Originally Posted by John H...
tom, Welcome to the forum. Maybe you could be a workkamper.
Hi John, thanks for the suggestion. I have looked into that in the past with disappointing results. So many of those positions seem aimed at people who have some type of income (SS, retirement, etc.). For those of us without any residual income, many of these positions don't offer a living wage. Also, many seem aimed towards couples.
I talked with a park owner in Texas once, who was looking for a park manager/maintenance person/grounds keeper (one person). He provided a space and all utilities, etc. and paid $100 a week on top of that. The responsibilities included manning the phone and office during business hours. Being available for off-hour check ins, grounds keeping and minor repairs in plumbing/electrical issues at the park. When I crunched the numbers on a '40 hour work week' (even though it would often be more then that) it ended up less than minimum wage!
That's just one example of what I've run into on that front. Other experiences were similar.
7 more years until I qualify for SS (if it's still around).
I registered on a couple workkamper type sites. The only one I got any activity from seems to be closed down now (sigh).
Thanks again for your input.
All the best to you and yours.