The Side Hustle Thread (split from Bees with AZD)

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June 10th, 2015 at 1:21:00 AM permalink
Fleastiff
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I'm experiencing this odd thing of completely missing seeing this thread till now! what the?
Fascinating, let me catch up.

So why don't we add:

Polyurethane foam spraying. Seems all these small town guys buy a truck and fill it with equipment but find out that there is less business than they thought and more risks. So used equipment is available and as long as you buy an insurance policy first it won't hurt your other enterprises.

Closed end agricultural systems in complete enclosures such as portable plastic sheds on wheels.
June 25th, 2015 at 11:09:39 PM permalink
Fleastiff
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Okay folks... this is from my sleepless nights playing channel roulette and falling upon some reality show. we all know reality tv ain't real but to some extent it seems those rocky mountain prospectors looking for gems ain't doin' so bad. bring a few gems home from a fishing trip, throw them into your aquarium or stream to get slowly polished ... do your own faceting perhaps.
June 26th, 2015 at 8:42:32 AM permalink
TheCesspit
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Well, my side hustle of running murder mystery parties seems to be kicking off to the next gear rather nicely. Have booking every other weekend until end of August, which is a nice way to keep the lights on and my company ticking over. The real trick will be to turn these into bigger opportunities to make living expenses rather than just extra.

I have plans on this, working with a few companies in town to do more diverse events, and hoepfully one corporate training job on the horizon too.
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June 26th, 2015 at 8:47:59 AM permalink
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Quote: TheCesspit
Well, my side hustle of running murder mystery parties seems to be kicking off to the next gear rather nicely. Have booking every other weekend until end of August, which is a nice way to keep the lights on and my company ticking over. The real trick will be to turn these into bigger opportunities to make living expenses rather than just extra.

I have plans on this, working with a few companies in town to do more diverse events, and hoepfully one corporate training job on the horizon too.


Nice side hustle! But you have me having to ask what is the main line of business?
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June 26th, 2015 at 9:11:24 AM permalink
TheCesspit
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Quote: AZDuffman
Nice side hustle! But you have me having to ask what is the main line of business?


I work 30% time as a Quality Assurance analyst, 70% on building up a events/training company. Recent switch for me. The Mystery Parties are the starting point for the new company, which is basically going to be a series of smaller engagements at the moment. Not going to be putting on casino nights, folks in town already cover that aspect.
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June 26th, 2015 at 9:38:28 AM permalink
AZDuffman
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Quote: TheCesspit
I work 30% time as a Quality Assurance analyst, 70% on building up a events/training company. Recent switch for me. The Mystery Parties are the starting point for the new company, which is basically going to be a series of smaller engagements at the moment. Not going to be putting on casino nights, folks in town already cover that aspect.


Nice, sounds like the outfit I work for. Besides casino nights they book bands, fortune readers, and all kinds of crazy stuff. Unsolicited advice would be build your book of talent as you never know what places want. Gal I am carpooling with tonight does the Tarrot readings. She is another side-hustler, one on my minor inspirations to get off the W-2 9/5 grind.

No idea what the size of your town is, but here we have at least 3 places doing casino nights, so there may be a market for you. In Nov/Dec even then there is not enough to go around some weekends.
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June 26th, 2015 at 11:31:23 AM permalink
TheCesspit
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Cheers, I am building up a rolodex (well virtual one) of people to work with in town... and one's NOT to work with. One of the local breweries almost made it look like I couldn't organize the proverbial in a brewery, but we worked through it (and I made a note to believe but verify....)

I suspect we are too small for more than one casino night crew... but will keep on the look out to see what requests I get in.
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June 26th, 2015 at 11:39:03 AM permalink
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Quote: AZDuffman
Nice, sounds like the outfit I work for. Besides casino nights they book bands, fortune readers, and all kinds of crazy stuff. Unsolicited advice would be build your book of talent as you never know what places want. Gal I am carpooling with tonight does the Tarrot readings. She is another side-hustler, one on my minor inspirations to get off the W-2 9/5 grind.


Jesus Christ. Looks like I might have to try this "dream interpreter" thing out for real =p
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June 26th, 2015 at 12:18:17 PM permalink
AZDuffman
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Quote: TheCesspit
Cheers, I am building up a rolodex (well virtual one) of people to work with in town... and one's NOT to work with. One of the local breweries almost made it look like I couldn't organize the proverbial in a brewery, but we worked through it (and I made a note to believe but verify....)

I suspect we are too small for more than one casino night crew... but will keep on the look out to see what requests I get in.


I was meaning more talent not clients but list both. You may be amazed at the variety who hire. Car dealers, mattress stores, doggy day care (yeah, that was huge!), colleges, right down to single family homes. The thing about the casino crews is you will probably end up using the same people as your competitor. I am on two lists and see the same people at both places. They even rent equipment from each other. The third place is more lone-wolf and claims they only hire licensed dealers and is on the outs for stealing customers.

It is a nice niche, cheap to get into depending on if you just buy lays or make tables. Biggest hassle is getting dealers who know the games.
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June 26th, 2015 at 4:47:41 PM permalink
Fleastiff
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Quote: AZDuffman
Nice side hustle! But you have me having to ask what is the main line of business?
I think the 'main line' varies with the seasons too sometimes. that guy with the auto life / fruit press made more on the weekends than his five day a week job but only during harvest season.

don't think casino nights are an overcrowed field. Larger events want firms that know table spacing laws and can also provide a gypsy woman who reads tea leaves or palms.

booking a wandering cocktail party magician can be profitable.

what are the three most profitable items a casino night company rents?
the black curtain dividers that you tell the sponsor are professional theater drapery that meets all fire code regulations.
the crowd control stantions and ropes that meet insurance company guidelines for crowd control equipment.
the fire extinguishers you rent but never have to use. Makes the sponsors think you really know what you are doing.
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