Okay, my first thread...
I need some money, not much. I know I cannot work or rather regular work doesn't suit me. I'm not particularly skilled in anything and that makes things even more difficult.
I have no social connections and so asking for cash-in-hand work is likely out of the question. I'm only receiving JSA and would have to starve without it. A few months ago my rent had increased and my computer broke down and so took measures to account for these, and the result is not much money left. I'm in a better position than most since I only eat one male a day on most days, and do intermitten fasting, and that saves some money.
So I was thinking about dog walking because I like dogs and I could charge £3 per hour and make a few quid. A lot of people have dogs in Wigan, but I see a lot of dogs getting walked too.
My first hurdle is getting the word out. I need a business card but I am told that they can get expensive.
Nothing is certain in life so I've given up seeking certainty. Everything is a wild stab in the dark, like throwing a dice and seeing if you'll get a six.
But why am I asking you this? Why do I need external validation? I am not sure. Perhaps there is a part of me that still clings to the illusion that people can help?
I find Vistaprint is easiest way to get a business card. You’re looking at about £30 ish.
Yeah... I think the title of your thread goes for most of us. Everyone on earth, quite probably, would like to be able to do what they want through being - or to make them - financially independent. It's hard enough, without throwing autism into the equation.
I know some dog-walkers who seem to do okay and make a living. Maybe £3 an hour is a little low. Unless you could walk several dogs at once and make it more worth your while. A local woman to me has a service called 'Walkies', and I often see her in the park with up to 8 dogs.
How about posting some cards in shop windows? Or letting your local pet shops and vets know that you are offering the service?
Just some thoughts.
You need an artwork first. Some kind of image and business name.
Or you could just have a personal details card - then you can use it for anything.
Making cash online is great fun. It’s like fishing - you set your line and wait for a bite :)
I can help you with a design for a card if you like?
One way I make money is as an airbrush artist doing small custom works that customers send to me from around the world.
I think you coud build a small customer base by finding online groups or forums for dog lovers.
I would recommend avoiding facebook but use stuff like instagram or twitter.
£10 is the going rate around my area.We have a handful of local walkers. They all walk about 8-16 dogs per day.One lady - She can make as much as £80 per hour at times.
Ah so if the same is true in Wigan that the going rate is £10 I could undercut these people and get a headstart.
Good idea. Thanks. I think I could bump it up to £4 an hour.
Definitely - If you start a little lower it also gives you room to put prices up in future.
I appreciate your advice.
I've been doing my own thing now - self employed since 2005. Before that I was a surf bum - lol
I have an instagram that I use for my airbrush work - It is customising sunglasses.
If you have a smart phone, then you can do all your marketing on that, using an app called Canva for designing your stuff.
I might start with an A4 advert first; just give one to the petstore to put in their shop window.