(Closed) Does anyone own their own business? What do you do?

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 32
1570 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I have an etsy shop making bouquets and wedding decorations…does that count?

Post # 33
2268 posts
Buzzing bee

@beetee123: Up to eight years! That’s as long, if not longer, than it takes to become a Surgeon. Gees.

Most babysitting jobs here are cash, which is fine for a few hours a week, but for full time – no way! What are you studying?

Post # 34
137 posts
Blushing bee

I run my own ebay page! I buy stuff in bulk and from flea markets and sell them for a profit. I also list stuff for people who are moving.

My main job is an 8-5 though in marketing.

Post # 35
373 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Beach

I have and I love it 🙂 It’s called occassions. I sell my hand crafted bride’s accesories for bachelorettes, plan parties (sometimes weddings), party supplies, bridesmaid gifts, things for Bridesmaid or Best Man to wear on the wedding day, I also do candy bars, Kids birthday parties, Bridal & baby showers, Valentine’s day gifts, mother days gifts, Birthday parties and Birthday supplies. I also sell customized T shirts for almost every occasion 🙂

I’ve been doing it for almost 2 years now and I have my friend as a partner. 

Post # 36
1423 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

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@RunnerBride13:  How did you get into technical writing?  I too am a newly minted PhD and am trying to find a gig outside of academia.

Post # 37
3571 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

DH and I are launching our own company that basically takes developing technologies and applies them to some of the world’s most challenging problems. I have a background in social science research and human rights, and DH is an urban planner with a design background. Right now I’m doing social network mapping of militant and political groups in Afghanistan to try to see if the structure of these groups have any practical implications for the peace process. DH is in charge of testing a piece of technology and it’s usefulness for data collection in the horn of Africa. 

Honestly, there are some great parts of working for myself. I have a lot of flexibility and the ability to take a nap in the middle of the day. However, it’s SO MUCH WORK. And I don’t get paid for a lot of the hours I put it, at least for now while we’re building this sucker. I’m also not a born networker – DH is. There’s no way that I could do this without him. : )

Post # 38
4998 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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@bluegreenjean:  Congrats! What field is your PhD? I have always been a pretty strong writer and I have a good publication record (3 first author and 5 other manuscripts), plus I like writing! When I started job hunting, people told me to focus on writing jobs because it’s something I already know how to do, as opposed to most industry jobs where they want you to have experience outside of academia. I got contacted by a recruiter for this specific job, but I also got pretty far by networking a lot in my area. I’m also lucky that where we live, there is a huge tech/pharmaceutical industry, so jobs are not hard to come by. My main hurdle was finding a job that wanted my PhD, but didn’t care that I didn’t have work experience. Good luck!!

Post # 40
1798 posts
Buzzing bee

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@Mischka:  Sorry it took a few days to respond. your response got lost in my messages! I am studying German, but also doing real estate on the side. I love German, but I’m aware that it may not span out into a career, but I love the real estate as well! Even the people I nanny for are reluctant to pay anything but cash because they don’t want to deal with the taxes. I don’t think I could ever nanny full time here just because no one ever wants to file for it, so I couldn’t claim the income to put towards our future home or anything!

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