With the lifestyle that I currently live, I am basically only obligated to work 1.2 hours a day (5 days a week) to make ends meet. This does not include the help I potentially could get from investments.
Having to work fewer hours a day depends on two very basic components:
- Fewer expenses
- Making more money per hour
Getting to the point where you live with very few expenses is a process, and it has taken myself some time to get where I’m at. And I’m still not done yet. I still have student loans to pay off, and other monthly costs that can be brought down.
Luckily, I enjoy this whole process of requiring fewer and fewer resources to function, so it is all good.
The making more money per hour part may sound tough to some people, but it can actually be very simple.
Right now, I freelance as a personal trainer. A personal trainer is not expected to have clients from 9 to 5, and this is accounted for in the salary. The pay that I get is not the best in the world, but it is very far from the minimum wage in Denmark too.
Many other job functions are not expected to work non-stop for 8 hours a day. I could imagine that it’s the same for sports massage therapists, any other kind of therapist or maybe even dog walkers – I don’t know. I know that the class instructors at our gym get a pretty good salary too.
Finding some kind of job that isn’t expected to do full-time work can in many cases increase your hourly output by a lot.
Combine this with the idea of bringing your expenses down to an absolute minimum, and you are now forced to work very little every day.