RVers Workers On Wheels Newsletter #625 ~ June 20, 2010

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Email the Editor/Publisher ~ Coleen Sykora

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RVers Workers On Wheels Newsletter #625 ~ June 20, 2010

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Update from Your RV Workers On Wheels Newsletter Editor

We, all of us, as working RVers, need to help educate campground owners. I received an email this week from campground owners looking for working RVers to trade work for a site. They were asking for 50 hours a week, per couple. Using the standard 4.33 weeks per month, that comes to 216.5 hours of work a month. I wondered what kind of campground it could be, how wonderfully elaborate, that it could possibly expect that many hours. I looked on their website and the park seems nice, but not spectacular, and not in a premier location. According to their website, their monthly rate is $285. Divide the $285 monthly rate by the 216.5 hours and it comes to $1.31 an hour. Clearly, that isn't what I consider reasonable.

It bears repeating: As a general guideline for ordinary campground work, one day of work, per week, per site, is typically reasonable. Yes, there are exceptions. You may have special skills that make it so that a site is only worth two or three hours of your time a month. You may have some special reason to be in a particular area or at a particular park, so that the site is worth more to you. On the average, 8 - 12 hours of work total (not per person) is a good baseline.

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.

~ Pay Available for Caretaker with Construction Experience in AZ
~ BLM Campground Host Needed Immediately in OR
~ Caretaker/Workcamper Needed 10-12 Hrs Work for Site in TX
~ Workcamping Available Now in Eastern PA
~ Llama Farm in North GA Looking for Workcamping RVers

The freshest ads are on the June Job Listings page.

~ June Job Listings

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

~ Job Listing Index

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~ Workers On Wheels Work for RVers and Campers Blog

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Working RVer Tip

Although it might not be on your job description, making an effort to get along with other employees and/or volunteers is oftentimes a big part of your job.

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

Amazon.com Seasonal Camper Program

Interested in a work camping job where all hours are paid, your site is free, and you don't have to clean toilets?

Amazon.com is actively recruiting and direct-hiring work campers at two of their fulfillment centers - Campbellsville, KY and Coffeyville, KS.

Amazon's orders typically peak between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and seasonal workers are needed in a variety of warehouse positions beginning as early as September.

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

~ Amazon's Seasonal Work for RVers

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Working RVer Tip

When looking for a job, try not to sound desperate.

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The Campground Owner's Point of View

Workamper No Shows

~~ Campground owner Debra writes: We had someone who has been telling us they were coming here to work camp but she never showed up. She never called me to let me know she was not coming or anything.

~~ I answered in part: We occasionally here from a campground owner who has had a bad experience -- including a no show -- but not often.

However, I do receive lots of emails from campground owners who have had last minute cancellations. And, the excuse the RVer gave sounded pretty flimsy.

Most RVers have no real concept of what it is like to run a campground and some don't see the obvious.

~~ Read the longer version of my answer -- and add your comments -- on the website.

~ Workamper No Shows

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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.

~ RV insurance sales
~ Laying sod
~ Online day trader
~ Small engine mechanic
~ Sports coach

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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

Understand and accept the fact that the person paying the bills gets to make the final decisions.

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Your Working While RVing Questions Answered

Survive (or Thrive) as Full-time RVers

~~ Gene asks: Can we survive as full-time RVers? I am a 48 year old painter and carpenter. I am tired of struggling to makes ends meet because of mortgage and the rest of what goes with it. I am looking to make enough money to pay for my essentials, along with gas and camping fees while traveling the country. I am also a decent solo guitarist and singer, which I make a living at right now, as well.

~~ I answered in part: I think you should be looking to thrive as full-time RVers. Being mobile, you put yourself in a position to accept short-term jobs. If you are a union carpenter or painter, your union should be able to help you. If not, signing up to work with a day labor staffing service may help. Or, simply contact construction firms in the areas where you want to work. Finding part-time and short-term jobs is different than searching for full-time, permanent positions.

And, if it comes down to just needing to survive as a full-time RVer, there are numerous things you can do to get by for while. Washing dishes at a restaurant or working as unskilled day labor are a couple that come to mind.

~~ Read the longer version of my answer -- and add your comments -- on the website.

~ Survive as Full-Time RVers

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Words of Wisdom from Workers

Profitable Website Business

~~ Dave Pilcher. writes: Hi Coleen, I just wanted to thank you for your great info letter and also for the link and write up you did on SBI. I have had an idea for a website, and after joining SBI, proved to myself that it would probably fail. In turn, I now have a better idea that I am currently running through the SBI procedure and it is looking really good. I'm sad that your SBI write up is missing from the last newsletter.

~~ My comments: The SBI that Dave refers to is SiteBuildIt, what we use to build our websites and for sending out the newsletter. It's package deal that includes helping you pick a theme for your website, helps you to figure out how you can earn a living with it, has the software for making a website where you don't need to know the fancy code, helps you get listed with search engines, helps you set up polls, most everything you need right in one place, for one price.

~ Why People Love SBI

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Working RVer Tip

You've probably noticed that in some areas of the country, things are more expensive. This includes RV parks. That doesn't mean you should need to work more hours in exchange for your RV site in those areas. The reason? Wages tend to be in line with the area's cost of living. The hourly value of your time is worth more there than it is in areas where prices are generally less.

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

A Video Game Designer Needs to Love, Know, and Be Passionate About Games

"Video game designer" isn't the first job that comes to mind when you think of work for RVers. But, it can be a high-paying choice if you are creative and love spending your days testing and playing at your console or computer.

How to Get a Fab Job as a Video Game Designer

~ by Phil Marley, FabJob.com author A game designer can be compared to a movie scriptwriter: the person who has the initial idea and then writes a document describing every detail of their artistic vision. Game designers are creative, methodical, and communicate well. They have strong technical skills, enthusiasm for video games, and sound gaming knowledge. ~~ Read the rest of this article on the website.

~ Video Game Designer

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Working RVer Tip

When you email an employer Monday through Thursday, wait at least 24 hours before you expect a reply. If you email on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, don't expect a reply until Tuesday, at the earliest. Campground owners are swamped on weekends, helping with customers. They are not sitting at their computers, answering emails the minute they come in. Other business owners are also busy with various obligations or may be taking a much deserved weekend away from work. Show some patience.

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Positive RVing Attitudes

The worst days of those who enjoy what they do are better than the best days of those who don't. ~ Jim Rohn

Progress is a nice word. But change is its motivator. ~ Robert F. Kennedy

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Soldotna, AK 99669

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