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  1. john walsh

    john walsh New Member

    I retired from plumbing about 18 months ago but i'm bored and could do with a bit of extra cash.I live in London,I no longer have a van but i can travel for nothing on buses and tubes etc.I got myself an old codgers shopping trolley that i can put my tools in.I only want straightforward easy jobs. I used to be Gas Safe registered but not now.I have 40 years experience but my main problem is if my knees are up to doing the job.It maybe sounds a bit improbable but doing a few jobs a week like fixing toilets, changing taps etc would really help me out financially even if i give cheap prices.
    Any opinions on this?
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  2. Millsy 82

    Millsy 82 Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    With out meaning to sound harsh.

    Either do it properly or don't do it at all. The market is saturated with people doing jobs cheap or for cash.

    Enjoy your retirement it looks fairly doubtful I will make it to retirement as at the moment that's 70 but will probably go up in the next 34 years.
  3. SimonG

    SimonG Trusted Plumber

    I don't see myself fully retiring.

    I see it more of cherry picking for beer tokens.
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  4. rpm

    rpm Trusted Plumber Top Contributor!!

    If you are going to do it then don't take work away from the guys with a family to support so charge the going rate and renew your insurance.
    Personally don't see how you are going to "Pop out" for parts on public transport.
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  5. PETE 123

    PETE 123 Active Member

    Why not help other installers for a day rate and work the hours you want.
  6. townfanjon

    townfanjon Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    John , its your life mate , do what you feel fit .
    I would just say two words , insurance and income tax

    Think you know what I mean
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  7. john walsh

    john walsh New Member

    To be honest i forgot about the insurance, which could be catastrophic knowing the damage that water can cause if things go wrong.Tax is not really an issue because the amount i would be hoping to earn would be well under the tax threshold, say £100 a week at most.
    This has all came up because someone gave me £30 to fix a broken tap and i thought that if i got that three times a week, it would be a fortune for me, but public liability insurance would probably cost £20 a week.This is why i'm glad i posted this threads hadn't considered insurance at all.I may see if there are any other easy jobs for old codgers.
  8. SimonG

    SimonG Trusted Plumber

    Don't forget any pensions you will receive! Sharp get into paying rax.
  9. john walsh

    john walsh New Member

    I've not had a boss for over 30 years and hate feeling tied down by someone else.I helped do a painting job before i retired and hated every minute on this two week job where i had to do as i was told, even though the money was good.I'm not strong enough now to do a lot of the donkey work that goes with plumbing so few plumbers would want to employ me anyway.
  10. DuncanM

    DuncanM Plumber GSR

    Teaching plumbing? Get a part time job in a merchant and organise small jobs and collect parts when at work? Total rubbish that financially you need to consider working on in retirement. What hope do us with another 30 years left have?
  11. john walsh

    john walsh New Member

    Total rubbish? Wait until you are retired and you will find out what it is like to live on a state pension.
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  12. Millsy 82

    Millsy 82 Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    I think that's what he was getting at. I can see by the time I get there it won't be anything.
  13. DuncanM

    DuncanM Plumber GSR

    That's what I mean. We should be looking after our own first, not leaving them in poverty so they need to carry on working just to pay bills and keep a roof over their head. Plenty living the easy life on benefits and the workers are left to pay the bill and get sod all at the end for all the hard work they put in.
  14. john walsh

    john walsh New Member

    I took the quote personally,sorry for that.I can exist ok on my state pension,i'm not really complaining, it would just be nice to get a few quid for extras.Its my fault,I always squandered the money i had and made no provision for retirement.
  15. Chuck

    Chuck Well-Known Member

    I've known a couple of people who got bored in retirement and started doing a bit of light gardening for a couple of days a week. Just simple maintenance, like cutting the lawn, mainly for elderly widows. (They provide and store the tools so you don't need a van.) It's an occupation where having grey hairs and enjoying a chat over a mug of tea are both advantages.

    Still need to watch your knees and back, though.
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