I would like some advice on how to do this from anyone who has experience with it and can give some vague guidelines. I am currently getting welfare bux and the government will reduce my bux if I earn income, so it seems pointless to try because I will only be able to get minimum wage shit jobs not worth my time. There is also a problem with asset limits (though I am nowhere near that, so it won't be a problem for a while) because if you exceed them, they cut off your bux. Apparently this is much higher for people classified as disabled (which, honestly, I am, from anxiety and depression) so I hope they will recognize my disability so I won't have to worry about that limit any time soon.
I did think of a possible option though: when you run a business, when they consider whether to garnish your bux, they base it on your net income, not gross income. Subtracted from the net is business expenses, and I figure if there are things I want to buy with my bux anyway (computer, fitness equipment, gardening supplies, toys for pets) that perhaps it would be smart to try and set up a shitty fail-business and when I buy those things, call them business expenses, and then I can count them against what I earn.
I wouldn't mind working more in that case (if I got to keep everything) and who knows, maybe I'd even do well at a shit business and be able to make money that way instead of a job. I'm not sure what kind of stuff to do though. If you just wanted to do something like walk dogs, mow lawns, shovel snow, could you declare that you needed to buy a computer to be able to market your business and communicate with customers via e-mail?
I'm looking for clever ideas of stuff that would make sense to buy for yourself anyway, but which it would be even smarter to regard it as a business expense. Farming seems like one of them: if you grow your own food then it would reduce the money you pay for food in stores. Even if you can't grow enough for 1 person, you could say it was your intent to do so (and heck, sure it is, who wouldn't want to be a Harvest Moon god?) and the eventual goal is to be able to pay the rent with garden vegetables sold at a market or something.
Another I'm wondering about is hunting. If you said you wanted to run a business hunting deer and then selling the meat to people, would that cover getting stuff like a truck / gun / firearms training as a business expense? I mean hell… I'm even willing to give it a try, Post too long. Click here to view the full text.