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Old 04-03-2016, 07:42 AM
 
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For those who are attracted to the allure of "side hustling", what do you think about panhandling? There has got to be a reason all them folks stand by freeway exits and major intersections with their handwritten messages etched on a wrinkled piece of cardboard. You just need a good message, some sunscreen and patience like the fellow who can sit in a rocking chair all day long whittling a tree branch.

"Older worker with no pension that nobody will hire - help me I'm hungry."
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Old 04-03-2016, 09:07 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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Lots of people in our mostly retired community have "side hustles", although hustle makes it sound like you are doing something illegal.
I agree. "Side hustle" sounds ghetto.
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Old 04-03-2016, 09:16 AM
 
Location: New England
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I tried selling plasma 4 times a week driving to a different town each time. Money was good and got a free orange or apple but I looked like Casper and felt weak and tired all the time.

Are you kidding? I'm surprised you're not dead; it's very dangerous. I donate platelets to the blood bank and I"m only allowed to do it once every 2 weeks and plasma less than that.

They tell me that I have a lot of platelets and it helps the cancer patients so that's why I do it. I don't get paid but because they need it so much they DO send me a cab because I don't have a car right now. Believe me, I could use the money.

So thanks, OP, great thread. And others who have contributed, all added to the conversation. I tried to rep where they'd let me. Some really great ideas.
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Old 04-03-2016, 09:28 AM
 
Location: Forest bathing
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The underground economy is alive and well among the retirees. No SSA raise this year and medical continues to escalate.
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Old 04-03-2016, 10:46 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles (Native)
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For those who are attracted to the allure of "side hustling", what do you think about panhandling? There has got to be a reason all them folks stand by freeway exits and major intersections with their handwritten messages etched on a wrinkled piece of cardboard. You just need a good message, some sunscreen and patience like the fellow who can sit in a rocking chair all day long whittling a tree branch.

"Older worker with no pension that nobody will hire - help me I'm hungry."
In Los Angeles there are many panhandlers . Pretty much everytime I see one they are getting money from someone .
A couple days ago I saw someone getting honked at by a guy in a Jaguar while they were stopped on a green light to give someone money

I'm sure many are averaging about the min wage here of $10 per hour
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Old 04-03-2016, 10:53 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles (Native)
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I'd rather cut some expenses if I need extra money. Too me, a lot of those SH are more work and bother than you'll get out of it.
I agree that keeping expenses and overhead down is a good idea for anyone, but to a point there is only so much you can cut .
Everyone has different priorities and things they like to spend money on .
Some people might really enjoy food and spend a lot on food , but don't care much about cars and some vice Versa

I do agree that a lot of side hustles are more work than these articles or gurus make it seem
There are a lot of people making money promoting the side hustle " lifestyle"

if there is a side hustle that aligns with your interests though .. It will seem less like work though
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Old 04-03-2016, 12:09 PM
 
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For those who are attracted to the allure of "side hustling", what do you think about panhandling? There has got to be a reason all them folks stand by freeway exits and major intersections with their handwritten messages etched on a wrinkled piece of cardboard. You just need a good message, some sunscreen and patience like the fellow who can sit in a rocking chair all day long whittling a tree branch.

"Older worker with no pension that nobody will hire - help me I'm hungry."

What do I think about panhandling? If you are really down and out and desperate for the money, I see no problem. But if you are not what you claim to be, it is the same as stealing; using lies to con people to give you money.

Now aggressive panhandling, that is something entirely different. It is the same as stealing or mugging someone.
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Old 04-03-2016, 12:37 PM
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Location: The beautiful Rogue Valley, Oregon
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The underground economy is alive and well among the retirees. No SSA raise this year and medical continues to escalate.
I know several people in the underground economy, particularly related to the local music biz. Not just musicians but repair, sound, recording, etc.
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Old 04-03-2016, 04:08 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles (Native)
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What do I think about panhandling? If you are really down and out and desperate for the money, I see no problem. But if you are not what you claim to be, it is the same as stealing; using lies to con people to give you money.

Now aggressive panhandling, that is something entirely different. It is the same as stealing or mugging someone.
Yes , in Los Angeles there have been people attacked or killed by panhandlers .
It's gotten pretty bad to where you pretty much can't go anywhere without being hit up

I visited Savannah ,GA a couple years ago and they had signs saying that panhandling was illegal and to let the police know if you are being asked for money .
As a result of the enforcement of the law it didn't seem to be an issue there .
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Old 04-03-2016, 06:41 PM
 
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Are you kidding? I'm surprised you're not dead; it's very dangerous. I donate platelets to the blood bank and I"m only allowed to do it once every 2 weeks and plasma less than that.

They tell me that I have a lot of platelets and it helps the cancer patients so that's why I do it. I don't get paid but because they need it so much they DO send me a cab because I don't have a car right now. Believe me, I could use the money.

So thanks, OP, great thread. And others who have contributed, all added to the conversation. I tried to rep where they'd let me. Some really great ideas.
Of course I was kidding. It is a good idea to donate plasma to help others but I am such a weenie when it comes to needles, I can't do it.
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