Though it has been more than 25 years since I last had a full-time job, I was never without some work.
I have had various contract positions, none of them full time and sometimes more than one at a time. I have done freelance work in a variety of fields: composing crossword puzzles, computer programming, web design, Unix system administration, and teaching chess. They are my hobbies, but I pursued them with an eye to earning money.
Last month (Feb. 2016) I completed my last crossword puzzle, and I am now retired.
Two things have made this possible: government pensions and Toronto Community Housing. I have been receiving CPP (Canada Pension Plan) for a few years and OAS (Old Age Security) for about 18 months. In February, I moved into a seniors' apartment building where my rent is a percentage of my income. For a self-contained bachelor apartment, I am now paying less than half what I was previously paying for a room in a house with shared bathroom and kitchen.
I may be retired, but I will not be idle. Far from it. I will still be doing the things I have been doing up to now (the one exception being composing crossword puzzles), but I will be doing them for my own pleasure, without regard to making money from them.
That being said, I do still hope to generate some revenue from them. The difference is that it will (if there is any) all be passive revenue. I will not go seeking work or selling my services.
These are some of the ways I hope to raise a few dollars:
- My books generate quarterly royalty payments.
- I will be posting PDFs of my crossword puzzles.
These will be freely downloadable, but I will be accepting donations via PayPal.
- I hope to post book reviews with links to Amazon; purchasing through those links will give me a small commission.
- I will be placing some advertising on my web pages as well as affiliate links. These will always be placed unobtrusively at the bottom of the page.
A new website
To reflect the new phase of my life, I am redesigning my website. My old site served me well for its time, but its time is past. This new site will be calmer, and I hope to write a lot more than I have in the past.
The skeleton is now on-line, here. I will be putting flesh on its bones as time goes on.