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Old 01-12-2010, 01:38 PM   #31
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If you want to make some quick bucks, just put an ad in the newspaper saying, "Computer running slow? Have spyware? $75 flat rate cleanup."

I easily made $1000 the week that ad ran. It's also very non-active work. I just have them bring me the tower, I hook it up in my office, run ComboFix, give it back and collect my $75 for about 5 minutes of actual work.
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If you want to make some quick bucks, just put an ad in the newspaper saying, "Computer running slow? Have spyware? $75 flat rate cleanup."

I easily made $1000 the week that ad ran. It's also very non-active work. I just have them bring me the tower, I hook it up in my office, run ComboFix, give it back and collect my $75 for about 5 minutes of actual work.
Wow. Well done sir.
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Old 01-12-2010, 01:46 PM   #33
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Jimmy John's is awesome.

I also run a computer consulting business outside of my current IT job. It's all by word of mouth and I charge $50/hour. Basically just do a good job in a certain neighborhood and then you can easily make a couple grand in six months by the surrounding neighbors.

I hate spyware, but sometimes I have to be thankful for it. Some asshole writing spyware overseas is the reason I have my PS3.
I don't tell people what I do exactly for that reason. I don't want the work. I will work on someone's computer every now and then, but I explicitly tell them that if they tell someone about me, I will never work on their computer again.
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I don't tell people what I do exactly for that reason. I don't want the work. I will work on someone's computer every now and then, but I explicitly tell them that if they tell someone about me, I will never work on their computer again.
So true. It's always feast or famine too. Like I'll never say to someone, "I don't do that anymore." because I appreciate the money, but it's like one week I'll have like 10 jobs after work and that means no free time. After that week, I might not get another for like 3 weeks.

I find that it's always famine when I'm caught up on debt. It's like karma rewards me when I'm deep in debt with a lot of jobs, but I NEVER seem to be able to get extra cash just to throw around like a playa.
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Because it was more calls than I know what to do with. My normal customers are more than enough for a few bucks here and there. Spyware comes in ebbs and flows and it's one of those things someone more enterprising than I am could quit their job just to clean up.

But as computing evolves, spyware goes away for the time being.

I DO enjoy my free time since I have an 8:30-4:30 job every day anyway, it was easily 2-3 extra hours a day when I ran that ad.
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Because it was more calls than I know what to do with. My normal customers are more than enough for a few bucks here and there. Spyware comes in ebbs and flows and it's one of those things someone more enterprising than I am could quit their job just to clean up.

But as computing evolves, spyware goes away for the time being.

I DO enjoy my free time since I have an 8:30-4:30 job every day anyway, it was easily 2-3 extra hours a day when I ran that ad.

I suggest you don't ever have kids if you love your free time. Oh to get off at 4:30 and have time to myself...a man can dream.
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i got a truck that could get around schneed. Well maybe through schneed.lol
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I suggest you don't ever have kids if you love your free time. Oh to get off at 4:30 and have time to myself...a man can dream.
Yes, my wife and I have this discussion often. We have a lot of friends who just recently had kids and it's the best birth control EVER.
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Because it was more calls than I know what to do with. My normal customers are more than enough for a few bucks here and there. Spyware comes in ebbs and flows and it's one of those things someone more enterprising than I am could quit their job just to clean up.

But as computing evolves, spyware goes away for the time being.

I DO enjoy my free time since I have an 8:30-4:30 job every day anyway, it was easily 2-3 extra hours a day when I ran that ad.
My thing is, I could never afford the toys that I get to play with now. To go from an operating budget of $300k to whatever I could afford would be miserably boring. IT on the corporate side has its bad side, but the funding is a huge bonus (at least at my co.)
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If your young enjoy some free time now and then have kids a little latter in life. There is nothing that can replace having a child in my opinion. You also have to remember I was a single parent for 8 years with my now 24 yr. old daughter and now she is out of the house I have a 3yr. old. So about 36 to 40 years of my life will be with a dependent child.
My dad is the same way. He had me first and now he has one that's as young as 11. My wife and I will have the talk at 30 (2 years)...
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My thing is, I could never afford the toys that I get to play with now. To go from an operating budget of $300k to whatever I could afford would be miserably boring. IT on the corporate side has its bad side, but the funding is a huge bonus (at least at my co.)
For sure, that's if someone wanted to start their own business though. I'm perfectly content with my six weeks vacation they give you here (I CANNOT believe that). Our budget was extra tight this year thanks to the economy, so no replacement computers for anyone the past two years..
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For sure, that's if someone wanted to start their own business though. I'm perfectly content with my six weeks vacation they give you here (I CANNOT believe that). Our budget was extra tight this year thanks to the economy, so no replacement computers for anyone the past two years..
We actually get the same amount, it's funny, i've never met anyone else who gets that much. Normally, it's 2-3 weeks at the most. We upgrade machines every 4 years, and we're not due for one of those for another two. Spent mine this year on virtualizing our servers.
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Pizza place and a bar. If you dont have a good pizza place around where you live do some homework and shop around a find a good pizza recipe. A bar but I could not stand to see the regulars day in and day out. I would almost feel guilty about taking there money everyday.
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If your young enjoy some free time now and then have kids a little latter in life. There is nothing that can replace having a child in my opinion. You also have to remember I was a single parent for 8 years with my now 24 yr. old daughter and now she is out of the house I have a 3yr. old. So about 36 to 40 years of my life will be with a dependent child.

I could not imagine having a 21 year old then finding out my wife was prego and having to do it all over again. Then again it is easier then have two youg ones at once.

Do your kids fight over their toys? =)

I had my son at 34 and my wife was 28. Two year olds are so much fun, eyes rolling. Seriously I love him but lots of work.
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Old 01-12-2010, 05:01 PM   #45
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Slingin Sammy 33 has a place in Va Beach but I don't think its his primary income. I've been wantin to check it out one day for lunch but it seems anytime I'm in that area I'm in a rush.
I've been waiting on you, Beem & Beem's pop, and some of the other guys down here to show up

The pizza place is an investment business that has turned into nearly a full-time second job. When the economy is running fine things are good. This recession has definitely slowed my wife and I down in a big way from our plans and timetables for the business. We financed it and had hoped to have it paid in about 3 years, that's not happening now. There's high-margin in the pizza business, so if you have an independent established place, which is what we bought, you can weather the storm. I don't know how the franchises are surviving making $ 5 pizzas & $ 10 loaded pizzas, then paying franchise fees, advertising fees, etc.

If this was our primary income, we would've laid off at least 3-4 more people and picked up hours ourselves to make ends meet through the recession. As it is we just cut some "dead weight" and scaled back some hours. Also, you're tied to the business. Phone rings and someone calls out sick, doesn't show up, decides to smoke a doob out back by the freezer, and you're going in to cover the shift or handle the situation. Want to take a weeks vacation with your family....think again. You can't be there every open hour so you have to find employees that are trustworthy, we're pretty lucky in that regard. You have to deal with landlords, pests, vendors who will stick it to you if you don't watch every invoice.

It's got its ups and downs, in this economy its been more downs than ups. Talking with food vendors and other folks that own restaurants/bars, we're doing comparatively well so we're definitely thankful for that.

I would advise anyone looking to start their own business take first's advice, be prepared to have little-to-no income for two years. Without my "day" job, we'd be in a tough situation.
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