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  • #16
    Originally posted by Lundy14
    I have been trying to think of a little business that either myself or a couple guys on the Department can get into so we could make our own hours. I was thinking like buying a pressure washer and clean houses, Decks, Driveways, etc. I just can't think of anything unique that isn't already being done. The reason being is that I don't have any stellar trade skills yet so I can't do anything like that but I am a very hard worker. Any Ideas.

    Lundy14
    A lawn care service is very lucrative and takes only a few thousand dollars to get started.

    Working alone, $50-$75/hr. are average earnings. With a helper, $80-$100+/hr. is very doable.

    A couple of good used commercial walk-behind mowers, edgers, trimmers, a blower and a trailer will set you back somewhere around $5-$7k. A moderate investment, but the skill level needed, and the returns make it a good business for a hard worker on a firefighter schedule.

    As I stated above, I started doing this last year after 24 years of running a construction business. I work less hours than before, have far fewer head aches and I will make as much $ this year, as I did in any good year of construction.




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    • #17
      Car wash

      I'am a volly. I work at a car wash on weekends. My fulltime jobs is a Millwright. Usally 50-60 hrs there and then the car wash. What is a day off?

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      • #18
        I work at our local Ace Hardware store. The owner is a volley at our department and I can leave for fire calls while I am there. We still get called in for evey fire if it is our day off or not.
        www.clevelandokfd.com

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        • #19
          I still like my SWA idea. Flying anywhere you want to go to for free is pretty nice. And the pay is good.

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          • #20
            I am a volunteer FF/EMT-B also. I do computer support for my full time job and drive a limo on the weekends, so I don't have any days off.



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            • #21
              Around here in Raleigh, you could make a killing cleaning gutters. You don't need much and you make your own hours. Right now on my days off I work for a combo department part-time and I am getting ready to start teaching on my days off.
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              • #22
                I'm Not Sure..............

                I haven't figured out which is my real job yet. I'm retired from a Full Time Firefighter's job, but I still put in quite a few hours as a Volunteer there. I'm also a Fire Specialist for our State Forestry Dept, which is a 3 months in the Spring, 3 months in the fall, schedule. Summers, I'm in Asphalt Work. Winters I'm inside where it's warm and dry..... Over the years, I've been a Truck Driver, Railroad Track Maintenence Worker, Railroad Train Crewman, Scrap Metal Dealer, Private Security Consultant, Heavy Equipment Operator, and Grain Farmer.

                Most Fun? - Train Crewman
                Most Lucrative? - Scrap Metal Dealer
                Hardest Work? - Grain Farmer

                It's been quite a ride, so far..........
                Never use Force! Get a Bigger Hammer.
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                Chief Earle W. Woods, 1912 - 1997
                Asst. Chief John R. Woods Sr. 1937 - 2006

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                • #23
                  I guess anyone could be a Security Guard. Drive around or sit in a car/truck and do your homework if youre in school.

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                  • #24
                    ever think of dennys? i make pretty decent money for a college boy.
                    It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by mcfd45
                      ever think of dennys? i make pretty decent money for a college boy.
                      if you're going to work at Dennys you might as well work at McDonalds too.
                      New York State EMT-B

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                      • #26
                        I work 6-8 shifts a month driving an ambulance for the county service. Good money and I can set my own hours.

                        Weve have others that work there as well. Some work in ERs. Some do the lawn thing. A couple work for the local helicopter ambulance. One does home health care. A couple are auto mechanics. I think one still drives a limo. The rest do general contractor work.
                        Fire Marshal/Safety Officer

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                        RUSH-Tom Sawyer

                        Success is when skill meets opportunity
                        Failure is when fantasy meets reality

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                        • #27
                          i do fire,water and mold damage remediation. for a company that just uses me when they need me. im kinda lookin for somthing else to supplement the slow times there also. i just bought a dixie-chopper zero turn mower but mowing season is about over.

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                          • #28
                            Has anyone tried to apprentice for a trade on there days off. If so, how did that work out for ya. I guess you would have to find a very understanding boss to let you work around your schedual.

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                            • #29
                              Nobody have any other PT Job Ideas. I am also looking into possible business ideas, more likely down the road but may as well start thinkin now. Franchise business or even one I start up on my own, I just want to hear the ideas. I am from Canada so I was even thinkin of an American Franchise that has not come to Canada yet. Something new. Any ideas is welcome and appreciated no matter how stupid, weird, or unique. Like I said before, I just wanna hear some ideas. Thanks

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                              • #30
                                I work at a foam company doing live fire tests and crap
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