What other skills lend themselves to this kind of part-time, intermittent working life? There is a viable market for temp work in just about every skill/job you can imagine: nurses, doctors (locum tenens), accountants, engineers, home health and administrative workers to name a few.I have a friend who is an occupational therapist and she takes assignments from three different agencies. At first the thought of being a temporary worker scared her, but they keep her pretty busy (30-35 hours per week) and the pay is good. Now she really enjoys the work because she has more control of her time. If she wants to ski every Wednesday, she just tells the agency not to schedule her on Wednesdays. My plumber is a young guy who has his own business. He works hard and long but when he's had enough, he forwards his calls to a backup plumber and takes time off when he needs it. He's been gone as long as a month at a time for R&R to Mexico and Arizona.I'm seriously considering the temp life myself. Of course full time early retirement is the ideal, but sometimes it seems so far off and almost unattainable. Perhaps a combination of work/retirement might be the next best thing. My nest egg isn't big enough for full time ER now , but within five years it will be big enough for part time ER. I could temp part-time (6 mos or so) and live off the safe withdrawal rate for the other half of the year or some such combination.
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