Business: Pay
How to be a millionaire   (+1)  [vote for, against]
Cash up front please!

Assuming a working career of 40 years, with a salary of 25000 GBP (Great Britain Pounds) , you will earn a cool million over a lifetime.

For a quick million, convince your manager that you'll work for the company for 40 years and insist on the money up front.

1 million GBP in the bank will earn you 50,000 GBP a year in interest ... much more than you'd earn ordinarily.

How about if I sign a contract stating that if I fail to complete my 40 years service, then the money is repayable. Then my estate pays (40 - years already served)*25000 back to the company.

[You're quite right, it'll never work. Worth a shot though]
-- jonthegeologist, Jun 13 2003

sea slang terms http://www.yacht-vo...alk/seaterms04.html
about halfway down [ato_de, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

Do you need a "dead horse?" http://www.lifeline...5852.asp?RootID=381
more modern application [ato_de, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

How about if I sign a contract stating that if I fail to complete my 40 years service, then the money is repayable. Then my estate pays (40 - years already served)*25000 back to the company.

ways and means.... ! Can I have a croissant now?
-- jonthegeologist, Jun 13 2003

Excellent!. Even better extension, with your 50k you could employ someone for 25k to do the job for you and still bank interest to the value of the original 25k that you would have earned simply by working yourself!.
A Win:Win situation
-- gnomethang, Jun 13 2003

Even if your boss was mad enough to fall for this, you'd pay tax at the higher rates on most of this rather than paying tax at a lower rate as you would do normally. This would result in your lifetime tax bill being much higher than if you got the money in dribs and drabs. You'd also be paying higher tax on the interest too (based on the current UK tax regime). Doing a quick first run at it, I reckon the difference is about GBP200,000 on the lump sum alone.
-- oneoffdave, Jun 13 2003

blissmiss - most kind.

oneoffdave - UK tax rate on 25000 would be 23% and I admit that on 50000, some of those earnings would fall into the 40% tax bracket. You would still, on a year by year basis, be better off.
-- jonthegeologist, Jun 13 2003

This is called "working off a dead horse" and is B.A.D. see link.
-- ato_de, Jun 13 2003

If you're looking at a salary of £25,000 over a 40-year career, you need a better line of work.
-- DrCurry, Jun 13 2003

DrCurry - merely an example! How to be a 2.2millionaire didn't quite have the same ring to it!
-- jonthegeologist, Jun 13 2003

Also your employer would have to pay national insurance at the full rate too, making you much more expensive than if you were paid periodically.
-- oneoffdave, Jun 13 2003

Nobody reaches a position in a company where they have the authority to make 1 million GBP payments without knowing what is meant by the term "net present value."
-- beauxeault, Jun 13 2003

oneoffdave - but also remember that salaries would ordinarily increase year on year by inflation. With this system, I am salary inflation free.

25000 GBP increasing by inflation for 40 years would give a final year salary of 81550.84 GBP.

Thus, despite a huge outlay at first, my employer will save long term.
-- jonthegeologist, Jun 13 2003

Nobody works for the same company for 40 years anymore.
-- waugsqueke, Jun 13 2003

This system will encourage me to stay with this company for 40 years, thus reducing the companies advertising, recruitment and HR costs.
-- jonthegeologist, Jun 13 2003

From bitter experience [beauxeault] I know that that's not always true.
-- oneoffdave, Jun 13 2003

// This system will encourage me to stay with this company for 40 years, //

That's not how I meant it. Companies go under, lay people off, force veteran employees (who cost more) to early retirement so they can higher younger, cheaper staff, etc. It's not in your control.

No company is going to commit to an employee for 40 years.
-- waugsqueke, Jun 13 2003

[jon] but the future cost of money is less so it's not as cut and dried as it would at frist appear. It will also depend on the employer being able to produce cash to pay you without having to take out a loan.
-- oneoffdave, Jun 13 2003

[dave] you're quite right. Assuming that the company has the cash ie. doesn't have to take loan, all parties may win.
-- jonthegeologist, Jun 13 2003

Only 5 ways to be a millionairre: 1) be born rich; 2) work till you drop; 3) marry rich; 4) win lottery; 5) it's a secret.
-- git, Jun 13 2003

I'm resisting the urge to model both scenarios properly but I can feel that I might have to give in.
-- oneoffdave, Jun 13 2003

If you work for a mega-national with enough capital to front the dough, It should work. Give it a try. After receiving the lump sum, quit the job, repay your salary off the interest from a million pounds, and spend your time more productively developing the perfect margarita.
-- Mungo, Feb 04 2004

Aside from the dubious phrase origin, [ato_de]'s article has it right. [jonthegeologist] is essentially proposing a jumbo unsecured loan against future earnings. Since it's a loan, he wouldn't have to pay taxes on the principle, but he would surely have to pay interest. People do this all the time, but usually in a mortgage, where the loan is limited to and secured by the value of the property. But as described, no sane employer would accept the risk ([jon] absconding) for the limited gain (interest). (No vote.)
-- ConsultingDetective, Feb 04 2004

millionaire is too easy nowadays. gotta go for billionaire
-- theircompetitor, Feb 05 2004

random, halfbakery