I was recently tagged by my blog partner Mr. Cheap in his post – Courses I’d Like To Take. I’ve managed to take the fun and creativity out of this meme by putting serious courses with boring names – but that’s what I came up with
Following in the tradition of Mr. Cheap I’d like to suggest a couple of courses that I’d like to teach as well as a couple that I’d like to take:
Courses to teach
Financial & retirement planning for DIY wannabes – it’s not as hard as most people think it is so this course could allow people to either become DIYers or at least know what they are talking about when working with an advisor.
Home staging course – my wife & I have fixed up and staged three homes, watched countless hours of HGTV and attended many open houses, which as far as I’m concerned makes us world class experts. This course would cover the basics as well as trying to focus on big improvements for low costs rather than just ending up with the best looking house.
Courses to take
Financial planning courses – no I don’t want to take the same course I’m teaching – but one of the ideas I had was to be a financial advisor in retirement or possibly as a second career. I don’t know how realistic this is since I’m not interested in doing sales and working only part time might not fit too well either. Unfortunately giving financial advice is not something that you can legally just start doing – you need certain qualifications.
Handyman courses – I’m thinking electrical & carpentry here – I’m not crazy about doing renovation work but being skilled at this sort of thing would lead to a good part-time or occasional work in retirement if desired (or needed!). Electrical might be a problem since you have to be licensed so maybe carpentry might be more feasible.
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