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Old 07-19-2010, 12:15 PM   #15
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I work with a guy living in his TT here in Yellowstone at the Yellowstone Park Service Stations who is retired and gets jobs seasonally in different parks....i know last summer he was in the Tetons, this summer he is here with us, and he is looking at working in Yosemite next summer......its only seasonal, and i dont know whether or not he has any other income, but he is having a great time.
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Old 07-19-2010, 01:11 PM   #16
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This is very intertesting - I am 56 - widowed and thinking about semi-retiring in a couple years - This will be right up my alley. I will need some type of supplemental income though (unless I get my house sold). Right now I am the IT guy for an office equipment retail company. I am a Certified Canon copier technician and Certified Canon/Sharp Fax technician. I also work on computers and printers. I do just about everything there is to do with computers. I think I can get a job, hopefully. My girlfriend is a Manager of a convenience store and she is ready to move on. Stress is getting to her. She also used to be a nursing assistante but would need to be recertified. We will both need to work two more years to get the bills right and then off we go. This looks really great to me.
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Old 07-20-2010, 07:11 AM   #17
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I don't have the link here...but I have a good friend who travels in a large motorhome and does door to door sales of aireal landscape/peoples homes photography by a company called 'Airphotoink.com' ...they fly helecopters over particular nice homes/ businesses etc. Then they send a 'proof photo package' to you. Then you make a commission on your sales. if I come across their link I will post it. The money is supposed to be pretty good. http://www.airphotoinc.com/oh here it is...
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Carole, don't sell yourself short. With your keen eye and talent for photography you should pursue options in that field. You should make a professional portfolio of your "best of the best" and submit it to all the travel magazines and to state departments of tourism, parks and recreation and even to the departments of trade for the states where you have traveled and photographed. Don't forget the National Parks/Dept. of Interior as a prospect. You should also look into being a free lance travel writer for publications like Trailer Life, Condé Nash, and others. You should also contact book publishers to see if they have writers that need additional photographs for the books they publish. With all the places you have camped and traveled in the U.S. (and Canada?) you might even consider writing a travel/camping book yourself or publishing a collection of your photos. Your experiences and beautiful photographs you have amassed really give you a multitude of options.

You know I wish you more than just good luck, but the very best of luck. Keep us informed of what you decide to pursue.
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Old 07-20-2010, 11:42 AM   #19
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Carol, here are a few thoughts to follow-up on what Minnie's Mate started. Along with a good strong portfolio (or several portfolios to target different audiences) get a web site up and going with a gallery of your photographs. Also, a separate gallery of stock images that are for sale. Remember to protect your work with copyrights that have been filed with the Library of Congress. Write up a sample article on some trip/rally/etc. so you can pass out samples of your work.

Lead a week long photo expedition - say Fall color in Michigan starting in the UP and working South?

Depending on where you will be traveling, COSTCO does a very good job of color printing. This can save you the hassle of hauling a professional quality printer in the trailer.

Airstream Life is another publication to target.

Best of luck and remember that the first sale is the hardest. F/8 and be there.

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Old 08-12-2010, 03:56 PM   #20
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So many great ideas here and thank you for being so supportive and kind. Photography with or without an article and photo expeditions sound absolutely the things I would love to aspire to. Yet I seem to be leaning towards the plain garden variety of pay for hours worked and repetitive tasks verses creativity as far as a money maker at this particular point in my life. However an eye to the goal is that spoonful of sugar helping the medicine go down and hopefully, in the most delightful way.

WHA! I couldn't be a cowgirl and bring Oreo and I was seriously doubting I could step it up to that level with my first baby step. But wow what a gig! I have learned that the anxiety response is not bad but is a good one to help examine if the risk is worthwhile and then help to prepare for the likelihood of possible scenarios and problems to become better equipped to meet the challenge. As it turns out I don't think I could take a pet and subject him to the long Amazon shifts either, unfortunately for me. But Oreo could stay on at home and have the company of Koa and Kee Kee and roam his territory at will. My campground host inquiries were for couples and that settled that.

So now I am considering working in shipping for Amazon in either Kansas or Kentucky. The Kansas location season starts earlier, another month of employment. Kentucky will give a substantially higher bonus for completing the season, if you do, though at slightly lower wages. Full or part time opportunities exist and there is a need for 1000 workers. I hear it gets crazy after Thanksgiving with possible 60 hour weeks and even to start work days are 10 hours. One seasoned work camper of Amazon said to think of the work as free, even paid personal training on your way to walking (12-20 miles daily) into a better shape. Which I totally could use if I didn't die trying first, which would remain to be seen, but I prefer the optimist's approach...

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OH HEY and if you want to work at Amazon let me refer you and I might get $$$ or a chance at a Kindle! I actually just downloaded Kindle for PC and they have Kindle for IPod and some free classics to give it a spin. Adding on WordWeb gives dictionary features and all of this is absolutely free!

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Old 08-12-2010, 07:51 PM   #21
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A BIG ditto here!.... Hey, get AIRSTREAM to pay you for promotional photos. Carol, I understand that you need a dependable income - but you love photography and you're really really good. You owe it to yourself to at least give photography a try, even if you just do it part time.

I don't want to discourage you about the Amazon job - but be prepared to really invest in some good running shoes... 10 hours on a concrete floor on your feet running... can be rough if you're 25. Of course if you get started BEFORE Christmas rush starts and working your way up to those 10 hour shifts would help. We work with a lot of UPS drivers, and several tell us that the trick is to switch shoes at lunch. Just having a fresh (well? relatively) pair will help your feet a lot.

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Carole, don't sell yourself short. With your keen eye and talent for photography you should pursue options in that field. You should make a professional portfolio of your "best of the best" and submit it to all the travel magazines and to state departments of tourism, parks and recreation and even to the departments of trade for the states where you have traveled and photographed. Don't forget the National Parks/Dept. of Interior as a prospect. You should also look into being a free lance travel writer for publications like Trailer Life, Condé Nash, and others. You should also contact book publishers to see if they have writers that need additional photographs for the books they publish. With all the places you have camped and traveled in the U.S. (and Canada?) you might even consider writing a travel/camping book yourself or publishing a collection of your photos. Your experiences and beautiful photographs you have amassed really give you a multitude of options.

You know I wish you more than just good luck, but the very best of luck. Keep us informed of what you decide to pursue.
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Old 08-12-2010, 10:04 PM   #22
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One word: support hose...

Well, If one is good, two is three times better!

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they list all sorts of job opportunities and have articles and guidance on what you can do. I write their tax column, often while sitting in our 19' Airstream!
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Old 08-14-2010, 04:07 PM   #24
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You remind me of an old fellow I used to know. He was about 70 at the time, he rented a room from me in the winter and traveled with a trailer in the summer.

He was a semi retired sign painter and house painter. I say semi retired because he still did a few signs and lettered trucks if someone asked but didn't seek out business. He had quit painting houses years before.

But here comes the good part. He had some interesting ways of making money when he traveled.

When he made a sign for someone it was usually painted on masonite. He saved the leftover masonite and cut it into pieces from a little under a foot to perhaps 2 feet. On these he painted landscapes of typical Canadian forests and lakes with pine and birch trees.

The whole picture was done it 2 minutes with a 2 or 3" brush and leftover house paint and they looked great, no kidding. First he would lay a few pieces of masonite flat on a table. He would draw a birch tree in white paint then add some horizontal streaks of black, fill in the leaves with dabs of green and black mixed together. Paint a lake with pine trees on the distant shore then drag the brush down thru the trees into the water to make shadows. The sky of blue paint with white clouds sort of smeared in. It was amazing.

He would knock out a dozen of these in half an hour. When he went camping he took a stack of them along with his easel and wooden artist's kit with tubes of artist paint, sable brushes, turpentine and so on.

On nice days he would set up his easel beside the lake and start painting a picture. Not like I described above, but little dabs and brush strokes with much squinting at his thumb LOL.

Pretty soon this would draw a crowd of kibitzers and someone would ask if they could buy the painting. He would say "this one won't be done for a couple of days but I happen to have one here I finished yesterday". He always happened to have one he finished yesterday LOL. Going price $5, $10, up to $20 depending on size and remember this was 30 years ago.

Ya it was a bit of a swizz but the punters got something for their money, a genuine oil painting and a way better souvenir of their trip than some cheap Japanese toy.
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He had other things he would do like go around rural areas offering to paint mail boxes and letter the family's name with a little picture to boot. He could do the name and a little decoration in a few minutes and charge $5, more than most people made in an hour back then.

If you are not an artist do you have any other skills? There are temporary employment agencies around the country where you can pick up work but of course, the better jobs require skills.

Tax preparers make good money but of course, this is seasonal. If you have a little accounting knowledge, the big companies offer free training every spring.

I suppose it is a matter of taking your skills and figuring out how to use them in new ways. Like anything else, once you get into it you will figure it out and get better and more confident as you go along.
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Carol,

Pursuing a career in healthcare is a very good way to go. There are a number of jobs in every state as we all need healthcare. There are number organizations that look for people to fill temporary and permanent positions. Becoming a CNA is a relatively short program and can lead to immediate work. In some areas they will pay for your training if you in turn agree to work for them for a certain amount of time. Only down side is that you have to obtain a license for every state your work in. This is where a temp organization can be helpful. They sometimes will help you with this and in some cases pay the fees as they are interested in placing you in a job to fill a need.

I’m in healthcare and have worked for temp groups before. Richard and I are considering this and working on the road right about now. Thanks for starting this thread. It is very interesting and encouraging.

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PS Stephenh2 do you work for a temp group? If so which one?
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Hi Robin,

I work for an agency that has a department specializing in "travel nursing". They also recruit other health care professions besides nursing. Send me a PM and I'll send you the info on my agency and try and answer any questions you have.

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Old 08-22-2010, 04:57 AM   #27
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This year has been an interesting one for me with various duties in health care. I have been employed as an activities assistant at a long term care facility, a dietary aide, and a registered home health aide. Moving towards Santapalooza I am going to strike out now in a different direction and work at Amazon's Kentucky distribution center for the holiday season. Afterwards, the local school district has called to schedule an interview for food service and I may just follow up on that when I return to Michigan. However I am always keeping my eye on the cool jobs and destinations offered to work campers and dreaming of streaming and walking about with my camera.
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