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Rangermac2

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Hi, I’m stuck in a decision choosing either the beginning of what could become the Slow Lane or a good decision. Currently I have some side hustles throughout my neighborhood typically services (House and pet sitting, Mowing and May get into pressure washing), which the jobs can be inconsistent. My current route for college is to begin education to become an Engineer I’m interested in Agriculture, Chemical, Mechanical, Electrical engineering and I’ve also taught myself how to use Java, Python, JS, HTML and plan to learn much more. My problem is that I can choose to get a job working 10 dollars an hour, which will take all my time away from improvement or Stay on the route I’m in Which is investing in myself, and being my own boss. I also have invented some useful tools that I use between my hobbies when I find a problem to enhance my skills. Would anyone be able to give me some advice as to what my plan of action could be?
 

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Hi, I’m stuck in a decision choosing either the beginning of what could become the Slow Lane or a good decision. Currently I have some side hustles throughout my neighborhood typically services (House and pet sitting, Mowing and May get into pressure washing), which the jobs can be inconsistent. My current route for college is to begin education to become an Engineer I’m interested in Agriculture, Chemical, Mechanical, Electrical engineering and I’ve also taught myself how to use Java, Python, JS, HTML and plan to learn much more. My problem is that I can choose to get a job working 10 dollars an hour, which will take all my time away from improvement or Stay on the route I’m in Which is investing in myself, and being my own boss. I also have invented some useful tools that I use between my hobbies when I find a problem to enhance my skills. Would anyone be able to give me some advice as to what my plan of action could be?

What do YOU want to do?
 

softbench.co

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Jun 2, 2021
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Now that I read through what I put on the thread I realized that’s what I should go with despite what is typical. Thank You
You're still young...learn from your failures (and success). The worse thing is regret so go ALL-IN if you can and tweak along the way. Trust me, I've had numerous side hustles throughout my career and when I look back today, I wished I would've focused more on what I'm good at and what I'm passionate about. You can do this!

"When you fail, fail forward" - - Les Brown.

Good luck!
 

Rangermac2

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Jun 1, 2020
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You're still young...learn from your failures (and success). The worse thing is regret so go ALL-IN if you can and tweak along the way. Trust me, I've had numerous side hustles throughout my career and when I look back today, I wished I would've focused more on what I'm good at and what I'm passionate about. You can do this!

"When you fail, fail forward" - - Les Brown.

Good luck!
Thank you, you’re completely right. I should focus more on my pros and improve my cons.
 

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Your future self will be way happier with your past self to choose the self investment path. Just use the possibility of failing as motivation to never give up on yourself or what you want out of life.
 

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$10/hr @ 40hrs/week = $400

If you only work a side hustle 5 days per week, you need to pocket $80/day after expenses. Less if you are willing to work 6-7 days per week. There are many side hustle ideas and opportunities out there that can make you $400/wk, or more.

You're at the perfect age to jump in and learn as you go. I wish I did when I was still in college, or even before.
 

Rangermac2

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$10/hr @ 40hrs/week = $400

If you only work a side hustle 5 days per week, you need to pocket $80/day after expenses. Less if you are willing to work 6-7 days per week. There are many side hustle ideas and opportunities out there that can make you $400/wk, or more.

You're at the perfect age to jump in and learn as you go. I wish I did when I was still in college, or even before.
I completely agree, I’ve talked with my friends and most work only 20 hours a week due to scheduling and other external factors which means there is potential for less to be made weekly. I do believe that I could break those limits as you said by learning and taking other opportunities finding which ones work and what doesn’t. Furthermore by taking what I learn I could apply these skills and ideas which could allow me to make more and even start a business. Which could turn linear amounts of money into exponential.

I need to take the first step in this new plan and make the first dollar
 

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Hi, I’m stuck in a decision choosing either the beginning of what could become the Slow Lane or a good decision. Currently I have some side hustles throughout my neighborhood typically services (House and pet sitting, Mowing and May get into pressure washing), which the jobs can be inconsistent. My current route for college is to begin education to become an Engineer I’m interested in Agriculture, Chemical, Mechanical, Electrical engineering and I’ve also taught myself how to use Java, Python, JS, HTML and plan to learn much more. My problem is that I can choose to get a job working 10 dollars an hour, which will take all my time away from improvement or Stay on the route I’m in Which is investing in myself, and being my own boss. I also have invented some useful tools that I use between my hobbies when I find a problem to enhance my skills. Would anyone be able to give me some advice as to what my plan of action could be?

Work in the slow lane and build on the side.
It could take you 10 years to get something going, or, it could take you one year.
You don't know, so work in the meantime.
 

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Hi, I’m stuck in a decision choosing either the beginning of what could become the Slow Lane or a good decision. Currently I have some side hustles throughout my neighborhood typically services (House and pet sitting, Mowing and May get into pressure washing), which the jobs can be inconsistent. My current route for college is to begin education to become an Engineer I’m interested in Agriculture, Chemical, Mechanical, Electrical engineering and I’ve also taught myself how to use Java, Python, JS, HTML and plan to learn much more. My problem is that I can choose to get a job working 10 dollars an hour, which will take all my time away from improvement or Stay on the route I’m in Which is investing in myself, and being my own boss. I also have invented some useful tools that I use between my hobbies when I find a problem to enhance my skills. Would anyone be able to give me some advice as to what my plan of action could be?
A little bit confusing on the college part. If you are studying full time, anything other than that is a side hustle anyway?

It seems like you are choosing a part-time job vs inconsistent paid work, if I get it.
 

dandy2902

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Hi, I’m stuck in a decision choosing either the beginning of what could become the Slow Lane or a good decision. Currently I have some side hustles throughout my neighborhood typically services (House and pet sitting, Mowing and May get into pressure washing), which the jobs can be inconsistent. My current route for college is to begin education to become an Engineer I’m interested in Agriculture, Chemical, Mechanical, Electrical engineering and I’ve also taught myself how to use Java, Python, JS, HTML and plan to learn much more. My problem is that I can choose to get a job working 10 dollars an hour, which will take all my time away from improvement or Stay on the route I’m in Which is investing in myself, and being my own boss. I also have invented some useful tools that I use between my hobbies when I find a problem to enhance my skills. Would anyone be able to give me some advice as to what my plan of action could be?
Analyze your strengths and weaknesses as well as the opportunities as well as risks of each decisions. Write it down and then, you will know what to choose.
 

Rangermac2

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A little bit confusing on the college part. If you are studying full time, anything other than that is a side hustle anyway?

It seems like you are choosing a part-time job vs inconsistent paid work, if I get it.
Yeah I guess I didn’t describe it properly or made it confusing. I mentioned it about part of my schedule
 

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(This is for people who have no idea what to do or are just starting out)

Find someone who is doing what you want to do.
Offer to work for them.
Take that job and learn everything you can from them.
Then go off and start your own (or make a deal with them when they retire, or want out, or whatever)

HOWEVER,

This way is a lot slower than the direct approach: just starting it now.
 

izyrion

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keep ur main job, save money and invest in urself instead of overspending search up alex becker on youtube and look for his one video

Biz Models With No Risk (Best For LEAN Beginners)​

no need to just risk ur entire job lol
 

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