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GrahamL Posted 1 year ago
Part time / casual work

Hi. I’m thinking of retiring early as no longer enjoying my current job. I don’t quite have enough money to give me the lifestyle I want and also think I need something to do to occupy my time (couple of days a week). I was wondering if anyone had any ideas or tips. I was thinking of getting a taxi licence and doing that as and when I want.

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    • Christine Robertson 14th December 2020 at 8:03 pm

      I think doing delivery for amazon or ups etc would be a better option.
      Not sure if you’ve seen on the news taxi services are struggling and asking the government to help.

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    • juliablogs49 17th December 2020 at 7:08 pm

      Care work, not enough men in the team.

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    • Deleted User 17th December 2020 at 7:22 pm

      Delivery Drivers for Supermarkets or Royal Mail

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    • Brian Johnson 17th December 2020 at 7:45 pm

      It depends on how much you want to earn and what you enjoy doing. You could, for example, deliver leaflets door to door for about £200pm

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    • tracebuddy 17th December 2020 at 8:04 pm

      Hi,
      I am setting up a transition hub in Medway for young adults with learning difficulties, there will be a small coffee shop so they can practice their customer service skills and a kitchen, I have to put these in and a toilet for the general public to use, separate from our learning and life skills hub. So in April I will need builders, electricians and plumbers, by May/June I will be looking for learning support assistants, admin staff, generally people who like variety in their daily roles and are flexible with a good sense of humour, Let me know if you’re interested.
      Kind regards
      Tracey

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      • Deleted User 28th December 2020 at 7:41 pm

        Will this be voluntary or paid work?
        Regards,
        Diane55

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        • tracebuddy 28th December 2020 at 7:48 pm

          Hi Diane,
          It will hopefully be a mixture of voluntary and paid work.

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        • Deleted User 29th December 2020 at 9:57 pm

          Thank you. I’ve realised you are rather far from me in Folkestone, so difficult to get involved. However, I wish you the best of luck with your new venture & pray it will be a great success 💜

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      • Dutch Sonja 28th December 2020 at 8:45 pm

        Not sure where you are based but I have a lot of experience in customer service. Do you have a waiting list?

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      • loislane 28th December 2020 at 9:46 pm

        Depends where you are located

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      • loislane 28th December 2020 at 9:48 pm

        It sounds amazing, I wish you the best of luck. I wished I lived nearer

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      • HelenJane123 29th December 2020 at 10:55 am

        Sounds interesting. I am a teacher and experienced in teaching special needs children. Let me know if I can offer my services.

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      • Mrs Bunny 31st December 2020 at 5:22 pm

        Hello there, I live in Chatham and maybe interested in getting involved although I am not able to commit too much time. I would like some more information either now or closer to launch. Please feel free to contact me, I would be happy to meet up once we are able.

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        • tracebuddy 31st December 2020 at 6:28 pm

          Hi,
          You’re not far away. We can definitely talk nearer the time, keep my details, I’m hoping to have all staff sorted by mid May the latest. I’m aware some people would prefer part time. Lets talk nearer the time.
          Have a great new year

          Kind regards
          Tracey

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        • Mrs Bunny 1st January 2021 at 8:33 am

          That will be lovely, I’ll keep an eye on the local press for more details. I look forward to ‘touching base’ nearer the time.
          Happy Healthy and Successful New Year to you

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      • SH 1st August 2021 at 1:04 pm

        Good luck sounds an amazing and worthwhile adventure for you and those involved, wished I lived nearer.

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    • Ann S 28th December 2020 at 8:46 am

      My brother delivers cars for a large dealership.

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    • Muttley 28th December 2020 at 9:54 am

      I left a high pressure sales job over 10 years ago that I really didn’t enjoy to train as a driving intructor. The tests are tough and the training is expensive but the job is very rewarding. You can tailor your hours to suit yourself. I started full time but by the time I retired I had wittled it down to just 6 lessons a week maximum. The unmentionable has put a stop to all that (as it did for many of us I believe) so the industry is crying out for more instructors. It’s a fantastic job but the pay is pretty poor. If you go for some lessons to get a taxi licence (and I highly recommend that because you’re unlikely to pass without them no matter how good a driver you think you are), then ask the instructor about his/her job and maybe they will change your thinking.

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      • Jodel 31st December 2020 at 9:16 am

        I trained as a driving instructor about 20 years ago, during the 18 months I clung on waiting for trade to pick up I injected about £7k into the business. In my experience the only people who make a decent living from it are the large organizations that teach, lease cars to and rob the people learning and working to be instructors. That is exactly what I was warned of by a couple of people who knew the business but you have to make your own mistakes. As to choosing when you work, lunch times and evenings, you can only work when the pupils are available for lessons.

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        • Muttley 31st December 2020 at 10:29 am

          Apart from agreeing with you about the large companies, I tend to disagree with you on pretty much every other point but rather than make any kind of argument over it, I’ll just say, everyone’s experience in any position will be different. I know many instructors who are perfectly happy with one of the big companies, for instance, but that most certainly wasn’t for me. It’s a shame about your experience and I’m sure you’re not the only one with that view. I was once told only 3% of the people who start the training, see it through to get qualified. That’s not an encouraging statistic either! I do agree, however, that it’s not easy to make a living from it but then the authour wasn’t looking to make a living, just a part time, enjoyable job. I always maintain that there were other factors in my favour that helped make my business a success; I have a background in sales and marketing and also I’m competent in IT so could develop my own website which got me 95% of my business. I certainly never had to wait for trade to pick up. I hope you’re now doing something you’re enjoying. Keep safe.

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    • Blackbird 28th December 2020 at 12:26 pm

      Hi Graham
      I have PM you as I can offer a way to earn extra money – flexible .

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    • loislane 28th December 2020 at 9:49 pm

      What is UW

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    • Palmer 31st December 2020 at 8:26 am

      Hi i retired early this year and am now self employed as a helper/personal assistant for older people via * good life sorted*. Enjoy it a lot.

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    • Angabb 31st December 2020 at 9:36 am

      Hi. My old Director joined Cats Protection initially as a volunteer but is now a paid ( cat delivery) driver to either the vets or to peoples homes when then adopt. He’s worked all through lockdown.

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    • Sharon J 31st December 2020 at 11:41 am

      Hi Graham,
      Spring & Summer not far away, how about a bit of gardening. Gets you out in fresh air, exercised and can earn at the same time. Doesn’t cost much to set up either.
      Just a thought.

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    • GrahamL 31st December 2020 at 11:50 am

      That’s a good idea Sharon. I want more time off in the winters to get some winter sun so that could work well. Thank you

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    • andiek 31st December 2020 at 1:10 pm

      I have signed up as a temporary ‘bank’ worker for the local hospital Trust . They offer very flexible different types of jobs and you can tailor the hours you do. Worth a thought? Best of luck Andrea

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    • andiek 1st January 2021 at 2:00 pm

      They offer clerical, admin, ward clerks and lots of other roles. Try looking on UHB website, or your local hospital.

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    • JAT48T 10th January 2021 at 9:43 am

      Taxi driving – difficult to make any money ! Test fees, Licence fees, requirements for car …… huge amounts of money! Then depreciation of your car …… good luck!

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    • Diana and Penny 11th January 2021 at 5:26 pm

      I worked in Market Research till I retired and they are always looking for people, especially older people. Hours are flexible and you can generally do as much or as little as you want. They do not have much on at the moment but some of them are doing the random testing for Covid amongst householders to try and measure the general incidence in the population. I note the census is also looking for people for april i think

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    • shimmyalishake 4th February 2021 at 9:17 pm

      Hello Graham, I have recently been made redundant after many years doing a demanding job that took all my energy and time involving shiftwork. The first thing I noticed was how lovely it was to be a ‘normal’ person again, living/sleeping/eating at normal times so I’m not in a rush to go back to that kind of treadmill again and have been contemplating what I might do next. I am interested to hear the ideas and thoughts that come through on your feed. I think you should buy yourself a big white van and do deliveries or ‘man with a van’ jobs. I love the idea of having the freedom to choose when you work and to have time off to escape the winter. I’ve recently applied for a job as a Covid vaccinator, and to be honest I kind of like the idea of temporary work or part time work. It is fun to toss ideas around and brainstorm so I say absolutely go for it, life is too short….

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    • GrahamL 4th February 2021 at 11:25 pm

      Hi. Thanks for your message. I totally agree with your mindset. We work hard for years and often put up with shifts and unrealistic expectations from bosses as we have commitments but we reach a certain point where our hard work pays off and we have better options as probably don’t require as much to live comfortably on. I don’t know about the man with a van as it can involve a lot of heavy lifting as I’ve come this far with no back injuries and want to keep it like that lol. I helped a friend move a couple of years ago from a 3rd floor apartment and it nearly killed me getting furniture down the stairs. I’m considering taxiing as it’s totally flexible although there are a few other options such as seasonal holiday repping where you get 6 months off per year and when you work abroad, company pays your accommodation. I did that when I was younger and loved it and always said I would consider returning to it in retirement. Alternatively, I’m sure there is opportunities in casual event work (concerts etc) doing bar or security. The world’s our oyster if we are positive.

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      • shimmyalishake 6th February 2021 at 11:14 am

        Hi there, there are lots of possibilities out there and I think a lot more temporary and casual work at the moment too. Taxi-ing would give you lots of flexibility and is a great idea. A former colleague of mine did his bus license so he can work abroad in the future and is driving London red buses right now. I had to laugh when you mentioned your friend moving from the 3rd floor apartment as I moved a year ago from a 3rd floor apartment with no lift and yes, it just about killed me too!! The holiday repping work you did sounds interesting, could you let me know more about it or do you have a link perhaps?? That could suit me too as I come from a travel background. Thank you 🙂

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    • MeltheMinx 5th February 2021 at 11:48 am

      This is me! I’m retiring end of March aged 55 after over 36 years as a Registered General Nurse & Specialist Public Health Nurse. I need to work part-time, preferably self-employed as will definitely need an income as have a mortgage & children. Good luck in your search Graham!

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    • Janhu 22nd February 2021 at 8:15 am

      Hi. Only just joined. I’m in a similar situation. I’ve 8 hours a week in M&S, I’m registered for bank admin work at the local health authority and I’m waiting to start admin work for the vaccine programme. The latter two I can accept hours to suit me. The census is currently advertising. Look out on indeed for temporary part time or bank work. I haven’t regretted giving up the 9-5 at all. Good luck

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    • Strot62 25th April 2021 at 5:09 pm

      Taxi driver or delivery driver. On the road. No one on ya back. As long as you don’t mind busy roads.

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    • Banny 25th April 2021 at 8:20 pm

      Hi am justseeing this, its almost 4 months later so hope u found wht were looking for

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    • MORENOCH1 3rd August 2021 at 10:14 pm

      VERY GOOD IDEA. YOU MAY START BY BECOMING A PCO DRIVER?

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    • MORENOCH1 3rd August 2021 at 10:31 pm

      HI, I LIKE THIS IDEA. I WILL NEED MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS. THANKS FOR SHARING.

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    • Maria Loten 4th August 2021 at 11:49 am

      Graham. Have you thought about registering with some temporary agencies? Temping would give you the flexibility you’re looking for, without the set up costs of something like taxi driving.

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    • Dorothea 19th August 2021 at 10:54 pm

      Hi Graham. Depending on your domestic situation, you could always try house sitting or pet sitting. There are paid and voluntary opportunities.

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    • GrahamL 19th August 2021 at 11:58 pm

      Thank you. That idea has certainly crossed my mind. I love dogs but don’t feel ready to commit to having my own as I like my holidays so getting a bit of money for looking after one is a double bonus.

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    • Tuppence 20th August 2021 at 9:23 am

      Hello! If you have a licence for driving HGV you won’t have a problem finding work. I think working for Amazon as a delivery driver is very tough … do you want to put yourself through the pressure? I have read that taxis are struggling. I think your best option is to get into CARE … there seem to be few men and a preponderance of women. Ciao

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      • Deleted User 20th August 2021 at 10:06 am

        Care work is demanding both physically and emotionally, and you really have to be the right kind of person to do it well. It’s a shame their enormous contribution isn’t recognised financially.

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    • Boby 7th October 2021 at 8:05 pm

      Man, do something worth in that life. I was like you some years ago. I quit my job, retired, and started to find some hobbies. I stayed a lot on YouTube, and once I heard of Chefsteps sow, I paid a subscription and since then, what I do all day is cooking. I even got a job for https://www.londonstaffagency.co.uk/hire-personal-executive-assistants/, and I got to know many people while cooking for them. Do not overthink. Give yourself some time to discover yourself, and you will see how your life change at 360 degrees.

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    • MORENOCH1 4th August 2021 at 12:18 pm

      HI LYNNE, I NEED MORE INFORMATION ON ‘USBORNE BOOKS’. ARE YOU ALSO A DRIVING INSTRUCTOR? WAOW.

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