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Hey! Long time lurker, first time poster. I live in Honolulu kappel08/19/18
1. Buy watches from Alibaba in bulk that average out to $5-$ irishlaw08/20/18
Adjunct at a local or online university. Easy cash, don't tr latinforliar08/20/18
I'm surprised you're able to save anything at all in honolul fuckup08/20/18
Yeah, me too. It's not that much though. kappel08/20/18
Doordash baby. Swallow your pride and start dashing. I can m mnjd08/20/18
Will that destroy my reputation as a lawyer? I don't mean to kappel08/20/18
No, it only destroys my pride. Seven years of college and I' mnjd08/23/18
Don't worry, you won't do it forever. kappel08/23/18
Thanks. I know, just kind of pathetic when you really look a mnjd08/23/18
Thank you, all good ideas! I've been thinking: what if I wri kappel08/20/18
This does not sound like a good idea if your goal is to make nycatt08/20/18
What makes you say that it won't make money? I don't mean th kappel08/20/18
This is a bad idea for these reasons, and several more I don nycatt08/23/18
I thought the guide was a good idea because I've seen U.S. m kappel08/23/18
I thought the guide was a good idea because I've seen U.S. m kappel08/23/18
Sorry for the double post, wi-fi connection was having some kappel08/23/18
i disagree with much of this. just because something hasn't pigdog08/23/18
Well, I can always admit I am wrong. Perhaps there is an au nycatt08/23/18
Read The Four-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris. The guy is a passportfan308/20/18
who will deal with the returns or the quality claims? whiteguyinchina08/31/18
That is one of my favorite books! I haven't read it in many kappel08/20/18
I mean no offense with these comments. You are an associate justdoingok08/22/18
That's ok, no offense taken. So doing Uber/Lyft will not mak kappel08/23/18
I have a buddy who just went solo and is going through the g jd4hire08/23/18
Very interesting, thanks! kappel08/23/18
Kappel - what year are you? Usually, in small law, you get nycatt08/23/18
1st year. I realize that the long run carries a lot of promi kappel08/30/18
Driving for Uber/Lyft can hurt you. Clients may view you as wallypancake08/23/18
My thoughts exactly. kappel08/23/18
Imagine you're an average Shmoe, taking home less than $ 1,0 newyorkcity08/29/18
That's why I stopped bartending. dieter08/29/18
Dieter, been waiting for a response from you! I'm a huge fan kappel08/30/18
move porochi08/24/18
Online Adjunct Professor - easy work, pay is mediocre, but i latinforliar08/31/18

kappel (Aug 19, 2018 - 9:25 pm)

Hey! Long time lurker, first time poster. I live in Honolulu and work as an Associate in family law. Because of my small law salary, student loan payments, and the high COL, I'm able to save only a little bit every month. I finally came to the realization that I desperately need a side hustle. Unfortunately, I can't sell things on Amazon since I live in Honolulu. I thought of hiring local teenagers and running ice cream/cold water carts in the beach areas, but regulations prevent that. I can't have a side practice, per my contract with my firm. I know that there are plenty of side hustle gurus on this website (flyer14 and dieter come to mind). I would appreciate any suggestions for side hustles please.

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irishlaw (Aug 20, 2018 - 1:41 am)

1. Buy watches from Alibaba in bulk that average out to $5-$12 a watch
2. Create a modern website that makes "your" watches look sleek, modern, and minimal
3. Dump money into advertisements on millennial podcasts, Instagram, and facebook
4. Sell "your" watches at 900% to 1000% markup
5. Sell "your" watch company for millions ala Movement Watches

It doesn't have to be watches (that is just a popular one right now) my friend sells Tea Leaves from Alibaba at 500% markup.

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latinforliar (Aug 20, 2018 - 8:03 am)

Adjunct at a local or online university. Easy cash, don't try and teach in the law program, teach in the paralegal, business, or nursing programs.

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fuckup (Aug 20, 2018 - 12:23 pm)

I'm surprised you're able to save anything at all in honolulu

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kappel (Aug 20, 2018 - 12:46 pm)

Yeah, me too. It's not that much though.

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mnjd (Aug 20, 2018 - 12:47 pm)

Doordash baby. Swallow your pride and start dashing. I can make 100 bucks a night. WOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!

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kappel (Aug 20, 2018 - 5:14 pm)

Will that destroy my reputation as a lawyer? I don't mean to sound snobby, but I do have that concern (or else I would've done Uber/Lyft long ago).

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mnjd (Aug 23, 2018 - 2:33 pm)

No, it only destroys my pride. Seven years of college and I'm delivering buffalo wild wings to an apartment in the ghetto. If I were to see anyone I know, I would say I do it when I'm bored and want to get out of the house away from the family for a night.

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kappel (Aug 23, 2018 - 2:58 pm)

Don't worry, you won't do it forever.

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mnjd (Aug 23, 2018 - 3:30 pm)

Thanks. I know, just kind of pathetic when you really look at it. The law school scam is real.

You could join a doc review mailing list. I just got an offer for second shift at 28 bucks an hour for four weeks. Figure I will do that in place of doordash for the time being.

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kappel (Aug 20, 2018 - 1:02 pm)

Thank you, all good ideas! I've been thinking: what if I write a guide of how to find a good bride in Colombia while avoiding the gold diggers? I grew up in a neighborhood dominated by the Colombian diaspora and know the culture very well. I've also had multiple serious relatioships with their women, came close to marrying a couple, and know all the good signs and the red flags. Do you think that can be sold on a mass scale?

I'm a bit hesitant going down this venture because ebooks typically have such small sales numbers. I know that at least one poster on this website published multiple ebooks (I think it was dieter/sh#thead), but claimed that he didn't make any money from them. That poster also claimed that he didn't market them, so there's that.

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nycatt (Aug 20, 2018 - 1:46 pm)

This does not sound like a good idea if your goal is to make money. Bartending one night a week sounds a bit more realistic.

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kappel (Aug 20, 2018 - 5:06 pm)

What makes you say that it won't make money? I don't mean that in a smart-a$s way, I'm genuinly curious. My goal is to make money.

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nycatt (Aug 23, 2018 - 1:42 pm)

This is a bad idea for these reasons, and several more I don't have time to list.

1. People don't need your tips to avoid gold diggers. If you spend time with someone, and you are observant, you will understand their values

2. I have never heard of any books devoted to avoiding gold diggers making money. Are there examples? How much money did they make?

3. How many people have a problem like avoiding Columbia gold diggers? It is not a problem I have heard of ANYWHERE.

4. The whole premises is beyond creepy.

5. It doesn't seem like you are Columbian, which makes it both racist and creepy. I get it, you love Colombians, right? Well, people don;t like it when you say their country is full of gold diggers.


Listen, there are ways to make money. This is one of the worst I have heard. Scratch it off the list. You want to make money with ebooks? Do 75 page porn novelettes for weird fetishes. Take a look on the numbers on that.

Edit - you say you have no money - why are gold diggers coming after you?

But really, just learn a trade or skill that sounds cool. Learn to make furniture. Be a handyman. Bartend. These are skills you can use your whole life that people will pay for

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kappel (Aug 23, 2018 - 2:50 pm)

I thought the guide was a good idea because I've seen U.S. men get screwed over and over by women from other countries who want to use U.S. men for immigration benefits. Then, U.S. men will become only shells of what they once were and remain psychologically damaged for the rest of their lives.

About making money, I like the ideas about importing things from China.

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kappel (Aug 23, 2018 - 2:50 pm)

I thought the guide was a good idea because I've seen U.S. men get screwed over and over by women from other countries who want to use U.S. men for immigration benefits. Then, U.S. men will become only shells of what they once were and remain psychologically damaged for the rest of their lives.

In terms of making money- I like the ideas about importing things from China.

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kappel (Aug 23, 2018 - 2:56 pm)

Sorry for the double post, wi-fi connection was having some problems and caused glitches.

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pigdog (Aug 23, 2018 - 8:57 pm)

i disagree with much of this. just because something hasn't been done, doesn't mean it's a bad idea.

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nycatt (Aug 23, 2018 - 11:03 pm)

Well, I can always admit I am wrong. Perhaps there is an audience for the gold digger book. Would you guys pay for a guide?

I really have had no experience with gold diggers myself. I just paid off my student loan with my wife's money from her startup company's acquisition, so if anyone is a gold digger, its me. She didn't have nothing when we met - I ain't no gold digger :)

Also - the idea about importing things from china is good. I may get a tube amp from china for personal consumption that way. I have been reading good things about their electronics there.

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passportfan3 (Aug 20, 2018 - 3:55 pm)

Read The Four-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris.

The guy is a carny, but he explains in detail how to run a white-label retailer.

In short, find a product that can be drop shipped directly from China, and then use your knowledge of a niche to sell the product online to that niche.

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whiteguyinchina (Aug 31, 2018 - 9:39 am)

who will deal with the returns or the quality claims?

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kappel (Aug 20, 2018 - 5:03 pm)

That is one of my favorite books! I haven't read it in many years though... Have you ever tried his advice for a business like that?

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justdoingok (Aug 22, 2018 - 6:44 pm)

I mean no offense with these comments. You are an associate doing Family Law at small law in the most expensive COL state. I don’t see how working for Uber/Lyft would impair one’s reputation under these circumstances. Everyone understands that people need to make ends meet. Plus could you only accept rides to/from the airport to a local hotel? That might minimize interaction with a client for family law. There is no longer any “prestige” associated with being a lawyer.

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kappel (Aug 23, 2018 - 2:35 pm)

That's ok, no offense taken. So doing Uber/Lyft will not make perspective clients think that they would rather not hire me as a lawyer because I'm doing Uber/Lyft? I intend on staying in my firm and making partner. My firm is also putting me more on the high-end clients and I will be serving those clients if I make partner. It's these first few years that are rough financially. Oh, and in this state people fly so often, especially those who have even a little bit of money, that locals are always present in the airport and use Uber/Lyft.

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jd4hire (Aug 23, 2018 - 3:18 pm)

I have a buddy who just went solo and is going through the grind to get clients and build the practice. He drives Uber and Lyft. Surprisingly, he told me that he has gotten a few paying legal clients while driving Uber/ Lyft.

While I get the concern over how it looks, some may admire it.

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kappel (Aug 23, 2018 - 3:20 pm)

Very interesting, thanks!

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nycatt (Aug 23, 2018 - 11:09 pm)

Kappel - what year are you? Usually, in small law, you get a nice bum of salary after you second and third year once you become competent. also, once you are trained (after year 3 or 4) you can move to another firm and name more money if you are not well compensated. I think you will get more $$ soon just by being good at your job no matter what.

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kappel (Aug 30, 2018 - 12:08 am)

1st year. I realize that the long run carries a lot of promise, but the short run is difficult right now...

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wallypancake (Aug 23, 2018 - 5:06 pm)

Driving for Uber/Lyft can hurt you. Clients may view you as a below average lawyer who lacks the skills to make it happen so he has to do a side hustle. Perception is reality.

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kappel (Aug 23, 2018 - 7:27 pm)

My thoughts exactly.

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newyorkcity (Aug 29, 2018 - 11:56 am)

Imagine you're an average Shmoe, taking home less than $ 1,000 a week.
Imagine you are going through a divorce or are being sued or need to sue someone.
Imagine you are asked to pay at least a month of your income to pay for some guy with "expertise" in this field.

Imagine you see this "expert" driving your Lyft/Uber.

You would never give a month of your hard-earned income to this "expert," and if one of my associates was driving Lyft, I'd fire them on the spot (even if he made more money driving Lyft).

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dieter (Aug 29, 2018 - 7:41 pm)

That's why I stopped bartending.

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kappel (Aug 30, 2018 - 12:07 am)

Dieter, been waiting for a response from you! I'm a huge fan! Just need a response from coco (yeah, yeah, I know he's banned).

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porochi (Aug 24, 2018 - 1:43 am)

move

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latinforliar (Aug 31, 2018 - 10:20 am)

Online Adjunct Professor - easy work, pay is mediocre, but it is very easy, so whatever. Much better pay than lyft/uber since you don't have to put up your own car/money. I assume you have access to the internet because you posted here. That's all you need.

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