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Old 12-08-2009, 05:32 PM
 
Location: Texas
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BrokenTap

I would LOVE to homeschool, but I thought that as a single mom that was not possible. Maybe I need to revisit that dream?

I hear everybody's point about jobs availabilities, but I am am optimistic and I think that if I look carefully enough I might find a small town whith enough odd jobs to go around, make a living, be happy and be close to my kid.

I think I need to find a town that is 1 hour from a souce of "traditional" employment. That way I can taste the area, know the neighbors and identify sources of income while I keep a job...

In the meantime I work on simplifying my city living and my expense habits. I hear it loud and clear that I need to be debt free before I go country. So I have a year to plan this out while I pay everything back.

So, what are other steps I can take? Ideas?
I don't know how this will work in a very rural setting, but what has always been a wonderful experience and opportunity for me is running a home daycare/preschool. I have 4 kids, so I save so much money not having to pay for childcare! I am also considering pulling my son from elementary school and home schooling him next year. It sounds scary right now, but I'm sure I could do a better job than the school here.

Just an idea for you! Sounds like you are on a great path. Congratulations! I can only dream of living a simple life in a small town.
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Old 12-08-2009, 08:07 PM
 
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I don't know about the daycare, but as for homeschooling. Go for it! Then if your child doesn't learn, you have no one to blame but yourself!

As for the OP, besides milking cows I teach school, pastor a church, weave rugs, repair sewing machines, cane chairs, weave baskets, and make brooms. We also sell eggs, chickens, ducks, geese, and fruit and produce in season.
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Old 12-09-2009, 10:55 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Plowman, you sure would be handy to have around! Awesome!

I am looking into homeschooling for next year. If I do choose to do it, I want to know everything about it first before I decide it is right for my son. He doesn't learn the way other kids learn and has difficulty at school. The school provides speech and ot services for him, which is something he needs. Anyway, I won't get into all the details, but this is something I'm researching. Thank you for the encouragement.
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Old 12-09-2009, 11:11 AM
 
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Hang in there! You'll never be sorry.. God gave the kid to you, not the state.
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Old 12-12-2009, 10:51 AM
 
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I have bachelors in Business and Psychology and AAS in computer networking. I lived in a very rural area of the upper midwest for most of my working life(the last 25 years). I managed quick lubes, wrote service in dealerships and repair shops, Machinist and drove a bus(rural transportation). When my wife got her accounting degree a few years ago she landed a job with the federal government in a medium large city in the midwest. Luckily the facility in which I now also work is on the extreme east side so we looked for property in the county to the east which is very rural. We now kind of have the best of both worlds with large city opportunities and country living with only a 30 minute commute through the countryside to get tow work. Its made the transition a great experience.
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Old 12-12-2009, 03:33 PM
 
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About daycare. A dear friend of mine just tried that. She did a great job. She is now hurt and broken hearted. People just would not pay their bills. She had to close.
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Old 12-16-2009, 05:41 PM
 
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My user name is self explanitory as to what my job is!

I've worked in The Northwest Mississippi Delta, the coast of East Central florida, Northwest North Dakota, the Seacoast of New Hampshire and semi rural Western South Carolina.

I usually end up living in a town where my job is right in town, and within walking distance of where I live.

The jobs I usually go for are in smaller townsplaces where they won't have a huge chocie of candidates to chose from and the concern is more.. "Can you get the job done?" then your educaiton. I was never ONCE asked about my educaiton in any of the 5 places I've worked. (I didn't go to college and.. Im not proud to admit it, but I didn't even finish high school)

My salary is generally around $20,000 a year. Sometimes a tad bit less because of extremely low cost of living, sometimes higher due to cost of living. Also, yearly salary in my industry depends alot on what your responsibilities are, if you're management or not. In bigger towns, even if youre not management.. your salary can run around $25,000 or so.

What I look for in a town.. is a safe, clean and low crime town with low cost of living and the land has beauty/history to it. Give me a decent place to buy food and basic needs stuff(clothes, etc) along with decent phone/tv/internet services in town and Im a happy camper.

If you wanna check out a little more about what I do, my website address and email address are in my profile.. just click my user name and click View Public profile.

keep in mind, that when I say this.. I'm a single car with no wife, girlfriend or kids and I don't drive.. it's just me and my dog. Oh, and if you're wondering.. I do ALOT of walking and riding on my mountain bike! (I need the exercise anyways, so it all works out!!)

Paul

This is an interesting lifestyle. Do you find the jobs first or find the town and then start looking for work? If you move without a job, how do you get a rental without a steady income at first?
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Old 12-16-2009, 05:43 PM
 
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Maybe, but it does not happen here and that is the point.
Where are you located?
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Old 12-16-2009, 05:46 PM
 
Location: Ridgway/Saint Marys, PS
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This is an interesting lifestyle. Do you find the jobs first or find the town and then start looking for work? If you move without a job, how do you get a rental without a steady income at first?
My screen name got changed since I made that post.. Im a radio broadcaster/on air personality.

I always find the jobs first, since I look in places where there's usually only one or two stations.. once I have a committment of some kind from the radio station, I have them help me find a place.
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Old 12-16-2009, 05:49 PM
 
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My screen name got changed since I made that post.. Im a radio broadcaster/on air personality.

I always find the jobs first, since I look in places where there's usually only one or two stations.. once I have a committment of some kind from the radio station, I have them help me find a place.
That makes sense. It's risky to move to a place and hope for a job, even if the cost of living is relatively low. Sounds like you have a workable plan for living in smaller towns.
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