Originally Posted by darkmatter7
So remember when a couple members mentioned that I should drop out of school and open up a used clothing shop / business?
Well, a word of caution. There is a war on, most people still forget that. When all that stuff started I was in college - remember the rather pathetic protests and counter-protests by the school's republican club. I dropped out and found myself on a boat. Spent a couple doing "stuff" mostly mundane but some interesting. Those in the republican club where later photographed drinking champagne in Saddam's pools - pretty darn jealous. First time I made "good" money too (not really knowing how close to poverty wages it really was). Overall was a nice/stable feeling.
Well, If I had a college degree then, I would have been financially better off by about a factor of 3 - 6x. Returning to college and getting my degree later sucked. There is a time and a place to do everything and college is best done when your young. I was the crotchey old guy - at 28. Some of my former classmates became my professors (weird). That being said, if your heart is not in it (and your not earning at least straight B+'s) your wasting a lot of money. But it only gets more expensive: college was 30k a year when I went, and about 55k a year when I returned, but I went to a well-regarded private school. You won't know if you could have made a "better" choice until once this is all done - i.e. you return to school later and realize you forgot your all point-set topology tricks which you find so easy right now.
I'd advise you to just finish your degree. If I recall correctly, yours is in math which will really make life very easy - give you something with a solid fallback option with a better salary than a business/econ/english degree - but most importantly teaches strong logic and critical thinking skills. If you can do this is your spare time, you'll live well for a college student and have a hobby to keep you out of trouble.
But, one big mistake is chasing 1 car when you could have been chasing 3:
Have you considered keeping the same course but hiring help?
I find shopping to be fun and easy, but the processing and what-not takes my time away from my studies. Just hired my first helper, and last week was able to more than double my regular output in half the time. Thanksgiving artificially distorts sales but I had my best one-day sales ever after successfully completing two back to back graduate term tests (in math). Couldn't have done that without help. With proper scheduling, I plan on moving 3x what I have before (removing the hoarder element of overflowing stock) in about half the time.
On average, every $15/h I spend on help translates into an additional $100 in revenue. Sadly, this is better pay than a highly-skilled machinist which in a non-union shop starts at about $14/h. But this is with Philly's shops which aren't that great, I hit a couple stores every day. Unless you plan on starting a brick-and-mortar store, your empire can easily expand from your dorm room without you ever leaving school and give you more free time, as long as you don't have to go out of your way to feed the beast you've created.