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Money making Ideas

By Finchy ยท 50 replies
Apr 5, 2005
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  1. Akio

    Akio TS Rookie Posts: 249

    I'm ashamed to say my first job was working at McDonalds. And sorry if I'm making fun of some people that work at McDonalds currently. But I'm happy I got a good job after saving up to get into college. If you want a good job, work at a restaurant washing dishes or something, then work your way up from there. If you work at a 4 star restaurant as a waiter you make mad tips. I'm not kidding that was my second job and now currently I'm building computers for people. Most waiters that work at 4 star restaurants make more money then Teachers.
  2. HughJass

    HughJass TS Rookie Posts: 120

    LMAO flinchy boostin ya posts number, dont worry Everyone does it, like me,
    i agree with Phantasm66
    keep it up Ph30nIX, it sounds funny when u say u got $15 for a days work when some people charge $200 an hour for their services (e.g. coperate personal trainers) with ur attitude mabey one day you will get some amount like that!!
  3. Ph30nIX

    Ph30nIX TS Rookie Posts: 243

    Hehe, thanks.

    Although i earn that money, most of it ends up in my computer.

  4. Sheridan

    Sheridan TS Rookie

    You should try building a website, there's money to be made there, no matter your age.
  5. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    sell stuff on ebay.

    When I was in college ebay wasn't around. I co-ran a computer parts salvage business. I still do somewhat.

    Cut grass, deliver papers, do odd jobs.... heck There's a lot of work a teenager can do and a lot of odd jobs older folks either can't or won't do.

    If I had saved all the $ I earned as a teenager, I could have retired by now!

    A lot of cities and towns have youth centers where people post jobs for teens.
    good luck - I'm glad to see a younger person with a good work ethic, it's refreshing for a change.
  6. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    In Texas (El Paso) at least, they still hang around on the side of road to bum money. The way i see it, if you have the energy to bum money, you have the energy to work at least a menial job. Hell, I've scrubed toilets on airlines when I was desparate for employment. I don't tolerate able-bodied bums. There's always a job - it may not be glamorous or pay a lot, but they're there.

    One ***** was so bold as to knock on my truck window (while I wasn't looking) to sell me some school sh*t I didn't want. I told HER that she's lucky I wasn't an assh*le because she could get hurt by doing a stupid thing like that.
  7. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +7

    I hate the way so many people in this life rely on handouts. Its like there is a huge section of society who think that work is optional and that society owes them. It doesn't.

    If you are sick, you deserve help. If you are disabled, you deserve help. If you are old, you deserve help. If you are mentally ill, you deserve help. If you can't read, you deserve help.

    If you are so much of a scumbag that you have never worked in your life, then I think you deserve nothing. You don't deserve to have your criminal gains supplemented with benefits, and you don't deserve to sit around doing nothing all day whilst others go out and work.
  8. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +7

    Its taken me till 30 years old to realise this. Its not easy to stop spending money on so many computing things, beer, etc. But it has to stop. If you save money, you attain a level of security that far outweighs anything a new mobo every six months, or nights out on the town can give you. I'm not saying be a total miser, I am saying don't spend like there is no tomorrow. Because there IS a tomorrow.
  9. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    Oh, I agree . - and I'm a real cheap person, but the fact is I don't make a lot of money, and I support my estranged wife. But I try to save and thank God I have had a good job in the military for the last 14 years. I traded high paying employment for job security and a decent retirement.

    But I still don't get people who refuse to work. I've done MANY menial and low class jobs that were beneath me (I'm a very educated person with 2 college degrees and I came from an upper middle class family as well as attended a private high school). So I feel there is no excuse. I've scrubbed toilets, done janitorial work, stocked shelves, slinged baggage, picked up trash, anything that paid enough. Lord knows I've done a lot of crappy details when I was low ranking in the military (I remember one time getting dead animals out of a coal pile and also punching [cleaning tubes] in boilers, as well as pulling weeds in over 100F sun.) So there is no excuse for laziness.

    I've always encouraged young people to work and get an education and support their country through military service (at least for a short period.) So when I see youth asking how they can find a job, it makes me very happy. Like you said, there are too many bums and the popular music/rap/ hip hop culture does not encourage work. It promotes sexual promiscuity and laziness.

    My hat is off to that teenager who wanted to work. He/she has a lot of things against him/her.
  10. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    I remember a very funny moment in college when I was studying economics. The professsor was drawing an econometric model of money movement in the United States and marking each linear set with a letter. He went through M1, M2, etc.... and then got to unemployment which he designated with a U. Then as a subset of unemployment he put a dashed line which he marked with an "f". I asked the professor, "Sir" what is the "f" for? It is not in our book! He replied, - "oh, that's the f-factor, the FREELOAD, factor, the percentage of society that is able bodied and can work, but REFUSES to, and therefore the rest of the economy has to support their laziness through social welfare." The whole class laughed, although it was funny, it was serious business. Their laziness was an economic drain on society!
  11. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    There is nothing shameful about working at Mcdonalds. My very first (taxable) job was at a Hardees. Everyone has to start somewhere.
  12. Rockfan1815

    Rockfan1815 TS Rookie Posts: 51

    you could also buy a bunch of computers for really cheap (ones that are about 2 to 4 years old) fix them up and make them Internet and school work worthy and sell them and make a profit. Old computers arn't really bad for normal use anyway, I worked on a computer that was about 10 years old and running windows 95 with 166mhz processor and 16mb of ram and it seemed quite fast. I also worked on a couple computers that were about 6 years old and they were in good condition. you can probably put signs up asking to have peoples old computers, some will be happy to get rid of them if they are taking up need space. I know tons of people that has computers sitting around that they are not using that they would be willing to sell for 30 dollars or give for free. Say you bought a old computer for about 30 and fixed it up and put about 40 - 50 dollars in to it for repairs and then sold it for about 150. There is alot of people that need a computer and can't afford to buy a brand new one for $400 and up. you can make up to about a $80 profit.
  13. Finchy

    Finchy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 353

    Work is exactly what I'm trying to do :approve: . Im 14 with a paper-round, and several big exams in the next few years, I want a job that I can earn money, yet doesn't force me into long hours and inflexible times :unch: . My current plans are to advertise for decorating, gardening jobs etc, and maybe learn programming so I can build websites for people. Im also interested in things I could make to sell. All suggestions and advice on these topics is helpful and I would be thankful for it.
  14. Finchy

    Finchy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 353

    Im also going to salvage pcs from the local skip, fix them is possible, if not possible, take out the parts, and when I have enought, build custom PCs to sell
  15. Finchy

    Finchy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 353

    Good idea about the signs, ill do that as well. Thanks
  16. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    That's exactly what I used to do years ago. Also I bought lots of broken computers at government auctions and sold working parts.

    It's called computer salvage - much like auto salvage
  17. Koretek

    Koretek TS Rookie

    I would think EBay is the way to go for real money. It would teach you about buisness and make you a whole lot more money than most other things AND it works while you do nothing just about ya know?
    Heres the toughest thing you will ever face with EBay. what would I sell, I happen to live in NY near the wholesale district and so its not that tough for me to try new things. I got into this BTW because of my son and his wanting/needing more money than I was willing to just keep shelling out. I may be persuaded to help you but onnly with your parents permission AND you would need to register some type of an account online to open an account with Ebay so you can get paid, something like Paypal would be the best. Welp, thats my 2 cents, good luck 2 ya no matter what ya do!
  18. Finchy

    Finchy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 353

    Still open to suggestions, Im thinking of making things for money, and salvaging old or unwanted computers and then building new ones to sell out of the components. This all depends on whether my parents let me, anyone know any good ways to scrounge computers/parts.
  19. Rockfan1815

    Rockfan1815 TS Rookie Posts: 51

    just ask around. put posters up at local stores, another idea is to build custom computers and sell them for double of what you payed, not only do you make a profit but you also learn even more about computers (money and usefull education is always a good thing). I calculated that I can make a computer w/o os for about 250. I know not everyone (including us kids and teens and some adults) has the money to spend on another computer but if you look around you can find a good deal on many pc parts. also the computer I calculated cost for, meaning already picked out the parts for would work fine for everyday use and some games.
  20. Ph30nIX

    Ph30nIX TS Rookie Posts: 243

    yea, im getting some old school PC's for free.

    I bought a new computer for my brother (when i as 12 BTW) rofl. it cost me $400AUD at the time.

    Sempron 2200+
    512Mb RAM
    Saphire 128mb GFX.
    cd-rw burner.
    asrock? k7sg41 m/b
    20gb HDD + the old 20gb HDD from the comp i blew up 3 times.

    i found it cheap:), ibut it was myjob to replace it since i blew up the other one 3 times, and only 2 were under warranty :) at the tikme it was aobut $500 parts to be replaced.

    Ph30nix, AKA Duc Truffe!
  21. Finchy

    Finchy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 353

    wow, I just started a similar thread on the PCGamer forums, just to get the largest amount of suggestions possible, two pages of stuff in under 20 hours. Unfortunatly most of it was about assasinating people, or killing my parents for inheritance. Thank god the stuff here on Techspot has actually been usefull. By the way, does anyone know the minimum age for running a stall in Britain.
  22. Finchy

    Finchy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 353

    I just checked on their forums and this is one reply
    I quote

    "Sell off your excess body parts. Do you REALLY need two Kidneys? Auction part of your Liver to a Rich Alcoholic with Cirosis. Get cash by selling one Lung to a Smoker.

    And heck, if you are fat, you've got plenty of skin to sell for grafts."

    How useless is that?
  23. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,495

    I get alot of old PCs for free. Whenever i set up a new computer for a client, i alwasy ask what they are going to do with the old one. Most of the times its, pay for someone to recycle it or just take it to the dump, so then i ask for it. I dont fix up the systems, i just sell old parts in bulk.
  24. dudettelio

    dudettelio TS Rookie

    Saving Up For A dS

    im 13 and im saving up for a nintendo DS and 2 games for it ... how can i make quick cash? :hotouch:
  25. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15


    do some odd jobs around the neighborhood.

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