Okay, my first thread...
I need some money, not much. I know I cannot work or rather regular work doesn't suit me. I'm not particularly skilled in anything and that makes things even more difficult.
I have no social connections and so asking for cash-in-hand work is likely out of the question. I'm only receiving JSA and would have to starve without it. A few months ago my rent had increased and my computer broke down and so took measures to account for these, and the result is not much money left. I'm in a better position than most since I only eat one male a day on most days, and do intermitten fasting, and that saves some money.
So I was thinking about dog walking because I like dogs and I could charge £3 per hour and make a few quid. A lot of people have dogs in Wigan, but I see a lot of dogs getting walked too.
My first hurdle is getting the word out. I need a business card but I am told that they can get expensive.
Nothing is certain in life so I've given up seeking certainty. Everything is a wild stab in the dark, like throwing a dice and seeing if you'll get a six.
But why am I asking you this? Why do I need external validation? I am not sure. Perhaps there is a part of me that still clings to the illusion that people can help?
Yeah... I think the title of your thread goes for most of us. Everyone on earth, quite probably, would like to be able to do what they want through being - or to make them - financially independent. It's hard enough, without throwing autism into the equation.
I know some dog-walkers who seem to do okay and make a living. Maybe £3 an hour is a little low. Unless you could walk several dogs at once and make it more worth your while. A local woman to me has a service called 'Walkies', and I often see her in the park with up to 8 dogs.
How about posting some cards in shop windows? Or letting your local pet shops and vets know that you are offering the service?
Just some thoughts.
£10 is the going rate around my area.We have a handful of local walkers. They all walk about 8-16 dogs per day.One lady - She can make as much as £80 per hour at times.
Good idea. Thanks. I think I could bump it up to £4 an hour.