For fun: If you didn’t have to work money-wise, what would you do?

posted 1 year ago in Career
  • poll: If financially you didn’t need a high income, what would you do?
    Still work a stressful but high paying career : (0 votes)
    Work in career field part-time : (14 votes)
    16 %
    Volunteer : (17 votes)
    20 %
    Work within an area of passion for a small wage : (31 votes)
    36 %
    Early retirement : (16 votes)
    18 %
    Other- please ellaborate : (9 votes)
    10 %
  • Post # 2
    64 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: June 2019 - Huntsville, AL

    I’d probably be a professional student, getting degree after degree. I really enjoy learning. I’m currently a teacher, so that’s fitting I suppose.

    Post # 3
    2889 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2018

    I would love to start an animal rescue, or some sort of animal sanctuary. I’m very passionate about helping animals in need, but I also have bills to pay and live in a very expensive city so for now I can volunteer at a local shelter and of course spoil my two rescue pups!

    Post # 4
    1183 posts
    Bumble bee

    I would volunteer and do something outdoorsy like gardening 


    Post # 5
    2062 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2018

    Travel – it’s a no brainer.  When I’m not travelling, I’d volunteer for charities 

    Post # 6
    109 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2017

    More study to change careers. It’s what I’m planning on doing anyway but need to wait till we’ve saved enough that we can live off one wage. 

    Post # 7
    693 posts
    Busy bee

    I think I would do more volunteer advocate work and attend more protests and rallies. There are changes I want to see in this world in my lifetime and I would love to be able to contribute more than I do now. 

    Post # 8
    9056 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    bear123 :  I’m actually retiring very early at the end of this year from my day job. I had six months off at the start of this year on various forms of leave and went back in July part-time. 

    I have a couple of businesses that will keep earning me money and that I have to do zero work in since I have capable employees who do it all for me. 

    I am planning to continue with my volunteer work (about 40 hours a week) and increasing my consultancy work from 2-3 contracts a year to 5-6. 

    But I don’t have to work if I don’t want to and I do plan on taking more vacations than I already do, which is a lot by US standards.

    I have worked extremely hard to put myself in this position. I have worked since I was 14 and 9mths (legal working age) and saved and invested. I often worked 3 jobs and I worked high risk jobs in conflict areas in order to get ahead financially. 

    I am looking forward to cutting back and doing anything I like anytime I want!

    Post # 9
    4313 posts
    Honey bee

    After my kids went to school, I went back to school full time, got another degree, and worked part time and continued taking classes. I’m not working at the moment because we’re in the process of moving, and I’m going kind of stir-crazy. Once we’re settled i plan on fostering dogs.

    Post # 10
    1732 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2019

    I would edit and publish the trilogy  I’ve written that is gathering dust on my poor computer 🙂 I’m picking away at the editing part, but working full-time and planning a wedding have really put that project on the back burner! 

    I would continue to write books after those are published!

    Post # 11
    1618 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2018 - Location

    fancyllama :  Same! I also love learning (my interests are very inter-disciplinary) and am a teacher 🙂 

    Post # 12
    758 posts
    Busy bee

    I didn’t work for a year. I still don’t technically since I decided to go back to school for a while. But during that time off, I just volunteered a lot and adopted two dogs haha. Will probably not work after I finish this degree, it’s more of a hobby thing and I’ve always loved learning. Soooo back to volunteering after this and probably helping FH with his practice however I can.

    I got really burnt out by years of research and publishing. The academic world could be sometimes nasty and numbers driven, I realized that even though I did well, I wasn’t a good fit. My anxiety was over the roof. Volunteering did the opposite, I just love volunteering. It calms my soul. And learning just for the sake of learning is fun.

    Post # 13
    2517 posts
    Sugar bee

    I voted “work in an area of passion with a small wage” but that’s also what I do now, ha. I also volunteer a fair amonut (a couple ongoing volunteer commitments per week). I just never prioritized making a lot of money or having a high powered career, so long as I was able to support myself in a comfortable albeit modest lifestyle. Work life balance is important to me, as is being involved in my community. If money were no object, I’d probably also travel more and take more risks career wise, and I’d likely take a couple years off when we have kids. Though I may do that anyway given the cost of childcare. And perhaps I’d pursue more creative projects, like writing.

    ETA: To your bonus question – I guess my answer would be 0, because I made the decision to pursue a low-paying but enjoyable field in college when I didn’t have any savings and had a small amount of debt. It never seemed worth it to me to do something I hated just for the paycheck, and I’m not an extravagant spender so I’ve always been able to support myself in low-paying jobs. Now that I’m married our combined income is very comfortable and we’re financially secure, but I chose my field expecting that I’d never be rich and I was fine with that. 

    Post # 14
    10026 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: City, State

    Stay at home with my kid a few years until she’s school aged, then I would get a passion job. 

    Post # 15
    685 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2017 - Nashville, TN

    Stay at home dog mom!

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