Wednesday, June 24, 2015

consuming to invest 35



This one might be tricky, in that every wife sews.  The market might be limited to upscale clients and that might take awhile to be established.  That, or buying fabric in bulk might undercut retail price enough you are competitive.  Still, a bit of a gamble on this one commercially.  Buying bulk quality tools now might be a lucrative source later to supplement income for the lean years.


Scrap will be readily available, true, but many metal items will need to be manufactured from raw ores for its superior quality.  Plus, many ores are the raw material for chemists.  If you can identify ores, and find them, and extract them, you will be much better rewarded than today, when our economic system actually punishes commodity providers.  That situation will not be duplicated without bankers and heavy equipment manufactures present.

Horse Trainer

Anyone can break a horse, poorly, and get it to perform marginally, but those with skill will be the cream rising to the top.  When horses tomorrow are like cars today, you can bet there will be a market for the better ones.  A great trade in that the equipment needed is negligible.  Skill is all, so the investment needed is nothing but time and effort.  Plus, with the costs today of keeping the animals, you won’t have widespread competition at first.


The poor can bury their own family.  It isn’t hard, with a shroud and shovel all that is needed.  But in a more populated area, a mortician acts as a public sanitation expert.  You work on volume and know the tricks to prevent disease spreading and use centralized techniques to save time and money.  In a big enough area, you even have specialized grave diggers for the hard work and you just specialize in preservation.  Research old school, alternate preservation techniques.  Obviously, the supply of formaldehyde will be limited.


Any fool with an ax can fell a tree, but for industrial scale logging you need expensive equipment such as two man saws and harnesses for teams of draft animals, etc.  You provide this equipment and management, the hired help doing the hard labor.  Military fortifications and large businesses and city councils will be ready customers for industrialized logging.


Preparing stone for builders.  Some investment for specialized tools, but again, mostly skill.  As long as craftsmen level skills are needed.  Anyone can pour loose stones and mortar into a form, masons work mostly in cement poor areas.  Which might be most places, given the energy requirements of cement ( and, perhaps a consideration, its global supply constriction presently ).


With instrument makers centralized and expensive, music will be both talent and equipment investment heavy.  Without an industrial capacity, instruments will not be available to every family as was the case recently-their practitioners will be compensated accordingly ( entertainment will always have a market ).


On an industrial scale, investment heavy.  In this case, you are not really a fisherman as much as you are a boat owner/operation.  Just beware global fishery depletion now ongoing, and heavy polluted sites elsewhere as constricting realities.


There was a reason barbers cut hair, shaved men’s faces AND pulled teeth.  The skills needed were modest, but the instruments needed were expensive and not available to each household.  You weren’t paying for the talent as much as the equipment rental.  Quality scissors, straight razors of high quality and professional quality teeth extractors are needed.  In duplicates.

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  1. I'll bet bad teeth killed a bunch of folks not so long ago. I remember a tv show once where a forensic team looking at old skulls from Egyptian mummies determined that he probably died from a infected tooth. I have thought about getting some of my troubles pulled now. Might even save me some money.

    1. That, or a couple of bottles of whiskey and a tooth extractor.

  2. OK.....

    Here we go again.


    All the trees got burned down buy the starving masses trying to avoid hypothermia!

    You are really scraping the bottom of the barrel for some of these.

    A+ for effort.

    C for quality

    D for imagination

    A+ for quantity

    A+ for not boot licking every person that makes a comment.

    A+ for being (as far as I can tell) a decent guy


    1. :) Fair assessment, I'm reluctant to admit. Okay, here is a serious question for you. Would you say that the last month of blog articles plunged noticeably in quality? As in, while I was concentrating on writing the novel on the side. Or, about the same hit and miss, up and down? Believe it or not, this is important to me. The blog fanboys are indeed my priority.

    2. Seriously, I would say it is about the same as norm, or maybe down just a little bit if any.

      After years and years you got endurance that's for sure.

      I'm sure we all appreciate you not modifying your writing like all those other A** Kissing, pretend to be a SURVIVAL EXPERTs. Too bad that between you and your readers we can't figure out a way for you to make some decent money.


    3. I appreciate the feedback- you are my BS detector. As for money, well, I can't let that quest derail the one for wisdom. I had thought fiction offered a slight possibility, but is as par for the course I'm half way done and sick and tired of it. As I put in the note in Loco Gringos, it is just score of pages of crap to fill out a few points you are trying to make. Cramps my style, man. Well, I'll keep plugging away at some means of fund raising. Within a week I'll see what last months Kindle sales for Frugal Living were. If steady, I'll keep adding to the For-Pay K-books, perhaps eventually doubling the amount from Amazon commissions. I love the commissions, no one gets hurt, but a steady downward trend along with the economy. I'm not too worried, all this money grubbing will be over soon.

  3. Jim, this is not your best month.

    Where you really excel and the reason I keep reading, is in your first person observations. I have enjoyed reading about your day to day adventures like the bucket toilet, the BPOD, the wife and her relatives, nuke bread, biking in all weather, etc.

    I like to hear how a person of not many means, preps and gets ready for the coming apocalypse.

    Now that you are in town, there are a whole range of topics open to you. Why not write about those.....

    How long of a bike ride to your trailer? Do you think you would have enough warning to leave town? Any danger along the route? Based on your new town experiences would you still recommend for folks to move RIGHT NOW to their bug out place or just have it in reserve?

    What are the neighbors like? Would they pull together? Are they clueless? Have you figured out yet who would be helpful, an enemy, a dictator, take your food for the 'good' of the neighborhood?

    What benefits from living in town? Could you just just retrofit and bug in? What are the weak points, the strengths?

    Did you have to talk the girlfriend into prepping? What are her views? Is she catching the paranoia bug and stockpiling toilet paper under the bed?

    What are the pros and cons of dating when you are a prepper? When do you let the new love know about your preps? What to do if the new significant other has kids?

    How do you keep positive and stay on tasks prepping when your job sucks? How do you keep motivated to bring in the paycheck in this crappy economy when jobs are scarce and your employer knows that employees are a dime a dozen? How do you suck it up so you can gain that one more paycheck to buy that one more bag of wheat?

    With your gift of words, each one of these ideas could be stretched into a week worth of articles.

    What we readers love about you is how one of your minions signs off -- keep it REAL, James.

    Idaho Homesteader

    1. Wow! Most excellent wealth of article ideas. Many thanks, and I'll be using them tomorrow or Sat. for next weeks articles ( Mon. is already written, so I just have to churn out four for next week ).