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Non-traditional, non "9-to-5" ways of earning a living.

Discussion in 'Business, Careers & Education' started by bob99, Mar 28, 2011.

  1. jrd617

    jrd617 Stylish Dinosaur

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    Thank you.
    Your post saved me from going on a little bit of a rant.


    Okay, I get that it's a deduction, but couldn't the other tax-free perks that small business enjoy help to offset the post-deduction cost of the "second half" of the self-employment tax?
     

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    ^It's a lot of money taken right off the top.
     

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    Here's the thing, for 99% of people who strike out on their own, they will be doing exactly the same thing as when they were employed. It's mostly not some magically different type of work.

    Yes, you can make more money. But you can also lose a lot. You keep your own hours, but you have no control over the ebb and flow of clients and revenue. Defenitely less security. Paying for benefits is a bitch.



    nice way to put it!
     

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    What are some of the non-office ways members on this forum make a buck? It seems like there are much more interesting ways of making a living than just "working for the man."
     

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    What are some of the non-office ways members on this forum make a buck? It seems like there are much more interesting ways of making a living than just "working for the man."

    You could make replica watches. Seems interesting enough.
     

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    I've chosen a career as a spam bot. It's not great, but in my free time I've developed something that can pass for sentience in DT or CE.
     

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    Rock 'n' Roll.
     

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    I'm thinking about getting back in to gig performances. Would need to move to a more economically viable area though if I get serious. The people in my performance niche who are actually successful is a) a tiny number of people b) people who have strong passive revenue streams, especially from within the industry (trade publications, selling scripts and coaching) and perhaps most discouragingly c) people who have done very well in other careers first or concurrently.
     

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    I'm thinking about getting back in to gig performances. Would need to move to a more economically viable area though if I get serious. The people in my performance niche who are actually successful is a) a tiny number of people b) people who have strong passive revenue streams, especially from within the industry (trade publications, selling scripts and coaching) and perhaps most discouragingly c) people who have done very well in other careers first or concurrently.
    What niche is that?
     

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    What are some of the non-office ways members on this forum make a buck? It seems like there are much more interesting ways of making a living than just "working for the man."

    I don't do these things but I saw or read about them and they seemed interesting: wild boar hunter or armed security force to fight off pirates for large vessel container ships. Both jobs are dangerous but sound way more exciting than "working for the man".
     

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    Hey Magician, I assume you're an actual magician? I used to be quite into magic and did a few paid gigs as an accomplished amateur (never really gave any serious thought about turning it into a career.) What type of stuff do you perform?

    I was a big fan of Darwin Ortiz back in the day, I loved his books & effects.

    Definitely not 9 to 5!
     

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    I have a really good 7:30 to 6 gig.
     

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    What niche is that?

    Industrial indy.
     

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    this is why I sold.

    Here's the thing, for 99% of people who strike out on their own, they will be doing exactly the same thing as when they were employed. It's mostly not some magically different type of work.

    Yes, you can make more money. But you can also lose a lot. You keep your own hours, but you have no control over the ebb and flow of clients and revenue. Defenitely less security. Paying for benefits is a bitch.
     

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    Hey Magician, I assume you're an actual magician? I used to be quite into magic and did a few paid gigs as an accomplished amateur (never really gave any serious thought about turning it into a career.) What type of stuff do you perform? I was a big fan of Darwin Ortiz back in the day, I loved his books & effects. Definitely not 9 to 5!
    Yeah, used to be full-time though it was more mentalism/hypnosis towards the end. Now I'm doing the smart thing(?) and back in school. I met Darwin through my mentorship with Alain Nu and even got to do some gigs with him in DC, Quite a talent. I cherish my personalized copy of Strong Magic (which incidentally was a gift from Richard Kaufman - my time performing in DC was good to me)
     

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