As the price of life continues to blow past the threshold of bearability, I’ve noticed some really interesting things going on. For instance, a guy who owns (well, occupies anyway) a home on the “main drag” has started selling refurbished washers and dryers.
There are some really good things coming out of this burgeoning underground economy. For instance, when my water heater finally crapped out, all I had to do was place it by the curb, and viola! It was gone over night. Two things happened there; I was relieved of a no longer needed piece of junk, and the scrap collector who picked it up made a little money. Win win for everybody involved, and no money had to change hands.
Myself, I was engaged in a “side business” after I lost my “big money” job, strictly cash or barter. I repaired boats. I also charged extremely reasonable rates, charged no tax, and paid no tax. “Regular” shop rates were running $75 an hour and up, I charged $35. I didn’t have enough work to make a career out of it, but I earned some beer money and kept myself outta trouble.
Besides, I enjoyed doing it. I still do some boat work, mostly for my neighbors, but the economy has pretty much wiped out the business as most folks’ boats sit idle in the driveway, many with futile “for sale” signs on them. Oh well, I had a good run, and now it’s time to come up with a new plan. Adaptability is the key.
There are many, many “home grown” businesses popping up, with advertisements on websites like Craigslist, and in local classifieds like Ad Sack, and Pennysaver. They run the gamut from tree trimmers, to gun smiths, to plumbers….. I’ve seen many ads for seamstresses, day care, mechanics, handymen, or virtually anything else you can think of. Even for many proffessional craftsmen and service people, there is an “after hours” price…….. That’s the beauty of free markets, and a free society. When something isn’t working any more, crafty folks will come up with new solutions.
And this is where we are headed folks. Those days of people getting paid exhorbitant amounts of money to cook the books, shuffle paper, etc…. are quickly coming to a close. Better get yerself a skill, or learn how to produce something of value. When the dollar is worth zero, or nearly zero, you’ll need something to fall back on.
Nobody (except for Bill Gates) can put up enough food and supplies to last their lifetime. You’ll need something to trade. And on that note, here’s a website y’all might wanna take a look at, barter.net. Things like this are popping up left and right!
Just for grins, here’s an idea for a niche business I thought of: Us Texans love our trucks, and most of us actually use ‘em as trucks, not “cowboy cadillacs”. With gas prices being what they are, many folks are having to give up their trucks for something more economical. That being the case, small pickups have really shot up in price.
Now nobody wants to haul hay, a greasy old engine, sacks of feed, fire wood, etc. in the trunk of their car, or inside a smaller SUV. So what to do? Well one creative feller I saw just recently took a sawsall to the back half of a little economy car and made himself a pickup! He added some air shocks to the rear end so it would handle a little bit more load, and viola! Economy pickup truck! Just close in the “cab” with something, sheet metal, plywood, plexiglass……. Seal it up, and there ya go. Heh heh. Just an idea anyways…….
Do you have any workable underground economy examples, if so please share those in the comments below. Thank you.