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Anyone here do something on the side of their job?

Anyone do anything to make a little/passive income on the side?

My and my partner were thinking to do a cupcake from home type of business but we are not sure if it would kick off here - BUT in our area there is many bakeries but not cupcakes

Another thing, I was considering doing personal training to people as I get a lot of requests but wasn't sure how to go about doing that because then I'd have to use the gym premises and don't know if they'd let me for my own income

Anyone do anything on the side worth mentioning?
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Re: Anyone here do something on the side of their job?

Make sure not to try and bring your cupcakes onto an aeroplane

http://news.yahoo.com/mass-woman-say...002833828.html
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Re: Anyone here do something on the side of their job?

There are hygene regulations about making and selling food, and you would need to ask at your local Gemeinde office for permission. If you have a normal job, you also need to inform your employer.

You need to ask at the gymnasiums, and as most have a resident trainer they will probably say no. You would also need 3rd party insurance cover for a professional, as you will be charging a fee.
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Make sure not to try and bring your cupcakes onto an aeroplane

http://news.yahoo.com/mass-woman-say...002833828.html
Stupid woman should have eaten it in front of the stupid security checker.
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Re: Anyone here do something on the side of their job?

I used to copywrite and sometimes translate/ghostwrite on the side. Writing is my hobby and passion but what I find is that I personally had a hard time juggling the two, and after two or three situations where I had a big deadline for a translation and a big deadline at the job that paid for the roof over my head on the same day, I had to stop and decide where sleep fit in to all of that. I made enough money for pocket cash and was known to pick up an assignment to pay for a treat or a plane ticket, but in the end I couldn't do either job to my perfectionist standards with the time constraints of my day job without sacrificing all of my private time and my sanity. So I sadly put my hobby to the side.

YMMV but I found the added stress of two activities exceeded the rewards of being able to pursue something fun on the side, even if it was my hobby. If you were sure about contingency plans, what the time investment would be and thought about how you would handle conflicting priorities and the like, I think it would be fun. Who doesn't like cupcakes?
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Re: Anyone here do something on the side of their job?

Yes ! I Sale and Install Furnace's , Boilers ,AC ,Air Cleaning Equipment and Domestic Hot Water Tanks
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I do online marketing related work for a few of my own clients and also help to organize golf events in Lausanne area
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I have a cake/cupcake hobby on the side, I provide treats at a restaurant in Zurich twice a week and then make cakes and cupcakes for birthdays, showers, weddings, etc.

It's going well for me, I have just the amount of business I want considering I work 100% and it's a great creative outlet. All my business has been word of mouth.
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I bet on football and horses, up 500 so far this month.
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Anyone do anything to make a little/passive income on the side?...
/pedant mode on/

Passive income is money you make "while you sleep". Making cup cakes, copywriting, work done in the evening at home are not passive income.

/pedant mode off/
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I started my own laundry pick-up and delivery company in Zurich (www.cosmobutler.com).

I wasn't happy with the opening hours of the dry cleaners in Zurich, their often unfriendly service, and most of all high prices for very modest quality.

When I came to Zurich in 2006 I couldn't believe how much dry cleaners would charge for a shirt-only to find out that they wouldn't even replace buttons/ would fold the shirts with wrinkles...

Anyhow, I stopped complaining and started this service last October, which cleans, presses and delivers to your home and office and you don't have to be there for the pick-up or delivery. Try out the quality for yourself; I'm my first customer and I'm happy to have one less thing to worry about

Alex
This is awesome!!!!! Halleluyah.

I'll go check your website, but out of curiosity, do you also have the option of ironing-only? And is it just shirts or also business suits?

Thumbs up for this business!
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Hi Federica!

Italian? I am!

We have started, by specializing on men's and women's shirts, but upon very popular demand, we're working on bringing a full-range solution; including suits.

We're working it out and when we have it ready, to a service quality that we are happy with, we'll introduce it (coming soon!).

Glad we're hitting a button here. It was a big issue for me
Thanks, I'll keep checking.

It is a big issue for me too: irregular work schedule + a full social schedule + absolute hate of ironing + awfully limited hours of the regular dry cleaners = your business rocks!

My very limited free time is too valuable in my opinion to be spent ironing and/or chasing the laundry/ dry cleaning people around, when I'd rather be cooking a gourmet meal for my partner, and I'd happily pay for such convenience.

Yes, Italian here too
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I started my own laundry pick-up and delivery company in Zurich (www.cosmobutler.com).

I wasn't happy with the opening hours of the dry cleaners in Zurich, their often unfriendly service, and most of all high prices for very modest quality.

When I came to Zurich in 2006 I couldn't believe how much dry cleaners would charge for a shirt-only to find out that they wouldn't even replace buttons/ would fold the shirts with wrinkles...

Anyhow, I stopped complaining and started this service last October, which cleans, presses and delivers to your home and office and you don't have to be there for the pick-up or delivery. Try out the quality for yourself; I'm my first customer and I'm happy to have one less thing to worry about

Alex
Great Idea.

Anyone offer something similar in Geneva? I would be their first customer.
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I have a cake/cupcake hobby on the side, I provide treats at a restaurant in Zurich twice a week and then make cakes and cupcakes for birthdays, showers, weddings, etc.

It's going well for me, I have just the amount of business I want considering I work 100% and it's a great creative outlet. All my business has been word of mouth.
Janer do you have a website? How did you do it/start? We were thinking of doing the same for where I am here in Bern
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