Most people want to work a 9-4 job, then go home and sit on their backside and 'Relax' from their stressful day at work... ANYTIME you are sedentary, it's costing you money! 'Relexation' cost you money, That big screen TV costs you money, The house that is never big enough to find a quiet spot is costing you money, Insurance, Taxes, Mortgage is costing you money... Some people go to the 'Gym' to work out, instead of doing some manual labor job they think is 'Beneath' them. Why would you PAY a gym to let you carry fake loads or walk up fake stairs when you could be EARNING money at a real job and accomplish the same results! Not only will you get paid for the labor, but if it's an 'On The Books' job, you get insurance and retirement benefits! And anytime you aren't working towards making something, doing some work, it's costing you money. --------------------------------------------- I don't want to hold myself up as an example... But I'm going to. When you look at yourself in a mirror for very long, you usually find things you don't like... We Recycle EVERYTHING, cardboard and paper packaging work for compost, they get laid as weed control matting in the garden, ect. Plastics you can't do a lot with, but bottles and other plastic containers get used for small parts, or cut down for use in the green house, to hold small parts, to make wasp & bee traps out of, ect. I don't know how long it's been since I purchased a seeding pot since there are so many plastic bottles out there for the taking! I take my 'Scrap' apart and throw it into the proper recycling bins, Brass, Copper, Cast, Steel, Tin, Aluminum, ect. It's all worth something, and collect when the market is down, sell when the market is up. I have several 'Side' jobs, Gardening, selling plants, both garden/orchard produce or decorative plants. Welding, welding isn't hard, doesn't break the budget to get started doing, and will make you a stead income stream, mostly in cash. Machining, which not everyone can do. The machine tools can be exorbitantly expensive, so I don't recommend that to everyone. Rebuilding starters, alternators, generators, ect. This also doesn't take a lot of tools, and has good return if you are mechanically inclined. I don't do it, But there is also Mason/Stone Work/Brick Laying/Concrete finishing. All of these professions takes very little training, very little investment in tools and has good returns on an hourly basis. Concrete finishers in particular get WELL PAID, and it's not really all that hard to do, and there are jobs EVERYWHERE with nothing more than a newspaper ad! Today, I made about $450 before lunch charging air conditioner systems. Most systems only need a 'Booster' charge with some leak sealer, and this is as simple as screwing the can on the hose, connecting the hose to the air conditioner, and standing there while the system charges. You will need a thermometer to show the customer the drop in temp. You DO NOT need a licence for using stock products from a parts store or 'Wally-World', and besides, no one is watching if it's a word of mouth thing with no printed advertising. I make money on the parts, I buy on a business account (Paying taxes so the government doesn't come looking for their cut), And I usually charge about 2/3 of what large shops do in labor, so I make a pretty tidy sum in labor. Larger jobs, where you have to replace compressors, flush, replace line sets, receiver/dryers, vacuum the system down, ect. That's all money in the bank since you charge by the hour, But it's real work, where 80% of vehicle Air Conditioner work is simply RECHARGING where the system has leaked off over time... No real big leaks, nothing you would have to take anything apart for, Just recharge with 'Leak Sealer' type refrigerant and collect your money. ------------------------------------- I'm too old and fat/broken down to do it, but recently I was offered a $15 an hour cash job for stringing wire for an electrician. No taxes, no 1099s, just cash on the barrel head. Didn't have to know ANYTHING about wiring a house, since you are just going along drilling the holes for the wiring to slip through (already marked) and sticking the wiring through the holes so the electrician can do the hook-ups. A job like that would be a REAL DEAL since you would learn about how to PROPERLY do wiring at the same time you are making reasonable money and not pissing money away laying at home on the couch.... ------------------------------------------ Tools, the tools you have in your head, what you have learned down through the years, and the physical tools you own will make a difference no matter what you do! Paying everything off early, stuffing some money in a 'Rainy Day' fund is NEVER a bad thing! And a PHYSICAL job will keep you in shape!