February 11, 2005

I Spent Yesterday

. . . cleaning a friend's house for $50. It's a good workout, though it takes a day for my respiratory system to recuperate from breathing in that much dust, and it's not particularly good for my hands.

I'm still trying to think of other ways to generate revenue, and I've had some great ideas. The trick is to find the ones that don't require initial capital investments.

The money is out there; I just have to find it.

Posted by Attila at February 11, 2005 10:13 AM

What do you charge for laundry?

Posted by: the Pirate at February 11, 2005 10:46 AM

You know, I have guy friends who, to this day, use the "fluff and fold" option at the dry cleaners. That, of course, is a term for plain old washing.

And I can imagine doing that if I had money and didn't have a washer here; I hate going to laundromats.

Actually, I would do your laundry if you had enough other things that needed doing along with it: laundry only takes two hours (at a laundromat), and I don't leave the house for less than $50. After all, I still have to pay for gasoline costs and whatnot.

Posted by: Attila Girl at February 11, 2005 11:31 AM

I highly recommend "oops" paint at Home Depot. It works best if you haunt home improvement stores on a regular basis. When people mix a color and decide they don't like it after all, they'll return it for a refund. Home Depot here sells it for $5/gallon, $1/qt., $15/5 gals. Much of this was $30/gal. originally. Four cans saves $100. That's two cleaning jobs in cost savings.

We've saved several thousand dollars this way. Interior, exterior, trim, stains, sealers, concrete coating, etc. etc.

Best of all: Since I'm a "white paint" person too, you'd think I'd never find anything there for me. Wrong! A lot of it was never colored at all. Or even opened! It's dented cans and discountinued lines.

I have that same Depression-era syndrome. Using oops paint makes it OK to do it over.


Posted by: k at February 11, 2005 02:30 PM

Oh boy.... after a week sanding and inhaling automotive primer and basecoat, degreasing motorcycle parts and routinely washing my hands in lacquer thinner...

a bit of housecleaning sounds like a day at the spa....

Posted by: Kate at February 12, 2005 11:17 PM

How about baking wedding cakes? The markup is unreal.

Posted by: jb at February 14, 2005 09:22 PM

I think that's a great idea. Not much capital investment, either. Creative, artistic. Fun. Your design skills would be a huge plus.

You could even make them actually TASTE good. Anyone who can do pastry can bake a tasty cake.

There's other "event" cakes too. Who won the Little League playoffs and such.

This could be really fun.

Why does your blog always make me hungry?

Posted by: k at February 14, 2005 09:36 PM

My mother's cousin does that: she bakes wedding and special-occasion cakes. I believe it's one of those things that's harder than it looks.

One does need extra fridge/freezer space. And it would take a while to learn all the shapes, and types of frosting, and decorating styles.

Posted by: Attila Girl at February 15, 2005 02:41 AM

Oooo. There's that damn capital investment again. But fridge & freezer space are incredibly cheap these days.

The learning curve should take you all of a week or so. If you're lazy about it.

Posted by: k at February 15, 2005 06:19 PM

I got the idea from a guy I waited tables for who owned a restaurant. So he had the refrigerator part covered.

It looked to me like patience was the most important skill.

Or how about baking, in general. For a grocery store bakery or some such. Pretty good wages, but the hours are a little unusual.

If you want to do something that takes NO capital investment or any icky learning, how about exotic dancing. Or lingerie modeling. You can makes piles of money dancing. And the only folks who get taken advantage of are the poor saps losers go there. The dancers are the advantage-takers.

Oh, and the amphetamines. It was adderol. She gave me one once; I thought my head was gonna explode.

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