Nowadays, my most important gig, other than my MoneySense Retired Money column, is holding my web site FindependenceHub.com working. Whereas “the Hub,” as many name it, is a industrial proposition, for me, additionally it is enjoyable and artistic and, I wish to assume, it gives a public service. Typically I write for enjoyable moderately than for cash. In truth, that’s how this column started. In the middle of chatting with an understanding editor, I realized that to some extent we each shared the philosophy of “Decrease stress, don’t maximize income.”
Off the highest of my head, I wrote a draft—only for enjoyable—to see if the subject was meaty sufficient for a column. It simply met the allotted phrase depend, even with out the standard means of sprinkling in commentary from varied specialists, which instructed me there was certainly “a column there.”
These conversant in the Hub might know I intention to publish one thing each enterprise day, 52 weeks a 12 months. I weblog underneath my very own title a few times every week, and the remainder of the content material is generated by visitor authors or sponsors. And this summer time I’ve began to experiment with working simply 4 weblog posts per week.
“Whoa,” you say? That doesn’t sound like retirement—semi- or in any other case, you say?
I suppose that’s true, however as Mike Drak and I wrote in our co-authored guide, Victory Lap Retirement (Milner, 2019), we’re on the stage the place work is supposed to supply us with that means and objective, not a lot meant to generate income. It gives us a bare-bones construction on which we will cling all the opposite actions of semi-retirement.
The aspiring artist who “buys time” to color
Whether or not workload applies to blogs or writing assignments, it’s all about managing your workflow, time and power. In our guide, Drak and I described an artist who used the phrase “shopping for time.” This particular person, previously a neighbour of mine, had a day job that concerned industrial portray, however he additionally aspired to be a artistic painter, which he finally grew to become in full retirement. However even in his working years, he’d tackle well-paid multiple-week industrial tasks with a view to construct up financial savings adequate to briefly “give up” so he might spend months at a time on his real love of artistic portray.
In my case, I seldom take a full week off except travelling overseas. However, I’ll attempt to “purchase time” by build up a weblog/column financial institution, so it’s seldom essential to work nights or weekends. And this manner, I seldom really feel the burden of a deadline when writing, both. It’s a query of rationing time and power. In the summertime, I intention to clock out by noon Friday, so in impact my weekends are two and a half days.
If you happen to handle your purchasers with deadlines (yours or theirs) sufficiently prematurely, it is best to have the ability to even out your workflow and income, so you may work such a four-day (or four-and-a-half-day) week.