Godlike Productions - Conspiracy Forum
Users Online Now: 2,338 (Who's On?)Visitors Today: 2,350,196
Pageviews Today: 3,194,796Threads Today: 774Posts Today: 14,489
10:22 PM


Rate this Thread

Absolute BS Crap Reasonable Nice Amazing
 

For those unemployed/who asked: Ideas to supplement your income or start your own business.

 
Life's-A-Bitch

User ID: 1243271
United States
09/30/2012 07:24 PM

Report Abusive Post
Report Copyright Violation
Re: For those unemployed/who asked: Ideas to supplement your income or start your own business.
EDIT: please try to read thru the entire thread bc there's so many excellent suggestions and experiences that might benefit you or someone you know wink


in a thread i had, i mentioned Ive owned my own business'. Ive had a lot of inquiries on what kind of business' Ive owned and how to start up a business - even some with virtually little to no startup costs. in lieu of answering each/every email i'm tossing this thread out.

**troll all you want.....but i'm where i'm at now, bc i'm diligent and self sufficient.


hope this helped those who inquired and those who came into the thread.
 Quoting: Phennommennonn


Phennommennonn you are my kind of lady. You truly epitomize the pioneering American spirit, just as our fore Fathers and Mothers displayed when they came to a country that had no permanent structures, no industry, nothing but raw materials and a population of peoples who were migrant hunter gatherers.

You are a prime example of the fact that the only thing that holds one back is themselves. Opportunities are endless here in America. All that is needed is an inspiration and a little elbow grease.

hf
Just because YOU don’t believe
in the Rougarou; or the Loup Garou,
don’t make you safe; No !

"The trouble with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money."

"If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace" -- Thomas Paine

"They must find it very difficult...
Those who have taken authority as the truth, Rather than truth as the authority."
- Gerald Massey
Anonymous Coward
User ID: 726900
United States
09/30/2012 07:29 PM
Report Abusive Post
Report Copyright Violation
Re: For those unemployed/who asked: Ideas to supplement your income or start your own business.
Not afraid of heights? Hang exterior Christmans lights in upscale communities. Just takes a few ladders and a truck or van and you can make as much as $400 - $500 a day.
SPIRAL COBRA

User ID: 24615680
Mexico
09/30/2012 07:29 PM
Report Abusive Post
Report Copyright Violation
Re: For those unemployed/who asked: Ideas to supplement your income or start your own business.
Oh this is just to weird, Had this thread in my mind today and boom here it is after all this time.

spock
"Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounded by assholes." William Gibson
Watching the world
Crypt Watcher

User ID: 21685109
United States
09/30/2012 07:32 PM

Report Abusive Post
Report Copyright Violation
Re: For those unemployed/who asked: Ideas to supplement your income or start your own business.
Awesome post! Thumbs up for creativity and motivation!

hf
Ignorance is bliss until reality bites you in the ass.

I bury the dead.
Anonymous Coward
User ID: 24576933
United States
09/30/2012 07:43 PM
Report Abusive Post
Report Copyright Violation
Re: For those unemployed/who asked: Ideas to supplement your income or start your own business.
Good ideas Phen, but there is an assumption in most of your ideas.

It seems you have to be very social to make these things work. To some people, this is very difficult. I just can't go up to people I don't know and talk, it's just not me. I think many are like that on GLP.
Morning Cup Of Doom

User ID: 20524828
United States
09/30/2012 07:52 PM

Report Abusive Post
Report Copyright Violation
Re: For those unemployed/who asked: Ideas to supplement your income or start your own business.
Very smart lady.

Except for starting all of her sentences with a lowercase letter. HEHEHEHEHE
 Quoting: Wraith1970

Or omitting trailing punctuation... chuckle
 Quoting: Andromeda


Nice try! It's obvious that you realize she is smarter than you will ever be, so you try to insult her. Did it work? Do you feel better about yourself now?
Anonymous Coward
User ID: 24283440
United States
09/30/2012 07:55 PM
Report Abusive Post
Report Copyright Violation
Re: For those unemployed/who asked: Ideas to supplement your income or start your own business.
Excellent post! :) The best way to survive is to be our own boss! :) Surpizingly ebay is still good when you know what to sell. Fees are high and there are things that are not right about it and it can drive you crazy a lot of times...wish there was another option but it does pay my bills...and I am doing better now then I ever have.
 Quoting: TVZ 578416


Lost my ass on eBay. Had been selling there for years too. Noticed it had become a ghost town.
Anonymous Coward
User ID: 1737161
United States
09/30/2012 07:59 PM
Report Abusive Post
Report Copyright Violation
Re: For those unemployed/who asked: Ideas to supplement your income or start your own business.
hf
Anonymous Coward
User ID: 24283440
United States
09/30/2012 08:00 PM
Report Abusive Post
Report Copyright Violation
Re: For those unemployed/who asked: Ideas to supplement your income or start your own business.
What's really weird, I was just thinking out of all the mods PHENOM is my fave today. Now I know why, that was very generous of you. Also like her avatar too it makes me smile. Excellent thread! Thanks for sharing you are a business wiz it seems!!!
ceawaves

User ID: 23342686
United States
09/30/2012 08:03 PM

Report Abusive Post
Report Copyright Violation
Re: For those unemployed/who asked: Ideas to supplement your income or start your own business.
Very smart lady.
 Quoting: Andromeda


Yeah impressive. That's neat.
Revelator Stargate
The Stargate Is In Orion

User ID: 1507989
United States
09/30/2012 08:04 PM

Report Abusive Post
Report Copyright Violation
Re: For those unemployed/who asked: Ideas to supplement your income or start your own business.
How about a nutritional supplement? Tons of new nutritional supplement companies have been coming out lately.
3ewewg
Life and Love

User ID: 18613580
United States
09/30/2012 08:06 PM
Report Abusive Post
Report Copyright Violation
Re: For those unemployed/who asked: Ideas to supplement your income or start your own business.
Not afraid of heights? Hang exterior Christmans lights in upscale communities. Just takes a few ladders and a truck or van and you can make as much as $400 - $500 a day.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 726900


I'd pay for that! (And repeat business when you come back to take them down)
We become like that to which we are devoted. Choose wisely.
Anonymous Coward
User ID: 726900
United States
09/30/2012 08:14 PM
Report Abusive Post
Report Copyright Violation
Re: For those unemployed/who asked: Ideas to supplement your income or start your own business.
Not afraid of heights? Hang exterior Christmans lights in upscale communities. Just takes a few ladders and a truck or van and you can make as much as $400 - $500 a day.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 726900


I'd pay for that! (And repeat business when you come back to take them down)
 Quoting: Life and Love


Plus all the year around remodeling/repair/or painting work which I've picked up from these customers.
Pa resident1

User ID: 23528140
United States
09/30/2012 08:15 PM
Report Abusive Post
Report Copyright Violation
Re: For those unemployed/who asked: Ideas to supplement your income or start your own business.
advertise on message boards for your wake up service.

Wow. How much does one charge for this type of service?
"When you don't keep your word, you lose credibility and trustworthy friends"
Pa resident1

User ID: 23528140
United States
09/30/2012 08:18 PM
Report Abusive Post
Report Copyright Violation
Re: For those unemployed/who asked: Ideas to supplement your income or start your own business.
Phenn, kudos to you. Instead of just yelling at the unemployed to get a job you offer lots of good advice to help.

Knowledge is power.

I'm not unemployed but many of my friends are and I will pass this on to them. Thank-you.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 883510



sometimes ppl just need direction. im creative. i can profit off a paper bag. wink

come join us 2nite in voice chat - we will be discussing the unemployment extensions conundrum. midnite est.

[link to chat.godlikeproductions.com]
 Quoting: Phennommennonn


Thanks for this thread Phen as this may be helpful for me and my family since our business is in the crapper (chapter 7) thanks to the economy. It is hard to believe what a shitty economy will do to a business especially one like ours which was successful for 20 years till the economy hit the skids.

bump
"When you don't keep your word, you lose credibility and trustworthy friends"
Life and Love

User ID: 18613580
United States
09/30/2012 08:22 PM
Report Abusive Post
Report Copyright Violation
Re: For those unemployed/who asked: Ideas to supplement your income or start your own business.
Not afraid of heights? Hang exterior Christmans lights in upscale communities. Just takes a few ladders and a truck or van and you can make as much as $400 - $500 a day.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 726900


I'd pay for that! (And repeat business when you come back to take them down)
 Quoting: Life and Love


Plus all the year around remodeling/repair/or painting work which I've picked up from these customers.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 726900


Kids coming home for Christmas break take note!
We become like that to which we are devoted. Choose wisely.
Anonymous Coward
User ID: 24278562
Canada
09/30/2012 08:26 PM
Report Abusive Post
Report Copyright Violation
Re: For those unemployed/who asked: Ideas to supplement your income or start your own business.
Oh this is just to weird, Had this thread in my mind today and boom here it is after all this time.

spock
 Quoting: SPIRAL COBRA


I have this bookmarked and will bump it forever when I see someone on here in need. If someone is down on their luck and trying to find a way out where they are willing to work...I will bump it.

To the MOD who pinned it thanks.

Should be a perma-pin!
Anonymous Coward
User ID: 24699195
United States
09/30/2012 08:26 PM
Report Abusive Post
Report Copyright Violation
Re: For those unemployed/who asked: Ideas to supplement your income or start your own business.
Not afraid of heights? Hang exterior Christmans lights in upscale communities. Just takes a few ladders and a truck or van and you can make as much as $400 - $500 a day.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 726900


I like this. hf
PhennommennonnModerator (OP)
Senior Forum Moderator

09/30/2012 08:26 PM

Report Abusive Post
Report Copyright Violation
Re: For those unemployed/who asked: Ideas to supplement your income or start your own business.
wow someone resurrected my thread. hope it helps folks.

i even have a few more to add to the thread.

gimme a bit. just got home - ill post a few more things i helped set up for some ppl
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The Queen Of Mean / VENOMmennonn

*Dont fuck with me; ill jump on my menstrual cycle & run your ass over ;)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Every closed eye is not sleeping, and every open eye is not seeing
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The universe responds NOT to what you want.....it responds to what you are being.......are you being what you want?
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
the karma cafe has no menus. you get served what you deserve
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

political correctness is a doctrine.... fostered by a delusional, illogical minority...... and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media; which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Visit The Official GLP Store
[link to www.cafepress.com]

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Subscribe to TheRawFeedLive On YouTube
[link to youtube.com]
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Become a member & subscribe to the GLPVC Podcast
[link to members.therawfeedlive.com]

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
FREEDOM OF SPEECH:
Alan Isaacman
The People Vs Larry Flynt
"Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, you've heard a lot here today and I won't try to go back over it all. But you have to go back in that room and make some decisions and there is one thing I want to make very clear to you before you do. I'm not trying to convince you that you should like what Larry Flynt does. I don't like what he does. But what I do like is... that I live in a country... where you and I can make that decision for ourselves. I like that I live in a country where I can pick up Hustler magazine... read it if I want... or throw it in the trash, if that's where I think it belongs. Or better yet I can express my opinion by not buying it. I like that right. I care about it. And you should care about it, too... because we live in a free country. We say that a lot, but sometimes we forget what that means, so listen again. We live in a free country. That is a powerful idea. That's a magnificent way to live. But there is a price for that freedom, which is that sometimes... we have to tolerate things that we don't necessarily like. So go back in that room... where you are free to think whatever you want to think... about Larry Flynt and Hustler magazine. But then ask yourselves if you want to make that decision for the rest of us... because the freedom that everyone in this room enjoys... is, in a very real way, in your hands. If we start throwing up walls against what some of us think is obscene... we may wake up one morning and realize... that walls have been thrown upin places we never expected... and we can't see anythingor... do anything. And that's not freedom. That is not freedom. So, be careful. Thank you."
VIDEO: [link to youtu.be]

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Chrit

User ID: 15366081
United States
09/30/2012 08:26 PM

Report Abusive Post
Report Copyright Violation
Re: For those unemployed/who asked: Ideas to supplement your income or start your own business.
I love this thread! One of my first threads was on this subject! You touched on most of it already but if someone is boored here is that thread.

Worm farmer and no I am not kidding.

Thread: For all those looking for a job that they will enjoy...
I'm only human, it's my biggest flaw.

We must all realize a sink a chair and a pillow are all luxuries of home and a soldiers helmet takes the place of all three.
ar-15 nut

User ID: 1281306
United States
09/30/2012 08:31 PM

Report Abusive Post
Report Copyright Violation
Re: For those unemployed/who asked: Ideas to supplement your income or start your own business.
5 stars5a
A pissed off American veteran!
Anonymous Coward
User ID: 726900
United States
09/30/2012 08:43 PM
Report Abusive Post
Report Copyright Violation
Re: For those unemployed/who asked: Ideas to supplement your income or start your own business.
Be an HOV lane consultant....riding with commuters so they may use the HOV lane.
aquarianunicorn31

User ID: 7257826
United States
09/30/2012 08:46 PM
Report Abusive Post
Report Copyright Violation
Re: For those unemployed/who asked: Ideas to supplement your income or start your own business.
when i was 19 and left home, i started a biz typing book reports and resumes. i had flyers stuck in library books since the schools wouldn't approve that i post the flyers on bulletin boards...so i picked depts like law and medicine ....since they really have no time to type reports and stuff. i usually got older students who are still going to school because they're really not familiar with the computers and stuff.

i used to charge 1.00 a page then as i got along i did it on an hourly pay like 12/hr...it's so easy...they write it, i type it and print it.

then i progressed into putting those back to school furniture....i cant believe these college kids would actually pay for someone to put a bookshelf together, or those ikea furniture so they can go out and party. part of me felt bad that i feel like i'm taking advantage of them, but then again i need the money and they have the money so why not.

i've been thinking of doing that again since im always short on cash. this time though, i had to shell out ads on college papers and pennysaver.

i also started making my own jewelry - im still honing that skill but eventually i'll partner with someone who has the time to sell them at swap meets.

lastly - i have a thought but not sure where it could work. i usually shop at dollar tree/99c stores...i can get those baking supplies and bake cupcakes and cakes...with my 7-4 schedule and having to still get the kids from school and other chores, i dont quite have an idea where to sell them. im thinking if i can get permission to leave a flyer at the school daycare that if they have party needs i can bake the cupcakes for them or something.
Anonymous Coward
User ID: 20793638
United States
09/30/2012 08:49 PM
Report Abusive Post
Report Copyright Violation
Re: For those unemployed/who asked: Ideas to supplement your income or start your own business.
Necessity is the mother of invention.
skins

User ID: 6392348
United States
09/30/2012 08:53 PM
Report Abusive Post
Report Copyright Violation
Re: For those unemployed/who asked: Ideas to supplement your income or start your own business.
I knew it!
PhennommennonnModerator (OP)
Senior Forum Moderator

09/30/2012 09:02 PM

Report Abusive Post
Report Copyright Violation
Re: For those unemployed/who asked: Ideas to supplement your income or start your own business.
my daughter used to do this as a kid..... she took metal coat hangers (3-4) and taped them together to make a tree. she would get boocoos of garland ppl no longer wanted and would wrap it around the metal. if she had small lights or small ornaments she would put them on it. back then she was selling them for i think 5.00 a tree. and they sold.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The Queen Of Mean / VENOMmennonn

*Dont fuck with me; ill jump on my menstrual cycle & run your ass over ;)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Every closed eye is not sleeping, and every open eye is not seeing
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The universe responds NOT to what you want.....it responds to what you are being.......are you being what you want?
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
the karma cafe has no menus. you get served what you deserve
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

political correctness is a doctrine.... fostered by a delusional, illogical minority...... and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media; which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Visit The Official GLP Store
[link to www.cafepress.com]

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Subscribe to TheRawFeedLive On YouTube
[link to youtube.com]
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Become a member & subscribe to the GLPVC Podcast
[link to members.therawfeedlive.com]

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
FREEDOM OF SPEECH:
Alan Isaacman
The People Vs Larry Flynt
"Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, you've heard a lot here today and I won't try to go back over it all. But you have to go back in that room and make some decisions and there is one thing I want to make very clear to you before you do. I'm not trying to convince you that you should like what Larry Flynt does. I don't like what he does. But what I do like is... that I live in a country... where you and I can make that decision for ourselves. I like that I live in a country where I can pick up Hustler magazine... read it if I want... or throw it in the trash, if that's where I think it belongs. Or better yet I can express my opinion by not buying it. I like that right. I care about it. And you should care about it, too... because we live in a free country. We say that a lot, but sometimes we forget what that means, so listen again. We live in a free country. That is a powerful idea. That's a magnificent way to live. But there is a price for that freedom, which is that sometimes... we have to tolerate things that we don't necessarily like. So go back in that room... where you are free to think whatever you want to think... about Larry Flynt and Hustler magazine. But then ask yourselves if you want to make that decision for the rest of us... because the freedom that everyone in this room enjoys... is, in a very real way, in your hands. If we start throwing up walls against what some of us think is obscene... we may wake up one morning and realize... that walls have been thrown upin places we never expected... and we can't see anythingor... do anything. And that's not freedom. That is not freedom. So, be careful. Thank you."
VIDEO: [link to youtu.be]

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Anonymous Coward
User ID: 24278562
Canada
09/30/2012 09:03 PM
Report Abusive Post
Report Copyright Violation
Re: For those unemployed/who asked: Ideas to supplement your income or start your own business.
wow someone resurrected my thread. hope it helps folks.

i even have a few more to add to the thread.

gimme a bit. just got home - ill post a few more things i helped set up for some ppl
 Quoting: Phennommennonn


It was me Phenn. This is my favorite thread on GLP. Shows the compassionate of GLP and helps those who are willing to help themselves.!
marlborolightsplease

User ID: 1276307
United States
09/30/2012 09:07 PM
Report Abusive Post
Report Copyright Violation
Re: For those unemployed/who asked: Ideas to supplement your income or start your own business.
Sorry I am late for this party but reading the 1st page had me drooling!! Great post and might add to all the interesting entrepreneur conversation by saying the dog sitting/walking business is booming where I live. I pay this lady 14 bucks a day to check up on my dog. She usually hits me up 5 times a week. I know she has at least 3 other homes in my subdivision, so do the math I pay her roughly 70 bucks a week and factor the other 3 thats 280 bucks a week just checking up on pets ( 15-20 minutes per pet) at most
Pa resident1

User ID: 23528140
United States
09/30/2012 09:10 PM
Report Abusive Post
Report Copyright Violation
Re: For those unemployed/who asked: Ideas to supplement your income or start your own business.
bump

for very good thread (I book marked it)

Last Edited by Pa resident1 on 09/30/2012 09:10 PM
"When you don't keep your word, you lose credibility and trustworthy friends"
hcc
CatRWall

User ID: 6493463
United States
09/30/2012 09:13 PM
Report Abusive Post
Report Copyright Violation
Re: For those unemployed/who asked: Ideas to supplement your income or start your own business.
EDIT: please try to read thru the entire thread bc theres so many excellent suggestions and experiences that might benefit you or someone you know wink


in a thread i had, i mentioned ive owned my own business'. ive had a lot of inquiries on what kind of business' ive owned and how to start up a business - even some with virtually little to no startup costs. in lieu of answering each/every email im tossing this thread out.

**troll all you want.....but im where im at now, bc im diligent and self sufficient.

my goal is NOT to keep the business'. i prefer the challenge of building said business' then selling it on the commercial market for profit. **when you sell the business youre selling your contracts remember that. and if youre smart.....in case youre going to open up another biz in something similar, make your sale a no compete clause in a certain mile radius.

here im going to share how you can do this, be it to supplement your income or to do it full time. being that we're in a shit economy i recommend you sticking with what job you do have if applicable, and starting off slowly to see if it takes off.

if you are computer literate and know how to use audio editing software (which you can start off using freeware and then the windows sound recorder) you can record commercials for local merchants who advertise on the radio. **listen to the radio stations. find out who is advertising. write down name/address/phone. analyze the commercial. does it suck? where can it be improved? now a radio station will charge for say 10 days advertising 1200-1800$. usually they write/produce the commercial which is included in the price. you can call these merchants and set up a meeting with the owner to discuss his advertising spot. tell him what you think is wrong. now....you go ahead and make like 4 commercials of your own. 2/15 second ones, and 2/30 second ones. be creative. be funny. add music, sound effects. burn to a cd. when you meet with the merchant you can sell your commercial to him. i was selling 4 commercials just for shitz n giggles for 50.00 each as a TRIAL. if they liked it, and renewed with the station, it was 100.00 for the next commercial set. you have to sell yourself. let the merchant know youre a consumer who listens to the radio, point out pros/cons. that a radio station may have pros, but pros dont always know what the customer wants to hear. whats funny on the receiving end, whats attractive and what will sell your product. the merchant in turn can then negotiate a lesser radio spot charge for having his own commercial thus saving him money. **this is a lot of fun to do. i still do it when im called. and it supplements your income with virtually no startup. CDs and your gas driving out to the merchant. (if you have cd labels, use them for a more professional look and use cd cases or slippers)

window washing: im serious. theres a business market for it. my kids did this. my pizza shop wasn't large, but it wasn't small. i had the front bay windows and the drive thru window. my kids charged me 20.00 to squeegee the bays/drive thru. they did in/out. the other strip mall owners hired my kids. they did this weekly. they bought a straw broom to clean the bugs from the awnings overhead lights. they ended up getting 'contracts'. when it got to big for the kids to handle - i sold the business for a profit and the kids split the money. *and i took a 5% mgmt fee. the guy who bought it from me calls me occasionally and thanks me for selling it to him. i helped him branch off into 8 towns (ok...being a business owner helped, i knew other restaurant owners, suppliers etc who i called and put his name out to in other towns but in essence he didn't need my help)

office cleaning: a former neighbor did this on the side in this little dink town i used to live in. she would clean dr's offices, small mom/pop places. she was under cutting herself. her equipment supplies were breaking down and she was losing money. i partnered with her. went on freeccyle.org a FREE (town) email list where people give away shit and request shit. no selling allowed. we got vacuum cleaners, buckets, shamwows - brooms, waxing/polisher machine, even a trashcart...etc. i turned that cleaning business into a multi town venture. getting new customers off the current ones. after one year then we sold it for a profit.

kitchen cabinets: this started out as a fluke. my ex worked for a commercial real estate developer. they built/managed apartments. when they decided to renovate the apartments the punchlist guys did the work. they were throwing away the kitchen cabinets. there was nothing wrong with them. maybe a few needed a new bottom in the sink base but......400 kitchens out of one complex alone. (they had 6 complexes so you do the math) selling them at 250.00 each. we had a waiting list for them. we advertised on craigslist and locally. then i contacted other apartments who might be doing the same. we saved them on the refuse removal. the ex picked them up in his truck or he would rent a u-haul for a day at 19.95. sometimes he would even deliver to people for a small delivery fee. **the amish here we're the biggest customers.

handyman work: people/landlords always look to save a buck. what started out as a favor to this little old lady turned into a major business. some lady i met in a dr's office. she wanted her kitchen/other rooms painted but couldn't afford to have anyone do it. my ex painted....i told her he would do it for her 3 rooms at 40 per room. she was on a fixed income. she loved the work. that pony express called every friend she had....one was to paint the exterior of a 3 story victorian home. christ.....i needed ladders, maybe scaffolding. i contacted some friends - we put our heads together. one guy welds...he went to the scrap yard and welded us some racks. he built us a scaffold. we got electric paint sprayers off freecycle. ppl talk.....word gets out. from painting, this business moved into putting up wood fences, cement foundations (got a cement mixer off freecycle - tools too), digging/replacing gas lines, electrical (ok.....i do light electrical...but i knew a guy who was licensed so i would subscontract that work to him) we did churches, business', local residents - any jobs that were to small for bigger companies they would call us. **the ghetto areas was the most profitable. you hit people up in December right before income tax time. get a contract committal. then they have the money (use your head here) this business got so huge i didn't want a staff of employees. the ex contracted out what he couldn't do....i sold this business and profited off our name.

my kids again: henry is a greedy little shit. since the age of 10 hes been mowing lawns. taking a page from my good friend JK in wv who does this for a living, henry started his own business. he made fliers and went door to door. he got his own lawn mower off freecycle. then a riding mower too, gas cans, mulcher, garden tools, weed eater, trimmer/edger, rototiller. in the winter he shovels snow/ice. he even got a snow blower.

a lot of people are conserving money - especially since last year. but you'd be surprised at the older folks who would rather pay a kid than do it themselves. so henrys customers are almost all elderly. the kids does in a neighborhood of 350 people 40 homes avg wk at 25 per house. you do the math. not bad for a 14 yr old.

catering: again this started out on a fluke. i had a neighborhood party. i made this pate' and lasagna. my friends loved it. i wouldn't share the recipe bc its my own. when they would have a gathering they would call me and ask me to make it for them - for a price....yada yada yada....talk went around, soon with minimal advertising, business' i contacted for their meetings, events the catering took off. when the business got big...i sold it. ***i also ventured in pretzel making, candies, pastries. start out on consignment in local stores, target events, flea markets, local activities. build your name.

computers: im software not hardware. (my long nails) bc im self taught/ computer literate im able to fix common problems. what started out in shit.....when did xp come out 2000/2001? remote assistance? i was able to fix ppl's computers for free over the internet while they watched. i could download into their computer any appz i needed thru messenger. ppl told me i should charge for this - virus removals, reformats (those i would do over the phone walk thrus). i didn't want to charge them. but here locally i was constantly fixing peoples computers - my 'office' looked like a junkyard.....finally i caved. i began to charge. then i began to build and sell them. people would throw away computers over a virus. whoopie doo a virus is shit. no big thing. but they didn't know that. their loss my gain. they'd call me after buying a new one. id get the old one. if i needed parts that i didn't have....pricewatch. it got to be such a big business the business competitor in town who i was friends with...bought me out.

funny shit here: stone & rock. my father taught me this. he would get creative around the house with his decorations. he would go down to the river for stone, and make ornamentals around trees, hedges. so i do that shit myself around here. my neighbors wanted to copycat. so id go down to the river or even empty lots and get the stone. id edge properties, porches, trees/shrubs.....for a price. then i stuck to new developments doing this. my name got out. lotsa calls. one kid age 19 i knew bought my business.

wood: not cutting firewood but ornamental. again going down to the river and getting wood that's fallen to the ground. id shellac it or spray paint it, etch \burn designs in them.. again this took off - local advertising, flea markets etc. sold this business. ***i also would get dead bushes from people. clear the dead leaves. spray paint them silver or gold. pot them in clay pots id get off freecycle. also a big seller.

springtime: seeds/plants are a big thing. seeds are cheap. some places charge 2.79 for one/two tomato plants. ive started seeds in my garage. when planting time comes i put the plants out on a table. they sell like hotcakes. flowers are HUGE sellers too. get the planters off freecycle. you can even get the soil too. people get rid of this stuff. **and your customers will come back every year.

cars: you would be surprised at how many people have cars they cant fix. sometimes shit is so simple. take your income tax and buy them. go to the auction. troubleshoot off the internet/forums. ive had cars given to me that all it needed was a carb rebuilt, or a rear seal leak, firewall, or (even funnier) a fuckin relay. you can put out a call on freecycle for parts. fixem then sold them.

business cards: do this one the side. go to ollies or an outlet store where the paper is cheap. come up with designs. local merchants would rather buy from another local than a corporate company. you can get a scanner/printer even the damn ink off freecycle. sometimes you might have a place a wanted a few times but for the most part you should get it.

pictures: a lot of people want duplicates of their snapshots. you can supplement your income but getting the picture paper from ollies/outlet store and printing them off copies of their pics and making cd backups for them

fliers: i got a copy machine off freecycle years ago. still works. i used to make fliers/menu's for people/business'. paper is 4.95....and if you get to know a local business you can get a discount on supplies/toner etc. *****again nice business and i sold it.

now.....this is unreal....but you'd be surprised at how many fuckin people go for this shit. i did this in NY and in wv. wakeup service. im serious.....back then we hadda pay the fuckin phone companies a lotta money...now its pay one price. advertise on message boards for your wake up service. people cant hear alarms or dont want to. but the phones they can. another successful business sold.

now......this is virtually no investment. freecycle. or put out wanted ads on free message boards for cell phones. the stores sell these phones for avg 34-60$. now you can contact the prepaid companies/vendors. they pay YOU. you give away the used phone for free but you sell them the card. bada bing. supplement your income. kids are always buying the cards and with everyones credit in the shitter they cant get contracts now. use your head......sell at flea markets, events....

laundry service: yep. you'd be surprised at how many people would PAY for you to do their laundry. freecycle for the washer/dryer if you dont have one. charge extra for starch/ironing. tailoring extra. dry cleaning...they sell that in the stores now to do at home. start out - running it out of your home. then look for space. establish the biz......sell it.

my friend in NY has a biz assoc here in pa. occasionally this guy gets in a bind and he needs a driver (no cdl) bottom line, tim calls me - guy needs a driver to pick up a load and drive/deliver it to NJ. catch.....need a truck. we make the guy pay for the rental. i call my friend lee and lee does the driving. 500$ for the trip. i get a small commission for getting the driver for the guy. put your name out there for backup driving.

towing: you can start out with a tow bar. freecycle for one, or a trailer. put your name out at local mechanic shops and insurance companies. fliers in stores/neighborhoods. police dept's even car dealers. (especially the USED ONES lol) you'll get calls. build from there. when you get enough money buy a tow truck/auction.

vendors.....they pay YOU. if you can find cheap space.....and you can especially now....call in local arcade vendors they will put their machines in your place. coke/pepsi vendors too. they pay YOU. no out of pocket.

these are just a few things here - ive done a lot more. bottom line you can own your own business and or supplement your income. you have to have patience, ingenuity and creativity. you have to be aggressive/assertive and be customer orientated.

hope this helped those who inquired and those who came into the thread.
 Quoting: Phennommennonn


Holy cow, do you ever sleep?

:)

I'm super-impressed though...

News








We're dropping truth bombs like it's the end of days!