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WHats your SHTF Tradeable Skill?

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If you lose your job in the upcoming Financial Collapse, what skills do you possess outside your given job/career that can be used to trade for resources?

 

Im a career IT Professional. But this wont be worth a dam in SHTF, so what other skills do I have?

 

Im not professional in any of these, but given my rural Kentucky upbringing and Military exp. i can do and have knowledge in:

 

Electricity & Electronics Repair (Radios, Laptops, Flat panel TVs, power tranformers, Solar/wind etc.)

 

Architechure & Construction (Materials and Methods, thermodynamics)

 

Painting and metal restoration (commercial, from Navy)

Moderate Welding

 

Firefighting how-to (Navy) techniques and different firefighting agents

Intermediate First Aid care (Navy)

 

Basic Auto Repair, Basic Home Plumbing

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1/ Carpentry, I can build & fix anything made out of wood.

2/ Protection skills, being into the arts of self defence since the age of 4 years & firearms since i was 6 years. Currently i'm a teacher & instructor in both.

3/ Making ammo & animal traps.

4/ Hunting & forageing for food skills.

5/ Animal husbundry raised rabbits & chickens. Got rabbits now in the back yard.

6/ Growing eatable foods.

7/ Accupunture skills & pressure points, help mend/fix the human body.

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Welder/Sheet Metal Work,Mechanic,Heavy Equipment Operator,Combat Engineer,Truck Driver,Build my own home so I`m handy with the trades,school training in Electricity/Home Wiring,Propane Tubing/Piping.

Have done my share of hunting /buchering,some military training in cooking,baking,now I baked all my bread and cook in different styles,food preservation,wine making,ammo reloading,and lots of reading to learn some more.

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Excellent question! Here are my ‘talents’ in order of importance (importance is relatibe, of course).

 

I make custom knives and love doing so. I can do build knives using hand tools but prefer power equipment because it speeds up the process. Right now I buy the knife blade blanks and create the knife handles but, in a pinch, I can make the knife from scratch.

 

I am well-versed in firearms and own many types and enough ammo to last a while. I own things that can kill at a mile or up-close. I can stop a car or truck with firearms if needed (very necessary when considering unit defense). I have other skills and knowledge in associated areas but I’d rather not discuss those skills here. So, if someone needs security help, both offensive and defensive, I can do it.

 

I reload ammo. So, if the big ammo manufactures close their doors, I can keep you in ammo till the cows come home. I can reload from 9MM to 50 BMG. Of course, if the SHTF, we’ll need to find the components necessary (lead, powder, primers and such).

 

I am a very good hunter. Small game, big games, birds… whatever. I can fill your cooking pot quickly. I figure most of us can fish, so that probably will not be needed.

 

I am not sure that there will be a need for it but I am a dive master, a master diver, a rescue diver and a recovery diver. I am well skilled in water rescues including setting up search patterns and small boat handling (hence: excoastie). I have removed batteries, ammo and such after they had been in salt water for decades. Salt water makes these items extremely unstable. It takes a very ‘light’ touch to keep these things from hurting the diver and the environment.

 

I can fix and design electrical and electronic equipment but I don’t like doing it. I have a degree in it but haven’t used that skill recently. If my life depended upon it, I could still fix equipment.

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I can fix ANYTHING. I have had a one man repair business for 25 years and do appliance repair, Ac/Heating, and electrical repairs I've worked as a carpenter, roofer, plumber, mechanic (Both gas and diesel) , gunsmith, machinist and landscaping/gardening. I do leather work, wood work, blacksmith, knife making, ammo reloading, drafting/map-making/surveying, sewing in cloth, leather and canvas and have made booze from scratch. I can fish, hunt and trap at a level that makes food a non issue for me and mine. My wife is a licensed dental hygienist and can do a lot of dental work as well as being a CPR instructor and done a little Emergency med work. I was farm raised and have extensive experience canning and some meat smoking. I have butchered everything from chickens and rabbits through pigs cattle and goats. I have the equipment and tools for doing all of these things.

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Barter skills(find out what something is worth)Combat Engineer/build it or bust it..what do you need done?

Building skills from power tools to hand tools,basic black smithing(pounding steel into useable shapes and repair)Loging(I can drop a tree safeley)with chain saw will cut up to lumber.

I can cook for 2 or 200.I can grow food/teach basic gardening skills and have a stash of seeds.I can grow tabacco and store it properley..I can turn corn and grain into a useable"Medical Alchol"..I hunt with a bow!

if it has wheels I can drive it,Osha licence to teach fork lifts skills.Basic plumbing and drainage.

Food storage/canning and drying and salting.Furniture Repair!!

 

If I say yes I mean yes!If you pay me to do something IT GETS DONE!

 

I cant dance worth shit.

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You know, the most valuable skill of all is something that everyone here has. A flexible mind that is capable of forethought and foresight. The sheeple will wait until the wave of destruction is looming on the horizon to even think about acting while we will BE acting. In a crisis situation she or he who can act calmly and do the right thing while other panic will rule! I will take that person over anyone with ANY assortment of skills because they will be someone you can depend on.

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Currently work for rural electric utility..........NRECA cert. Power & Energy Management Tech. (alot of experience working with solar, wind, fuel cell power systems. Cert. Generac Commercial 2 generator tech. Also experienced in making wine,corn liquor,beer.

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I'm thinking that sarcasm will not be particularly marketable, so I may need to pick up some other skills - and soon! LOL

 

First aid, CPR: I was a lifeguard forever and a day ago, and wound up training other lifeguards in CPR, first aid, and water rescue. It's something I enjoyed, so I have kept up my skills.

 

Cooking: Have done this for groups from 2-50, sometimes with almost no budget/ingredients. Lots of "from scratch" baking experience thanks to my grandma, some canning experience.

 

"Light" gardening: I am well versed in all sorts of planting, weeding, cultivation, even some large-scale landscaping work. But most of it has been more towards beautification and gardening for pleasure than really being about getting food on the table.

 

Outdoors skills: Setting up/creating temporary shelter, starting fires, identifying useful/edible plants, fishing (also clamming/crabbing on the coast), canoeing, kayaking, and using other small boats in lakes and rivers, general knowledge about safety and likely dangers, etc.

 

Project management/coordination of efforts/delegation: I know, sounds kinda B.S., but as a general rule, whenever there's chaos, I wind up being the person who imposes order. It's just the way my mind works; I'm an INTJ (Meyers-Briggs personality type) and it brings a very pragmatic, "what's the best way to get things done" approach to the way I operate.

 

As you can see, I have SOME skills, but certainly not ENOUGH skills. I've only been seriously engaging in any prepping and disaster planning for a few months, and this is one of the areas that I have identified as a need for improvement.

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Sure you can, if someone was shooting at your feet, you'll be danceing all right. Just kidding there brother.

 

Anyone who shoots at my feet won't get a second shot! I may not get off the first shot but my first shot WILL count.

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What a lot of us will bring is a steadiness of having been there and done that. I have a few skills, some tactical, some logistical (I am a pretty good cook, actually) and some medical (hygiene is not something a lot of folks think about - the coffee tastes better if the latrine is DOWN STREAM from the camp rather than upstream for an example from the movie 'Horse Soldiers').

 

The appearance of calm certainty will go a long way toward helping others make it through. That really isn't a 'marketable' skill of course but there is usually some skill or hobby that will help a group. Once there, the steadiness of an individual may be their greatest asset.

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Anyone who shoots at my feet won't get a second shot! I may not get off the first shot but my first shot WILL count.

 

I agree..I will "Fall" to a position of"got your ass".

 

By the way,I hold two state licences as a Certified Nurse's Aid,Cpr is up to date,and can wash and clean your BUTT if you are uncappable.

Just dont shit yourself after you have been fired on!!

your on your own...

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This reminds me of the old joke about the first live entity to go on a rocket to the moon.

 

there were 51 applicants one monkey and one person from every state they passed eating

 

mashed food through a straw and being exposed to all the stresses of flight but the last one

 

and the least technical was the obstacle that left only a few to be considered it was the

 

can you sh*t and sit in it for 10 days test and the last time I heard a guy from put your least like state here or the persons state your trying to piss off here was in the lead.

 

it is not what you know it is what you do not that will kill you or cause you to die.

 

as far as what I know that is a viable skill for barter or trade "nothing" because everyone thinks they know it all.

I will let them bat their brains out and let nature take its course.

I have bought and made the best most durable equipment I could so I will not be at the mercy of morons.

 

I have meal / flour grinder and oil extractors stainless equipment to process liquids and meats chemicals.

tools to work with they can use them HERE and give me a cut I ain't doing sh*t except oversight of my

equipment and train or give only such knowledge as it behooves me to give and never enough to let others

steal my living like all the great B@stards of the past, hell even colonel sanders knew better than to give out

free information as it is power the power to survive in business or in life.

passive income is and has always been the key to living well, worker bees do not have a life they toil and die.

let the sheeple get their just due make them work like the stupid chattel they are because they have no clue how do anything they expect to be paid a kings wage to do a menial job and that is where this entitlement

nation {those who have not paid} have earned their values from.

 

We have lost the understanding of value a stamped piece of jewelry costs as much as a nice piece of furniture.

the time involved in gaining the knowledge to make a product has no value unless your a doctor.

a purse costs more than a man makes in a week if sheeple are that dumb let them suffer the fate of the stupid..

 

I have read all the socialist drivel posted and remember why men of the past did not allow the hard earned knowledge to be given away and all that tripe of for the good of man is so transparent that any but the

brainless should see through it. there has been very few real examples of true selflessness. because if it was

truly selfless then who would know?

 

most of the free information was given because the originators knew they could not handle the backlash or

manufacture alone but made residual money from peripheral enterprise or knowledge of the process.

 

Sheeple there is nothing so pathetic and ignorant as one of these creatures a sea slug has more sense.

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The appearance of calm certainty will go a long way toward helping others make it through.

 

Appearing calm is a very important trait! If some bad guy thinks that he is going to scare you and you simply give him a little, encouraging ‘smile’, the bad guy usually turns slowly and walks away. Bad guys feast on fright! When they see you are calm, they decide to pick an easier target.

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1. Hunting

2. Fishing

3. Gardening

4. Metal-working

5. Cooking

6. Some emergency medical training

 

That's about all I can think of when it comes to my true 'tradeable' skills. Hopefully they'll serve me well.

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Appearing calm is a very important trait! If some bad guy thinks that he is going to scare you and you simply give him a little, encouraging ‘smile’, the bad guy usually turns slowly and walks away. Bad guys feast on fright! When they see you are calm, they decide to pick an easier target.

 

That's when I'll shoot them in the back during TEOTWAWKI because I am not going to be looking over my shoulder a bad azz never gives up just takes a different tact or recruits more help.

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