May 25, 2004

Get (me) rich quick!

Work is fun and all, but I'm ready for something new. I'm entering my late 20s, and I've hardly traveled, I'm pale and out-of-shape, I'm cooped up in an office all day, and I don't have time for anything I want to do. So I've decided I need lots of money, so my time can be spent on other things besides work -- like foosball.

Unfortunately, I don't think the inheritance angle is going to pay off. I was at my parentsí house the other day, and I was disappointed by the amount of crystal and/or famous artwork laying around the house. So I crossed that off my list. The company I work for just got bought out, so I had some hope of some seroius cash for a few minutes, but apparently what I thought were my stock options turned out to be just a stack of office stationery I had in my bottom drawer. No money there, either. Thereís always the lottery, but I think thatís just a conspiracy run by the Knights of Columbus (since I canít figure out what it is they do, exactly). So I might actually have to work for my riches.

I don't want to quit my job until I know whatever money-making endeavor I choose starts to pay off, so that really limits my options, and I canít think of anything. So I'm open to some suggestions. Feel free to post any ideas you have: patents, businesses, pyramid schemes, whatever. I'm flexible. But as a general rule: the quicker and the richer, the better.

So get your brains going and make me rich!

Posted by Kevin at May 25, 2004 02:38 PM

Do you have a work room in your apartment? It's hard to start up a new venture if you don't have the space.

I want to start a website that sells Home Theater PCs. The PCs would be able to play music on your home theater, record and watch shows like any DVR, burn DVDs, and anything else that you would normally do on your PC, but right on your TV. A wireless mouse and keyboard would be included.

The hardest part is getting licenses to sell software already installed on the systems.

And before I do anything, I need to get a house so I have room to work. And I'm sure I'll have money to start up a business after that :)

Posted by: CDog at May 25, 2004 04:08 PM

Send me your resume, beyotch!

Posted by: Brian Kelly at May 26, 2004 01:05 PM

The hardest part (besides licensing) is supporting your product which could easily turn into a full-time job itself.

If you're seriously considering a different full-time outing, think either small business loans or selling your ideas to vc firms. Either way, you're going to need to develop a strong prospectus to make it worthwhile for any of 'em to even entertain the thought of giving you money.

If you're thinking ancillary income, rev-share is all the rage for extra pocket change as is consulting work. It will probably at least help fund a decent vacation every year without upsetting your current personal financial climate.

I've been debating a few different things that straddle both sides of this coin, and I haven't yet come to a good conclusion as to where I want it to go... other than the fact that I wish there were more hours in the day ;)

Posted by: CMP at May 26, 2004 02:07 PM

Go to Law School

Posted by: dotcooney at June 7, 2004 03:39 PM

you could start by making me a sandwich

Posted by: Katie at June 12, 2004 02:37 PM

You could always sell your soul to the devil in exchange for a hit song like...

"Jake's got pants on the boulevard"

Posted by: Katie at June 12, 2004 02:54 PM
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