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    I make a little extra on the side buying and selling audio on eBay. Not a huge amount, just enough to buy a few pieces for me each year. I made enough in 2007 to buy a plasma tv. I'd do more but running the e-zine takes up enough time as a hobby.
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    During the week I sell dope, and on weekends I dabble in selling children into slavery. I'm looking to get into ivory and rhino horn, so if anybody hears anything ........

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    I don't need a side business....
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    I don't want one. As a matter of fact I went to college so I wouldn't have to have one anymore. Nights/weekends are wife time, or golf time, or just sitting around the house watching a blu-ray time.

    Although I did work at a cigar store on Sundays back in Va. (mostly for the discount and good conversation), which was really fun. 4 or 5 guys shooting the sh1t, smoking and drinking all day. Now that was a fun side job...
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    Quote Originally Posted by shack View Post
    I don't need a side business....
    Me either, and I consider myself very fortunate. My "side business" is raising kids to (hopefully) be happy, loving, and responsible adults. I guess I won't introduce them to "Uncle George" anytime soon! :D
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    If you spent a lot of your time on the computer when you're home anyway, just briefly check out Agon, do localized searches on ebay, check the local craigslist to see what audio gear is out there. If something is way underpriced and you have the room for it, grab it.

    I've been able to sustain some audio upgrades by flipping some audio gear here and there for profit. Plus, you get to learn more about audio, play with some cool new gear, and meet other audiophiles in the process. Won't change your lifestyle, but will help to atleast offset your audio purchases. You already know what is valuable in the audio world, how to make sure it's in good condition, what it takes to post something for sale, and how to ship it properly to the buyer.

    Just stay away from the Polk Audio Forum FM, you have to give stuff away to make a sale there :)

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    I think Shack and JFlail get were I'm coming from and I understand their position. I certainly don't want to give up another 40 hrs a month to make an extra $800 in my pocket.

    If I were to pick up any side job, it would either:

    1). Have to be a blast and totally on my schedule as to when and where I work
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    2). Pay a crazy rate that you'd be a moron to pass it up. I'm thing around $100-$150/hr might work....

    Now if I were living paycheck to paycheck and a kid on the way, well, that's a different story.
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    I spend some of my spare time outside law school and audio to volunteer at a hospital supported by my fraternity. I'm not making any money, but it's an investment in Karma and makes me feel good. It may also prove lawyers can have a soul.

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    SS: I do some of the same stuff, volunteer at the church, work for Habitat and coach Youth Soccer and Hockey (Even though I don't have kids involved). Mostly because it's just fun. More fun than I'd have at a job. ;)

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    Well, this thread is 5 years old, but I never forgot about it. I finally have a side business going. Actually had enough going last year that I needed to pay attention to taxes and decided this year I was going to step it up. New logo....

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    No time for a side job, been working 80 to 100 hours a week the past couple months. It's been so crazy!!!!!
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    Nice Shelby! I've been wondering a similar thing and ended up cheating and working a part-time version of my main job 10ish hours a week...

    Am I allowed to ask what you came up with? I have an idea because I think I've had a similar thought if I'm implying your company name accurately..

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    I have started doing my photography business part time. If things go well I hope to be doing it full time within the next two years. A few weddings a year is a nice little extra amount of cash in my pocket.

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    I've been wanting to start my own business for some time now. No money to invest is the kicker.

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    I do brain surgery on the side. Need a cheap lobotomy? Give me a call and get the special Club Polk rate.
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    I've done a bit of freelance technical writing and editing, which is what my profession is for my career. However, with my growing family and long commute to and from work, I've not done much with it lately.

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    saw this thread pop back up so thought I would revisit myself. Since 2006 I have been doing the same (not so much car stuff though) I'm in a different state as of 2008 and as of 6 months ago I partnered with a general contractor and am designing/selling/install A/V while learning some construction trade at the same time. I now am able to build a custom A/V system and fix my drywall cuts and such. Someone wants to build a HT room I can cover it from start to finish no need to call another company I got you. Been good so far and working for my self is much nicer. I have found I have a bit more free time and a bit more $$ than working for someone else.
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    Well I also agree with polrbehr because cleaning business is a one of those business which need little investment and give you more benefits. Like a good amount of profit. You just have to do some efforts to clean the place. and I hope your investment will return back in few years.
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    Mowing. I currently have four yards besides mine, within five minutes of my house. I'm not rolling in it by any means, but the extra 400-500 a month is nice, 'mad money'!

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    Quote Originally Posted by codyc1ark View Post
    Mowing. I currently have four yards besides mine, within five minutes of my house. I'm not rolling in it by any means, but the extra 400-500 a month is nice, 'mad money'!

    Now that's the ticket, cash...unreportable income.

    For my situation, it would have to be a cash business. Anything that raises my reported income puts me into a new tax bracket which sucks. Tell you what, the first time you have to write a 10g check to the IRS at the end of the year changes your perspective.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tonyb View Post
    Now that's the ticket, cash...unreportable income.

    For my situation, it would have to be a cash business. Anything that raises my reported income puts me into a new tax bracket which sucks. Tell you what, the first time you have to write a 10g check to the IRS at the end of the year changes your perspective.
    My friend, you need more write-offs if you need to send Uncle that much... LOL

    Wow, someone actually agreed with me, five years after?! I'm lucky I get 5 minutes after. I remember this thread, pretty amazing how much time hs gone by. FWIW, my biz is still going strong, though I farm out a lot more work these days.
    So, are you willing to put forth a little effort or are you happy sitting in your skeptical poo pile?


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    Very interesting thread.

    By day, I'm a database administrator. I'm also a writer and partner in a publishing business where I do copy editing and e-book formatting. I also built the website for our business.

    Don't underestimate the amount of money necessary to start a business, even an Internet-based business. There's software, hardware, web hosting fees, other service fees, and so on.

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    Realestate agent can also be a good choice, and relatively inexpensive to get your license.

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    My side business is actually my primary business this time of year. I make trophies, medals, plaques and other various awards for a lot of the local high schools. This is the time of year they have their recognition banquets so it's been crazy the past two weeks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Syndil View Post
    My side business is actually my primary business this time of year. I make trophies, medals, plaques and other various awards for a lot of the local high schools. This is the time of year they have their recognition banquets so it's been crazy the past two weeks.
    You make trophies ?

    Guess you won't be making one for any Canadian hockey teams this year.

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    Ironically I know/care little about sports so I'm afraid that went over my head. I just build what the coaches tell me to build and engrave what they want engraved (with spelling corrections, naturally).

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    Quote Originally Posted by polrbehr View Post
    Wow, someone actually agreed with me, five years after???
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    Use to customize xbox 360s and the controllers. Was a decent business, but never grew big enough to make more than 5 jobs
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    When I still lived in Denver, I worked in my dad's pharmacy on Saturday's to pay for wife/son's Christmas and summer trip. Laid tile for my brother during summers. Later, went back to work for an old boss selling oak furniture. Once I moved to Portland, just tutoring on occassion and odd jobs. **Summer honey-do list not included**
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