RVers Workers On Wheels Newsletter #590 ~ October 17, 2009

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RVers Workers On Wheels Newsletter #590 ~ October 17, 2009

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Update from Your RV Workers On Wheels Newsletter Editor

It's the weekend of the Mossy Creek Barnyard Festival. We didn't go this year – the festival is in Georgia and we're currently in Alaska. But, I'm including here a write up I did about it a few years back. You may be surprised at the variety of hobbies and special interests people use to pay their way. It's a terrific example of the many skills you can put to use while RVing.

Be sure to check our blog frequently for website updates and between newsletter announcements.

~ Workers On Wheels Work for RVers and Campers Blog

Wherever you are in your work and travels, we wish you joy and prosperity,

Coleen

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Current Job Openings for RVers

Here's a sampling of the most recently listed job openings.

~ Jobs in South Texas Rio Grande Valley, Starting Mid November 2009
~ CA Campground Positions with Pay and RV Site
~ Workamper Volunteer Wanted for Museum in WA
~ Job in Maintenance for Mobile Park in NM
~ Resort Workers Needed in California - Hourly Pay for Extra Hours

The freshest ads are on the October Job Listings page.

~ October Job Listings

For the archives of previously posted job listings, see the monthly job index page.

~ Job Listing Index

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New Pages On Work-For-RVers-And-Campers.com

Mossy Creek Barnyard Festival

The Mossy Creek Barnyard Festival puts you in the midst of, as the show organizers say, "the way things used to be." More than an arts and craft show, it's a living history weekend. It is also a great example of things working RVers can do at fairs and festivals.

Entertainers were busy throughout the day. Some were hired by the Mossy Creek show organizers to perform at certain times. Others performed to promote themselves and their products.

Storytellers, cloggers, rag time piano players, and fiddlers were among the scheduled entertainers.

Harpsichord and dulcimer players, along with various other instrumentalists and vocalists gave live performances. They also played recordings of their music and sold them. Some were selling the instruments themselves. One man was giving lessons.

Broom and brush makers demonstrated their talents and sold their products. Angora wool spinners and weavers did likewise.

Many of the people working the show were doing so in pairs. One man was busy carving wooden duck decoys while his partner sold small carvings and Christmas ornaments. Presumably, these were hand-crafted by the decoy carver.

The petting zoo was a popular attraction at Mossy Creek, as it seems to be at most events where we see one. They were selling countless numbers of cups of animal chow, to children and adults alike, to feed to the animals.

A crowd was gathered around the blacksmith as he worked his forge. He fashioned plant hangers, coat hooks, and wine bottle holders. He answered questions about his trade while people watched and purchased his crafts.

~~ Read the rest of this article on the website.

~ Mossy Creek Barnyard Festival

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Working RVer Tip

Make it your goal to do the job your employer wants and needs done.

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Your Working While RVing Questions Answered

Hours Per Week

~~ An RVer asks: We are aware that working 40 hours total per week per couple exceeds any value for the campground where you are staying. Most of the ads ask for this commitment.

How many workcampers negotiate these hours down? What is the best approach to lower these hours per week?

~~ I answered in part: Most of the Work Wanted ads on our work-for-RVers-and-campers.com website do not ask for that type of commitment.

Are you looking at ads in another publication or on a website other than ours? If so, well, maybe it isn't such a great place to be doing your job search. Look elsewhere.

Job listings -- and even job offers -- are most always negotiable.

Industry wide, the best approach for lowering the hours of work required for a site is for fewer RVers to accept positions that require excessive hours.

Individually, you have choices. One is to not respond to ads requiring what you consider excessive hours.

The other is to visit with the campground manager/owner to see if a compromise is possible. I would say the best way to negotiate is to first find out what he needs. Does he need someone to cover all the hours? Or, does he need to limit his employee wages to just what can be bartered? When you know his needs, you can then suggest an arrangement that may suit both of you.

~~ Read the longer version of my answer on the website.

~ Hours Per Week

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Ways RVers Make Money

Here's a sampling of work RVers can do to cut their expenses, earn a living, and pay for their travels.

~ Sell used books
~ Pipe fitter
~ Inventory taker
~ Seamstress
~ Teach scrapbooking

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Watkins Bus. Info

Part of our income comes from my being an Independent Watkins Associate (ID #362289). You could be one, too.

~ Buy or Sell Watkins Products

~ Use and Tell Team Building Method

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Working RVer Tip

You can often use your unique personality, skills, experience, and interests to make a ho-hum job into something better.

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Positive RVing Attitudes

The road to success is always under construction. ~ Unknown

The relationships we have with the world are largely determined by the relationships we have with ourselves. ~ Greg Anderson

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Coleen Sykora, Editor/Publisher
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