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The 'unofficial' Unjobbing Tribe

post #1 of 253
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Lately I've been wishing there was a forum on Mothering for unjobbers to share their tips, support, encouragement, etc. However, the next best thing is a tribe. So here we go!

I've been inching closer to the unjobbing route ever since last fall when I became incredibly burnt out on our current work. We work at home building websites, designing graphics, etc, etc. And it just isn't what it should be. The things people expect us to do alongside what they pay us to do is a little ridiculous. It's been a discouragement. And instead of it being the fun that it used to be of us running our own business, working from home, etc it is a miserable burden. Having a "9-5" cubicle job wouldn't feel much different at this point. It has literally sucked the life from me.

We are moving towards having different sources of income instead of just the one so that we do not have to rely solely on it. For starters we're making stuff to sell and there is so much fulfillment in that. More than I've felt in years.

And the less money we need the more freedom we have/the less we are controlled. For years we've been fairly efficient when it comes to buying as many things second hand as possible, being resourceful, sparing our resources, etc. So we've already got that down pretty well and continue to improve upon it. We've also (finally) started a garden and I'm sure that will help too.

The quality time we again have to take care of/enjoy our own life instead of dealing with petty, meaningless problems has been very rewarding. It has had me thinking, "so this is what life was meant to be like". And even then I feel that we are still miles away from being close to what life was intended to be.
But we're getting there.

Does anyone else have an unjobbing story to share? I'd love to hear it.
post #2 of 253
Well, I´m unjobbing but not very happy about it, I NEED a job.

I understand you and it´s great that you are looking for another way of making a living for you and your family. I never liked to be pressured on the job, I´m a massage therapist and have a dream of giving 3 or 4 therapies per morning, and the rest of the day for my son. I have a dream...!
post #3 of 253
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I´m a massage therapist and have a dream of giving 3 or 4 therapies per morning, and the rest of the day for my son. I have a dream...!
I know what you mean. I've had thoughts before like, 'if our work could just be like this or that things would be so much more simple and go so much better.' But it's never fit that way for some reason. *sigh*

What do you desire to be doing in life to earn an income? I notice that you said you need a job. Is being a massage therapist not working out?
post #4 of 253
It´s not working as well as I thought it would. I don´t like spa, and that´s where I am now. My therapies...very few. Crisis, the city, me...who knows. But I´m looking for anything right now!
post #5 of 253
what is unjobbing and how is it different than just being unemployed?
post #6 of 253
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Originally Posted by MoreThanApplesauce View Post
what is unjobbing and how is it different than just being unemployed?
Usually, being unemployed means no earned income. Whereas with unjobbing there is income, but it is not through conventional means. It involves being creative and doing without. At least, that is how I think of it.

This article explains a bit better

http://www.associatedcontent.com/art...ice.html?cat=4

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Unjobbing is a method to sustain a chosen lifestyle without the primary means of sustaining that lifestyle being a sole occupation in exchange for wages. Unjobbing is a creative choice.


Here is an interview with Micheal Fogler that is really good.

http://www.homeedmag.com/HEM/175/afogler.html

He has written a book about Unjobbing that is worth reading.


I'm fairly new to this concept myself. I had heard of it for a few years and wanted to check it out, but kept putting it aside.
post #7 of 253
oh, interesting! TY for the links.
post #8 of 253
great link, very interesting. thank you
post #9 of 253
i think that unjobbing is simply making a living doing what you love.

i do this, and starting next week, so does my husband. i teach yoga and run a holistic health center with diverse practitioners. my husband is a writer, and while he helps with the center, his primary focus is screenwriting. he starts an assignment (writing a screenplay for a film) next week.

we are very conscious of how we spend, how we save, etc. we definitely consciously choose a lot of things (minimalism, etc in our lifestyle) when it comes to earning and spending money.

we feel that we are masters of our own lives and destiny here!
post #10 of 253
ZOEBIRD...this is exactly what I want. I´m a massage therapist and I´m focusing on polarity, shiatsu and abhyanga. I+m also a yoga teacher for kids. I´m tired of working for others, there is never enough money nor time in my life. I hope to find my way.
Congrats!
post #11 of 253
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Originally Posted by zoebird View Post
i think that unjobbing is simply making a living doing what you love.
Absolutely. Lately I've been searching for what I would love to do. Lots of things I like and enjoy doing, but I'm not exactly enthralled.

I feel apathetic some days. I was raised to think that doing things you don't want to do/things you don't like was a part of life (and most of society fully supports such views, so it was a fairly solidified viewpoint for me despite my heart never being in agreement.) So I think that one way or another those ignorant theories had an effect on many of the decisions I've made in my teenage/"adult" years. Forcing myself to do work and other things that I didn't want to do. As a result, I have had some mild depression/anxiety issues that started in my teenage years. But things are beginning to clear up considerably since I've started following my own path. Right now my focus is uncondition-ing myself from going against myself. And also bringing in money from things that I actually enjoy doing and that bring fulfillment. What a difference.
post #12 of 253
i think part of the unconditioning process is the belief that many hold that one cannot make a living doing what one loves.

eg, my son loves hot air balloons right now. he's not even two, ok? but like, my MIL goes "hot air balloons! don't let him get too excited, he can't do that for a living!"

UHM, HE IS 2.

anyway, he can do it for a living, if he wants to. why not? goof balls.
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post #14 of 253
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anyway, he can do it for a living, if he wants to. why not? goof balls.
Absolutely. That's one of the joys of having a passion in life.
post #15 of 253
I want to be here...I'm not right now but it's definitely a philosophy and a lifestyle I like. I've read 'Your Money or Your Life' a few time and am working with a career coach right now on shifting careers. We are also considering downsizing from home ownership to renting a unit in a housing co-op so that we can afford to quit work & live our dreams more. But as the primary breadwinner for my wife and two little girls I am finding it a hard leap to make! I'll keep reading here and getting inspiration
post #16 of 253
Heading in this direction and subscribing to this thread!
post #17 of 253
mmmm hot air balloons...great idea!!!
post #18 of 253
Well we just bought a new house near family and dh quit his job as a high school teacher to be a professional poker player. His paycheck and benefits do keep coming till the end of August, but after that we'll just be relying on poker. I may try to find part time work (computer programming) but maybe not... I think of it as unjobbing/living the idle life, but dh just thinks of it as he can make more $$ playing poker than teaching. Some people think we're crazy/stupid, but other's think its cool.
post #19 of 253
I happened to pick up a book about unjobbing a few years ago at a book sale, Living Without an Income? DH quit his job a year ago and we traveled for 7 months. It was tough finding odd jobs on the road. Seemed like the unemployed rate was very high everywhere we went. We're back home now and DH is staying busy for the most part. I'm trying to not freak out about the irregular income! He is a carpenter who can build anything, fix anything, haul and tow things, he scraps metal etc. I'm trying to come up with ideas for things I would like to make a little money at.
post #20 of 253
love the unjobbing idea, don´t like the no-income idea, now with kids. When I was young, I worked in almost anything, any hours, any place, traveled, etc. but now with kids...it´s hard to keep your relaxed life without freaking out over school and medical bills!!!!

I keep searching...not too many people needing therapies lately...and no job in site. hard.
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