How to make money online when homeless

Last Update: June 21, 2013
I've entered into an interesting situation over the past 2 weeks. I have been homeless and living out of my car. I have an apartment lined up for me on July 1st, and I have 6 months paid in advance. I do not, however, want to spend $35/day for a place to stay in the interim. It is summer, and right now, it feels like camping.

But during the past 2 weeks, I've discovered something. That you do not need a home to work on your online business. Over the past couple of years, many businesses have begun to offer free wifi.

Here are a few wifi hotspots that you can access:

1. MacDonald's
2. Starbucks
3. Tim Horton's
4. Some bars and restaurants
5. Public libraries

Ways you can save money:

1. Don't buy coffee, make your own. You can bring a thermos to MacDonald's and get them to fill it for you while you add your own instant coffee. This will save enough money to afford a WA subscription.

2. Call you local help line and find out where you can get free hot meals.

3. Don't buy unhealthy foods. Empty calories wastes money.

I've thought about what it would be like if I literally did not have a means to work. If I needed to be on social assistance, as long as I had a warm place to stay, some food to eat, and a computer, I can go to any wifi hotspot and run my online business.

Think about this if you are in dire straights. You can do it regardless of your situation.
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Mahevash Premium
Hope you are doing fine. Kudos to you...what an inspiring life story!
Hudson Premium
Thanks for this, very inspirational. You are making the best of a situation and I admire that. However as with other members I worry about your safety at night. Let us know when you get into that apartment so we can relax!
NadiaWP Premium
Thanks for your concern Hudson. I am living in my car with my boyfriend, and we both compare it to our previous plan of driving cross country and camping it out.

I will let you know and probably post picks of the new apartment after July 1st. We are both excited, as this is our first apartment together.
Ema Premium
You can look for a short term housesit. just google housesit and you´ll find tons of sites. craig´s list could work too.
NadiaWP Premium
I've looked at a program called Backpackers. We do have the option of staying at a place for $35/night. If worse came to worst, that is what we would do.
I worry for you, but you are an Inspiration. Please, get into your apartment as soon as possible. Women living in their cars sounds very unsafe to me. Please keep in touch. God Bless
NadiaWP Premium
If I were living in my car alone, I'd be terrified. But my boyfriend is with me. The first couple of night were rough, as we did not know where we could and could not go. The first night, we sleept at a park but a cop pulled up and said we had to leave.

Then we discovered that there is an unspoken rule that you are allowed to camp out in Walmart parking lots. So we stay near campers and others who are doing the same.

I will post apartment pics once I we move in on July 1st.
dshmizil Premium
Well if you were in a situation to go to a McDonalds with a mobile device and work, wouldn't you probably be in a situation where you have some capital to provide for yourself? Very creative though!