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1 hour ago, Dorkins said:

Not sure the customer's going to be very happy when that thing flicks a load of wet muck all over their front garden/patio/neighbour's windows...

gutter cleaning, bin power washing, window and patio cleaning then.  :lol:

 

 

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30 minutes ago, longgone said:

gutter cleaning, bin power washing, window and patio cleaning then.  :lol:

Every External Surface on the Street Washing (and Bins) Ltd

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sounds like hard work;)  where is cheap bitcoin when you need it. 

 

http://www.thecleanzine.com/pages/5228/morclean_launches_machine_range_for_cleaning_wheelie_bins/

Very low running costs - typically about £1.50 per day (including: petrol, chemical and disinfectant) mean that these machines can be amazingly lucrative! If you have a bin-cleaning round of 150 bins a day (which is just a few streets) and charge £3.50 per clean, you're looking at £136,500 annual income! Look at the chart on our website, showing potential earnings and examples. You can choose your own hours, pick your days and be earning a lot of money! The machine is very low on running costs, and if you have a lease on the machine, the cost would be easily covered with the profits from the bin cleaning round

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4 hours ago, ccc said:

Not how this tends to work. My dad has a designated underground secure spot but happily leaves it to this lot to store it wherever they do.

Hence why it's cheap. If you had to be going around to loads of different places the time and therefore the cost would explode. He stays 90 mins from the airport. 

The folk who recommended him this and their pals all do this. 

If you have private parking there is also the added detail of access codes, neighbours, gates not working etc etc.

The park it in a field for 3 months and we pick it up from you at departures and drop it off to you at arrivals whenever you want for £300 a year is apparently extremely popular. 

So your idea was very almost there. But not quite !

I disagree. My plan was slightly different. The airport pick up and drop off is ancillary. It is all the grief of maintaining the car that is a pain. For example, taxing a vehicle in Portugal has to be done in a specific way at a specific time. Who wants to waste a day of their time away doing that?

I can tell you, from my research, that I could get at least 50 clients from just one golf complex. The gate codes etc is actually an added bonus, especially to those that let their properties by an agent, as it means that a totally independent person is checking things every week. You wouldn't believe how many supposedly void weeks are actually let by dodgy agents!

To finish, these aren't guys with Ferraris and Maseratis. Maybe  Range Rover at best. But they will pay for a hassle free break.

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3 hours ago, CunningPlan said:

I disagree. My plan was slightly different. The airport pick up and drop off is ancillary. It is all the grief of maintaining the car that is a pain. For example, taxing a vehicle in Portugal has to be done in a specific way at a specific time. Who wants to waste a day of their time away doing that?

I can tell you, from my research, that I could get at least 50 clients from just one golf complex. The gate codes etc is actually an added bonus, especially to those that let their properties by an agent, as it means that a totally independent person is checking things every week. You wouldn't believe how many supposedly void weeks are actually let by dodgy agents!

To finish, these aren't guys with Ferraris and Maseratis. Maybe  Range Rover at best. But they will pay for a hassle free break.

I agree always room for service businesses that incrementally improve any experience 

The mistake most service businesses make is too little investment in the web interface ( we aren’t talking tens of thousands ), poor branding and frankly started by people who aren’t good with people or understand high volume client service.

 

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5 hours ago, CunningPlan said:

I disagree. My plan was slightly different. The airport pick up and drop off is ancillary. It is all the grief of maintaining the car that is a pain. For example, taxing a vehicle in Portugal has to be done in a specific way at a specific time. Who wants to waste a day of their time away doing that?

I can tell you, from my research, that I could get at least 50 clients from just one golf complex. The gate codes etc is actually an added bonus, especially to those that let their properties by an agent, as it means that a totally independent person is checking things every week. You wouldn't believe how many supposedly void weeks are actually let by dodgy agents!

To finish, these aren't guys with Ferraris and Maseratis. Maybe  Range Rover at best. But they will pay for a hassle free break.

Ah well this is a different plan. You would be specifically targeting one complex. That could work. 

I'm just saying if you tried to do this for anyone anywhere in their own places - the complexity of it would increase massively and therefore the cost. 

If people were willing to pay that much higher cost then that could potentially work - but I doubt they would. The value of it is the #1 draw. 

In terms of tax, insurance etc ? 

(1) Is a non owner able to do this ?

(2) Even if they can - it could be a serious hassle. Even when I do it myself it can be a total faff. And that's in the UK - everything I hear about Spain / Portugal is that the red tape is much worse. You would need to have each person provide exactly what they need for you and it to be in perfect order - and all at exactly the right time. Once a person does all this many would be thinking I may as well just go and finish it off myself as I've done most of the work anyway. I know I would. 

This could still work - but I am sure the time it would take would be huge and therefore you would have to charge a lot for it. Which would take away the #1 selling point. Imo anyway. 

Just think of the effort to sort out tax, insurance , servicing etc for a thousand cars. You would require a very sizeable team and therefore large costs.

That's why whoever came up with the simple field to airport idea did well imo.

It's mega simple. Get anyone who can store sets of keys in a big safe. Drive any car from A to B. Then from B to A. Look after a basic website and a few mobile phones. And work a jump starter if required.

That's it. That's the entire business. Start to finish. It's brilliant imo. 

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Anything that is internet based and moral. You can as good as live anywhere on the planet then as long as you have good broadband. The times I have visited some obscure little place in the   wilderness that looks beautiful and heard people say it is so affordable but there is no work there.

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4 minutes ago, inbruges said:

Anything that is internet based and moral. You can as good as live anywhere on the planet then as long as you have good broadband. The times I have visited some obscure little place in the   wilderness that looks beautiful and heard people say it is so affordable but there is no work there.

Yes, can be in touch whilst almost anywhere.......the question is then, what types of work that provides an income could be done using the internet from anywhere with a reliable signal?;)

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On 4/13/2018 at 8:05 AM, inbruges said:

Anything that is internet based and moral. You can as good as live anywhere on the planet then as long as you have good broadband. The times I have visited some obscure little place in the   wilderness that looks beautiful and heard people say it is so affordable but there is no work there.

i  half always wanted to run a 1 man band business purely online with no staff minimal administration that makes £274 profit a day 365 days a year ;)

if anyone finds one let me know 

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1 hour ago, longgone said:

i  half always wanted to run a 1 man band business purely online with no staff minimal administration that makes £274 profit a day 365 days a year ;)

if anyone finds one let me know 

I make far more than that now, but I would swap to your scenario in seconds. My ideal is a cosy little place in the wilderness or as close or maybe even a small Greek Island, I can do that on that money no problem

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39 minutes ago, inbruges said:

I make far more than that now, but I would swap to your scenario in seconds. My ideal is a cosy little place in the wilderness or as close or maybe even a small Greek Island, I can do that on that money no problem

sounds interesting. what are you doing to generate more than 100k profit a year ? 

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How often do people wash their bins out? 

I think I've done mine about twice in 10 years when they developed a stink in a heatwave. But they are bins not dining plates.

We do have those bin cleaning services around here but I'd guess about 1 in 30 houses uses them.

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On 13/04/2018 at 8:05 AM, inbruges said:

Anything that is internet based and moral. You can as good as live anywhere on the planet then as long as you have good broadband. The times I have visited some obscure little place in the   wilderness that looks beautiful and heard people say it is so affordable but there is no work there.

with one caveat. The place needs to have access to regular courier deliveries and pickups.

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On 13/04/2018 at 8:12 AM, winkie said:

Yes, can be in touch whilst almost anywhere.......the question is then, what types of work that provides an income could be done using the internet from anywhere with a reliable signal?;)

I'll give an idea about my business. 

scientific instruments design, manufacture and sale.

all you need is:

a- expertise in electronics / mechanics / photonics / software

b- a few manufacturing tools (3D printers, small CNCs, laser engraver, soldering station etc.... you can get the lot of ebay for about 10K)

c- accounts with the major parts suppliers (digikey, RS, mouser etc)

d- troll around the various professional exhibitions / shows for ideas to emulate.

e- google ads, website, maybe magazine advertising

f- ££$£$££$£$

 

there are masses of companies charging outrageous money for quite simple instruments that can be "reengineered" in modern ways for lower cost and often better performance. 

Literally just pick up catalogues and price lists of these scientific / medical instrument companies to get hints. 

make sure you have a decent grasp of the ISO / IEC regs pertaining to the tool you decided to re=engineer. 

watch the lazy incumbents squirm.

Edited by hayder

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My idea is an exorcism business for haunted houses, and cars. Franchisees (or as we call them "Demon Killers") receive training, pentagrams, wooden stakes, all that. Health and safety though; the individual risks infiltration of their akashic shield if they do too many  in a particular period of time therefore it's unwise to perform exorcisms for more than 16 hours a week.  I think this would really fly.

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13 minutes ago, hayder said:

I'll give an idea about my business. 

scientific instruments design, manufacture and sale.

all you need is:

a- expertise in electronics / mechanics / photonics / software

b- a few manufacturing tools (3D printers, small CNCs, laser engraver, soldering station etc.... you can get the lot of ebay for about 10K)

c- accounts with the major parts suppliers (digikey, RS, mouser etc)

d- troll around the various professional exhibitions / shows for ideas to emulate.

e- google ads, website, maybe magazine advertising

f- ££$£$££$£$

 

there are masses of companies charging outrageous money for quite simple instruments that can be "reengineered" in modern ways for lower cost and often better performance. 

Literally just pick up catalogues and price lists of these scientific / medical instrument companies to get hints. 

make sure you have a decent grasp of the ISO / IEC regs pertaining to the tool you decided to re=engineer. 

watch the lazy incumbents squirm.

 Good idea you have captured a need, not everyone has a), any other ideas, preferably not through making money via advertising all advertising goes over many heads, blanked out completely, immune to it all, must have mentioned rain once, now only pictures of umbrellas and it isn't even raining.....;)

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37 minutes ago, winkie said:

 Good idea you have captured a need, not everyone has a), any other ideas, preferably not through making money via advertising all advertising goes over many heads, blanked out completely, immune to it all, must have mentioned rain once, now only pictures of umbrellas and it isn't even raining.....;)

you can learn a. 

its quite good fun. and unlike boring school/university you only need to learn what you need to know. 

start with visiting these specialised trade shows to pick up ideas ... and then build back to the "skill set" you need to acquire. 

with modern software development, easy embedded microcontrollers and processors, 3D printers and CNCs its actually not that hard for a half competent person to re-engineer what large companies developed. There's so much open source scientific software out there (courtesy of the masses of PhD graduates in various scientific subjects) that you can string together competent alternatives to companies' "development departments" pretty quickly.

if there's any particular point you're stuck on... freelancer and other sites can put you in touch with an expert to solve the bottleneck you have.

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6 hours ago, Funn3r said:

My idea is an exorcism business for haunted houses, and cars. Franchisees (or as we call them "Demon Killers") receive training, pentagrams, wooden stakes, all that. Health and safety though; the individual risks infiltration of their akashic shield if they do too many  in a particular period of time therefore it's unwise to perform exorcisms for more than 16 hours a week.  I think this would really fly.

You are over complicating it. All you need is an enchanted stone that you place by the front door and will it stop demons/bears/ghosts/tigers/dragons etc. I've been testing one for the last five years and can testify that we have not had a single demon/bears/ghost/tiger/dragon in all that time. I can sleep easy at night knowing that my young family are protected from such evils.

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1 minute ago, Pitchfork said:

You are over complicating it. All you need is an enchanted stone that you place by the front door and will it stop demons/bears/ghosts/tigers/dragons etc. I've been testing one for the last five years and can testify that we have not had a single demon/bears/ghost/tiger/dragon in all that time. I can sleep easy at night knowing that my young family are protected from such evils.

bloody good idea!

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Was researching the Good Friday agreement and came across this: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/136652/agreement.pdf

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(vi) recognise the birthright of all the people of Northern Ireland to identify themselves and be accepted as Irish or British, or both, as they may so choose, and accordingly confirm that their right to hold both British and Irish citizenship is accepted by both Governments and would not be affected by any future change in the status of Northern Ireland.

Does this mean that a wealthy person could buy a big hotel near to a quality hospital in Northern Ireland, then offer 'birthing holidays' of a couple of months to prospective (mainland) British mothers - whose children would therefore be eligible for both UK & Irish (EU) passports?

On an individual level, if the above is correct, the same would be available to any British mother who can live anywhere & who is pregnant? A 6 month let in NI is generally cheaper than the mainland - save money on the rent, and get an Irish passport!

edit: see also:

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The British and Irish Governments declare that it is their joint understanding that the term "the people of Northern Ireland" in paragraph (vi) of Article 1 of this Agreement means, for the purposes of giving effect to this provision, all persons born in Northern Ireland and having, at the time of their birth, at least one parent who is a British citizen, an Irish citizen or is otherwise entitled to reside in Northern Ireland without any restriction on their period of residence.

 

Edited by highYield

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On 4/13/2018 at 8:05 AM, inbruges said:

Anything that is internet based and moral.

Anything that is not on your own website will be rigged in one way or another. Of 1530 sales of a particular product of mine one customer review has occurred (5 stars).

Online customer reviews (the "lifeblood" of eCommerce) are mostly rigged, everyone's doing it, particularly on Amazon and people completely ignorant and gullible. Section 230 of the communications decency act means they have no legal responsibility over their veracity whatsoever.

Need to have a laser like focus on your own website long term.

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On 16/04/2018 at 15:11, hayder said:

with one caveat. The place needs to have access to regular courier deliveries and pickups.

That is not too hard, and even living somewhere in the EU you can usually get back to the UK in hours and cheaply. Buying and selling is quite hard though unless you can come up with something unique. I often thought about importing from China, India or Vietnam, but I just too much of a coward.

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On 20/04/2018 at 17:28, Arpeggio said:

Anything that is not on your own website will be rigged in one way or another. Of 1530 sales of a particular product of mine one customer review has occurred (5 stars).

Online customer reviews (the "lifeblood" of eCommerce) are mostly rigged, everyone's doing it, particularly on Amazon and people completely ignorant and gullible. Section 230 of the communications decency act means they have no legal responsibility over their veracity whatsoever.

Need to have a laser like focus on your own website long term.

Probably out of my depth here, but I always thought if you could get something with loads of traffic you have cracked it, easier said than done I suppose. There just has to be something out there that has not been tried on the web yet 🙂 

 

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