Anyone broken free from professional life? Warning: rant

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  • Any electricians in here? Handed in my notice today and 80% sure I’m going to do a sparky course in March, just want to find out as much as I possibly can before making the jump and parting with six grand.

  • Would freelance bike mechanic be an option?

    I've got a couple of bikes which need fixing but haven't got round to getting to a bike shop (i.e. one which I trust).

    If you want to come over to E17, I'd pay a good hourly rate. Could be others in similar situation.

  • Yup, I'm up for that!

  • Great, I've sent you a pm

  • Cheers! Popped by for a chat and sent my CV to them.

  • What's the general consensus on buying-tidying-selling bikes as a way of supplementing a salary and cutting down office hours? @Dogtemple mentioned it previously and i had a brief chat with @littleK a while back about this, keen to find out what experiences people have had with this.

    I don't earn a high salary so i wouldn't need to make much to make it work but as i'm someone that isn't very good at switching off i'd be concerned that mentally it could be a bit much (thinking about builds, listings, checking pm's etc).

  • What's the general consensus on buying-tidying-selling bikes as a way of supplementing a salary and cutting down office hours?

    A great way of losing your sanity and money.

  • Yeah i can see how that could happen.

    I was just a bit surprised how little my day rate is and how one day a week could be supplemented by something else. Unfortunately just taking a pay cut is not a viable option.

  • If I was going to look to make money doing it, I'd be buying up complete bikes with reasonably nice parts and splitting them. But I don't see dealing in second hand bicycles or parts thereof to be a good way to make any money, nevermind pocket money and certainly not survival money.

  • I'd be buying up complete bikes with reasonably nice parts and splitting them.

    I really cannot tell when you are serious and when you arent sometimes ..

  • Breaking bikes although undoubtedly can get you more money has always IME been way more faff.

    It sounds like i just need to face up to the fact that selling bikes is neither a good way to make money or supplement my wage.

    It has however proved to be the only way i can afford bike life and no doubt will continue to remain that way for some time.

    Next...

  • For the avoidance of doubt, when it comes to breaking free from professional life (rant), @fizzy.bleach is always serious.

  • Don’t do it.
    Have as few bikes as you can, treat them well. This made me happier.

  • wrongthreadedit lol

  • I worked (and still do on and off) for WeBuyCycle. Google them. Without going into too much detail it's essentially one guy based full time out of an independent bike shop. In order to support his salary and wages for myself and one other mechanic (both part time) we were turning around 30+ bikes a month typically valued at £500 and upwards on top of regular repair work.

    In order to make enough money to make it viable as a business you need to be dealing in 'high end' bikes (think margins). The trouble with this is the people who have the means to buy what you're selling will probably want to try it beforehand. This is especially the case if you haven't got a brand/reputation behind you. So you need to be available for viewings or be willing to post. Then you're into the realm of postal returns. Which are a nightmare.

    TL;DR It's doable, but difficult.

  • Cheers for the info. Could never see myself trying to do this as business I've just been looking for options to reduce my "proper" job hours.

    Aside all other pitfalls the major flaw in my plan is not being able to use Lfgss for selling as for me at least it's for non profit sales.

  • I do a bit of this, more for fun than profit, but it all depends.. I have a fella who supplies me with bikes.. they range from £20-30, I buy them, give them a clean, new cables, tyres etc and sell on.. Best I did was a Raleigh for £25 which had full Shimano golden arrow and put £3 bar tape on it and sold for £125.. I also got a Kona mountain bike and blew the tyres up and made £80.. I just enjoy playing with bikes.. and I was off the bike for about 9 months with health issues, so it was a great way to potter at things when I couldn't ride.. I have 4 bikes sitting at the house needing attention at the minute!!

  • Pm me, this is very doable, you just need to do it a certain way and to a decent standard, as with anything. If you want to we can discuss

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