Hi ATS so basically I have had many jobs since leaving school at 17 from apprenticeships, to office roles, to more industrial/factory jobs. Basically
things which I started as a career because I thought that it would be good to get qualified as a skilled tradesmen, despite not having too much of a
particular interest in them. TO be honest I wish I could turn back time and have found my passions earlier as at college I never had a clue what I
wanted to do and was not aware that the things I was interested in like military history and music were viable career options as I was never given
much careers advice and ended up trying to try my hand studying a bit of everything instead of one thing.
Aaaanyway sorry I am going on a bit,. Basically I am 25 and music has always been my passion and also has meant that I have left many jobs since I
started full time work at 17 as I have always pursued playing in a band more seriously than an actual career. At times I have really regretted this as
I wish that I had taken it easy for a few years and learnt a trade that would have enabled me to work for myself an finance my passion later in life.
At the same time though having done this I would have missed out on some amazing experiences like at 17 playing with some of my favourite bands who I
had only admired at festivals/on dvds and posters etc and being able to play gigs across Europe and at venues I had only ever fantasised about playing
before. So in short I don't regret it too much, but have come to a point when I want to do something financially for myself.
I have always worked rather than be unemployed in these tough times, while looking for permanent 'proper' jobs I have always worked any terribly
paid, rubbish job available, if that means working out in the rain humping bricks all day (not well suited to my 5ft 7inch frame I might add!) or in a
boiling hot factory bored out of my skull all day. Recently though I lost my job as a recruitment consultant when the company went under. I have been
forced to sign on as the only work has been just single days here and there.
I have recently started working with a friend of mine both as couriers, sub contracting to a large data storage company. I love the idea of working
for myself, being able to take time of to play gigs I have and for the first time in a while I am actually able to commit to going on tour in a few
months without fear of having no job to come back to and I am VERY happy
The money is actually surprisingly good, but with fuel prices going up and the economy how it is we are looking at other ways to make money so that if
our work dries up we have another source of income at the ready.
Now we can already do the man and a van thing if we really have to, but what I am interested in is selling goods online and at things like markets and
car boot sales. This may seem low end, but it can easily make the two of us enough money to survive and pay for me to be out on the road for a few
months playing music which is what matters to me most. I have been going to car boot sales with my friend recently and I have been amazed at the
bargains on offer, but also at the amount a few people are making from selling surplus designer clothes as well. They are not selling them for the
usual super knock down prices and I began searching for wholesalers and have started forming some ideas for the kinds of things that I think could
turn a decent profit.
I was just interested if anyone here on ATS had done anything similar as I know that a lot of people are doing this sort of thing online. A lot of
these traders are understandably very quite about where they buy from etc so rather than ask them I have been asking around family friends who have
done similar things and just anyone who could offer an insight and advice really. I would love to hear from anyone on ATS who has any advice or tales
of experience that may help.
I am really sick of struggling being unemployed or working for minimum wage while I wait for the golden job offers to materialise which truth be told
are jobs that may pay good, but will not make me happy. I would much rather make something happen for myself and am willing to invest the time and
effort (and what money I have) into this. First though I want to learn all I can before taking the plunge, I will have steady income coming in so I
figure that I should ask around, listen and learn. I know it's not rocket science by any means, but I'm sure the people who turn these into good,
viable businesses would have plenty of advice to a young gun like myself trying to jump in and get something going. So if anyone can help with some
advice feel free.
Also to anyone about to post a snotty response about how I should have studied more and picked a subject to stick with at school please don't waste
your time. I can't change the past, but even if I could I have enjoyed my life so much I don't think I would despite not being on the fast track to
corporate business bliss