So, you found a piece of dirt in Furnace Hills, AZ. What do I do for work, you ask? Well, try becoming a telecommuter! There’s thousands of jobs out there that will allow you to work from home. Perhaps you’re good at writing or web development. Or, perhaps you could start an online business. According to statistics, sixteen percent of the US population is working in the “gig” economy. And this number is growing! If your overhead is low, you don’t need to make a lot of money starting out. This is part of the freedom of living in a tiny house! It opens up opportunities that you never thought existed before.
If you are in the construction industry, you can tow your tiny house to where the work is. Work 3-4 months in MN, then move to AZ or CA for more opportunities and more favorable weather. Imagine having the flexibility of moving from gig to gig, making a steady paycheck, and not having to pay exorbitant rent and taxes.
BLM land (Bureau of Land Management) is available to park your rig for a really cheap price. I’ve spent 2 months on BLM land for $20/week in Quartzsite, AZ. If your schedule allows you to be here in September, you can buy a LTV (Long Term Visitor) pass for $180. This will allow you to spend up to seven months on BLM land. This breaks down to less than $1/month! The one caveat here is that there is no hookups on BLM land. In other words, you need to “dry camp”. For this, you would need to have a black water tank, a generator or solar panels for power, propane for cooking and heating, and preferably a fresh water tank. BLM land is available all over the country, and is quite a bargain if you don’t mind a little inconvenience. Many dry campers also either have a OTA (Over The Air) TV antenna, or a satellite TV dish. The nice thing about being on BLM land, is that your neighbors can be a mile away.
Internet service can be obtained in town, or through your smartphone. Check with various cellular providers for the best data plans on equipment that you will need. I get a full five bars of signal strength in Quartzsite, so cell coverage here is particularly good.