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    Originally Posted by orys
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    You can't. But you won't achieve much by taking it head on all by yourself as well...

    For me "to be outside the system" means to be free. If you could use some elements of the system to achieve that - why not?
    I'm with you there on this, I'm not against the system, some of that system can work in your favour, and I'm not against it as a general standard. I make my choices as I go, without any prejudice against any particular regime or any particular rules in place about adhering or not adhering to a system just because that system is government led.

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    Originally Posted by vlahakisa
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    In that case, self employed people can decide to be inside or outside the system. There are risks of course, but that is their choice, but being self employed can easily be outside of the system (as you potentially define it).
    But then, if you use money, aren't you part of the system? If you use public roads? If you go to NHS doctor when sick?

    How far you have to go to be considered "outside the system"? Living naked in forrest and surviving on eating worms, berries and mushrooms?
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    I would rather stick to writing my articles from time to time thank you very much
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    The only way you can be outside the system is to be a politician or a banker trading in toxic debt or rigging the markets.

    Oh wait! Do I mean outside the system or outside the law?
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    Originally Posted by Bernie
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    I've been cleaning some of my customers for ten years now
    And what about their windows
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    Originally Posted by orys
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    But then, if you use money, aren't you part of the system? If you use public roads? If you go to NHS doctor when sick?

    How far you have to go to be considered "outside the system"? Living naked in forrest and surviving on eating worms, berries and mushrooms?
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    I would rather stick to writing my articles from time to time thank you very much
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    I'm totally with you there Orys, unless you are going to live like a wild person in the woods as you describe, basically we're all within the system to one degree or another and I see no problem with that. I view 'living outside the system' as it applies to this forum as a simple term for living more freely and flexibly than the average person, not as having nothing to do with the system at all. I will happily continue to pay tax when I go full time, I have no issue with that, I just want more freedom and flexibility in my life and to be in nature more.
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    I sold a .com domain name for $2,000 a few months ago. I'm starting to get back into trading .coms again. It can be very profitable, but it's a bit specialised. I've seen a lot of people throw away good money by registering names that they thought were great, but nobody else does ( I'm one of them
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    ). Adult names are some of the worst for this.
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    I feel your frustration. I was feeling like I was on a hamster wheel a few years ago, I had a relatively good job but never any money and then my hours got slashed in half. Got to a point where I put together a plan because I wasn't living any kind of life I had dreamt of. it took 7 years but I was working flat out (not all standard 9 to 5) doing lots of different things. Selling kids toys and sweets on weekends, making stuff in the evenings to sell online, giving 4 exercise classes a week on the evenings I wasn't making things, buying stuff second hand and selling it on ebay, subtitling documentaries at home in my spare time and getting tough with people who wanted me to help them - I began swapping my skills and demanding stuff in return. Now I live off grid with my total bills amounting to less than 500 quid a year. I still have my fingers in loads of pies and a million projects on the go but I enjoy it more.
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    Originally Posted by Paul
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    Have you considered monetising your blog?

    By that I mean an ebay affiliates link similar to the one on here, a google adsense campaign, amazon affiliates shop links and so on - they all add up. So, for instance ... add an affiliate link to one of the books you recommend, and if someone buys it through Amazon you get a little reward.

    Google will probably be the best money spinner, but the reason we don't have it on here anymore is because we kept falling foul of their adult content rules.

    Might be worth getting Google Analytics installed just so you can see what traffic you're getting.
    Looking into this at the moment. It all looks very interesting. It is a lot of work to set up but I think it does have the potential for a good passive income especially if once you have one site you set up more and more sites.

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    i have an online shop and its doing quite okay..i do not know if that is however considered as formal employment. I have employed myself as a way to generate an income, i do not need to step into an office or report to anyone. I guess its right to say i earn a living outside the system..right?
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    What do you think, what you gonna do even if you are living outside the system ?

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    This has some good ideas


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