Don’t get me wrong. Much as I would love to be financial independent right now, I am nowhere near the target at the moment. It would be at least another 8 years to financial independence. So for those who have achieved financial independence, what are some of the things you would miss about working full-time?
The following are some of the things I would miss once I stopped working full-time:
1.) Social Interaction – A huge part of the my working lifestyle and as far as I can remember, it is probably one of the most valuable thing I have an impression of, even as I left the company.
2.) Teamwork – Being part of the productive team, strong bonds that come with working with different people with different backgrounds. When there are issues or problems, we struggle and think together as a team.
3.) Access to credit – We generate active income as we work and that means that we can get access to loans and credits for the purpose of buying a property or applying for a credit card (not encouraged).
4.) Printing – I am not trying to sound cheapskate but I admit that I do not have a printing machine at home as I find that printer is one infuriating and expensive device. As such, I print most of my stuff at work, even if some are personal related emails.
5.) Getting paid on weekends/public holidays/medical/annual leave – Working employees generally tend to enjoy plenty of medical leave / annual leave / public holiday and they are paid for these leave entitlement. Even as I was having one of my unproductive days by sitting at my desk staring at the monitor, I was glad that my pay was not deducted.
6.) Health Insurance – My company’s term insurance includes outpatient and specialist leave which has been very cost effective for me these few years.
So what do you miss from your working life should you “retire” from the corporate world and achieve financial independence one day?