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Side Businesses

Unread post by Mogura » Sun Dec 23, 2007 3:02 pm

Is there anyone running a business on the side while working as a full-time professional?

I knew a guy that had a storefront on eBay (or was it Yahoo Auction?) where he acquire PCs either free or on the cheap (he worked in IT, so the companies he had worked for usually disposed of perfectly working computers in "keeping up with technology"), strip them for parts, and sell the parts on the Internet. He reported that it brought in a nice side income, but not enough to live on.

What kind of side business are you running (or thinking of running)? How did you get involved?

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Unread post by Wage Slave » Sun Dec 23, 2007 4:11 pm

As I said on another thread we do affordable collectables/antiques on Yahoo Auction and to people in our circle. The margins are quite reasonable but you would need to be doing a hell of a lot more than we are doing to make it worth giving up the day job. It's interesting though and I like the stuff so its worth it.
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Unread post by Mogura » Sun Dec 23, 2007 4:53 pm

What sort of collectables/antiques do you specialize in? Ever try your hand in Japanese goods?

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Unread post by Wage Slave » Sun Dec 23, 2007 5:21 pm

Tableware mostly - china and silver. Interested in doing furniture especially Victorian to Edwardian mahogany and stained beech but haven't been able to bear the thought of selling any of the items we brought with us yet - I just like having it and using it too much! May well get around to importing another batch next year.

I have thought about buying Japanese stuff but there isn't nearly the volume of old things here that we have in the UK. The Brits are a nation of hoarders whereas here things are thrown away and disappear. What I have seen in antique shops is OK but VERY pricey for what it is. The recycle shops also seem to charge a lot of money for pretty ordinary stuff. The other problem, of course, is simply that I don't know very much about Japanese antiques and collectibles. I don't know all that much about English ones but I know a lot more!
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