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[*] posted on 23-3-2015 at 15:57


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Pesticides.


Artisanal pesticides, with citronella and lemon oil added.




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[*] posted on 23-3-2015 at 15:58


you can make soaps too but most soaps are expensive and its cheaper to just buy Dial or irish spring.my favorite soap is patchouli and it works as a mosquito repellent as well.compost could sell if you have the time and space but if you cant keep up with demand then your business will end quick.the public is fickle and unforgiving!
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[*] posted on 24-3-2015 at 11:25


Special sparklers or colored smoke pots. 4th of July is not far off.
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[*] posted on 26-3-2015 at 14:08


The best thing that doesn't require exotic organic reagents, would be extractions of food-grade products such as caffeine from black tea, vanillin from vanilla extract, capsaicin from ghost peppers, and selling those white powders at the farmers market. But you would have to ensure they are food grade... make sure none of the extraction reagents such as dichloromethane are mixed in there.
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[*] posted on 26-3-2015 at 14:14


Quote: Originally posted by Cou  
The best thing that doesn't require exotic organic reagents, would be extractions of food-grade products such as caffeine from black tea, vanillin from vanilla extract, capsaicin from ghost peppers, and selling those white powders at the farmers market. But you would have to ensure they are food grade... make sure none of the extraction reagents such as dichloromethane are mixed in there.


You are near reason here. Lots to do, effing legal as well.
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[*] posted on 26-3-2015 at 14:19


Do the research : nothing has much of a chance of Success without putting in the Work to do the research.

All you need to do is go Observe, and ask Questions : find out what people would actually give you money for.

This essential part is far from Rocket Science, yet is vital.

When you go ask, and they say 'I'd like something to stop mosquitos biting me' then you get an idea of what they will give you money for.




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[*] posted on 26-3-2015 at 15:00


Make Copper benzoate and offer it to amateur pyrotechnists who like to use ammonium oerchlorate for blue stars. Glaze/ceramics grade Copper carbonate, food grade benzoic acid.



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[*] posted on 26-3-2015 at 15:13


That'd be a bit Niche.

The idea is to make some 'quick money'.

Top be fair, meth would be the straightest solution.

To avoid getting banged up or killed, perhaps there are Cop labs that would welcome some independent lab making small quantities of meth via various Kitchen methods in order to more exactly tailor their detection methods.

That would be fun, if there were paperwork given and guarantees of security.




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[*] posted on 26-3-2015 at 16:33


Quote: Originally posted by aga  
That'd be a bit Niche.

The idea is to make some 'quick money'.

Top be fair, meth would be the straightest solution.

To avoid getting banged up or killed, perhaps there are Cop labs that would welcome some independent lab making small quantities of meth via various Kitchen methods in order to more exactly tailor their detection methods.

That would be fun, if there were paperwork given and guarantees of security.


You are talking about DEA licenses and security environments with specific storage units, documentation, records, etc., etc. This is half the battle when any group wants to experiment with scheduled substances. It's the darn overhead and costs that make them look elsewhere.

Oh, believe me, they will take your sample, and then lock your ass in the slammer! lol

No thank you!
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[*] posted on 20-7-2015 at 23:12


Nitrous oxide? Diethyl ether? If its legal their is a market!



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[*] posted on 21-7-2015 at 14:09


Sigh, why? Just do reagent resale on ebay or something if you want to use your chem knowledge to make some change. Or sell Lemonade on ebay. That'd make even more money.



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[*] posted on 21-7-2015 at 17:42


Quote: Originally posted by The Volatile Chemist  
Or sell Lemonade on ebay. That'd make even more money.


Do you really believe that? Sure, pocket money can be earned, before they shut you down for non-compliance to food hygiene regulations (and should people really be allowed to sell non-regulated foods to the general public?)

Capitalism ain't called that for nothing: getting set-up legally and profitably costs a lot of money (capital). And even then you'll be up against Big Brands.




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[*] posted on 21-7-2015 at 17:54


Step one: Go to nearby university surplus store.
Step two: Buy quality Pyrex glassware cheap.
Step three: Sell on ebay for $$$.
But whatever you do don't go the UW surplus.... they always have terrible selection ;)




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[*] posted on 27-7-2015 at 11:27


Quote: Originally posted by blogfast25  
Quote: Originally posted by The Volatile Chemist  
Or sell Lemonade on ebay. That'd make even more money.


Do you really believe that? Sure, pocket money can be earned, before they shut you down for non-compliance to food hygiene regulations (and should people really be allowed to sell non-regulated foods to the general public?)

From all the jokes I make, I'm surprised you didn't see that was sarcasm. I think the whole idea is silly. Small shops, though, could be a good setup, resale is good, I guess.
Blogfast, do you own Oxford Chem, or does Bert?




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[*] posted on 27-7-2015 at 13:28


I've looked into this very problem quite heavily. My best advice is everytime you meet someone new, even when you have your car fixed, tell them "I'm a chemist, do you have a problem I might be able to help you with".

A big part of smart innovation is identifying the problem. People who work in an industry are 1000X better at identifying a really big problem you would never have guessed and believe me, they are very happy to tell you all about it.

As the chemist, you simply need to design a solution... usually the easy bit actually.

Case in point:

Just the other day (ok more like a year ago :P) when repairing the air-con in my car, the mechanic (after telling him the above) said that they spend a small fortune on aluminium flux powder and asked if I could make it for them. They even offered to act as an agent to sell to other mechanics they know off who use the stuff :cool:

It was not difficult digging through some old expired patents to find out how to make the stuff, not that I did, but that's another story.




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[*] posted on 27-7-2015 at 13:38


Quote: Originally posted by deltaH  


Just the other day (ok more like a year ago :P) when repairing the air-con in my car, the mechanic (after telling him the above) said that they spend a small fortune on aluminium flux powder and asked if I could make it for them. They even offered to act as an agent to sell to other mechanics they know off who use the stuff :cool:

It was not difficult digging through some old expired patents to find out how to make the stuff, not that I did, but that's another story.


So if I understand you well, you're sitting on a small goldmine but have decided to stay poor nonetheless? :D

I think I may have spotted a small flaw in your business model though: things may sometimes be cheap to produce but producers need to make a profit. That involves a large number of costs, aka the 'cost of sales'. If running successful businesses was easy, we'd all be millionaires. QED.




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[*] posted on 27-7-2015 at 13:47


Quote: Originally posted by The Volatile Chemist  

Blogfast, do you own Oxford Chem, or does Bert?


Yes, it's me. Hard work to make some money, trust me!




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[*] posted on 27-7-2015 at 14:04


Work = $

Smart work = $$$

the equation is very simple.

The hard part is coming up with a Plan.

The Harder part is Sticking to it, not allowing any other distractions to turn you away from the Plan.




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[*] posted on 27-7-2015 at 14:10


aga:

I think your upcoming book ('How to run a Successful Business') may be the shortest book in history! And 3 Chapters only! :D




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[*] posted on 27-7-2015 at 14:20


It is the business part that is hard.
The legal mumbo jumbo actually does serve a purpose.
It keeps honest people honest.
Dishonest chemists become drug manufacturers.

That and burning rivers aren't good to drink.
If everyone had a chemistry lab and didn't
dispose of chemicals correctly think what it
would do to the water and air.

We like to make things that smell and go boom,
but that isn't a really good thing for the neighbors.
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[*] posted on 27-7-2015 at 14:51


Quote: Originally posted by macckone  
It is the business part that is hard.
The legal mumbo jumbo actually does serve a purpose.
It keeps honest people honest.


G-d yeah, that explains why banks that were 'too big to fail' were rewarded for their incompetence/criminality with billions of bail out money! ;)




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[*] posted on 27-7-2015 at 15:38


3 chapters:

#1 1000
#2 1000000

still working on book #3

Powers of Ten are tricky.
Binary is easier.




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[*] posted on 27-7-2015 at 16:04


Try powers of complex numbers:

(a + bi)<sup>3</sup> ;)

(Easier than you might think, BTW)

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[*] posted on 28-7-2015 at 09:14


Anyone looking to make 'quick legal cash' in business will probably fail.

These things take years..........................

But if someone is hellbent on making money from chemistry l would recommend soaps, perfumes and essential oils.

The latter two are quite expensive in small amounts.....................




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[*] posted on 28-7-2015 at 11:26


Get a goat like I had.But only had because the lack of time.
Only get it if you have time.Friendly,can replace a lawn-moover and makes milk--->fat--->soap---->add your artifical dyes and oils.Healty lifestyle following people will love it.Personal experience:made my skin more mostionised and resistant to weather.
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