It’s normal & healthy for kids to get out on their own, and learn how to fend for themselves. Parents aren’t around forever, and the sooner you can learn to be self sufficient the better.
We’re not young forever either, and working your butt off when you’re young is a lot easier, and the best time to build a firm foundation for your future. I was lucky, my full time job involved traveling the country, but I still put in a lot of 80+ hour weeks, and I never got overtime either. After my first 6-8 months of 80+ hour weeks, I don’t think I ever needed to really worry about money again, until I was forced to retire early.
You have a lot more opportunities than I did, we didn’t have cell phones, laptops, or the internet. Today, you can spend your spare time building additional forms of income, and before you know it, you’ll be free to travel the country or the world, and have the money to actually enjoy it.
It’s no fun struggling to survive, adventures are much more enjoyable when you don’t have money worries. Life isn’t free, and it’s only going to get more expensive, but luckily money is one of the easiest things to get if we put our minds to it. With the internet, we can make big money with a minimal amount of work. Money making websites can make you money while you’re sleeping, or off adventuring. Regular jobs can support you until you get your internet income built, or a regular business that doesn’t require your presence or constant attention. These are called absentee owner businesses. Either way, that’s how you set yourself up for the good life, with a lifetime of income. The sooner you get started, the sooner you’ll be free to really enjoy life.
With the resources available today, if I was starting from scratch, I would get a full time job to take care of my immediate needs, then immediately start building a couple of nearly foolproof absentee owner businesses. Within a few months, I’d be set for life, and never have to work again, while giving others good, above average, living wage jobs. That’s how we’re setting up the disabled & elderly homeless people for life. Within months, they’re making $10k+ per month. There’s a never ending need for a plethora of homeowner & business services, and they’re practically fool proof. People always need lawn care, houses & businesses cleaned, drains unclogged, junk removal, and the list just goes on & on. Businesses also need advertising, which is one of the ones I’m involved with, online only for me. They also need websites constantly built, updated, or repaired. Your manager runs the business, your workers do the work, and you make a percentage of the profits. Many of these can be started with almost zero financial investment.
About a month ago, we started a toilet & drain unclogging service for an elderly homeless lady. The equipment for the first worker was ~$200. (The workers buy & own their own equipment, but the business will supply them in the beginning.) No plumbers license is needed. Already it has expanded to 5 workers and a work from home manager. Each worker is making $75/hr, and the manager is making $20/hr, but she is the manager for 5 separate businesses @ $20/hr each. The old lady made over $5k profit in her first month, after all expenses were paid. The only ongoing business expenses are a $25/mo cell phone, $250/mo insurance, and $40/mo for advertising. No office/shop rental or utilities needed. The workers & manager are self employed contractors to keep things simple. Due to the constantly increasing workload, it will probably double in the next few months to 10 full time workers. A never ending supply of clogged toilets & drains. The service is the lowest priced and fastest responding one in the area. Workers from similar companies are only making $15-$20/hr.
Done right it can be a win/win for everybody involved. The new business owners and many of the workers for these businesses were homeless to begin with, and the businesses are started & funded through an outreach program, then the startup funding is repaid. Anybody could do the same on their own. Here in the twin cities these programs have gotten hundreds of people off the streets and onto their feet again. In this scenario, the new owners are those who are unable to work to support themselves.
Start an online business directory, and let 100’s or 1,000’s of businesses pay you $20/mo to be listed in it. A friend does this and is making $500k/yr just from the businesses in his city, and it’s all fully automated. The opportunities are endless. It’s not that hard to have both money & freedom, nomad or not. Find a need and fill it, and you can be set for life. While we’re taught & expected to be good worker bee’s, following and duplicating the more successful can be a great shortcut to financial freedom.
“Everything should be made as simple as possible." ~ Einstein