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Any Good & Fairly Reliable Ways to MAKE MONEY ONLINE for a Low Tech Tea Partyer?
October 13, 13 | Lee Martell

Posted on 10/13/2013 1:07:30 AM PDT by lee martell

I'd like to supplement my income by using the internet. I have gone to certain websites to read up or inquire about certain ways to produce income, but most the time, I am overwhelmed by the myriad of choices. There are some work at home sites where the numbers and combinations of choices are literally inexhaustible.

I like to read (and occasionally write) about social issues, some science, some psychology, religion, international commerce as with the EU, particular types of music and visual arts. I have also produced much creative writing. The subjects I just listed may be interesting to me, but likely too specialized to produce any regular flow of work until I establish some sort of brand. To profit from something I have originated, from what could be known as my own Brand or style, could be years in the making, and then only after I have settled on a technique of communication to strengthen and refine. That sounds too much like the life of an artiste, which is notoriously iffy, not what I realistically expect to profit from or even find right away.

I would settle for the boring data entry type online job if I could find a website or a small bunch of website that were known to outsource work to semi-professionals with unremarkable (but adequate) typing skills. I don't have Photoshop experience. I know I need it. I've tried taking computer classes before at evening classes for adults. I usually get so bored I can't stand being in the class for another nanosecond. I wait for the next coffee break, go straight to my car and drive off the school parking lot. I drive off, happy that as an adult, I can go if I damn well want to go. Still I do need to update my skills. My math needs sharpening as well. I like studying science, languages, food matters, behavior modification matters as well. These topics come into play during my work as a mental health caregiver. Any suggestions will be appreciated. Hopefully, I won't be sent to a website with bucket loads of free spam and cookies for all. I'm sure there's money to be safely made for most any type of person, even me. What has worked for some of you?


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1 posted on 10/13/2013 1:07:30 AM PDT by lee martell
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To: lee martell; humblegunner; TheOldLady; Vendome; Darksheare



Make a blog entry.
(It can be about anything. Or nothing.)

Excerpt it on FreeRepublic.

Then (and this is the most important part) you need to .....

excerpt, read more at BlattingOG.com...


2 posted on 10/13/2013 1:19:19 AM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: lee martell
What has worked for some of you?

Nothing online, sorry to say. I earned my money in the brick and mortar world.

I do understand that there are online role playing games where you can earn rewards through play which you might then be able to sell for real money to other game players, either within the game play itself, or maybe through on-line auction sites like eBay. But you are going to have to research the details on your own.

3 posted on 10/13/2013 1:29:48 AM PDT by John Valentine (Deep in the Heart of Texas)
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To: lee martell

draw cartoons
blog
daytrade
URL squatting (buy/sell domain names)
charge a fee to provide facebook likes to companies
charge for boosting the SEO of websites
host a TOR server
post a craigslist.org ad offering to write reports or do homework/research
sell your scrap on eBay (and buy new scrap locally such as at estate sales)
Search for foreign goods and offer to sell them in the U.S.
Buy products in bulk, break the cases into smaller boxes, and sell the boxes on Amazon.com
Offer to keep a website, Twitter page, or facebook page current and “engaged” with those who post to it
Offer to sell positive reviews to businesses profiled on Yelp.com (presuming that you actually have a legitimate experience with them)


4 posted on 10/13/2013 1:32:06 AM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: Southack; Salamander
"Offer to sell positive reviews to businesses profiled on Yelp.com (presuming that you actually have a legitimate experience with them)"

Or, you could extort businesses by threatening them with not giving negative reviews if they don't pay you large sums of money.

(It's a variation on the Doug and Dinsdale Piranha Business Model.)
5 posted on 10/13/2013 1:43:41 AM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: lee martell

If you know how to trade profitably, Ebay has always been a reliable way to make money for many people.


6 posted on 10/13/2013 1:52:08 AM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: lee martell

Medical transcription/coding, law enforcement transcription, general transcription, typing transcripts for businesses and interviews, call centers.


7 posted on 10/13/2013 1:57:24 AM PDT by gattaca ("Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal." Thomas Jefferson)
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To: lee martell

later


8 posted on 10/13/2013 2:14:30 AM PDT by maine yankee (I got my Governor at 'Marden's')
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To: Jonty30
If you know how to trade profitably, Ebay has always been a reliable way to make money for many people.

Say you own a drawer full of Krugerrands.

Is Ebay the way to make money (obviously depends on when you bought your KR's, but the idea, of course, is to make the most money)?

9 posted on 10/13/2013 2:15:58 AM PDT by cynwoody
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To: lee martell

Are you willing to invest a small amount to get started and how much spare time do you have?


10 posted on 10/13/2013 2:16:59 AM PDT by danamco (-)
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To: lee martell

Take what resources you have left and get in contact with a Nigerian Prince...


11 posted on 10/13/2013 2:59:09 AM PDT by wastoute (Government cannot redistribute wealth. Government can only redistribute poverty.)
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To: lee martell

Go to fiverr dot com. Check out the most popular services offered.

Match your skills/experience against this list.

Either start out listing gigs at fiverr or move directly to setting up your own site with WordPress (dot org not dot com) that sells your services at a higher price. If you set up your own site, start with accepting payment by PayPal. You can get your own CC merchant account later.

Remember that the market determines what you sell more than personal interests. For example, if you like writing poetry in 17th Century French, there’s probably not enough customers out there to make it worth your time.


12 posted on 10/13/2013 3:03:23 AM PDT by peyton randolph (Tagline copyright in violation of Directive 10-289)
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To: cynwoody

Actually, precious metals often sell for more to newbies on eBay than you can get them for on sites like apmex.


13 posted on 10/13/2013 3:06:07 AM PDT by peyton randolph (Tagline copyright in violation of Directive 10-289)
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To: shibumi

Really? Are you trying to get them in trouble with the FTC? Compensated endorsements must be clearly disclosed. The failure to do so is considered a deceptive trade practice.


14 posted on 10/13/2013 3:10:05 AM PDT by peyton randolph (Tagline copyright in violation of Directive 10-289)
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To: lee martell

Sista Lee: Your Psychic Connection


15 posted on 10/13/2013 3:39:31 AM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Southack; lee martell

What Southhack is recommending I am doing — have been for the past 6 month.

My sales on eBay and Craigslist have collapsed. People have no money to spend. So, I am 61 years old and for the first time in my life I am on food stamps and it looks as though that is about to collapse along with Social Security.

I do not know what to tell you. Sell your excess clothes? Who knows.


16 posted on 10/13/2013 3:39:42 AM PDT by SatinDoll (NATURAL BORN CITIZEN: BORN IN THE USA OF USA CITIZEN PARENTS)
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To: lee martell

No offense, but you are looking to make money in an area where you admit to having low skills. That doesn’t usually work out well.


17 posted on 10/13/2013 4:12:00 AM PDT by jdsteel (Give me freedom, not more government.)
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To: lee martell
I would settle for the boring data entry type online job if I could find a website or a small bunch of website that were known to outsource work to semi-professionals with unremarkable (but adequate) typing skills. I don't have Photoshop experience. I know I need it. I've tried taking computer classes before at evening classes for adults. I usually get so bored I can't stand being in the class for another nanosecond. I wait for the next coffee break, go straight to my car and drive off the school parking lot. I drive off, happy that as an adult, I can go if I damn well want to go. Still I do need to update my skills. My math needs sharpening as well.

You admit you have no on line skills and refuse to stay in class to learn them, try this...


18 posted on 10/13/2013 4:20:51 AM PDT by USS Alaska (If I could...I would.)
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To: SatinDoll; lee martell
My sales on eBay and Craigslist have collapsed.

I have noticed that about ebay. Recently bought some things with no competition from other bidders, things that formerly would have sparked wild bidding. Odd, but I don't see sellers lowering their prices much. Meanwhile ebay keeps on adding rules, making life more miserable for sellers. Ebay and Paypal fees are over 10 percent now, I don't sell so I couldn't say exactly, and the rules are so favorable to buyers and unfavorable to sellers, bad faith buyers are coming in like locusts. If you read the discussion boards at ebay you could get scared away forever.

Nevertheless...if you have stuff, lee, consider selling it online. If it's heavy stuff, use craigslist too, and seek only local pickup, no shipping.

Occasionally ebay runs a special, offering no listing fees. Watch for that.

Etsy and bonanza are not as well known, but the fees are easier on etsy and there are no fees at all on bonanza until a thing sells. They're not a plantation like ebay, but then, the traffic isn't as great. I would list things in all three but be careful of the fees and try to steer people to etsy and bonanza. Be careful, ebay has plenty of eyes to see what you write and you can't steer buyers elsewhere.

The things you sell...people need lawn mowers, toys. These things sell briskly. If you have gold, that's pretty reliable, but do not under any circumstances sell to buyers outside the US.

Any valuable stuff you have, someone somewhere wants.

Cars and real estate can be sold on ebay with much less hassle about the usual rules.

I have sold cars and real estate when needed, but not lately. I live on very little income, yet I don't need to raise it.

Which brings me to the best recommendation. Cut your expenses. I'm quite comfortable with less than 10k/year. I have no mortgage, no debt, no income tax to file. No cable, no restaurants, no theater, no vacations, no commuting to work, no new clothes.

Don't go to sites that say "make money online." Don't rent out your garage or anything else.

If you're in a city or someplace with high property tax, get out of there.

Offer tutoring services or sign up to teach a night class in something.

I trust you don't smoke. If you do...quit burning a hundred dollars every month!

Ask your agent how much insurance is legally mandatory. With a high deductible and a good record you can get insurance for very little. I pay around 15/month.

Learn photoshop. It's not hard.

Can you sew, knit, or crochet?

Hire yourself out to run errands for seniors.

Cut more expenses! :)

19 posted on 10/13/2013 4:27:13 AM PDT by HomeAtLast (The original Tea Party entailed a willingness to do without some tea.)
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To: HomeAtLast
I'm quite comfortable with less than 10k/year. I have no mortgage, no debt, no income tax to file. No cable, no restaurants, no theater, no vacations, no commuting to work, no new clothes.

No phone, no lights no motor car,
Not a single luxury,
Like Robinson Crusoe,
As primative as can be.

20 posted on 10/13/2013 4:54:06 AM PDT by NautiNurse (Obama sends U.S. Marines to pick up his dog & basketballs. Benghazi? Nope.)
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To: cynwoody

You can put it up for auction, with only minimal bids accepted.


21 posted on 10/13/2013 5:07:12 AM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: HomeAtLast

Thank you for your kind advice.

I’ve been selling on eBay about 2 years. Sales are inconsistent and I am about ready to go to specialty shops to sell my creations, something I was doing 20-years ago.

I am an artist and create handpainted needlepoint canvasses with original designs. They ususally sell better in specialty needlepoint shops anyway.

I was getting by selling about $450 per month until the bottom fell out about three months ago. When you’re only pulling in $70 per month, EBT cards become ‘de riguer’. My nephew lives with me and he had a job until last week; he has been laid off for the third time this year. Unemployment in my area of the country is 25%.

The heavy stuff, like furniture, I’ve been able to move on either eBay or Craigslist. Dooney & Bourke handbags and, to a lesser extent, jewelry, has been selling on eBay. Right now I have a gently used D&B French-style wallet in bone AWL and British tan leather for sale — $0.99! No one has even been tempted. When I have a vintage item that is basically new without tags, I sell it at a premium and endure the catcalls and email messages telling me I know nothing.

I’m readying toys and Christmas ornaments to sell this month. Hoping to make enough to pay my insurance. The company which has provided our home insurance for decades has decided to cancel my home insurance. We still have auto insurance, though it is much higher than I remember paying 25 years ago. How very strange!

My father died last year, leaving a sizable debt which I have no way of paying. So at 61 years old with a formerly excellent credit rating which is now in the toilet, the company has cancelled the home insurance. But — the house is paid for and the property tax is not. We’re living here as we have no where else to go.

Life isn’t hard so much as a challenge. I know it will change, though I doubt it will return to its previous state where payments were not a struggle.


22 posted on 10/13/2013 5:11:17 AM PDT by SatinDoll (NATURAL BORN CITIZEN: BORN IN THE USA OF USA CITIZEN PARENTS)
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To: SatinDoll

You are not personally obligated to pay a debt owed by your late father, even if you are executor. His estate such as it is bears the burden of the debt, and if it cannot be paid out of the estate then the debtor is out of luck. Do not assume a debt you do not owe and cannot afford.


23 posted on 10/13/2013 5:32:27 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: NautiNurse

LOL, it does sound that way. But I am not on a desert island. My house is over 3000sf, every square foot of it paid for too, and my favorite pastime is housekeeping. The trick is finding a place in America where you can live affordably, and I found it. :)


24 posted on 10/13/2013 5:44:43 AM PDT by HomeAtLast (The original Tea Party entailed a willingness to do without some tea.)
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To: RegulatorCountry

I have been to a lawyer.

What Bank of America did was six weeks after his death, they transferred my father’s credit card balance, WHICH HE HAD AN INSURANCE POLICY ON THROUGH THE BANK, to a new account and stuck my name on it thereby making it my debt.

The lawyer said because I was an approved user of said credit account (POA) due to my father being incompetent, BofA did what they did. It is legal in the State of Washington.


25 posted on 10/13/2013 5:50:21 AM PDT by SatinDoll (NATURAL BORN CITIZEN: BORN IN THE USA OF USA CITIZEN PARENTS)
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To: lee martell

Check out Alpine Access.

https://www.alpineaccess.com/

It’s call center jobs where the employees work from home. When I was researching this they contracted out to Focus On The Family and other “real” organizations and companies, including some government departments. It was rated as 100% legitimate by companies who check out these things. When I was looking, around 2008-9, they offered benefits. Rules are/were strict about background noise in the home (kids crying, doorbells, etc.), the best computer/headset equipment, etc. Basically, you’re working a real job, but at home.

Now I notice that there’s a “Sykes” name added to the site. Not sure how things are now, but it looked great back when I was interested.


26 posted on 10/13/2013 5:51:12 AM PDT by MayflowerMadam ("A hyphenated American is not an American at all." Teddy Roosevelt)
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To: SatinDoll; lee martell
Most of the advice was for lee, your post about ebaying was just the inspiration...but anyway, have you tried etsy and bonanza? Ebay now has only one advantage over the rest -- it gets the most traffic. Its disadvantages are legion. I will never understand why sellers put up with the nonsense, the Paypal requirements, the fees, the rules and regs, the holds on funds, the access to your accounts, the returns policy, the rules against neg fb on buyers, on and on. Madness.

I sent you a private reply, SD, with some info on Soc Sec that may be helpful.

Etsy, and bonanza.com. Way to go!

27 posted on 10/13/2013 5:52:39 AM PDT by HomeAtLast (The original Tea Party entailed a willingness to do without some tea.)
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To: SatinDoll

Around here most garage sales aren’t even worth stopping at. Most of the items belong in the trash. CL has gone dead. Auctions are a joke with two or three people trying to stop someone they hate from getting stuff. Storage lockers (which I used to do very good at) have been ruined by TV shows. Everyone thinks every locker has a Picasso in it.


28 posted on 10/13/2013 5:54:48 AM PDT by mad_as_he$$
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To: SatinDoll

You are in no way obligated by your dead father’s debt(unless you co-signed something).


29 posted on 10/13/2013 5:58:47 AM PDT by mad_as_he$$
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To: SatinDoll

Go chapter 7 and tell BofA to pound sand.


30 posted on 10/13/2013 6:00:24 AM PDT by mad_as_he$$
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To: lee martell

I’ve done the Amazon Affiliate program, Cafepress, and ebay.

The first two I never made any more than a bit of pocket change. Ebay is the only place where I’ve been really able to supplement the income.

One thing I could advise is really honestly assess what are your strengths and limitations and look for opportunities to can make up for what you lack and can maximize your talents. For example, I like discovering and creating new products but I’m abysmal at selling/marketing/promotion. So any sites I’ve been on where I have to draw my *own* traffic have been a miserable failure. Ebay works well for non-sales oriented people because they bring the customer to you. You pay for that of course with higher fees, but everything’s a tradeoff.


31 posted on 10/13/2013 6:10:01 AM PDT by Claud
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To: Jonty30

If you know how to trade profitably, Ebay has always been a reliable way to make money for many people.
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Hasn’t been true for at least 10 years and it’s getting worse... unless you’re selling new sealed merchandise (in which case you will be killed by Chinese sellers who buy the same items for far less and get lower fees from eBay in addition to cheap cheap shipping from their postal system) you will quickly be targeted by the WANT IT FREE crowd that will file complaints and get refunds from eBay/PayPal every stinking time.


32 posted on 10/13/2013 6:27:27 AM PDT by Neidermeyer (I used to be disgusted , now I try to be amused.)
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To: shibumi


33 posted on 10/13/2013 6:39:27 AM PDT by humblegunner
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To: RegulatorCountry; mad_as_he$$; SatinDoll

Being an authorized user does not give them the right to create a new account without your authorization and obligate you to pay... your attorney is a jackass.. Contact legal aid or just make them sue you and when you get to court all you have to claim is

1.) I did not create or authorize this account , the debt is not mine
2.) Show me the contract with my wet ink signature

Then sue the cr*p out of them for their illegal actions, identity theft.


34 posted on 10/13/2013 6:43:07 AM PDT by Neidermeyer (I used to be disgusted , now I try to be amused.)
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To: Neidermeyer

;-)


35 posted on 10/13/2013 6:44:55 AM PDT by mad_as_he$$
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To: SatinDoll

My recent experiences this summer selling collectibles/antiques on eBay to a targeted market is the same as yours. People are not even opening listings to look. The few sales in the prior months earned reviews gloating over obtaining rare items for pennies.

eBay favors buyers over sellers. I used to shop for various items on eBay (new, in package sort of stuff). Last attempt, I ended up ordering from an online catalog. Easier and cheaper.

I have sold my collection items on eBay since 2008. Today’s situation is actually worse than the 2008-2009.


36 posted on 10/13/2013 7:08:43 AM PDT by reformedliberal
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To: HomeAtLast

A warning about Etsy: manufacturers scan the site for ideas and then copy them using mass production. They then list on Etsy pretending to be a hand crafter. They can and do sell for less, ship quicker and will overwhelm the real hand crafter. Etsy only cares about their commission.

As a senior with property who is still working, I need occasional casual labor. I cannot find it. I live in an area w/low unemployment and anyone with transportation and skills can either find a job or get benefits. We are managing by ourselves, but cannot wait to sell out and downsize to a property needing less work.

A friend has had a vintage T-Bird for sale all summer. eBay and Craigslist were a bust. I think she was asking $5k, newly painted and detailed and in good repair with new tires.


37 posted on 10/13/2013 7:18:08 AM PDT by reformedliberal
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To: HomeAtLast

$100/month for cigarettes????

What indigenous people’s private resort...I mean reservation do you live on?

I have friends who smoke and they tell me that it is over $7 a pack (Michigan) unless you want the flavorful experience of roots and grubs in a tube.


38 posted on 10/13/2013 7:37:16 AM PDT by Clarence Boddicker ("Welcome back to the fight. This time, I know our side will win.")
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To: Clarence Boddicker

Well, I was understating it to 100/month, hoping no one would turn up to say that’s exorbitant.

Of course it’s impossible to say what the price is, it depends on how much a person smokes, not just the price per pack.

So a pack a day, which is not the rule, would come to 210/mo where you see the prices. Here in PA it’s around 5 a pack and everyone swears they don’t smoke a pack a day.

In any event the fed govt will soon put a stop to tobacco use. Just another aspect of obamacare to watch out for. You know those road signs that say, “DUI...you can’t afford it?” Pretty soon it’ll be “Smoking...you can’t afford it.”

Then it’ll be roots and grubs or nothing.


39 posted on 10/13/2013 8:32:00 AM PDT by HomeAtLast (The original Tea Party entailed a willingness to do without some tea.)
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To: lee martell
Step #1) Move to Nigeria
Step #2) locate my long lost 4th cousin...the one who’s a billionaire.
40 posted on 10/13/2013 8:32:46 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Osama Obama Care: A Religion That Will Have You On Your Knees!)
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To: lee martell

If you read tarot cards, I can hook you up.


41 posted on 10/13/2013 8:34:03 AM PDT by Anton.Rutter
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To: Southack

You and many others here have some fantastic ideas. I just got out of bed, so I’m late to respond this Sunday morning. The potential for income is definitely there. You mentioned Day Trading. Do you need a Series 7 license for that? The only time in my life that I ‘enjoyed’ math was years ago in the 1980s. I was studying Options, round lots, puts, Calls and Margins. I though it fascinating to be able to control or profit in the movement of a GOLD or TITANIUM account while risking low percent of a margin. I never did pass that test, but remain aware of that market. Soros shouldn’t have all the fun, right?


42 posted on 10/13/2013 8:47:56 AM PDT by lee martell
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To: reformedliberal
As a senior with property who is still working, I need occasional casual labor. I cannot find it. I live in an area w/low unemployment and anyone with transportation and skills can either find a job or get benefits. We are managing by ourselves, but cannot wait to sell out and downsize to a property needing less work.

Ha! I live in an area with high unemployment and I STILL have a hard time finding an occasional laborer for things I can't do myself. I was an urbanite most of my life and will never get used to certain aspects of the boonies. I have a very big, very old house and some things I simply can't do alone, but 9 out of 10 contractors in the yellow pages don't even answer their phones, and those who do are looking for bigger jobs than I've got here. Replace a gutter, fix the porch steps, cut and remove a dead tree, etc. They usually won't do it and if they do they do a bad job. They usually don't finish it either. You can't even find teens to shovel snow and mow lawn. They all know they can make easier income by signing up at county assistance.

A friend has had a vintage T-Bird for sale all summer. eBay and Craigslist were a bust. I think she was asking $5k, newly painted and detailed and in good repair with new tires.

What vintage is the T-bird? Can you freepmail me a link? 5k for an old 'bird sounds interesting. I once had a number of antique cars, sold them all and only miss one of them. All they did was attract predators. Although where I live now, old cars are almost as common as old boys. :)

43 posted on 10/13/2013 8:49:18 AM PDT by HomeAtLast (The original Tea Party entailed a willingness to do without some tea.)
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To: danamco

I would be willing to invest a small amount, say a few hundred, but only after due diligence on my part. I would also look at reviews online, knowing some of the most extreme opinions may be faked.


44 posted on 10/13/2013 8:50:53 AM PDT by lee martell
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To: peyton randolph

So true, where are the Medici’s of today when you need a billionaire benefactor?


45 posted on 10/13/2013 8:52:24 AM PDT by lee martell
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To: USS Alaska

There is a price to pay for rebellion. Ask Mel Gibson (Freedom!)


46 posted on 10/13/2013 8:56:22 AM PDT by lee martell
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To: HomeAtLast

Some of THOSE things, I have always been able to do. Must deliberate.


47 posted on 10/13/2013 9:00:28 AM PDT by lee martell
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To: SatinDoll

It sounds like you make something similar to tapestries, you have my respect and admiration. I have a BFA degree in Fine Arts and what used to be known as Retail Advertising. I was not able to find steady income as an artist and gradually left that skill unused for a long time. I still draw now for myself. One plan is to update my life drawing skills to start teaching at community schools in the area. One does not usually need teaching creditials, such as a CBEST to do these fee classes. I would need a few years just to relearn how to teach others and relax in a classroom setting. But what about you, someone actively using your talents? Have you tried the Galleries and the Seasonal Expos or Farmer’s Markets? I don’t know what today’s packaging design business put together, but your ideas would go well for fabric and custom upholstery design.


48 posted on 10/13/2013 9:13:59 AM PDT by lee martell
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To: lee martell

You could do simple article writing. Pays around $1 per 100 words, but that is for everything from rewriting articles, writing commentary on news events or generating ad copy.
http://www.iwriter.com/affiliate/1623


49 posted on 10/13/2013 9:18:10 AM PDT by tbw2
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To: HomeAtLast; Clarence Boddicker

Stuff-your-own costs $10 a carton with shipping. The machine is available new in box from eBay for under $50 and the makings from on line sources (check around). Takes 1 minute per cigarette. Flavor etc is comparable to ready-mades.

In stressful times, people don’t quit.


50 posted on 10/13/2013 9:31:44 AM PDT by reformedliberal
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