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Is This The Start of Semi-Retirement?

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A couple of weeks ago I wrote a blog-style article wherein I mentioned that I would be making A Major Decision in the Next Couple of Weeks (read.cash) If you want to know the whole story, it's all there in that post. But the long and short is that our warehouse worker had put in his two-weeks notice, and it was up in the air as to what the company would decide to do about that.

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Replace him, or sit it out and replace him later?

As I mentioned in the previous article, I have no interest in resuming any duties in the warehouse in the interim, and for a variety of reasons which I will not rehash here.

For now the warehouse worker is still in the warehouse. But, his status is still a sort of an unknown at this time.

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He did decide, with some enticement from the boss, to stick around with us for a little while longer. But at this time we have no idea how long that will be. It could be a week, a couple of weeks, a month. We do not know right now what the answer is, or when we might be sans a warehouse guy.

But he did have a phone interview today with another company.

With all of that having been said, I did discuss with the boss what my intentions are. And it was actually a fairly productive conversation in that he told me that his aim was to hire someone to replace him, should he leave, as quickly as possible.

These were words I wanted to, and needed to hear.

So, for me, as far as I am concerned, the short term decision I have made is also to wait and see. I can only say that I have more confidence after having that conversation with my boss that I may decide to stick around as well.

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But semi-retirement is also something I have been talking about quite a lot lately. And the thing is, it is perfectly doable. There is nothing stopping me from being able to do it except for having made a clear decision about whether or not I will do it.

I said before that I make good money, so that is definitely a consideration. My job is also not that physically demanding. I am in a sales position, so I spend most of my day in my office. My job is also very flexible. If I have to make a quick trip to the bank I can do that. If I need to run off to the chiropractor for a treatment, I can do that too. If I need time off for something, I have plenty of vacation time or sick time that I can use, and nobody really keeps track of any of that so long as you are not abusing it.

My job is also 8am-5pm for the most part, Monday through Friday, and I always have weekends off. So, this is a consideration as well.

I said for the most part because my job does require me to travel on business, and I run my operations in six states. Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Kansas, and Iowa.

Traveling can be long days and grueling, and you spend a lot of time in hotels and eating crappy food on the go. But it is what it is.

Semi-retirement can really mean one of two things. Either it means I quit my job and take on part time work doing something else. Or, it means spending a little less time on my current job.

Maybe on some days I come in a little bit later. On other days maybe I leave a little bit earlier. And maybe it also means on two or three days in a given month I don't come to work at all. But instead burn sick days or vacation time, or simply take a day off without pay.

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We are paid both on commission and by an hourly wage. The commissions are worth far more than what they pay us on the base hourly wage. And because the accounts I manage are mine, I get paid regardless of who is there to take the call and fill the order.

On one of the days last week I skipped out 15 minutes early. Today I skipped out a half an hour early.

Granted, there are plenty of days I am still in the office past 5pm.

But the point is that right now I am more apt to decide for myself what I want to do. I am less concerned about filling the gaps in the "time card." And I am less concerned if my weekly paycheck for my base wage is a little bit less because of it.

Because I also know my pay would be dramatically decreased anyway if I took the other course of action.

To actually quit my current job and thrust myself into semi-retirement.

The bottom line for me is that right now this seems to be the direction at least my mind is leading me. And if right now I can do a little bit of it now, and still make good money while doing it—and kind of feel like I am in a sort of semi-retirement mode even if it isn't really that at all.

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Maybe that's enough.

Maybe it is enough to allow me to better manage how I feel about staying in my current job a little while longer.

But there is also still the warehouse to consider. What happens there could change everything back to where it was before. And I may still have a major decision to make in the next couple of weeks.

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If your current work hours are flexible, then there isn't much difference between choosing semi-retirement and the current situation except that you may be required to travel when the needs arise. If you can accept that and are not required to do warehouse work, then the choice is an obvious one?

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4 months ago

The real advantage of full semi-retirement would be having more full days off during the week. In other words, I might work 30+ hour per week instead of the typical 50+ hours per week like I do now.

The disadvantage is the money of course. Most of my pay comes from commissions and so because of what I make on my current job, taking a part time job would provide for less than half of my current earnings.

I can afford it. But it does weigh in. It's hard to just walk away from money.

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4 months ago

If there's no rush in making a decision now, maybe letting it as is and once you reach that bridge to cross, it'd be very clear the direction to take? I hope that'd be the case for you.

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4 months ago

I think you have a job that is not much stressing you but if your heart wants semi retirement and you can still make money even if you quit your current job then that would be fine :))

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4 months ago

It is a tough decision. Hopefully I can wrap my head around what I actually want to do soon. It can also be distracting.

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4 months ago

In my case, I say semi-retirement is great! Although there are changes that have to be made. I know your instincts and heart will bring you where you really wanna be :)

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4 months ago

Maybe I can get lucky and turn this read and noise thing into a career? lol. Now THERE'S some wishful thinking. :D

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4 months ago

Why not right, lol! Obviously though, you love your job but of course cannot stay in it until you get old :D

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4 months ago

At least your job isn't that demanding though. And glad your boss decided to replace him. I mean he's leaving anyway.

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4 months ago

Well that's the IDEA. But there has been no ad placed yet to replace him. So that means there is an inevitable gap if he does finally leave. And that still does not sit well with me. HIS boss actually wants him to hire someone now, but so far he is not in agreement with that, and the way our company operates, MY boss has the ultimate say whether or not he does hire someone.

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4 months ago

I think this is a beneficial trend to follow especially the aspect of getting Money when you retire

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4 months ago

One advantage I have is I have a good amount of money in the bank, and I earn a fair amount annually from my stock market investments from dividends, gains, and premiums collected for writing covered call options contracts. But I'd still have to make some income adjustments.

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