Where We've Been (46 out of 50 States)...Where We Are!

Where We've Been (46 out of 50 States)...Where We Are!
Working at 3 Rivers Resort in Almont, Colorado until the end of August!

Friday, July 22, 2011

What To Be When We Grow Up?

That question has always been an open topic for us and neither of us have been able to answer it. Not sure if we ever want to grow up but living this lifestyle and having to work has opened up so many different doors for us, we are not sure which direction to take next. We know many things we do not want to do, but exactly what we want to do is still out there somewhere for us to find.

We know we do not want to stay put in one place for too long, and we do not want to manage a campground…too much stress for not enough pay. Working maintenance and front desk is just really boring for us, but much better than managing.

We like managing the pumpkin and tree lots…the work is hard…the hours are long…but, the money is great.

We loved cooking at the Dude Ranch last summer and would consider doing it again for another season…but at the same time, it’s hard for us to stay in one place.

We have worked at many of the NASCAR events wearing several different hats, but it's really been challenging since most of them do not pay for our camping and it is really expensive during those events, plus most of the pay scale is low.

We love the traveling we were able to do this season working with Scootaround and really like the work we do with them. But our biggest concern with them had always been getting enough work to balance out all the travel to get to the area for work. If we did not hit those two jackpots, we would have never survived financially as we did and we know that we cannot rely on jackpots coming our way all the time.

The writing and photography has not been a great income source and to be honest, I have lost interest in having to do it. Reading Semi-True Tales of Our Life on the Road's Blog really hit home for me. I love writing and taking photos, and it comes very naturally for me to do this, but as far as making any money doing it, not happening. Yes, there are folks out there, like Nick Russell from Gypsy Journal who are able to make a living doing it. Others have a knack to have the ads give them extra income...not us. Sure, we have made some money, but not even enough to buy us dinner at McDonald's.

The writing opportunities have not come our way in the past seven years and we have worked really hard trying to get them. I have actually been working at it since I was a child to get this dream off the ground of being a highly paid writer and photographer, but it is time to let it go and just begin once again doing it just to do it, and not have to push it so hard. Some dreams are not meant to be for everyone and I am really ok with that realization. It’s time for other dreams to manifest into our lives, hence the big question, “What to be when we grow up?”

We love working together as a couple, and work very well together. We love selling, but we have tried sales for an Air Photo company and for a campground brochure company…NOT for us. The type of sales we enjoy is working booths where people come to us. We were very interested in working for NHRA working their merchandise trailers, but we would need a Class A to pull the trailer…not possible.

Working booths, selling items or memberships of sorts has always been intriguing for us, but cold calling is not. We have not been able to connect with a company where we do not have to carry the products with us and that has enough shows where it would benefit us traveling around.

We were really interested in becoming an Independent Watkins Associate with the Summit Group, but again we would need to carry the products…not going to happen.

So as we search for our next adventure, we keep all of this in mind and hope that one day we finally are able to answer that question. Until then we will continue to enjoy all the different opportunities that come our way!


Chuck and Anneke's RV travels said...

I am not much help, since I have decided not to grow up:) I have read that at least at certain seasons, there is good part time work at Amazon warehouse sites.

Kimberly and Jerry Peterson said...

We have friends who worked at Amazona and are returning. We make so much more money and less strenuous work at the lots.

Kenny And Angela's Adventure said...

Good info for us that are getting ready to start full time.

Wanderin' said...

I used to think it would be so much fun to be a vendor at some of those street fairs they have all over the country. You know the ones. They sell photos, cute homemade items, crafty wall hangings and the such. I always thought I'd like to do that after I retired. Never did but always thought it might be fun. Would it be fun plus make lots of money? I kind of doubt it but maybe.

Nick makes money because he's not only good at it, he's extremely ambitious about it. He says things that are controversial and has built up a huge following because of it. Who else can get people to work for them, make money off of them and not pay them a dime?? You have to admit he is very, very good at what he does. Above all though, he is dedicated to his business. He's the one to follow in the footsteps of. There is a market there. He found his niche and so can you.

Judy and Emma said...

I found your thought process very interesting. I, however, have no experience with working on the road so have no suggestions. Now if you were interested in the volunteer lifestyle, I could give you some input. :)

Kimberly and Jerry Peterson said...

Wish we could volunteer, but since working is our only income...not going to happen any time soon!

Bob said...

Have you ever considered Gas Well Gate Guarding in Texas? Let me knosw if interested.
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Kimberly and Jerry Peterson said...

Thanks for the info Bob, but it is definitely not our cup of tea. We have checked into it numerous times and every time our guts say, "NO", loud and clear. Not every type of work is for everyone and we take our hats off to those who find that sort of work to their liking.

Anybody interested, check out the link Bob mentioned in his comment...very enlightening post!