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For 10 years as full-timers, Janet Groene and her husband, Gordon, made a living as a travelwriter and photographer team. Janet was already an established freelance writer when they gave up their home and Gordon's career as a professional pilot to pursue life on the go.
Gordon had been a photography hobbyist who now made it a business to illustrated Janet’s feature articles and books. The Groenes lived on their small sailboat in the tropics in winter and traveled in summer in their 21-foot camper.
Now widowed, Janet continues as a freelance journalist and also writes fiction based on her travels on sea and shore. See her Yacht Yenta series of “cozy” mysteries.
Farley Halladay is a widow with a grieving heart but also a sense of duty, caring and give-em-hell crime solving.
Laugh and cry with Farley and her menagerie of friends in May Misfire It's Book 5 in what will be a 12-book series. While all books in the series follow Farley’s journey of widowhood, this one is especially poignant as she returns to the boat where her husband died. Send a copy to a widow who may identify with it and to your friends who love a “cozy” mystery. https://amzn.to/3gJPBF2
HOW TO FIND JOB$
TO TAKE ON THE ROAD
“Work at home” jobs have long been connected with scams that prey on shut-ins but the new economy has created tens of thousands of excellent new jobs known as remote, flextime, temp, virtual, work-at-home and online opportunities. Some are salaried, some commissioned, some piecework. Some are a self-starting business you tackle completely on your own.
Warning: making a living from the RV lifestyle alone has become a very crowded field. No matter what your specialty, from Podcasts to video, blogs, film, TV, books and websites, from how-to articles in every field of RV life to geographic areas,from entertainers to evangelists, others are already out there in their own RV's and struggling to stand out in the throng.
How To Get Started
* Do you want to work for someone else or can you handle self-employment as lone wolf, totally without a safety net? That in itself is a tall order.
* Does the job require you to be somewhere or can you work from anywhere, any time? Temp agencies such as Kelly Services offer jobs everywhere for limited periods. Temping is a good way enjoy a certain area of the county, then move on.
* If the job requires you to work on location, is an RV site provided? If not, where can you get hookups and a safe place to camp? How will you get from the campsite to the job site?
* Does the job require constant telephone or internet service? Face time? Some of the best camping areas have no coverage.
* Can you work anytime or only during certain hours? (Many service centers operate 24/7 and you may be required to work different shifts.)
* Is the employer interested in your skills and resume or more interested in signing you up for a course that you have to pay for? Does the employer look at your existing portfolio or ask for free samples? If your resume shows that you are already accomplished in this area, you no longer work for free, period? A trial period may be required and that’s OK if terms are reasonable.
* Does the agency require a monthly fee for a job search? Placement fee? Set-up fee? Cost for materials?
* Do they require a fee to interview you? If an agent or publisher charges a reading fee to read your work it’s likely they make their money with reading fees, not with the honest job of agenting. Check their track record.
Steps to Take
* Go to the company website. In fine print at the bottom, check the copyright date. The site may be an old one. That’s already a red flag. Do a Google search to see what others say about that company and its service or product. Then go back to the company site and look for Work for Us, usually in fine print at the end of the websome. Click on that and see what you can learn about employment opportunities.
* Step one, before you go full-timing, is to get a professionally written master resume. If you are employed now, get a recommendation. Then massage each copy of your resume according to the job du jour. Accent your job skills as well as any background in work-from-home. Show you’re are a self-started outside of an office environment. .