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alison
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 09, 09 5:47 pm    Post subject: Article?  Reply with quote    

Have you got a skill, or interest, that others may like to know about?

How about writing it down, with a few photos, if possible, and we will put it up as an article.

What sort of things do members want to know more about? Any ideas?

Chez



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 09, 09 5:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I still owe you one on how to go bankrupt without going mad. I'm on it, honestly.

sally_in_wales
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 09, 09 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I'd like to read more from people who have successfully gone from having a stable salary to living rich but economically frugal lives, and how they have balanced the potential issues between being time rich but money poor.

Brownbear



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 09, 09 6:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

sally_in_wales wrote:
I'd like to read more from people who have successfully gone from having a stable salary to living rich but economically frugal lives, and how they have balanced the potential issues between being time rich but money poor.


None of them can afford the internet. Or a computer. Or electricity.

Barefoot Andrew
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 09, 09 6:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

sally_in_wales wrote:
I'd like to read more from people who have successfully gone from having a stable salary to living rich but economically frugal lives, and how they have balanced the potential issues between being time rich but money poor.


That's a very good idea.
A.

PS Would anyone mind if I shifted this to Author's Corner?

vegplot



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 09, 09 6:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

sally_in_wales wrote:
I'd like to read more from people who have successfully gone from having a stable salary to living rich but economically frugal lives, and how they have balanced the potential issues between being time rich but money poor.


I have just enough of a salary to live in a stable (if it wasn't for being mortgage free I would be living in a stable).

MarkS



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 09, 09 9:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

sally_in_wales wrote:
I'd like to read more from people who have successfully gone from having a stable salary to living rich but economically frugal lives, and how they have balanced the potential issues between being time rich but money poor.


I suspect that most of them went from having a stable salary to living rich* but economically frugal lives, and fail to balance the very real issues of being time poor and money poor.



* For values of 'rich' akin to 'interesting' in an old Chinese cursish sort of way.

gardening-girl



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 09, 09 9:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I think that everyones definition of poor will be different.
OH and I now have a very low income in comparison of what we had before.But, we can still afford a good (to us)lifestyle.
To me, being poor,means that you cannot afford the basics for life.
ie, food, clothing and a roof overyour head.

Colesy



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 09, 09 9:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I remember reading Country life [or was it country living?] many years ago and it always seemed to have someone who was throwing pots in a shed but who seemed to live in the most palatial surroundings. When you reached the end of the article they always seemed to have a partner who managed ICI or some other giant firm!

alison
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 10, 09 7:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I would like to see some step by steps of simple knitting techniques, in separate articles, to be used as reference. (Not really for me, but I know it would be useful)

I would also like to see some step by step cooking techniques, rather than specific recipes.

MarkS



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 10, 09 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Colesy wrote:
I remember reading Country life [or was it country living?] many years ago and it always seemed to have someone who was throwing pots in a shed but who seemed to live in the most palatial surroundings. When you reached the end of the article they always seemed to have a partner who managed ICI or some other giant firm!


Very true. All the fuss about portfolio careers and the joys of a freelance/consultancy based lifestyle seriously misrepresented the balance of power in the employment market. There are a very small number of people who can actually live that life well. For most people it turns into a struggle to maintain contacts and retain work at a sensible rate.

The articles that would be useful would be those that delivered decent marketing advice to help people manage to live their lives supported by their business rather than have their life subsidise a number of purported businesses which are actually economically marginal if not hobbies.

sally_in_wales
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 10, 09 10:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

MarkS wrote:


The articles that would be useful would be those that delivered decent marketing advice to help people manage to live their lives supported by their business rather than have their life subsidise a number of purported businesses which are actually economically marginal if not hobbies.


I think thats what I was trying to say but failed- definately material that would be useful. Its all very well knowing that you can do something well and enjoyably, but being able to scale it up to a point where an acceptable level of work provides an adequate level of income is a rare skill, and I think we perhaps have a few here that seem to have managed it and who could teach the rest of us a thing or two.

Mrs R



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 10, 09 11:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Personally, I think it's a very rare thing to be able to 'scale up' something you enjoy doing and do well to the point where you are making a 'decent' income for an 'acceptable' level of input - to the point where it's almost mythical. I think even those small businesses which look like plenty of money for not-so-much work would be doomed if you were to just tot up Xhrs = x ! I DREAD to think what my hourly rate of 'pay' is But, I get by, the businesses I support get by, and that's the main thing. I left behind any ideas of "Xhrs = x so it's not worth it" when I left paid employment.

Nicky Colour it green



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 10, 09 11:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Ixy wrote:
But, I get by, the businesses I support get by, and that's the main thing. I left behind any ideas of "Xhrs = x so it's not worth it" when I left paid employment.

so true - too foten i see people calculate it back to the minimum wage or some such.. but if you are self employed.. you work for nothing if that's what it takes to get it going.


I would like to see some mending articles. like darning etc

alison
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 10, 09 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Another one would be finance related.

How to go about reducing outlays, getting the best deal on utilities, which search engines or sites to use etc

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