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Old 08-13-2016, 08:29 AM
 
Location: Dade City, Fl.
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Not sure if this is OK to post here but here goes. I am a recently relocated to the area man and am semi retired and looking for part time work. I am reliable, always on time and very honest. I am retired from machine shops but have experience in carpentry and light maintenance too. I have a reliable pick up truck as well. Any help will be appreciated....just an older guy trying to make some extra dough in the Dade City/ Wesley Chapel/ Zhills areas.
Thanks folks!
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Old 08-13-2016, 09:16 AM
 
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Try some of the local golf courses they are usually looking for spare grounds maintenance personel.
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Old 08-13-2016, 09:23 AM
 
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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Do you want be self employed, and set your own hours and have no boss to report to ?


Scrap metal, or recycle old computers and electronics for e scrap. Find out what day the home owners put out their stuff.


Clean dryer vents using a electric yard blower, and a mesh catch bag attached to the outlet pipe on the outside of the house. That one is a easy sell to just about any homeowner over age 50.


Dog waste clean up, backyards. Use a yard vacuum and heavy duty trash bags.


Retail store window cleaning. Very low start up, and if you ride a pedal bike, you get a free work out.
Water, vinegar, squeegee, a reach pole, a bucket, and rags. Total cost under 100 bucks.


Like dogs ? Dog walker, pet sitter. Check and see what others charge, make your rates 20 percent less. Advertise at places where dog owners but pet food and or local dog parks.


Pick up truck ideas. Many people today have VERY small cars, but they also buy VERY large TV's and sofas, usually on a Saturday. You park in the shade and watch the store front door. As they struggle to load the "too large to fit in my car " item, walk over and see if they would like to get it home for a small cash amount like 20 or 30 bucks. They carry, you drive, nothing more. Pure profit, less gas. Your time is free.


If your truck has a tow hitch, and wiring harness, advertise local boat and or trailer moves, on Craigslist . Pay half up front in cash, balance at delivery point, BEFORE you unhook the item.


Now sit back and wait for all the negative people show up on here with a hundred reasons why you should get a job at Lowes. The same ones who never actually have had a small business of any kind , unlike me. At age 70 I still have a computer recycling business and I also buy and sell things that I get at local auctions. Full time and profitable.


Jim b.
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Old 08-13-2016, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Dade City, Fl.
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Good ideas Jim B...thanks!
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Old 08-13-2016, 12:21 PM
 
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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Namder 1.


You are most welcome. A couple of questions for you....


Are there any golf course around where you are ? There are online companies that will sell you barely used top quality balls, with mail delivery to your door, for so much a ball. I'm taking the ones that cost over $60 a dozen for about 2 dollars each....... See a possibility there ?


They also sell grade two or three balls, that are good for practice use, for much less.


How about a system to rejuvenate tired golf cart batteries that won't hold a charge....... that costs you about $10 a battery, and uses common household materials ? Those cart batteries cost hundreds of dollars each and most courses have dozens of them. A ready made market in Florida. Do some looking around on youtube there are quite a few how to do it videos that tell you all about it and what to use it, too.


Boats need their bottoms cleaned periodically ..... A new way to do it is with a blaster that uses dry ice pellets that the machine makes as you use it. It works better than chemicals, is non toxic and as it dries it leaves nothing behind. Investment is about $5,000 but you all ready have the truck.......That machine can ALSO blast car bodies down to the clear metal before painting, and clean brick and metal roofs, depending on how you set the nozzle. Compared to sand blasting there is nothing left behind. The dry ice melts with in 15 minutes no clean up required. Self contained and mounted on a trailer, it can go anywhere.


BTW I don't sell any of these things, I do keep my eyes and ears open.


Jim b.
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Old 08-13-2016, 03:05 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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I'd check with Home Depot or Lowes.
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Old 08-13-2016, 03:50 PM
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Might sound stupid but considering all the retiree's that move down here like yourself has, a "Handy Man" business might really be something to consider and only requires a business license ($65) and general liability insurance (around $500 year).
You could advertise in a few of the nicer communities newsletter's. Westchase for example has a newsletter called westchasewow.com

All you have to do is be there when you say your gonna be there and do a good job and you will get as much work as you want.
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Old 08-14-2016, 03:21 AM
 
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I presume in retirement you want to take on a more leisurely pace in life, my suggestion of Golf course maintenance would definitely fill that need as you basically sit on a machine and cut grass or rake sand traps also grounds maintenance personnel get free use of the golf course and carts after work so if you are into golf its a cheap way to participate. and you get to work in this environment everyday=
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Old 08-14-2016, 12:53 PM
 
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Might sound stupid but considering all the retiree's that move down here like yourself has, a "Handy Man" business might really be something to consider and only requires a business license ($65) and general liability insurance (around $500 year).
You could advertise in a few of the nicer communities newsletter's. Westchase for example has a newsletter called westchasewow.com

All you have to do is be there when you say your gonna be there and do a good job and you will get as much work as you want.
I agree with this suggestion if you have handyman skills.

Having moved to the Tampa area just over a year ago, I can tell you that getting a reliable, competent handyman who charges reasonable prices is a rarity.
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Old 09-13-2016, 06:13 PM
 
Location: Marietta, GA
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I lived in Pasco county - Wesley Chapel for nearly 4 years. With your skills I would just start doing odd jobs for the area around where you live. The toughest part of finding good help in that area is dependability. People show up one day and never see them again. With your work ethic you should be able to build a nice little clientele in no time. Remember the salt air in Florida literally destroys door hardware and locks. You could make a living just replacing those items. Good luck in your search.
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