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Title: Pick up a part-time to get to FI faster or use that time to pursue my dream?
Post by: sizzlinkola on February 24, 2018, 11:17:37 PM
One of my main reasons for pursuing FI is to have the financial freedom to start a company in the medical device industry.

Iím having a dilemma whether I should have a part-time job (ex. waiter, barista, Lyft driver, etc.) to get to FI faster or start a company now while I keep my day job.

I'd want the part-time job to still leave time and energy for my other hobbies (hiking, rock climbing, lifting and other fitness pursuits). My worry is that it will give up time that I could have used to start and develop a company, unless I sacrifice some or all my hobbies. I could juggle all the above but that will be exhausting. I work to live, not live to work.



Title: Re: Pick up a part-time to get to FI faster or use that time to pursue my dream?
Post by: thegeebees on March 07, 2018, 05:20:49 AM
Caveat: I'm only a few months in to MMM, but I saw you had zero replies and wanted to toss in my response.
I've always looked at this as a "what phase are you in" question. For paying off debt, absolutely, I would take on the extra job. Once debt-free, I would take the spare time to work that side hustle. Like MM says, debt is an emergency.
Title: Re: Pick up a part-time to get to FI faster or use that time to pursue my dream?
Post by: MonkeyJenga on March 07, 2018, 08:01:19 AM
Have you filled out a case study? There may be easier ways to cut time to FIRE than a side job, either by getting a raise in your day job, jumping companies, or cutting expenses. Lyft driver is probably not going to help that much, either. Pete tested out driving for Uber (https://www.mrmoneymustache.com/2017/11/22/mr-money-mustache-uber-driver/) and found the hourly rate to be below min wage.
Title: Re: Pick up a part-time to get to FI faster or use that time to pursue my dream?
Post by: trollwithamustache on March 07, 2018, 08:28:36 AM
you probably want a side hustle business type thing. If you can't write off business expenses against it, the marginal tax rate might be... un-motivating.