 26, 2015, 12:14:33 PM »
Personally, I would love to be a crafter for conventions.
At this point I don't care what kind of crafter- I don't have much time to devote to improving my skills in these areas currently, but I would enjoy setting up some sort of etsy shop, growing my inventory the first few years and then travel about the country to rub elbows with other nerdy maker types of folks.
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My high school principal retired at 55 and now spends the rest of his days selling doll house furniture that he makes in his garage.  His website is very popular from what I understand.  I had a few beers with him a couple of years ago and he said he currently makes 2K a month and could easily make 4k if he wanted to devote the effort to it.

I also like the portable saw mill idea.  That would be something interesting.

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« Reply #11 on: February 26, 2015, 12:21:09 PM »
Lately I've been thinking it would be fun to work at a more local/regional (I think you would want to avoid National ownership) golf/ski resort. I figure you could play free golf and then ski for free. They also tend to be in low cost of living areas. Might be fun for a few years, maybe not forever.

Curious if any MMMers have any experience with this.

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« Reply #12 on: February 26, 2015, 12:27:58 PM »
I refereed HS and middle score games when I was in college and grad school- not fun from what I remember- parents are asses sometimes...

I vote for anything that has to do w animals- dog sitting/walking/grooming/whatever... as long as it involves canine vs. human interaction :)

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« Reply #13 on: February 26, 2015, 12:34:28 PM »
Refereeing sounds like fun.

I bet refereeing is fun for some people, but I was a soccer referee for a few years and hated it. Kids' parents constantly yelled at me (best line from some kid's dad: "Ref you're as slow as oatmeal!") and I just didn't have fun. It did pay pretty well though--$30-$60 an hour depending on the league.

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« Reply #14 on: February 26, 2015, 12:54:37 PM »
I plan on driving around America experiencing it all.  While doing it, my routes will take me to areas with good casino poker action where I can spend a few days playing poker (my current side hustle) to earn some cash. 

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« Reply #15 on: February 26, 2015, 12:58:54 PM »
Golf course marshal. You are basically the law within a 1 square mile radius.

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« Reply #16 on: February 26, 2015, 01:43:37 PM »
Coach soccer would be great for me. Make a couple bucks working with kids and getting outside.

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« Reply #17 on: February 26, 2015, 02:29:57 PM »
I also like the portable saw mill idea.  That would be something interesting.

My dad does this now. He makes about $2,000/month with it, after expenses and depreciation. He stays pretty busy, and could work more if he wanted to. He's jokes that he's going to sell me the sawmill when I retire, but maybe he's not joking.

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« Reply #18 on: February 26, 2015, 02:43:10 PM »
I'd like to teach.  Maybe substitute at some local schools, the pay is absolutely shit, but it might be fun.  Ideally getting on to teach one course at a local community college every 3rd semester would be great.

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« Reply #19 on: February 26, 2015, 03:39:20 PM »
being a referee could be extremely stressful for low pay. eventually some parents are gonna go nuts

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« Reply #20 on: February 26, 2015, 03:39:50 PM »
I think the bar at the local whole foods would be great. The people that stop there are pretty relaxed unlike other bars and i imagine some interesting conversations.


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« Reply #21 on: February 27, 2015, 06:51:57 AM »
I worked a few years as a manager for a major retailer.  My plan is to "down" date my resume so it shows a basic high school education and unrelated small business experience and then apply at a similar major retailer.  I'll acquire a job as a cart attendant/shelf stocker/cashier.  From there I'll begin blogging about my undercover experience and see how long it takes me to get promoted. 

If I don't enjoy the irony as much as I'm planning I'll go work for my family's small business building a houses a few days a week!

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« Reply #22 on: February 27, 2015, 08:55:08 AM »
I'm thinking:

Artist/teacher of related arts

Massage therapist or physical therapist (I want to get licensed for this anyway, and it'd be a great bartering skill)

School teacher when I'm old enough to scare kids

Or maybe being part of some sort of urban farming initiative

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« Reply #23 on: February 27, 2015, 09:00:09 AM »
I would like to grow garlic!

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« Reply #24 on: February 27, 2015, 09:11:50 AM »
My FIL retied after 32 years of teaching and coaching.  He really enjoys reffing basketball and football and it has no long-term obligations or tie-downs so he can do it whenever he feels like it.

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« Reply #25 on: February 27, 2015, 09:56:14 AM »
I worked a few years as a manager for a major retailer.  My plan is to "down" date my resume so it shows a basic high school education and unrelated small business experience and then apply at a similar major retailer.  I'll acquire a job as a cart attendant/shelf stocker/cashier.  From there I'll begin blogging about my undercover experience and see how long it takes me to get promoted. 

If I don't enjoy the irony as much as I'm planning I'll go work for my family's small business building a houses a few days a week!

That sounds like a lot of fun, keep us updated if you do. Would love to follow.

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« Reply #26 on: February 27, 2015, 10:28:48 AM »
Lately I've been thinking it would be fun to work at a more local/regional (I think you would want to avoid National ownership) golf/ski resort. I figure you could play free golf and then ski for free.
This is along the same lines as what I might want to do.  I'd like a job at a golf course that comes with the perk of free golf and unlimited range balls.

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« Reply #27 on: February 27, 2015, 10:54:00 AM »
I love how we're all having fun thinking about jobs we'd do for fun--dead-end jobs that almost anyone who had to do that job for their real living would hate. They would dream of getting some corporate desk job that pays more (i.e. what many of us have now).

But I've often had the same thoughts myself. For me, I've thought about everything from Home Depot to volunteering to teaching college.

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« Reply #28 on: February 27, 2015, 11:31:59 AM »
First time poster and registered.  Long time Lurker.

What type of fun retirement jobs is everyone looking forward to working or already working?

I'm self-employed. I like what I do at 40-50hrs a week, but not enough to keep going until 60yrs+ old.

I'm going to start cutting back hours at least until I'm at 20hrs/week average and see how I feel.

I suspect at that workload level I'm going to love it enough to not want to stop entirely.

Maybe I'll go down to 10-15hrs a week average.

I won't find other work that pays me nearly the same hourly rate and it's a mental challenge that is easy on my body.

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« Reply #29 on: February 27, 2015, 11:39:38 AM »
My FIRE job will be finding interesting and mentally stimulating ways of putting my money to work. I will delve into the world of rental homes, small business, and junior venture capital.

This, though I've dipped my toe in the first two already.  Building a rental portfolio and your own business takes time, which is why I'm starting the ramp up now.  Honestly, what I do doesn't really feel like a job so I may just continue doing it until I can't, or I guess until it does start feeling like a job. 

I would love a coffee shop job.  I worked as a barista during my gap year between college and grad school.  It was really fun -- I loved the hustle bustle in the mornings and chatting with the regulars.  I'm still friends with some of the regulars and I worked there 3 years ago.

You must have had really nice customers at the coffee shop :) I worked as a barista for a few summers and the overall experience wasn't something I'd be willing to endure again. Some people were great and it was always a pleasure to schmooze with them while I made their lattes. However, I quickly learned that some people out there can be quite vicious before they get their caffeine. And let's face it: there are those who automatically look down on people who wear aprons on the job.   
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« Reply #30 on: February 27, 2015, 11:46:54 AM »
I teach ukulele to kids as party of an after school enrichment program. The pay is terrible, but I'd do it for free.  We rock hard.  I'm hoping to continue it after I retire.

And that's always the real question in threads like this.  If you've identified your real life goals, why aren't you moving towards doing that now?

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« Reply #31 on: February 27, 2015, 01:19:20 PM »
Lifeguard for me.  I grew up watching Pamela Anderson running up and down the beach and promised myself that's how I want to spend the last few day on earth!

If I can't qualify as a lifeguard then cabana boy or drink server at a beach resort, with a bottle of sun tan lotion handy.

Yes I'll be that old guy at the beach 'club.'

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« Reply #32 on: February 27, 2015, 01:39:06 PM »
I like the idea of working at a golf course or at a plant nursery, watering and taking care of flowers.  That would make me happy.  I'd show up on time, be friendly to the customers, work hard... all the things they say they have trouble getting from employees these days.  :)

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« Reply #33 on: February 27, 2015, 02:36:14 PM »
Jet Skit hut rental attendant.

If I have to help folks put on life jackets, I'm sure I can oblige

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« Reply #34 on: February 27, 2015, 02:50:08 PM »
I created a list of about 40-50 things I'd like to do if I ever had the inclination to make some money part time. I encourage others to do the same so you can always refer back to it, add to it, etc. if you ever decide to pursue something.

So far I've done only one thing on my list as an actual money-making venture (wrote a book, not yet published, therefore current earnings = $0). I've done some of the others only as hobbies or for personal use (like building wood furniture). But in growing those hobbies, I've gained confidence that I could turn them into profitable ventures if desired.

One thing that seems like a really optimal part-time gig where I live is substitute teaching at the K-12 level. Earns something like $15-20/hour, you have complete flexibility to determine what days you're willing to work in any month, which subjects you want to teach, which schools and grades you're willing to teach, and no certification is required as long as you have a minimum of a Bachelor's degree.

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« Reply #35 on: February 27, 2015, 02:59:22 PM »
I also like the portable saw mill idea.  That would be something interesting.

My dad does this now. He makes about $2,000/month with it, after expenses and depreciation. He stays pretty busy, and could work more if he wanted to. He's jokes that he's going to sell me the sawmill when I retire, but maybe he's not joking.

I've totally considered this before.  I've also wondered if I could get a flunky job in a cabinet shop just to learn woodworking skills (though I'd probably learn broom pushing skills.)

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« Reply #36 on: February 27, 2015, 05:20:40 PM »
I've been thinking about a dive master or fishing charter.

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« Reply #37 on: February 27, 2015, 08:20:23 PM »
Very part time in the movie theater business for the perks of free screenings and popcorn.

Outside of that, something to do with fishing as I'd love to do that and get paid for it. Would be a good excuse to own a boat again, lol. 3 hour tour anyone?

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« Reply #38 on: February 27, 2015, 09:23:28 PM »
I think I'd like to teach in some way.  Perhaps photography or guitar.  Heck, maybe even personal finance :)

Or I'd love to bar tend at a craft brewery.

Maybe play acoustic guitar in the corner of the craft brewery.

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« Reply #39 on: February 27, 2015, 09:26:57 PM »
I've been (slowly) putting together a list of universities that allow part-timers to take classes for free, or nearly free. I think it would be pretty fun to work in a bookstore and take microbiology courses in the afternoon. :)

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« Reply #40 on: February 28, 2015, 08:09:18 AM »
Once retired I want to explore the possibility of seasonal work in national parks.   Would like to do something where Iím out walking around and maybe involved in teaching kids.   I would love to do this for eight or ten summers, a different place each year.   Maybe the work would pay enough to offset the incremental costs of travel and temporary housing. 

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« Reply #41 on: February 28, 2015, 06:05:58 PM »
While there is no way in hell I'd go back to work now unless there was some sort of massive financial meltdown or an EOTWAWKI catastrophe or ZA (Zombie Apocalypse) - and even then I might not go get a job -  but if I did I'd do something fun, adventurous and cool like one of these jobs: www.coolworks.com

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« Reply #42 on: February 28, 2015, 06:19:38 PM »
I have a few ideas that involve interacting with the public because that is my main reason for wanting a retirement job. I could see myself working in the tasting room of a winery or as a docent in a museum or working in a small boutique or bookstore. I liked someone's suggestion of working part time in a movie theater! I love movies so I could see myself enjoying that. I think the main aspects of the retirement gig would be interacting with the public because I love people and doing something fun. The money won't matter, the paycheck is just motivation to keep showing up and I could see myself working a couple of small gigs like this.

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« Reply #43 on: February 28, 2015, 06:46:48 PM »
Soon after I retired I was offered a job teaching an online class 2 semesters/year at a university. I took it & really love it.  I also work p.t. in my previous field ( psych testing) because I also loved that work. I also do some volunteering with the local Humane Society.

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« Reply #44 on: March 02, 2015, 06:33:57 AM »
My fil retired at normal retirement age, 3 years ago.  Last month he finally got bored enough (he has very few hobbies or social activities) that he went out and got a 15 hours a week job at the art museum. 

I am subbing right now. In my area it pays 85-100$ a day. It's so nice to decide "eh, I have chores to do, no work today." Or, "weather is finally nice! No work today!". That's making up nicely for the low pay.

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« Reply #45 on: March 02, 2015, 06:59:17 AM »
I could see subbing, though I think in most parts of Canada I'm not qualified (my BA is in Classics--think Greco-Roman history--which isn't exactly a regular school subject). Similarly, I'd love to get into teaching future legal clerks and/or paralegals, which is typically not an onerous gig and with a much less, ahem, cutthroat student body than actual law school.

I feel like part-time retail could actually be quite fun if it's not what's paying the rent, but on the other hand, that would be pretty directly taking a job away from someone who needed it to, well, pay the rent. So might subbing, but probably not teaching paralegals (a job frequently done by a white-haired lawyer wearing a Rolex).

Mostly, though, I keep finding myself back at "fostering," which really can't be called a job in that it usually costs more than it "compensates," but talk about necessary, challenging, and potentially fulfilling. (Also potentially crushing, of course.)

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« Reply #46 on: March 02, 2015, 07:07:33 AM »
I teach ukulele to kids as party of an after school enrichment program. The pay is terrible, but I'd do it for free.  We rock hard.  I'm hoping to continue it after I retire.

And that's always the real question in threads like this.  If you've identified your real life goals, why aren't you moving towards doing that now?

That's a great question, sol. For me, living cheaply in a small apartment for now IS how I'm moving towards my real life goals. For as long as I can remember, I've envisioned my life on a small homestead with a woodlot for cutting firewood and lumber, a big garden, a chicken coop with a few laying hens, a big workshop, and a quaint house that I built myself. I may sell some lumber, some firewood, some furniture. I may build a shed or mill some lumber for people in the community. But none of it will be terribly profitable, and none of it would be particularly fun if it was required to be terribly profitable. Certainly, none of it would be possible if I were to have to pay a mortgage on such a place - unless I also had a full-time job. And the full-time job is incompatible realities of building and running a homestead. The only way I know of to make my dream a reality is to buckle down and save like crazy for a few years to relieve myself of the burden of having to work for pay in the future.

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« Reply #47 on: March 02, 2015, 07:17:16 AM »
What makes any of you think anyone is going to hire your old ass?
That's not just a snide remark, it's a question.  You've been a computer programmer, business analyst, etc., etc. for a decade or two, and now you're going to just show up and compete for these low stress, funnish jobs with people who have actually been doing them a while and who actually need them? 
It may not be as easy as you think to get even these low-paying jobs once you've FIREd.

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« Reply #48 on: March 02, 2015, 07:20:57 AM »
First time poster and registered.  Long time Lurker.

What type of fun retirement jobs is everyone looking forward to working or already working?  I realize that everyones definition of fun is a bit different along with everyone's definition of job.  Some of you may be as happy as a lark working in a book store for $8 an hour with free coffee and wireless as a perk for 20 hours a week.  I am looking for ideas.


My idea for now is to go out and referee high school and jr high football and basketball games.  You work from 4-7 PM only on days that you want to work.  You can make 60-80 dollars every day of the week.  Make your own schedule, exercise, help kids etc etc.  If you do it correctly all of the money you make is tax free.  So 300-400 dollars a week for 30 weeks only working 15-20 hours a week seems like a good idea to me for my FIRED lifestyle.  So unless I can find a job at a brewery this looks like my post work calling right now.  Any other suggestions?  I like high pay low hours and being away from computer.

We own our trucking company and run under our own authority. We will probably keep taking interesting/extremely profitable loads forever. The money can be very good once you establish a good reputation/safety rating in a niche market.


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« Reply #49 on: March 02, 2015, 07:49:57 AM »
My current plans are:

  • Writing novels
  • Wood-working & furniture building
  • Art
  • Poker

I've thought a lot about teaching, and that may still be something I eventually pursue. I'm hesitant due to the requirement of spending time/money to get teaching credentials, and due to the whole teaching-to-the-test thing that sounds horrible. That said, if I could end up teaching programming to middle-school or high-school kids, the teaching-to-the-test part is largely removed. And either could also lend itself toward running a chess club, which I'd also love.