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bromius wrote: Call it Edible Landscapes or something like that. Offer a landscaping service to homeowners that focuses on the planting of species that would work as landscape plants, but also produce edible food..
oowolf wrote:I'm propagating fruit/nut trees and smaller plants like currants, gooseberries and blueberries. Anyone with a backyard can do this and we all know plants that produce food are going to become very popular real soon. Forget about investing in gold, etc; get some cuttings.
My woodworking hobby, when turned into a business, had to compete with WalMart furniture...
Photography... paid well enough... but it was too small to become full time... People only have wedding photos done one time... I had to keep finding new venues...
It is hard to compete on foodstuffs, due to the labor cost. When things get tight, you will be competing on price, not quality, and the factories will win.
patience wrote:A wise old friend of mine endorsed the value-added idea saying, "if you raise wheat, sell bread". That is, get the most you practically can from value added.
Loki wrote:Woodworking would be nice, but as you said, seems like it would be difficult to compete with mass produced stuff.
Not necessarily. Most of my income comes from information-related services. Perhaps that will change over time, but the point is there is probably time to transition your "brainy" work while picking up a manual skill.alokin wrote:Most of this self employed work is quite manual and maybe in your old job you did mainly brainy work, but that's the future anyway.
I don't have to; that's one of my spouse's revenue streams. :-)alokin wrote:Do you do good bookkeeping? I guess that this is not my favourite, but necessary.
patience wrote:An example of that which makes us a few bucks is prowling the junkyard for old tools, such as shovels, axes, sledgehammers, picks, etc., with broken or missing handles.
patience wrote:... prowling the junkyard for old tools, such as shovels, axes, sledgehammers, picks, etc., with broken or missing handles. I have a process for rejuvenating these, since there are wood handles available to us as seconds from a local handle factory...
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