So, we started doing research, or I should say I started doing research. I found a few things that looked like they might pay enough.
Southern Cross is a company that hires people to travel the country and check for leaks in gas lines. They provide the equipment and you provide your vehicle. They paid a salary plus expenses. You basically have a hand held wheeled meter and you walked the gas lines looking for leaks to register. Didn't sound like it was for us, but it went on the list because the pay looked doable.
There also are a few management companies that provide employees for state campgrounds and these also were paid positions with free RV spots provided. The money didn't look to be quite enough, but it went on the list because they had a lot of positions in Upper Michigan and that would be great in the Summer. They also have some in Alabama and some other southern states, so we might have been able to switch for the Winter.
Also on the list was storage facility managers. The only thing wrong with this job was the requirement to stay in one spot for a long time AND most of them were in cities. OK, but we would rather be able to move and be in the countryside.
Other than that the prospects seemed weak for the type of money we were looking for. We always figured if we couldn't find anything, we could just pick a city and get a job at McDonald's!
I was trying to think outside the box and figure out something we could do that we enjoyed AND allowed us to travel AND paid enough. Dave and I had worked for the Country Stampede for about 9 years as the Entrance Gate Managers and then I worked in the office as temp help for 3 years. I got to know the vendors and service providers and it occurred to me one afternoon that both of these groups traveled to more festivals than the Country Stampede! As I was talking to one of the service providers it suddenly dawned on me that we would be a perfect fit for his company. We were familiar with their service, had worked with their equipment and knew how outdoor festivals worked. It was our busy time (just before the stampede that year) so I quickly mentioned to him (the CEO) what we were looking for. He said he was interested and to contact him after festival season. (yes, there is a festival season - April through October)
I contacted him in September 2010 and by February 2011 we had a contract hammered out and set to go at the end of March 2011 for our first festival in Arizona! This seasonal job kept us busy from April 1st to October 31st, traveling 10 states and working at 8 festivals. We got to meet new people, see how different (and the same) other outdoor festivals were, learned some new things and worked with some really great guys! We will be doing the festival gig again this year and are just as excited about it this year as we were last year.
|Country Stampede 2011|
In August I called 3 of them, Gate Guard Services, LOMA Flowbacks and, for the life of me can't remember the name of the third (probably because that one never called me back). LOMA called me back right away. We had a pretty good report on the phone and we agreed we would come to Fort Worth between our last two festivals and get the paperwork done and take the security test. A few days after that I heard back from GGS and the woman I spoke to took my address in order to send a packet of paperwork and materials to get the testing and fingerprinting done.
I really didn't have as good a feeling for GGS as I did for LOMA, so we decided to go ahead and go with LOMA. Not that GGS is not a good company, they are. They are actually the largest and oldest gate guard services company in the Eagle Ford Shale field. It was just our personal feeling on our part and the report we had with Doug at LOMA.
|Our home at the Circle Y ranch|
We're hoping we can carry on this schedule for the next 5 to 10 years and then that takes us to re-planning our travels after SS kicks in.
As the post title indicates this is about how we make money, so I wanted to talk some about what we are doing for money and also to let you know that workamping doesn't necessarily have to fit the more common mode of working in a campground or RV park. There are plenty of interesting jobs out there and ones that pay well, you just have to be a little creative and do some research.
OK, tomorrow is the "B" day of the A to Z Challenge and I will be the first to tell you, that I am basically winging it. I have no idea what subject starting with B I will be writing about, so tune in and we can find out together.
Till tomorrow then.........