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Old 08-04-2009, 06:45 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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I understand what you are saying. I do understand that it would be helpful for me to have a small business while I am in college. With that said, it also takes money to start a business. Currently one thing I am working on is a book. I am working with what I have. Right now my situation is no car, public transportation is not the best, and I compete for jobs with high school students and other college students as well as other adults(who may or may not have a bachelor's degree). My field is Geographic Information Science(basically, I work with maps, GPS and stuff like that).
With GIS skills you could work PT for a town office, a landscape arch. firm, or an urban planning or state transportation dept. Some internships pay, either a stipend or hourly (more than minimum wage). If you know these skills well, make up a small business card that says "GIS and GPS Project Assistance" with the name of your university department (Your Name, Department of ____________, class of 2010, University of __________, Your Phone/Email), and spread your cards around to all these kinds of places. Charge $25/hour. If you can start getting work, you;ll already have your own business when you graduate! IMO, the skills courses in college are much more important than the others.
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Old 08-04-2009, 06:51 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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Even the illegals who make up a large portion of the uninsured have plenty of money to send home, the average monthly remittance is about $400 a month. That kind of money would go a long way toward paying for health care.
Respectfully, I don't think so. Maybe for a single person, but not a couple or a family. And...with a high deductible that you must pay off before the insurance payments kick in, ALL WHILE you are paying your monthly premium. Ridiculous. Unless you are comfortably well-off, which many folks are apparently.
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Old 08-04-2009, 07:10 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Even the illegals who make up a large portion of the uninsured have plenty of money to send home, the average monthly remittance is about $400 a month. That kind of money would go a long way toward paying for health care.
They didn't risk their lives to come here to enrich our insurance companies' stockholders off the sweat of their brow. They came here to send money to their mother who washes her family's clothes on rocks in a cold river somewhere in the Sierra Madres. They don't care about health insurance, they know how to get sick and endure it, and if they really NEED medical care, they can go back to Mexico and get it for a tenth of the price.
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Old 08-04-2009, 08:36 AM
 
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With GIS skills you could work PT for a town office, a landscape arch. firm, or an urban planning or state transportation dept. Some internships pay, either a stipend or hourly (more than minimum wage). If you know these skills well, make up a small business card that says "GIS and GPS Project Assistance" with the name of your university department (Your Name, Department of ____________, class of 2010, University of __________, Your Phone/Email), and spread your cards around to all these kinds of places. Charge $25/hour. If you can start getting work, you;ll already have your own business when you graduate! IMO, the skills courses in college are much more important than the others.
Thanks for the tip. I will do my part and learn the skills needed. Hopefully, I can help my friend get a business started too. He is a college grad with a GIS degree, but he is unemployed. You explained the business end of it. Now I need to learn the technical end of it in and out.
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Old 08-05-2009, 12:10 PM
 
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With GIS skills you could work PT for a town office, a landscape arch. firm, or an urban planning or state transportation dept. Some internships pay, either a stipend or hourly (more than minimum wage). If you know these skills well, make up a small business card that says "GIS and GPS Project Assistance" with the name of your university department (Your Name, Department of ____________, class of 2010, University of __________, Your Phone/Email), and spread your cards around to all these kinds of places. Charge $25/hour. If you can start getting work, you;ll already have your own business when you graduate! IMO, the skills courses in college are much more important than the others.
In addition to my last post, I am talking this over with a friend of mine. I am wondering if he wants to get in on it. After seeing the economic meltdown, seeing other people unemployed makes me want to help other people.
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Old 08-05-2009, 12:48 PM
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Location: In the minds of others
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Original ? Are you ready for a lower standard of living?

I guess if you or I had no choice ...we would have too!!
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Old 08-05-2009, 01:05 PM
 
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Original ? Are you ready for a lower standard of living?

I guess if you or I had no choice ...we would have too!!
Personally, there has to be a way to fight it.
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Old 08-05-2009, 01:14 PM
 
Location: indiana
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Am I ready for the lower standard of living? My answer would be no ,not at all. If for last 10 or so years of having a good job and making your money and someone spent it all and did not see the signs of bad times coming then they are getting what they get.Live for the future and not the moment.I know some people will think that statement is harsh but I guess i just have seen to many people live to keep up with the elite then cry when they get unexpected doctor bills or a major life problem then blame the economy for there down fall.I still think America will pull out of this depression and bounce back but will people learn anything from this,some will go back to there spending ways and some will learn how to save some money for the just in case.
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Old 08-05-2009, 03:07 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Personally, there has to be a way to fight it.
How about shock and awe, our usual way of fighting things.
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Old 08-05-2009, 03:11 PM
 
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How about shock and awe, our usual way of fighting things.
No. I am talking about taking some action and doing something about it. Reaction isn't sufficient. Doing something about the problem can help.
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