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PostPosted: Thu May 07, 2015 11:17 am    Post subject: Earning a shilling ?  Reply with quote

i  just fell heir to 46 pallets !!! ah well thats me and my grandson busy for a few days , a lot of fire kindling wood for sale in  my neck of the woods .
My grandson came to see me a few month back , moaning that he cant get a job , has no money ,etc , i have sat him down and tried to explain that he is'nt the first nor will he be the last to be in the same boat , The sore part is showing him i used to make a few bob , but i think i might just be winning , he's now talking about wanting to go self employed , just doing odd jobs , Will he cut the mustard ? or wont he  ? one things for sure he will get nowhere sitting around like he has for the past 8 years .
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PostPosted: Thu May 07, 2015 12:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If he's been unemployed that long, then he's one of those folks who would get all the help they need to do a business plan, to set up a 'small business' and take in a small income while he works to get it off the ground….I think it's six months money or something like that…..not certain, but it must be worth finding out about.

He's certainly not going to get anything for doing nothing, but if he's taking on board what you've told him (and are teaching him) and gets off his backside and applies himself, then, the rest is up to him, and even if it doesn't work it'll still look better on his cv to a prospective employer.

Loads of woodburners bought recently; folks think it's easy to keep them fueled by free collection, then they discover that it becomes drudgery…..nice wee business there, especially if he develops from it and does stuff like hedge trimming, gets a chainsaw certificate and does some small tree work too…..and it's all fuel for his business. Small stuff can be charcoaled and there's another iron to his fire (no pun intended ) get a charcoal making course under his belt and offer native hardwoods charcoal too.

Best of luck with it.

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PostPosted: Fri May 08, 2015 10:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I made a fair bit money a few years back making bird boxes from pallet wood i took a stall at a local carboot sale and sold the lot.
Always better to be grafting than sitting about theres no milage in that. A lot of lads round here are on the scrap that a good little earner too. Good luck to him
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PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2015 8:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wouldn't bother with scrap too many folk doing it you need a big vehicle to make it pay it's down to £90 a ton now and you'll need a licence off the council.
Go to a pallet yard they have loads of waste, a mate of mine burns 10 tonnes a week and you can build stuff and make firewood to your hearts content.
https://www.pinterest.com/positiveandnice/pallet-reinvention/
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PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2015 8:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use big engineering pallets for cattle fencing


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PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2015 8:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I get loads of pallets for firewood and building  stuff with from local factories. They are more than pleased to get rid of the non returnable ones. I hope the lad makes a go of things.
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PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2015 10:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Best of luck whatever he picks
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PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2015 12:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes definitely good luck,  
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PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2015 8:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds like you are setting him on the right road  
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PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2015 11:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As said all the best you are getting him on right path   Our son was like him after the place he worked sold out tried working for himself because I had but he just didn't have what it takes so his Mum found him a job   now he is going great.
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PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2015 7:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Funny but it takes a lot to get some people going but once they get in the swing of work no problem.

And work isn't the easiest to come by nowadays. Not like us oldsters who grew up in the early 60s with jobs to go to for all those who wanted.
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PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2015 11:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Christine wrote:
Funny but it takes a lot to get some people going but once they get in the swing of work no problem.

And work isn't the easiest to come by nowadays. Not like us oldsters who grew up in the early 60s with jobs to go to for all those who wanted.


So true both things I remember in mid 60s changing jobs was so easy Funny how much happier are son became so after starting his new job and now has been able to finished his time and is a chainsaw/small motor/pump mechanic
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PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2015 2:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes he seems keen to make a go of it ,he wants his PaPa to handle the money side as he  feels that he may just  waste it , i've never been stuck to turn a penny as they say , so i hope that he keeps it up , i will keep you informed as to how we progress , and there was me thinking life would be easier when i retired !!
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PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2015 11:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

confused wrote:
Yes he seems keen to make a go of it ,he wants his PaPa to handle the money side as he  feels that he may just  waste it , i've never been stuck to turn a penny as they say , so i hope that he keeps it up , i will keep you informed as to how we progress , and there was me thinking life would be easier when i retired !!


Great to hear and him seeing he needs help with his money too   you doing a great job there  
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PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2015 1:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm just wondering about earning a shilling. Will it still be legal tender?


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