In two weeks my wife and I will leave the comfort of our home in Austin, Texas for the rugged lifestyle of driving a class c motorhome across the United States for 7 months. The name of our road trip is Hourly America and will consist of me trying out fifty different hourly jobs, one in every state, in order to share experiences from hourly workers like yourself all across the country.
What kind of jobs you ask? Pushing carts at The Home Depot, bussing tables at Ihop, basically any kind of job I can get my hands on. What's important isn't in the job title, but the people I meet while working in every new city.
The goal of this trip is to learn more about hourly-paying jobs and the people who work them. Between myself and the team at Snagajob, we've decided to create a documentary of inspiring hourly-paid workers from various industries. We want to tell the real life stories of people who are doing awesome stuff while being in an hourly job. Maybe you're working an hourly job in college while aspiring to be a doctor, maybe you're a single mother working two different jobs in order to support your little one, maybe you're in your hourly role because you sincerely love what it is that you do every day. Whatever the reason- we want to tell the world about you.
I’ve teamed up with Snagajob because when it comes to hourly jobs, they know their stuff. I’ll be using the Snagajob website before I get to every state in order to cold call into businesses and see if they are willing to hire me for the day. It can be difficult to land summer jobs, so I’m hopeful they give me an opportunity to earn my keep.
Hourly America will be a trial by fire. I don’t have any big name celebrities endorsing this project, nor do I have camera crews following me around. I’m going to be using real world techniques while talking to potential employers in order to land jobs. No doubt there will be tons of rejections along the way. People don’t know who I am and so they have no reason to hire me other than what I promise I can offer them in a day’s work.
We officially kick off the trip on May 27th and I should be working my first job in Santa Fe, New Mexico around June 1st, pending I find someone to hire me by then. From this point on, you can expect 1-2 updates per week from me on the road while I meet hourly workers and complete different jobs.
If you’ve ever met someone in an hourly job who inspired you or left a lasting impact, please let me know and I’d love to meet them while on this trip. Send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and if we can coordinate it, I will work with them during Hourly America.
Until next time,