How Do You Make Your Money?

Discussion in 'Community' started by coopdog, Jan 16, 2004.

  1. coopdog macrumors 6502a

    Oct 5, 2002
    The Great Midwest
    How do you make your money? What do you do?

    I work at a bike shop during the summer. They have never been that upfront with me on funds I have earned and keep my hours seporate from everyone else. I have a new boss now and I'm not sure If I will be hired again this summer.

    A few years ago my friend and I came up with an idea to start an outdoor lighting biz. The low 12V tree lighting kind. I have installed 4 systems with up to 30 lights all for my parents though. :rolleyes: If you get a rich person and use the nicest lights you can charge up to about $25 per light. And $100 per transformer. So pretty good money for a teenager if you could get a job a week. We didn't do it because we couldn't drive then but now that we are 16 it might be a good job. The only problem is advertising. Flyers don't work that well for such an expensive thing. So I don't know to get the word out.

    I had an idea to make some products in the mountain bike world. Maybe get a patent but that could take years to get prosessed and to produce.

    I was now thinking of using ebay to sell custom built PCs. List the computer parts and everything and then if someone bids and wins I would order and build the computer. So I would not be out any money if they didn't sell. My friend from the lighting biz said that his friend tried doing that and only made $50 a computer so thats under $10 an hour. So no good.

    If I don't get the bike shop job I don't know what I will do for a job. Ill hopefuly just get some job at a market or something. :rolleyes:

    What could I do to make money? Invest in an off set printing press? I guess I would be "making" money then. :p

    Oh yeah, whats your job?

    To anyone that doesn't have a job, I'm sorry.
  2. job macrumors 68040


    Jan 25, 2002
    in transit
  3. MoparShaha macrumors 68000


    May 15, 2003
    San Francisco
    Back in high school I worked at my parish and at my high school. I was basically a secretary at both. Right now, I'm the IT guy at my parish. I setup web sites, servers, video webcasts....ect. Since I live directly across the street from the church, I'm "always on call". I go over there almost daily to help the secretaries (they're afraid of the computers! :D).
  4. Duff-Man macrumors 68030


    Dec 26, 2002
    Albuquerque, NM
    Duff-Man says.....I am an IT guy, work for the Cdn feds, support Windoze all day - enough to make you laugh and cry at the same time......oh yeah!
  5. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    Re: How Do You Make Your Money?

    Sorry, don't "make" any money here.

    I don't have a good enough printer to do it. :(
  6. Kwyjibo macrumors 68040


    Nov 5, 2002
    I'm a manager at the local country club in the restuarant and banquet hall sections ... in the summer i'm going to run the cabanana connected to the pool and probably do a bunch of little errands for my boss like i did over this most recent break ... i didn't mind tho, going to pick up a brand new chevy avalanche was fun , and i've learned a lot about being organized and getting all my stuff done.
  7. themadchemist macrumors 68030


    Jan 31, 2003
    Chi Town
    I don't. I don't have a job, although I've had a scheme or two. I made some cash selling educational software on eBay (you may have seen the ads on MacRumors). That was a few hundred bucks last summer, before eBay told me to stop.

    I don't plan to have a real job until I'm out of grad school. Then I'll be in residency and quasi make money. Then I'll be a doc and be fine. I'd rather focus on studies now than try to earn a few measly bucks that won't mean anything in the long run.
  8. eyelikeart Moderator emeritus


    Jan 2, 2001
    Metairie, LA
  9. big macrumors 65816


    Feb 20, 2002
    completely unemployed (except all that freelance work designing houses and towns)....
  10. Dros macrumors 6502

    Jun 25, 2003
    I do genomics research. My best summer job was washing dishes in Alaska. Slave away for 8 hours then enjoy the dusk at 2am.
  11. scem0 macrumors 604


    Jul 16, 2002
    back in NYC!
    1) money from parents and grandparents for christmas and birthday.
    2) My parents might give me 4 dollars to get candy at a movie, but I keep the 4 dollars and dont get any candy.
    3) earned $600 this summer re-roofing my house.
    4) various other jobs.
    5) But the most recent thing I've been doing to make money is selling my lunch. I can get $3.00/day for my lunch, and 5 says a week totals to $15.00.

    But I don't get an allowance or anything like that.

  12. jasylonian macrumors regular

    Sep 25, 2003
    discouraged worker

    I wish i could find something for me here in Sacramento... being a recent college graduate (read almost 2 years ago) I had an offer rescinded the week before graduation and have been unable to find anything viable since especially since my experience is limited to an internship with the company that eventually rescinded my offer. So I decided that getting my M.A. in economics would help pass time while I did grunt work full time. Unfortunately, my grunt work recently ran out and I'm again in the league of the unemployed (so bored that I finished the Fool's Errand in a couple days). I'm thinking about looking to a baseball town for an internship so I can stay out of my parents' hair for a while. The moral of my story is: I don't care how pretty she is, stay in school until employment is high and you have an offer from a company that isn't facing bankruptcy.
  13. vniow macrumors G4

    Jul 18, 2002
    I accidentally my whole location.
    Eh, I had a full time job for about a month or so, was given the company van since I lived the furthest away from work, stayed out too late at a part last Saturday, got a bit tired driving home, fell asleep at the wheel and crashed it into the siderail, about 15 minutes from my house.

    So needless to say I'm broke right now and am living on reserves, may have to sell my 900Mhz iBook if I don't get a job soon....
  14. MacAztec macrumors 68040


    Oct 28, 2001
    San Luis Obispo, CA
    vniow - Get a friggin' job and keep your iBook!

    I'm still in highschool, but I get summerly jobs. I had one last summer and made like a thousand bucks for working a month.

    I worked at my tennis tournament down here (its BIG) on the scoreboard, made a thousand bucks in 2 weeks on that!

    Then, I sell stuff to my friends from eBay. They want a digital camera that retails for 300$? I sell it for 250 used, and make a hundred bucks hehe.

    I made 600$ this week doin crap like that.
  15. Daveman Deluxe macrumors 68000

    Daveman Deluxe

    Jun 17, 2003
    Corvallis, Oregon
    To the unemployed:

    I see Burger King and other fast food restuarants ALL THE FRICKIN' TIME with signs that say "help wanted". This is in the state with the second-highest unemployment right now. Find a fast food job if you have to and quit whining.

    I don't mean this to tell you that's all that any of you are good for or to be sarcastic, but a job is a job, and there's no shame in working for BK or McDonalds if you need the money. It's called a WORK ETHIC. Nobody will make you continue working at a fast food joint if you finally get a job offer from a company you want to work for.
  16. etoiles macrumors 6502a


    Jun 12, 2002
    Where the air is crisp
    haha, just don't buy them any guns or sharp objects, it could backfire...;)
  17. ibookin' macrumors 65816


    Jul 7, 2002
    Los Angeles, CA
    Tech monkey for an accounting firm. I also write and maintain a job and fixed assets database for the construction company that one of the partners in the accounting firm owns.
  18. iAlan macrumors 65816


    Dec 11, 2002
    Location: Location:
    During university I worked summers in a factory warehouse (the night shift from 5pm to 1am - so still got to spend days in the outdoors playing golf, seeing friends, quick trips to the beach, an hours drive away, etc) I was doing a double major (economics/marketing) and my friends said I was crazy to be working in a factory. Well, I had the money to buy stuff, have a good time and not worry about anything. During university, I worked for the student union and also in the campus coffee shop (which is quite funny given I have never drunk coffee, and never will). It is imortant to note that in Melbourne, Australia most uni student live at home. We don't travel half way across the country to attend a university, just a different educatrion culture really.

    Anyway, after graduating, I came to Japan and was teaching English for about a year (again my friends thought I was crazy). After a uear I got into a semi-management possition at a large teaching gripu (they are all over the world and well recognized) I was training teachers on presentation skills, interviewing and managing teacher schedules.

    After about 2 years I ended up where I am now - still in Japan and working for a pharmaceutical information/market research company. Basically, I am utilizing my marketing/consulting supporting Japanese pharmaceutical companies with sales/distribution/promotional data for the USA, Europe and Asia markets. It is kind of hard to explain, but the company I work for tracks pharmaceutical sales, what drugs are used (brand/maker), where (city/hospital/clinic/etc), by whom (which doctors) and why (condition/illness).

    It is a great job, and a job I never thought I would end up doing (I wanted to get into advertising) but I am very happy to say that all the decisions I have made have led me to where I am now, so no matter how crazy something may seem, never regret anything, learn from bad decisions, leard more from good ones because you will be happy and acheive success if you really want it.

    Sorry to sound patronistic, but you younger macrumors members, don't regret working at BK or McD, mowing lawns, cleaning houses, fixing Windows computers (hee hee) etc. It all pays off (no financial pun intend!)
  19. mac15 macrumors 68040

    Dec 29, 2001
    At the moment, I don't make money. I'm job hunting :)
  20. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    I work for CitiGroup in London as a software developer. I've been in the same job since I left University in 2000.
  21. ryme4reson macrumors 6502

    Mar 5, 2002
    Cupertino CA

    Still in college, I feel like I am never going to finish, but I am currently a 9-1-1 dispatcher. Its a decent job, but I work nights, and 12 hour shifts (but I only work 12 days a month.

    Pay is ok, about 80K. I live at home with moms.

  22. WinterMute Moderator emeritus


    Jan 19, 2003
    London, England
    I'm a lecturer in Thames Valley University in Ealing, London, I lecture in Music Technology, although I spend most of my time teaching main recording studio skills and audio post production.

    I also design and build studios, just finishing a ProTools room in NW London. See pic, sorry it's crap it's only my phone camera.

    Still recording and mixing too, looks like I might get a shot at the music on a couple of new films coming up, that would be cool.
  23. WinterMute Moderator emeritus


    Jan 19, 2003
    London, England
  24. edesignuk Moderator emeritus


    Mar 25, 2002
    London, England
    Another IT Tech checking in :rolleyes:, I'm 1st and 2nd line support for a large US bank :eek:

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