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Old 04-04-2016, 03:15 PM
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Thank you for reading my post, I'm looking to move out of my parents house and have saved enough to what would be 3 months of rent + security deposit but want to move out my area. (South Carolina). I've been looking mainly at Colorado and everything and anything west of it. I don't have any job offers available and those details are part of my question as well - if it's possible to find work ($500-$1000/wk) with some college experience and work experience but no degree out there. any help leading me towards the right cities/areas would be much appreciated.
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Old 04-04-2016, 05:57 PM
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You're in good position to start out anywhere but if you can find a job first your risk would be greatly reduced.
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Old 04-04-2016, 06:03 PM
Location: Na'alehu Hawaii/Buena Vista Colorado
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What kind of work are you looking for? What kind of work experience do you have? Hard to know if it's possible to find work without knowing what you may qualify for.
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Old 04-04-2016, 07:03 PM
Location: In the Rampart Range
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Sure it's possible and it doesn't sound like you have much to lose at this point in your life. You'll pretty much have to focus on larger cities to have much hope of finding a job (you weren't specific so I am assuming you would be interested in general full-time hourly jobs like retail, food service, low-end clerical, etc.). In CO "larger cities" means the Front Range.

Moving anywhere with 3 months' rent, no local support network and no job lined up is going to be a real 'shoestring' experience, very marginal. You might not be successful, and it might not be a pleasant experience. But you are the right age for such an undertaking and I do think you have a decent shot at what you propose in one of the larger cities like say Denver, Colorado Springs, Albuquerque or Salt Lake City (if you want to be in this part of the country). If you can get lucky on a job and a place to live, and if your head is screwed on fairly straight, that is ...

Definitely second everyone who said (and is going to say) "Try to get a job first".

It would probably be an easier ride in other most regions, or if you could stick SC for a cheap in-state 2-year degree first, but it sounds like you know what you are looking for and have no one to hurt but yourself. Worst case - you get to spend 3 months away from cackalacky! Best of luck to you.
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Old 04-04-2016, 07:42 PM
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If you go for it, I might suggest doing a motel by the week or month til you find work. And both look hard for an ongoing position and sign up with a few temp work agencies and workforce centers even if it just for a few days a week. If you don't have adequate income stream after 6 weeks, take stock, double efforts. Don't ride it to the end without a plan B and money to pull it off, even if that is driving home and saving more for another try.

If you have some construction skills or are willing to do grunt work and learn, there are usually some construction crews that will make a quick hire and see if you can cut it. Pay is often better than other jobs like retail.

Others probably would suggest different places to try but for low unemployment and fairly low housing costs you might look at Greeley as a place to start. Or perhaps Colorado Springs. Summit County could work if you can talk your way into a month to month roommate situation and maybe find somebody employed at a place with open spots that could present you to their employer in hopes of getting a paying roommate.

Casinos have various low end positions to fill and perhaps an opportunity to move up. Housing might be a possibility at some.

If you got a Commercial driver's license before you moved, there would be lots of options for jobs. Even if you only did that til you found something else.

These tend to be low to minimum wage jobs and most are temporary http://www.coolworks.com/colorado-jobs
but most will hire by mail or over the phone and some offer housing and / or meals. You could get a foothold, a local reference and try to get something better by fall.

Call centers are another option if you have the people skills.

2nd or 3rd shift janitorial work could leave you time to search for better job / housing, learn the area, etc. If you can deal with the schedule and maybe less sleep.

Walmart is always hiring.

If you were in Colorado Springs you could see if you could get on with a military contractor in some capacity.

Road crew flagger, warehouse worker, entry level store security, painting and moving companies, auto part runner, car washing / detailing, Uber driver, lawn service, fast food, grocery / convenience store worker, cable salesman or installer, etc. Possibilities among many others if you dig. Only you know what you can or will do at this point. Making $500-1000 a week may be possible in a few jobs but most entry positions without prior relevant experience will be less to much less.

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Old 04-05-2016, 03:41 AM
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Best to do this using friends / connections.

Find a church, farm, or senior center, and rent a room in their home, often for free if you will help with a few chores.

I suggest a diversified economy, medium sized town with edu / job training ops for you.

Join communiy sports and do volunteering to meet folks.

Fill us in with your skillset and wage / schooling expectation.

I left my colorado home at age 16, bought my first home at age 19. Haven't starved yet. I always worked 3 or more jobs and often added school. I like to work weekends and night shift for more freedom for school or fun during the day. Night jobs are ez to find, pay more, and no 'day-shift-whiners'

Next yr you will be age 21, consider getting your CDL (truck / bus driving). It is a good paying position, and employers love female drivers cuz they are more careful with equipment and less prone to accidents. My SIL drove a tour bus in Alaska for college money (She moved from CO to Seattle for school). Rented a room from elderly in a VIEW home for $100/ month. They traveled 50% of the time and she had the whole house to herself. Other SIL moved to Honolulu at age 18, she has been there for 35 yrs 'house / pet sitting' for the wealthy. FREE housing, but she lives out of a suitcase.

I would suggest you consider international employment as soon as reasonable. It is great to travel and get paid for it, and it looks good on your resume. It can pay huge rewards for the rest of your life. (Relationships and pay). I just spent 4 months in NZ and AU, both are full of pre-age 31 yr olds on 1 yr work visas, I would get a skill and GO.

Enjoy the journey. But do very little 'conventionally'... I.e. Get an expensive apartment with a one yr lease

Personally, I avoid BIG cities like the plague they are. (Expensive and unfriendly), For Colorado, there are some great choices, Look to towns with jr college, they are usually big enough to find employment and housing. Get a specialized high paying skill.

Carbondale, Montrose are good spots in central Colorado. Grand Junction, Glenwood, Alamosa, Durango are all worth considering.

Front range (Denver / Ft Collins) is crowded and lots of pollution, and you have to fight a million people to get to good recreation.

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Old 04-05-2016, 07:42 PM
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Your plan sounds great, however, I recommend you find a job first so that you can earn money and deal with emergency situations. You'll be able to sustain yourself.
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Old 04-09-2016, 07:15 PM
Location: Lakewood, CO
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Sure, you can do it. It's going to be a struggle and challenge, at the least.

I'd suggest taking a bit more time and do some soul searching, to make sure this is what you really want. Sure, plan B and bailing, driving back "home" is an option, but how much would you like that? Try your best to be as confident with your decision, and then question yourself again.

Why this advice? Colorado is crowded, and only getting worse. Competition for good jobs is high, just like in any large city. You may be able to make it in the short term, find a good place to rent that's close to where you work. But do consider the long term (however many years down the road that may be for you) implications if you are going to stay here for a long time without growing your skills. Simply put, you will need a lot of money to live here comfortably. Plus, tolerance for traffic and crowds. Yet, the things to do here for fun are almost limitless. A trade off.

I hope this doesn't sound too negative - I'm only trying to be realistic.

My thoughts are with you, wishing you only the best for your success.
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