I've lived in this small town for about 6 years now & overall it's been nice. The small town vibe is usually great, though there are drawbacks just the same.
Right now my biggest struggle is finding better jobs. I really hope y'all would have some good suggestions. I've tried to look this up, ask on Reddit, & talked with some people IRL to figure it out. I'm still stuck.
I'm not really able to profit from a side-hustle as I'm already working full-time with a long commute. I am slowly working to see if my photos will pay anything, but it's been a process. I don't want to totally kill all my time with work, I just want to find a better job. I have qualifications & experience... I feel I'm just missing something...
Before COVID I was making $20/hr and things were at least OKAY then. COVID caused a lay-off at my company & I set to job searching in Feb 2020. No luck unless I accepted a position that paid $12/hr. I was able to prove to the unemployment office that $12/hr wasn't enough & I was allowed to keep searching while receiving unemployment. Then in Oct 2020 my old company had a posting for a similar job to my old one at $16/hr. It was the highest paying position I saw at the time so I went for it.
Losing $4/hr over a 40 hour week is killing me. I'm desperate to get out of here & earn more money. I'm just not sure how. I can't seem to find anything available anymore.
I have a Bachelor's degree in communications & tons of customer service experience. I'm tech savvy & artistic as well. I just can't find any jobs available! Seriously, in my town there have been 7 job postings since June of this year! I've been using Indeed.com, ZipRecruiter, & LinkedIn.
So my hope here is that I can start a discussion on how to make more money while living in a rural town. I'm 45 minutes/30 miles from any larger cities & the commute is terrible with mountain-ish roads. Also I'm not able to just move as I have a mortgage & a MIL on disability that my spouse cares for. (So she can't really work either, though I'm looking for a cheap computer so she can try out some work from home options.)
Thanks in advance & all the best to you all!