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<<  Author Left, Now 80, has been Hiring Himself since 17, Starting More than 50 Do It Yourself Different Businesses.

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Summer, happening and as a result every body and his brother want to make a buck mowing the neighbors lawn. I have no problem with that. Lots of competition for that one, only one mowing person gets it.

Let's deal with reality here. I hear of a guy laid off from his 19 year Auto Parts manager job at a car dealer that has been around for years.

Has in the last year filed 250 applications. has not had one interview. Not one. What would you suggest? Keep filing applications? Is that reality?

Dealing with reality we know there were maybe 50 car dealers in town. Ten or more have folded and the survivors have done so by rapidly downsizing their staff to cut overhead.

TThere will be at least 100 applicants from a wide geographic area for every parts job, even if there ever are any.

Reality is this is not worth your time filing applications. Play the field with contacts, people you know or get acquainted with, do what the others are not doing. OR.....

Spend your time looking for a new source of income. If everybody is after the lawn mowing business, the odds there are almost nil as well.

If I wanted to keep beating the bushes then I would find an income source that others are not doing. Therefore I throw these out today as stop gap or maybe adequate supplemental income to add to what else you are doing long term.

Today’s Ideas, Start with house sit......

Thousands of folks with bucks are taking the summer vacation overseas or a long ways from home, and they can NOT enjoy themselves this summer worrying about their home back where you are.

You offer to house sit (live there) use their utilities and shut off yours, you will water the trees, the house plants, feed the pets, walk the dogs, and yes see that somebody mows the lawn and keeps the place neat while they are away. Wont have to worry about burgler’s ram sacking the place soon as they sense the place is empty. Peace of mind is worth bucks.

I would charge $300 a month depending on what all was expected. Walking the dogs daily would be extra There is currently a e-book online, that you can read up on it. Learn all the ins and outs.

Now I will tell you how to find clients for free and I will likely have to repeat this over and over so best I write a page on it soon as I get a chance..

You need to advertise for free.......You are short of money so you do NOT want to spend money you are not sure is coming back so what i tell you is taking a little of your time and no money and this is how you start and keep your business afloat, finding customers for free. This is essential learn to do this....

To do this you use two or three things but the big one today is Craig’s List. YOU MUST learn how to post your needs for customers on the free listing services.

Let's put it this way, Craig’s list is 50% and all the rest maybe 100 others offering similar free advertising amount to the other 50% if you put them all together.

Short version today, look up Craig’s list, learn how to post. You will get the bulk of your business the first 24 hours. They will not let you post again for three days. If you cancel yesterdays ad you can file a new on today.... don't do it....will tell you why in my Craig’s list page when get to it.

Basic concept.. You run a listing (once you learn how, it is simple) that says basically this.

Reliable couple with great references available to house sit your home while gone, water the plants, the shrubbery, the lawn, your valuable trees, feed the cat, feed and walk the dogs daily. Look after the house in case any pipes break etc. List your phone number.

The how to do Craig’s list chapter (coming soon) we will tell you how to get this listing of yours, over in Google so anyone searches House Sitter your town you will be at top of list with your Craig’s House Sitter listing. This is where you get business. It is all in know how and you are learning and we can help.

Off to Turkey for 18 days (already have a house sitter) (having a little problem with dog walking yet) and will likely write this (How to Craig’s thing) for you while on the plane etc.

Buy the book if you want full details on running a house sitting business, I have never done it, I am not selling a book, just telling you it exists and this is an option idea that may fit you... Likely good free articles on the net with lots of tips on how to do it.... Learn to research any idea.

Big thing people will want to know are you a substantial citizen and not some homeless person trying to rip off your home while gone. Have convincing evidence you are substantial reliable persons. The more sure they are you are 100% okay the more they will pay. You want to inspect the home, and exactly what is expected before you quote a price.

Next, they have Aunt Mat Hilda to come over and sit the house, or decided the neighbors will keep an eye on it but they need someone athletic enough to daily walk the dogs.

Walking dogs can be a full time career, but you have to live in an area of very dense population. Wont work as full time job in Cheyenne Wyoming. This case it is short term and they will pay high for knowing the dogs are getting their walk while gone.

We were in Buenos Aires a couple summers ago and the career dog walkers there make more money then school teachers. They do two ten dog walks a day. Come by with their string of dogs, go up to your apartment, pick up your dog while others tied up downstairs and when get to ten dogs, off they go to the large city "dog run" park.

The park is all fenced the dogs are let lose to run free.....

There the dog person visits with the other dog walk people for two hours and then hooks up his dogs and takes his charges back home. Have pictures somewhere, even took videos of this, I thought it so interesting. Did not check but if he got $5 per walk per dog, that’s $100 a day. Probably a lot more then the Argentina School teacher makes so those reports are likely true.

About 6 hours tops of not too skilled or energetic work. If you live in a densely populated area might work, but people needing short term dog walking will pay very highly to know this is taken care of well. I would pay as much as $10 a day easily if knew my dogs were getting a good walk daily while I am away and am sure others would pay more. Get two or three of these or houses to just go by a couple times a week, check on the house and water the house plants, water the lawn etc, that’s another option. Check on your house while gone or and/or house sit.. You can house sit one house, and do ten check ons and several dog walks all in the same week. Could give you a very respectable income if get enough clients. Likely NO ONE else offering this service.

Come back regularly, we will keep you supplied with ideas. Tell your friends... send'em over here..

Remember if you are sick of trudging off to job fairs and sending out resumes, just deal with reality here, and know you are likely beating on a dead horse that is NOT coming back to life no matter how hard you beat on it.

Hire Yourself..... This country was built on people working for themselves. This wage drudge, yes master, concept is a relatively dead idea anyway

We can tell you some other things to do but will not be nearly as productive as the Craig’s list but will supplement with additional clients and it will be also free, almost no out of pocket. Come back...more later....

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