I often get asked to do jobs that are unpaid, or for a very limited budget, but they are quite fun. Or maybe not very fun but pretty well paid. as I try to retire and do less, which jobs should I take and which ones should I say no to….?
Originally I would do pretty much any work – the self employed personm’s eternal fear of running out of work!
But now I’m getting a bit more fussy. This is where I am at, at the moment. Still quite a few getting through the net though!
My kids, who love to advise me all the time, say I should only do the Very Fun column, and ignore whether it’s paid. But I still have the self-employed person’s eternal fear of running out of money! There’s also the fact that if someone will pay quite a bit to have me then a) I am flattered and b) they will be likely to make me feel welcome when I am there. It’s good to be wanted, and nice to work for people who want YOU in particular.
Finally though – “fun” is a composite of the job itself, the travel that often has to go around it, and whether it’s a good cause.
Travel is the biggest issue with being a speaker – to have to take a flight or a drive with an overnight stay – but when you get there it’s really fun – I would say travel downgrades “very fun” to “quite fun”, or “quite fun” to “not fun” overall.
Good causes can also be an equivalent of fun, e.g. small earner but very good cause would be a definite yes. But there has to be a limit to how many good causes a person can try to support.