RVers Workers On Wheels Newsletter #555 ~ February 15, 2009

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Work For RVers and Campers
Workers On Wheels
Email the Editor/Publisher ~ Coleen Sykora

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Update From Your Work For RVers and Campers Newsletter Editor

It's been a busy week.

Earlier in the month, we took a few days off for a change of pace. It ended up being a buying trip. We bought lots of "new" secondhand stuff to resell. We needed to go through it, process it, and get it priced and ready to sell. And then, to sell it. There's something about flea marketing and secondhand vending that just fits us.

Our Watkins team keeps growing. I've been coaching new members. The Watkins end of our business is more about education that it is about sales. Helping new associates get their business off to a profitable start is always fun!

I'm still behind on answering email. Only about a 150 or so more to go. I'm thinking I may end up posting to the website rather than answering individually.

I hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day with someone special. We did. We're fortunate that our work allows us to spend much of every day together -- and that after all these years, we still think of each other as that very special someone.

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


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Current Job Openings for RVers

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

~ Help Wanted: Workcamper Couple Summer 2009 In Canada
~ Full Hook-up RV Site and Pay, With Great TX Fishing
~ Two Workcamper Positions In Arizona: Security Patrol and Housekeeping
~ Pay and Site: Seasonal Help Needed At RV Park On the Mogollon Rim
~ Salary, Tips, and RV Site For Part Time Position In Maine - Single Welcome

The freshest ads are on the February Job Listings page.

~ February Job Listings

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

~ Job Listing Index

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Working RVer Tip

Pay Less Income Tax

Paying too much income tax? Consider starting an RV-home based business. No, you cannot legally deduct all of your living and travel expenses. However, the IRS does allow small business owners to deduct reasonable business expenses.

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Your Working While RVing Questions Answered

Work Camping and Income Taxes

~~ An RVer asks: Do camp workers have to pay any tax?

~~ I answered in part: First off the necessary disclaimer: I'm not an accountant, lawyer, or tax professional, so I cannot give you legal or professional advice.

This is my understanding of things…

Volunteers for non-profitable, charitable organizations, who do not receive wages, usually do not pay income taxes on the free RV site and perks they receive. I'm told the exception is if they receive a form 1099.

Whether workers at private, for profit camps, pay income taxes for lodging (RV site and hook-ups) and meals depends on three things. If all three of the following are met, then the value of the lodging and meals is not taxed:

~ It must be on the employer's business premises.
~ It must be for the employer's benefit.
~ It must be a requirement for the job.

Read the rest of this article on the website.

~ Income Taxes

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Ways RVers Make Money

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

~ Assemble and sell gift baskets at craft fairs
~ Make travel videos
~ Teach electric keyboard or piano lessons
~ Boat yard worker
~ Poll taker
~ Camp counselor
~ Accounting specialist

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Your Working While RVing Questions Answered

Working Tent Camper

~~ An RVer asks: I am interested in your thoughts of a "young" 57 year old tent camper working for the camping experience on the east coast.

~~ I answered in part: Another big factor here is just what kind of camping experience you want to have. I've seen tent campgrounds spring up for special events and then they are dismantled shortly thereafter. Some that come to mind are motorcycle rallies, rodeos, fairs, antique farm equipment shows, and renascence festivals.

Off road camping areas could provide another option. I wonder if state or national parks management would love to have someone in areas that aren't accessible by motorhomes or trucks and trailers.

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

~ Working While Tent Camping

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Words of Wisdom from Workers

Should RV Age and Type Matter?

~~ Jane writes: If the RV is clean, safe and well taken care of, it shouldn't matter how old it is.

~~ Dick writes: It is the employer's right to specify what he is looking for in an employee and RV, especially when an RV space is part of the compensation.

~~ Lindig writes: I think age-exclusion is too broad. What about fabulous Airstreams? Or my own vintage Toyota that the insurance agent said was the cleanest he'd ever seen?

~~ Rose writes: I figure that, if an RV park doesn't want us because our "home" is not new enough to suit them -- we probably wouldn't be happy there, anyhow, so it's just as well! We just aren't the snooty types! Our motorhome may be over 10 years old, but it looks as good or better than many of the new ones, because we've taken excellent care of it, renewing paint and stripes when it needed it.

~ To participate in the poll or see the poll results, go to the website.

~ Exclude RV's by Age and Type Poll

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Working RVer Tip

Improve Your Work Wanted Ad

Proof-read your Work Wanted ads. Correct spelling mistakes. Use correct punctuation. Include up to date contact information.

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Positive RVing Attitudes

Convert all adversaries and defeats into assets. ~ Unknown

How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. ~ Annie Dillard

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Coleen Sykora, Editor/Publisher
35555 Spur Hwy #281
Soldotna, AK 99669

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