How to help rural hometown friends survive in this economy?
December 27, 2009 8:56 AM Subscribe
What's the best way to help my rural hometown friends survive in this economy?
posted by ElfWord to Work & Money (31 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
My hometown is a small city in north Georgia; less than 15,000 people or so. There isn't even a section of Craigslist for the surrounding area. A lot of my friends here are really struggling with finding a job or some way to pay the bills. There isn't so much as a McDonald's level position open.
I'm in town from Boston for a month to see family, and make some business trips to Atlanta, but while I'm here I'd really love to find some advice to give to help my friends. I don't have money to invest in them or any way to directly support them yet; I'm in the middle of trying to bootstrap a business off the ground myself.
In conversations we've had so far (initiated by them, I'm not pushing anything on anyone or talking down), I've talked about the importance of learning new skills, and the opportunity to make money from outside the local area via online freelance work. I'm hoping AskMe can...
* recommend some legitimate online opportunities to make money; including opportunities that would require them to learn a new skill (so long as it's feasible they could do so quickly).
* provide ideas for what type of non-obvious opportunities to make money there might be in a small rural town.
* provide other advice I should pass along.
Thanks in advance for all suggestions.