I don’t think I have ever tried so hard and failed so bad.
I have been out of “official” work for 8 years now. When my 3 were still home, I got child support and they also helped out some and I had various projects going which helped to bring in some income as well. Over the years we raised rabbits and sold them, raised chickens and sold eggs, pullets/layers and dressed chickens. We raised turkeys, guineas, ducks and geese as well and sold eggs and birds. It was all things that could be done from home while raising my children and helped to provide activities for them as well.
I still keep 12-18 layers now, but no longer have the rest. As my helpers moved out, I had to downsize as I could not handle the physical work involved anymore.
Since my son moved out I have basically had no income coming in. About 9 months ago I started a online vintage/resale business in the hopes of having some income, but while it has done ok at times, most of the time I see very little activity. I’m at my wits end - I have tried advertising, sharing on social media and all that, but still it falls flat. Since the first of the year I have made less than $200/month. I long ago cut any extra expenses and shaved the rest to the bare bones, but still $200 doesn’t go very far to cover things.
Over the last 3 or 4 years I have tried to find work in town (I live 30 miles out), but I keep running into the same issues. Very seldom has any type of “office” work been available, but the few times it has been, I wasn’t qualified or else, thanks to my associates degree, I am “overqualified”. And now, thanks to a constantly numb hand, typing doesn’t go so well anyway. You can always find work in the fast food places, as a housekeeper in the nursing homes or hospital or in various manufacturing places but I can’t keep up with the physical demands/pace of the work. The last one I tried was as a housekeeper in a nursing home. Even with another girl doing some of the heavier work, by day 3 I was in so much pain that the nursing staff was questioning if I was going to be ok and it took me weeks to even begin to see improvement in the flare.
I am so tired of trying and constantly beating my head against the brick wall.