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What would you do ?
« on: October 11, 2017, 05:56:53 PM »
Brainstorming ideas here and would like some input from the rare like minded people of the world. My current situation if I were to go through with retirement right now :

27 yrs old
Serious relationship, she has a good job as a teacher- not great pay but nice benefits and schedule
Zero debt, no mortgage (would pay off before retiring)
Rental properties paid for producing around $3500 a month after insurance and taxes
Around 500k liquid for investment or security.

Iíve ran my bills and I need around 20k a year to live exactly as I currently do without my mortgage.

I own my own business but have honestly grown tired of the public and everyoneís generally bad attitude I just donít want to be around negativity any more than I have to.

The issue: I make great money, sounds stupid I know. But if I leave now, sell out or just leave, i forgo years and years of financial security. Basically if I need 20k a year to live comfortably, and can save 200k + per year. Each year of work is 10 years of security in retirement. But currently my Rentals can pay my way, and my Stash can give me the security, and Iím sure Iíll find something else to do in the next 50-60 years to make a little money. Also not having enough SS credits worry me a bit but Iíve never counted on it anyway, whatís your thoughts? Keep at it a little longer or rip it off like a bandaid  and see where it takes me ?

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Re: What would you do ?
« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2017, 07:31:39 PM »
Find a way to change the way you think about your interaction with people.
 Believe me, I understand, I work with the public and you get jaded pretty quick.
Relish your contact with those you enjoy, and just expect to do your best with the rest.
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« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2017, 08:09:51 PM »
How much are the rentals worth? What is you level of interest in keeping the rentals forever (if not, then you can't rely on any returns they might be giving you beyond the 4% or whatever percent rule you follow)?

Would you have the interest, are you good at it, and do you see the opportunity to increase your rental holdings and actively manage them like a business? It would still mean working with the public, but it would be a different dynamic than working for clients (if that's what you do). That $500k could go a long way when stretched with leverage, and if you put your own labor into management and/or maintenance you could make more than you need to live on and build up the stash until it can reliably support you when invested more passively.

What is your current business? Do you see opportunities for a related (or even unrelated) business that might be more interesting to you? You can certainly afford to make a transition if nothing else.

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« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2017, 09:11:24 PM »
Thanks for the replys,

 BTDretire I get what youíre saying and I do take it into consideration that it just comes with the territory I would say on a day to day I enjoy talking to 10 of the 100 I have to talk to, most of it small talk which to me is boring and most of what Iím into other people think Iím crazy ie. retiring before 30 lol. I think you are right, I need to build more of a Stache. I live very well I just have little to no bills now and make more than I care to spend so maybe thatís where some of my issue comes into play, I have options but maybe the best option is to stay the course and stick it out longer.

Terran, my rentals are worth aroind $225k-$250k range. Realestate is actually something Iím very passionate about, I plan to build a larger portfolio but instead of going 1 by 1 Iím single family Iíve been holding out for a nice multi family but they are few and far between in my area. I own another property a commercial car lot in a killer location worth about 700k with a partner, we owe aroind 120k on it and the tenant more than pays the note but we put it all to the principle instead of taking cash now. When that rent comes online itíll boost me up another $1000 at least per month, also have a commercial lot for sale for 300k and if it sales anywhere close to that Iíll get half and will be in a better position. If I were to quit today I think I would get my Realestate license and try my hand at that a while itís always interested me. Iím good at rentals and very handy with repairs and truly enjoy it. Itís small now but I run it as a business and would continue to as it grew. Right now I own a restaurant. Its 1 of the busiest in my county and I enjoy the work. Just not the ppl. I have about 50 people on staff anywhere from 17 yr olds to 55 yr olds and the vast differences in attitudes and personalities and schedules and the general neediness of people these days drives me up a wall. Not to mention the public. I could go into food sales but that seems boring and Iíve been my own boss since I was 21 so Iím not going back. I think the way forward is stick it out a little longer and sock away some cash, sell out, invest in more rentals and look into getting my Realestate license just for something to do and make an occasional sale for extra cash. Within 2 years I should have at least 1 million liquid( if I donít buy a lot more property) and when the other rent comes online should be around 4500 a month passive, and my girlfriend brings in 35k a year so we should be fine. Just worries me to do it so young and give up a successful business. Seems foolish. But my heart isnít in it. Being truly free is way more important. Just need a little more time to set it in stone.

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« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2017, 10:09:29 PM »
My sense would be if you've been that successful with a business you can probably do it again, should the need arise.

That said if you're making that much from the business annually, it seems like plenty of headroom to hire a manager, pick the best of the best, pay them well, and still net a tidy profit on the side. What am I missing with this option?

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« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2017, 10:31:27 PM »
AccidentialMustache

You are spot on. The issue comes into play with my business partner, we have absolutely polar opposite management styles. He doesnít see the need for management, also has a large family with him being the only one providing an income so he feels he needs every penny he can get. We are 50/50 so if we arenít on the same page things donít happen. He doesnít see the value add a manager could bring, where as I do. Iíve even thought to hire a manager for my tasks on the days I work and pay them directly. I would love to hire management and make half the money for very little work. He just simply doesnít have the big picture perspective. Frustrating at times although I see it from his side too, but Personally I would rather be making good money and be with my family than making great money but forgo time with them. One day he will see the big picture but hasnít yet. And as far as being successful I do feel whatever I set my mind to I will do well at. It just seems foolish to let go of a great thing when something as simple as employing a manager could take away a great deal of stress. But there again my partner isnít interested in that so it adds to the stress because to me itís a no brainer.
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« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2017, 10:48:53 PM »
AccidentialMustache

You are spot on. The issue comes into play with my business partner, we have absolutely polar opposite management styles. He doesnít see the need for management, also has a large family with him being the only one providing an income so he feels he needs every penny he can get. We are 50/50 so if we arenít on the same page things donít happen. He doesnít see the value add a manager could bring, where as I do. Iíve even thought to hire a manager for my tasks on the days I work and pay them directly. I would love to hire management and make half the money for very little work. He just simply doesnít have the big picture perspective. Frustrating at times although I see it from his side too, but Personally I would rather be making good money and be with my family than making great money but forgo time with them. One day he will see the big picture but hasnít yet. And as far as being successful I do feel whatever I set my mind to I will do well at. It just seems foolish to let go of a great thing when something as simple as employing a manager could take away a great deal of stress. But there again my partner isnít interested in that so it adds to the stress because to me itís a no brainer.

This seems like a great option. What would your partner feel about this? Is there any other drawbacks?
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« Reply #7 on: October 12, 2017, 05:04:40 AM »
Unless you’re in an insanely hcol area you can hire a kickass manager for maybe 75k, call it 110 with overhead and bennies. If you told your partner you were thinking of leaving the place altogether would that motivate him at all? Seems like that would require him to have cash to buy you out or to do a ton of work getting someone new on board. I’d lean on him for this.


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« Reply #8 on: October 12, 2017, 05:19:51 AM »
Change the way you do business.  If you don't need as much money, be VERY picky about who you deal with and/or who your clients are.  After years of owning an HR side business, I got very jaded and started having the attitude that people suck.  So, I just got picky.  Now I only deal with people I like, who are enthusiastic, and who are all in.  Now I love it again. 

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Re: What would you do ?
« Reply #9 on: October 12, 2017, 06:17:45 AM »
In your immediate situation you have rental income that is already covering your expenses, plus investments, and knowledge that investments and rental income will increase in the next couple of years. Your expenses sound under control. So right now it sounds like you are FIRE if you want to be.

I would question whether you would be FIRE longer term e.g. in future may you want to have a family therefore need to plan to cover for kids' college costs etc., have you planned for/considered such costs? (With $1k to $2k in spare income plus investments not being touched you can probably pay for that as well, but that is just an example).

In the bigger picture, it then comes down to what you value. Remember that $10 when you have $0 is worth a lot, another $10 when you have $1m is worth very little. So while it sounds like you have a profitable business and would give up a significant revenue stream if you got out of it, do you actually need the money? If your current investments and rentals cover all your desired spending, would having more be worth it to you (are there luxuries etc. you might appreciate even if not necessary)? Or, would you have wider plans such as wanting to be able to donate to charity etc. if you had significant excess income.

From your later comments, the obvious move to me is to restructure your business so that you are a silent partner, and have a general manager paid to do all the tasks you don't want to. If there are some tasks you enjoy then retain the option to continue to do those. It may be that to make that change happen you need to offer your partner more than 50%, or set it up as a trial etc. or make other concessions, but it should be possible to get a still-significant passive income in that way. Which, for me, I would not give up, because even if you don't need the passive income at all for planned spending and needs, you could always give it to charity or find some other beneficial cause later on.

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« Reply #10 on: October 12, 2017, 06:57:41 AM »
Does your $20k/year include paying for health insurance yourself if the current subsidies disappear? I'd expect that, at your age, you should account for that as a reasonable cost you may need to add in retirement and it's quite substantial. How would that affect your numbers? How about other "life changes" that are potentially in your future (kids, medical conditions, maybe you develop a desire to have a more luxurious lifestyle than $20k/year can provide, etc)?
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« Reply #11 on: October 12, 2017, 07:16:21 AM »
Well, youíre definitely FI, so you can say FU to your partner. FI should mean nothing scares you. Nothing! So, hire a manager to do your work, keep some of the equity and profits and do your own thing. Otherwise have your partner buy you out. Youíre set, however you choose, just stop choosing to be miserable.

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« Reply #12 on: October 12, 2017, 07:17:26 AM »
The joys of a business partner. So, why do you do any future business deals with this partner? Why don't you branch out and do the next business deals on your own? Why do you need a partner? I say keep your current affairs as they are and when future business deals arise, do them on your own. I have a business partner and some deals he is in on and some he isn't. He WANTS to be in on them all but I have a couple that are mine 100%.
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« Reply #13 on: October 12, 2017, 07:18:01 AM »
Does your $20k/year include paying for health insurance yourself if the current subsidies disappear? I'd expect that, at your age, you should account for that as a reasonable cost you may need to add in retirement and it's quite substantial. How would that affect your numbers? How about other "life changes" that are potentially in your future (kids, medical conditions, maybe you develop a desire to have a more luxurious lifestyle than $20k/year can provide, etc)?

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You are spot on. The issue comes into play with my business partner, we have absolutely polar opposite management styles. He doesnít see the need for management, also has a large family with him being the only one providing an income so he feels he needs every penny he can get. We are 50/50 so if we arenít on the same page things donít happen. He doesnít see the value add a manager could bring, where as I do. Iíve even thought to hire a manager for my tasks on the days I work and pay them directly. I would love to hire management and make half the money for very little work. He just simply doesnít have the big picture perspective. Frustrating at times although I see it from his side too, but Personally I would rather be making good money and be with my family than making great money but forgo time with them. One day he will see the big picture but hasnít yet. And as far as being successful I do feel whatever I set my mind to I will do well at. It just seems foolish to let go of a great thing when something as simple as employing a manager could take away a great deal of stress. But there again my partner isnít interested in that so it adds to the stress because to me itís a no brainer.

Would your business partner buy you out completely or maybe a significant portion of your equity while still leaving you 5-25% as a 'silent partner'?
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Re: What would you do ?
« Reply #14 on: October 12, 2017, 09:27:10 AM »
Roe,

Iím thinking hard on this one, if I were to pay someone directly he probably wouldnít have much issue but the issue would be that person would be doing the ďbossesĒ job and would be hard for me to intergrate them into my crew and them have the respect of my employees so could create another issue and employee for myself but Iím still working on exactly when, and for what I would need that person for to optimize my time.

RockeTree,

He knows where I stand with early retirement and my dreadfulness towards the public but I donít think he understands the severity. Anot 2 years ago I took a month and just traveled across the US, I was burnt out then. Now Iím to the point of planning the exit. When I was traveling I had this sense of peace that I donít feel in my day to day which Iím sure most people are the same way. But to know everything is fine, financially, no stress, doesnít matter where I end up or at what time. It was just amazing, my first taste of that other than a 1 week vacation once a year. To buy me out is his option the first right to refusal but Iím not sure he could, and honestly to run our restaurant it takes us both. Wel to run it well, takes two people with the drive and understanding to make it run smooth. Without another person to take my place that is truly an asset I honestly feel the business would fail or greatly fall in profitability. So I wouldnít want to finance my half of the business to him in payments which is the only way he could be buy me out. But I may explore this further in the coming months.

Asaure,

I wish it was that easy! Being that itís a restaurant I canít pick and choose customers, anyone is welcome. Be it the overly opinionated lady who used to ďbe a chefĒ and can do what I do much better than me, to the pleasant man who visits every Tuesday for dinner that I sit and talk with each time. It takes all kinds of kinds. It just seems like as the years have went on people in general have became harder to deal with, to please, everyone thinks they are the only person on earth. And their inconsideration for the people around them gets to me. I was hanging out with me 7 yr old niece the other day and I ask her where she wants to get lunch, she says my place, so we go and get a seat and are having a conversation about how school is and this and that, and a two women walk up the isle beside us, cussing, screaming, acting like total fools in public at my restaurant. They didnít know I was the owner, but thatís not the point. A lot of people just donít have decency about them anymore. And I donít like to be around it.

RobFIRE,

Thatís a big worry for me, we will get married and start a family so sure right now Iím lean and doing well but Iíve got no idea the costs that kids bring and how that changes my outlook or security. Iím confident I could make do with what I have, and Iím sure I will do something else part time to make money. Iím confident that whatever I decide Iíll find my path with it. The thing is right now I donít have a family, so if I were to retire. What would I do? I have hobbies but I enjoy them because they are hobbies. My friends would be at work lol. Iím sure I would figure it out but Iím just not entirely sure that NOW is the time ya know. I would offer him more than 50% but that 50% goes to everything. So we split our time there. Our time off. Cash. Everything. So if he went to 75% and me 25% heíd be there most of the time. And if he wasnít there then why did I give up 25%? The time really isnít the issue, itís the people. I donate a lot to charity currently and would like to in retirement but I would have to give it a few months to see how it really goes financially.

Jlcnuke ,

Currently I have no health care, so thatís another issue I need to focus on. Although Iíve not been sick in about 13 years you never know whatís going to happen. And Iím sure life changes will happen, I think instead of focusing on retiring as someone with no kids I need to run my numbers as if I had a family and all and build to that for security before I retire. As far as a more luxurious lifestyle goes I think Iím pretty good, without carpayments and housepayment other bills are pretty low. I enjoy building things and being outside so thereís a lot I do that doesnít cost a lot of money, hike, kayak, hunt. Ok hunting costs way to much lol. But 20k is just kind of a basis, if I were to stay with my rentals bringing around 40k a year. And draw down on my stache 20k a year it would last 25 years and Iíd be living off of 60k a year which is way to much for me. So thatís what makes it realistic to me. I would live off rental income, then dip into the stache if need be. If it became to often that I had to pull from the Stache Iíd reevaluate my spending moving forward.

MrThatsDifferent,

I understand, and Iím getting more comfortable with the not being scared part itís just to break the cycle of working for years and years to retiring at such a young age take a minute for me to wrap my head around. I know things will be fine with whatever happens, there may not be a ďrightĒ thing to do, as hire a manager, sell part of the business etc. just trying to find the option that is best suited for the situation.

SC93,

Iíve ventured out and started a sporting goods store on my own and then later sold it and I own property on my own so Iím down with doing my own thing itís just for the type of business we run itís not a 1 man job at the scale we run at, it would drive one man insane. He and I own property together because we purchased it with the intention of moving our restaurant there because our lease was up at our current location and the owners will not sell to us. That didnít happen so we rented to property out so now we just own it together. Which isnít terrible my partner and I are great friends, we just SEE things differently. He doesnít want to put management in and have a checks and balances system to keep it all straight and actually be the OWNER he wants to work in his business. Iím not sure he wants to, he just doesnít see another way. He doesnít see the big picture at all. And I do, so itís aggravating when Iím dying to make these moves. If we were to restructure the operations where we werenít so involved and could back away and just over see the restaurant I would be down to stay much longer itís just I donít want to be an employee of my business. And he doesnít see any other way. Maybe Iíve just failed At educating him on the benifits if not working in your business. He doesnít look for the knowledge himself so Iíve attempted to explain it to him with no success.

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« Reply #15 on: October 12, 2017, 09:34:18 AM »
dude, you're 27. stick it out a little longer. You can likely still have 40-50 years in retirement if you retire at 35-40.  $20k a year just isn't very much money.

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« Reply #16 on: October 12, 2017, 10:31:06 AM »
Dude,

I feel ya. Retiring by 30 is my goal. 20k a year is just my basic expense. I actually make more off of rentals and if I put my Stache into more property it would produce much more passive income monthly but I wouldnít be liquid anymore. If I stick it out til Iím 30 I know Iíll be set. Itís nist can I make it 3 more years?! Lol. If I retired now Iíd probably be living off 30k a year passive from rentals after some crazy random expenses that always happen. Plus the misses makes 35k a year so life would be fine. Itís just knowing if I stick it out 2-3 more years Iíll be more than fine. So I might as well grin and bear it !

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« Reply #17 on: October 12, 2017, 12:04:19 PM »
Dude,

I feel ya. Retiring by 30 is my goal. 20k a year is just my basic expense. I actually make more off of rentals and if I put my Stache into more property it would produce much more passive income monthly but I wouldnít be liquid anymore. If I stick it out til Iím 30 I know Iíll be set. Itís nist can I make it 3 more years?! Lol. If I retired now Iíd probably be living off 30k a year passive from rentals after some crazy random expenses that always happen. Plus the misses makes 35k a year so life would be fine. Itís just knowing if I stick it out 2-3 more years Iíll be more than fine. So I might as well grin and bear it !
This is easier to say when it's not my money but you could get out right now and be fine. If we're talking about the MMM mindset you have almost enough from interest alone, the properties are mostly gravy. Judging by what you've said here you're not going to sit back and do nothing either so you're probably going to end up making decent money in the future just because you need something to do.

All that said, I might stick it out a little longer too. I can imagine it's hard to say goodbye to that kind of income and I would agree with whoever said you may want to consider your ability to give. A buffer to get to middle age and see where the world is at that time and then if you don't need it you can start giving it away.

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« Reply #18 on: October 12, 2017, 12:14:09 PM »
As the restaurant owner, couldn't you have asked the ladies yelling and swearing to stop or leave?  Someone earlier posted that you can choose who do business with. You can't, because your place is open to the general public. But maybe if the place gets a reputation as a place where you may be asked to leave if you are acting inappropriately that could help. I know it would be a fine line, and asking people to leave could generate bad press.

I was a server for many years, and it is hard. I'm in a different industry now and still feel similar.  Dealing with the public is really challenging. Is there anything you could do to restore your faith in humanity? Maybe volunteer with the elderly or something once in a while, so you can remind yourself that there are good people out there?

Why are you interacting with the guests? Could you maybe shift towards back of the house activities? It would seem to me that the point a partnership is to leverage each person's strength. If your strength is not dealing with people, then maybe you would be best leveraged doing something else, but still participating in the daily running of the business.


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« Reply #19 on: October 12, 2017, 12:59:32 PM »
Slappy,

Yeah I could have said something to them but have you ever saw someone acting like an idiot and even though you  could speak your mind or let them know itís not ok the path of less damage would be let them exit quickly and not engage them and have it turn to something bigger. It was one of those situations where they were headed for the door so I just let it ride. Itís just the point other people, children, where directly beside them and people just donít care. I have faith in humanity, just not the bottom of the barrel majority of people. I love to see people do well. It honestly makes me super happy to hear and see people doing great and being positive and driven and motivated. But for the most part the majority isnít that way. I know there are good people, I just donít want to be around people with no drive or ambition or purpose. And believe it or not I am the back of the house guy lol. Just occasionally Iíve gotta deal with the front of the house.

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« Reply #20 on: October 12, 2017, 06:28:51 PM »
Have you thought about a sabbatical?  Tell your partner youíre burnt and need a break. Get a temp manager to handle your duties and take a 2-3 month holiday with your family or yourself. Youíve earned that. Use that to give yourself time to think and feel what it would be like to not be working. You might hate it, might love it. But youíre burnt, be in control, do whatever you need to for your mental health.