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The Economy of You by Kimberly Palmer

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8

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JOHN TULLOCK FIRST DISCOVERED HIS SIDE INCOME IN THE FORM of violet Virginia bluebells, which are native to his Knoxville, Tennessee, home. The luminescent, bell-shaped flowers were easy for him to grow in his backyard garden, and also easy to sell to local garden centers, which have trouble keeping bluebells and other popular native plants in stock. He soon expanded into poppies, bleeding hearts, trilliums, and orchids. A community relations manager for the local Barnes & Noble, John spent his weekends tending to his garden and packaging up the flowers for sale. Each season, he made around $10,000 in profit, which he shared with his gardening partner.

For John, now in his early sixties, earning a healthy side income from his ...

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