posted on Oct, 4 2014 @ 09:09 PM
I've been giving this a lot of thought lately after I saw a post on Quora about a guy who was trying to save money for some AP he was trying to
design... he was living in his car at night, moved it between different suburban locations, and bought a membership to a startup incubator called
'hacker dojo' in Mountain View, CA (a very nice place to live and great weather year round for living out of your car). The Dojo had unlimited
internet, other like minds to interact with, and was open 24/7; it was a few hundred a year, IIRC. For showers he got a cheap 24/7 gym membership.
Not bad compared to the 2K that rent starts at in the area.
Another idea is to look under 'shared rooms' and also medical employment or 'gigs' in Craigslist. There are literally thousands of people all
over who are getting disability money or are retired and want/need a personal companion, nurse's aid (duties will vary), housekeeper, etc. The trade
is often free room, board and a salary to boot, and often also, they're very well off and will live in some pretty nice digs. I worked for a lady in
the San Diego area who was legally blind and mostly needed a driver; we went shopping and out to lunch (she always bought) and to doc appts and hair
dressers. A most fascinating and intelligent woman, she and her husband lived in Japan after WWII and she had a lot of stories to tell. She was a
teacher, he was an economics professor and they had obviously done well.
Just make sure the situation is win/win, and you don't over commit yourself to a situation you can't handle physically or emotionally. Typically if
there is some sort of service as a go between for your employment, you'll get days off every week, or you can arrange your own situation. Another
option is as the night shift aide for a disabled person. Often these include a room, and also a salary. The pay won't be great, but free housing
would be. You'd basically be getting paid to sleep. You'd need a very clean police record for these, but minimal other skills. Just to be on call
during the night if needed. Pick a city you might want to live in, and take a look at Craigslist!