Belittle you? not really I have no bone to pick with most people, but your agenda is nothing short of inaccurate at times and you make posts deliberately so to put forward inaccuracies about an industry and i don't mind correcting it.
I don't generally answer personal questions, but just to put your mind at ease:
1) Yes it is my 'day' job per se. As well as tuning customers cars through the day I also consult with two other tuning workshops throughout the day. As an example of a typical week I spent most of the backend of last week at their premises. These get monthly invoices.
2) What is a registered business? Do you mean with companies house?
I am self employed, so I undertake and fill out a tax return like every other self employed 'business' (legally it isn't a business in it's own right). I own a limited company though which is a placeholder for when we invest further - I have two people wanting to help me develop the business so the long term plan is to develop into that.
What your referring to by means of a 'registered website' - god only knows. What's a 'registered' website?
3) I do have another job, which is done nights. This is basically to compound a self employed income as we have had some losses in the family recently and I have dependants, and it seemed like a sensible thing to do - especially as tuning doesn't make me rich despite what I charge.
I have heard rumours that the department I run solo on a nights (which is normally undertaken by a team during the day) has actually increased productivity quite dramatically (used to be a day only operation) - i'm secretly hankering for a pay rise and I might even one day quit the tuning and leave the ebay sellers to squabble over a £25 once I get my degree (see below) but we'll have to see on that front
I was going to stop tuning when I left my role as a dyno operator a few years back but people kept ringing me and I still had the gear...hence the above.
The above isn't secret knowledge.
I'm also doing an engineering degree at the same time, on a part time basis, oh and I really don't like parsnips. I've done some CAD work my uncles land surveying company and I once trimmed someones hedge and they paid me.
We're going back a long way though!To cut it short though, you can try and scrutinise my ship, or my past or whatever, all you'll find is someone who has worked hard and thought a tough battle and used genuine means to push forward.
One final thing mate
Genuine £30 tuners paying tax and registered as a business doing this for a living do exist.
From your post above, and in this particular quote, it seems you use the process of paying tax as a registered business as some kind of indicator of whats legitimate tuning and what isn't.
Whilst paying tax and being a registered business (where appropriate for your business model for the latter) are important components of being a genuine business, this is not my definition of being a genuine tuner, and I also know plenty of people who do a tax return who provide very illegitimate services. In fact I know a few small limited companies who I've witnessed guilty of the same. Recently on a closed facebook group a big company that franchised a lot of garages got outed for the use and attempted re-selling of clone Chinese gear.
So, unless you have a point to make about the size of my 'venture' all the above is unimportant and a distraction from the insinuation that somehow taking another tuners commercial work and publishing it is somehow quantifiable as 'okay to do'.