Anyone here making a living with their iMac?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by baypharm, May 7, 2009.

  1. baypharm macrumors 65816


    Nov 15, 2007
    I am curious to know if anyone is managing to carve out a living (part time/full time) using their iMac? With the economy and jobs going south, it would seem plausible that someone could figure out a way to bring in some bucks using their intellect and iMacs.

    After all iMacs are made for business.

    Any ideas/comments?
  2. BlackMax macrumors 6502a


    Jan 14, 2007
    North Carolina
    Sure... My wife is a graphic design artist and makes a good living with our iMac. I know others that write OS X applications with their iMacs. Once you have an iMac the sky is the limit! :D
  3. dontwalkhand macrumors 601


    Jul 5, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    When I do work from home, unfortunately I have to start up Windows on my iMac in Parallels desktop, as I have to work in an Internet Explorer only web environment. However, it is still using the iMac :cool:
  4. edgew8 macrumors regular


    Dec 8, 2008
    Graphic designer here. Using a trusty old iMac G5.
    I suppose I could use any old computer to get the job done but this old iMac was best because it's non-glossy IPS panel is godly and necessary for my work. The price was right as well, If I bought an IPS LCD and computer separately it would have cost a lot more.
    It has already paid for itself many times over. :D
  5. kurosov macrumors 6502a

    Jan 3, 2009
    Freelance web designer here.

    I will admit work has been a little sparse recently where i live as my usual target clientele are budget cutting but i have gotten so used to working freelance i dont think i could take a 9 to 5 job.
  6. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    I've done couple of web sites with my iMac but after school I guess I'll do more.
  7. larrymarshall2 macrumors member

    Jul 15, 2008
    I'm in the broadcast industry, and final cut studio is an important part of how I make ALL of my money. I use FCP to edit sports promos, freelance editing, and I use the iMac for all my weddings I do on the side.

    I'm a recent graduate and my G5 made me all my money and now it's the iMac's turn.
  8. suburbia macrumors 6502

    Oct 21, 2008
    I'm a designer. All the Macs I own are for paying the bills. I've never had the privilege or luxury of owning a Mac just for leisure use.
  9. MrENGLISH macrumors regular

    Apr 18, 2009
    Working from home and I've been making money off my Macs since 2004.

    Starting with my very first Mac which was the 20" iMac G5 rev A.

    Macs I've owned and done my work on over the years:

    20" iMac G5
    12" PowerBook G4
    PowerMac G5 Quad
    Mac mini (early 2009)
    15" MacBook Pro (late 2008)
  10. MTI macrumors 65816

    Feb 17, 2009
    Scottsdale, AZ
    I tried to get my Mac to work and make money, but all it wanted to do was create web pages, blogs and all that iLife jazz . . .

  11. TantalizedMind macrumors 6502a


    Feb 5, 2007
    Cool stories guys. I wish I had some experience in those fields.
  12. Dry Rot macrumors member

    Apr 28, 2009
    Been working on Macs since 1996. Freelance copywriter working from home.

    Had a 11, a 11ci, an 8550 (later hotted up with a G3 card) and now my trusty G4 Quicksilver tower.

    The G4 has Tiger and still works surprisingly well, handling everything throw at it, albeit a bit slowly.

    Dunno if a Pentium 3 from that era would run Vista or work on the net.

    Can't wait to get an new iMac soon.
  13. MrENGLISH macrumors regular

    Apr 18, 2009
    lol yeah I think you are just a little OVERDUE for a new Mac :D
  14. iMac4850User macrumors newbie

    Apr 19, 2009
    I run an eBay business on my iMac. Sure I could use any old PC for this, but I find I'm much more productive on Mac OS X.
  15. aurora borealis macrumors newbie

    Mar 9, 2007
    Another graphic/web designer here, now getting into Internet marketing with my 20" iMac G5. We've come a long way from the old beige Macintosh Classic II, which was the first Mac I was ever privileged to lay my hands on (wasn't mine, but it got me started). :D

    Since then, I've had an LCII, a Performa, a 2000 snow iMac, and now this baby and my G4 PowerBook. I drool over the newest ones, but I have to honestly admit I don't NEED a new one; these are more than doing the job for me. Darn it.

    Now, how do you define "making a living"...?
  16. larrymarshall2 macrumors member

    Jul 15, 2008
    and now you too can have stories and experience! For just ~$2,000 and a tutorial book, you can create you own memories!
  17. Dry Rot macrumors member

    Apr 28, 2009
    Yep, I will be sorting that in about 5 weeks time.

    I can't wait. :)

    Mind you, I am very fond of my G4.
  18. Little HZ macrumors regular

    Little HZ

    Nov 15, 2008
    New Mexico
    Freelance editor/writer supporting myself working at home on Macs ... :D
  19. MTI macrumors 65816

    Feb 17, 2009
    Scottsdale, AZ
    Until recently, I had a P3-733/512MB running XP just fine. ;)
  20. MacAndy74 macrumors 65816

    Mar 19, 2009
    I guess. Count me in. I fix Mac's (and PC's) - second level IT support. :cool:
  21. jtgotsjets macrumors 6502


    May 20, 2004
    Lawrence, KS

    Hahah, sorry... Too funny.
  22. A Belling macrumors newbie

    May 8, 2009
    Granted, it's not much, but all my income comes from freelance graphic design work using my iMac and MacBook.
  23. baudelaire macrumors newbie

    May 10, 2009
    Working on the iMac

    I've had macs since 1990. IICi, IIcx, MacPlus, The original 150 laptop and every iteration since then.
    worked on a 24inch iMac since they were released and bought the new one the other day.Can't WAIT to transfer all my gear onto the new beast (ask for a new fangled firewire cable when you buy this model as this is the best way to crossover)

    I've worked on this machine predominantly as a designer of one form or another, but for the last six months I've been using it for stock trading and made more money than I've ever done before. So Yeah, macs for work!

  24. erasr macrumors 6502

    Sep 18, 2007
    Yes, I'm a Football team Manager and I use my iMac every night to manage the team.

    I am in my 10th season, in the premier league and having been very successful, winning the champions league 4 times in a row, I have to say the iMac has been a crucial part of my success with it's large screen, giving me the ability to watch Family Guy at the same time.

    I am earning £120,000 a week. Thanks APPLE you're GREAT!!

    The new 3D match engine is working a treat :)
  25. kingicon1 macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2002

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