Jobs in the Country

It’s not as hard as you think to find a job in the country and survive…

Most people cry that they can’t enjoy country living until they retire or win the lottery. They complain that there are no jobs to be had and the few there are don’t pay as well as the jobs they once held in the city.

Today I hope to bury any misconceptions you may have about country jobs and employment in the small towns of USA and Canada. Plus ease your mind by showing you that it costs a lot less per month to live in the country than to live in the city – no matter how large your family is!

Let’s Get Started…

There are no jobs in the country or in small towns. (False)

I work, and all of my friends work. My husband works and so does everyone in his family that is old enough to get a job.

The misconception to blast out of your consciousness is that gainful employment and a weekly income has to be thought of in only a traditional manner.

Some of us:

  • work from home,
  • drive 45 minutes to a job,
  • are away 4 days a week working (where the company pays a board rate for motel, meals, and travel expenses),
  • change our jobs per season (snow-plowing, cutting wood, etc.).

But we do work. We all live in villages outside of small towns and yet somehow we all make enough money to make ends meet and afford our luxuries. Sure, it can be challenging at times, but it certainly isn’t impossible. If you really want to move to the country, you can either find work or create your own opportunities (which, in my opinion is the only way to go!).

You can live on a lot less money in the country. (True)

When I first left the city I was worried as well. I came from a high profile job in a government office in downtown Toronto. Back then, my monthly mortgage payments alone matched what I lived on when I first arrived in this small town.

Now in the last 10 years I’ve been working online so my income has increased considerably since, but I did support my child and myself on less than 1/2 the income I had in Toronto.

My mortgage is less, taxes are less, car insurance is less, and our needs are less.

Now you wouldn’t need to do everything I did back then to save money – growing your own food in the garden (to can or freeze), buying groceries in bulk, raising my own poultry, beef, pork, etc. – but if you could you’d be even further ahead of the game.

Entertainment Expenses

Life is also cheaper in the country because we don’t spend a pile of money entertaining ourselves (i.e. frequenting movie theatres every weekend – where a family of four can easily spend $70 plus parking for just a few hours of entertainment).

Instead we go skating, hiking, fishing, swimming, tobogganing, visiting our friends, or horseback riding. None of it costs us a cent more than we might have spent otherwise. It’s a mind shift really – we visit friends when we’re out and about anyway (so there are no extra fuel costs) and the keeping of our horses also isn’t an entertainment expense, because they are an investment.

Jobs in the country don’t pay as well as city jobs. (True)

Sadly, this one is absolutely true, but it isn’t as much of a problem as you might think…

As stated above, your cost of living could be 1/2 as much as it is in the city. Therefore, taking a $2-3 cut per hour isn’t such a big deal when you look at the big picture.

That $2 decrease per hour, over a 40 hour week, works out to a movie night per week for a family of four. Can you give up a movie night per week to enjoy life in the country year round?

Unconventional Country Jobs

In closing I ask you to consider the option of working in an untraditional way…

I know this is hard for some people and the challenges of working on your own and not having a boss and a job can be too drastic of a change right away. But consider the notion of gaining your income by working from home, or starting your own business, or freelancing for your present employer (they get to keep you as their skilled and trained staff and you continue to enjoy your regular paycheck, but in a rural setting).

Tele-commuting, contract work, selling products online, or setting up a small town shop are all viable alternatives to the traditional city job.

Follow your heart! If you’re drawn to the country life, don’t let any barrier stand in your way! Certainly not the threat of never finding a job! If you’re driven enough, you can make it work financially.

Laura Childs
Country Living Writer, Internet Entrepreneur and Work at Home Mom

20 Comments to "Jobs in the Country"

  1. Adam Ward's Gravatar Adam Ward
    April 19, 2009 - 19:08 | Permalink

    Howdy all I am a 23 year old man from kansas city mo, I am looking for work in a small country town if anyone knows of any please send the info my way I have farm exp.I also served in the marine corps. thanks

  2. Susan McV-West's Gravatar Susan McV-West
    June 11, 2010 - 07:08 | Permalink

    I met and married a man in a very small town. Moving is not an option. I have lived in large cities my whole life (a small town to me was Newport News, VA — 45 mins from Norfolk, 2 hours from DC). I find that the community is very insular–it is WHO you know, not what you know. How do you start a business in a small town, especially considering the current economic enviroment. Where do you start? Not to toot my own horn, but I have a good college degree, experience in running a construction company and a long list of favorable attributes. HOW DO YOU START A BUSINESS IN A SMALL TOWN?

  3. Rev. Bob Sauter's Gravatar Rev. Bob Sauter
    July 2, 2010 - 19:52 | Permalink

    I also am looking for a job in a small comunity or town, I am 52 years old and have 27 years experince in the IT Feild along with alomost 18 years in the ministry.
    911 dispatch centers and law encforcement is my favorite areas. Love the mall town freindlyness.
    God Bless

  4. Freddie's Gravatar Freddie
    September 8, 2010 - 20:29 | Permalink

    Just stumbled onto this page…in my search for ideas. I am 26 and completely fed up of city-living. Sick of it!
    I have no specialized work experience and before I try for a diploma/certification in something, I want to explore the types of jobs one could have in the country.
    My family situation is quit different than yours, as I have no partner or children. (No help..?)
    But reading your text has given me a bit of hope.
    I will be looking at my options and hopefully find something suited for me.
    Looking forward to exploring you website some more.

  5. Crystyl Parker's Gravatar Crystyl Parker
    September 19, 2010 - 13:42 | Permalink

    Hello ya’ll. I am a recently single mother of three. I am looking to abandon city life and move on to a simpler, fulfilling life. I no longer want to be unhappy and long to live in a place where everybody knows everybody. I want to live away from crime and do something meaningful with myself and show my children a better way. If you know of an opportunity please reach out a hand of hope. I currently live in Phoenix Arizona and work for American Express as a Team Leader. I have a great background in Customer Service and Problem Solving.

  6. hernan's Gravatar hernan
    December 2, 2010 - 02:30 | Permalink

    Hi,i was working for many diferents jabs and diferents nations.Most the jobs was in the financial filds,also restaurants,construction,Real Estate,Body shops(technician)manager in a bank,all of this in the big cities,now i loquing for move to the country ,i love horses and cows.I back to the college to study agronomi,i just i want a breack for start again one more time ,save same money and eventualy buy same land .I love wild live .

  7. John Stanaland's Gravatar John Stanaland
    December 4, 2010 - 12:01 | Permalink

    We country people are really blessed! With the on coming problems we are facing with big government, socialism and in the end, Marxism. We country people will be best served by sticking together, helping one another, plan ahead on food storage and being very self-sufficient. Please stay informed on what is happening across our land.

  8. Tracy's Gravatar Tracy
    February 17, 2011 - 18:19 | Permalink

    I just moved my son and I to the big city because, my job was given to a computer. And, his dad and I seperated as well as a long list that goes along with that. I thought it was best for us to move where I can work. Um,I am so behind, and stressed every month, because we can’t make it. Its crazy. Daycare and rent are my entire earnings. I make to much to get help, and sometimes get child support. I am so happy to come across your site. I am trying so hard to find a way back to the country. I only have one, and he is growing so fast, and I am missing out on so much. I see him ten hours a week less because of commute time. Its not worth it.

  9. Kitty's Gravatar Kitty
    July 16, 2011 - 11:30 | Permalink

    Living in a small town for 12 years, I can’t help but think that you’re full of crap when you say there are jobs in small towns. I’m 19 and can’t find a single job, and I’ve been looking for two years. The “non-traditional” jobs are well out of my reach. Everyone in my town has to drive 30-60 minutes to work. Everybody, because all the jobs are either in the nearby city or at the beach. None of the jobs in town pay well and not a single one hires anyone over the age of 17. The problem I and many others have had looking for jobs in the nearby city though is that the city is in a different state (Virginia), and anyone who lives in my state (N Carolina) is “too far.” And everyone who works the manual labor jobs comes from an hour away- nobody is local.

  10. August 19, 2011 - 08:36 | Permalink

    All true, in fact we continually see more and more people conduct business online while living in small towns. That’s a boon for small towns and I hope to see this trend grow.

  11. toni tischer's Gravatar toni tischer
    October 13, 2011 - 13:23 | Permalink

    I currently live in a wonderful small town, I work and do in home care, I’m not a nurse but care and help where I’m needed I do get paid for milege. I love what I do, it’s very fullfiling. However I want to move to another small town and start a new life with my son Im 47 and I am currently in school for Small Business management, won’t be to long before Im finished. I have experience in customer service, customer relations, communication skills, hotel work (front desk) basic computer skills, mulit-phone lines ( a little rusty) retail work, I have excellent customer skills and in home care. Willing to relocate, however funding is tight in areas of housing and relocation funds, working on it.

    November 1, 2011 - 17:38 | Permalink

    Hi my name is Richard Arambulo,
    I live in bakersfield, ca. I have lots of work experience in many fields. I have had certs in forrk lirt, hazmat, confined space, passport, miner, emt, first response,basic safety training etc… I am 30 years old and very fit with ambition and determinaation. I have worked many jobs throughout California and i am currently a student at University Of Phoenix. I am very positive but i would love an opportunity to start new at any city or state to work and make a living. please contact me at “”

  13. David's Gravatar David
    January 19, 2012 - 16:59 | Permalink

    Ma’am, I appreciate this web page and your response to Kitty’s comment. Respect and good manners can go a long ways, as well as keeping a positive attitude and always pushing forward. I’m 18 years old, starting off in college and am strongly considering getting a degree in Agricultural Management to help support a wife and family someday. Family, good work, and country livin’ is all I could ask for in life. I ain’t waitin till I’m retired, I’m gettin some things straight from the start of my career. If you ain’t survivin’ in a small town, then you just ain’t country enough!

  14. mildred towns's Gravatar mildred towns
    May 5, 2012 - 00:39 | Permalink

    Hello my name is mildred I’m currently living in Sacramento,ca..and me and ny husband lost our home so now we are homeless and have no where to go..we always dreamed about living on a small town and starting our lives over..we need some one who knows how to move out of the city with nothing and to show us how to make it without city husband is an entreprenuer and I’m a hairstylist but willing to learn different living lifestyles. thanks for advice!

  15. lilyraine's Gravatar lilyraine
    August 1, 2012 - 14:16 | Permalink

    Thank you for this article!! my husband and I have been planning our move to a small town by the end of this summer..and leaving my high paying job in the city has my anxiety levels through the roof!! Your article, and some of the wonderful comments have given me so much hope for possibilities and the future!! thank you again!!! (and I would love to hear more about these online income opportunities!)

  16. abdul's Gravatar abdul
    December 24, 2012 - 08:42 | Permalink

    Hi Laura, I live in India. I’m planning to go for my masters study. Does the size of the country has anything to do with quick and easy way to get part-time jobs. I heard from some people, that larger the country greater the opportunities? To what extent is it true? Please help me with this

  17. January 16, 2013 - 12:57 | Permalink

    What kind of jobs do you do in your town? I relocated to a small town (for my husband and step-daughters) from the city and cannot find a job that pays over $10 an hour. So I went back to school (I already had a degree) for web design but I’m still having a rough time finding any job I do not have to commute 2 hours to. What type of online jobs do you do to survive in your town? I’m willing to try almost anything at this point so I don’t have to commute so far! I do appreciate your article, but I’m not finding this Washington small town to be plentiful or have many jobs.

  18. Anna's Gravatar Anna
    January 21, 2013 - 22:19 | Permalink

    I am just looking for simple life even hard work to cook serve or work with people or in farm (no experience) . Simplicity is the number one for me today
    If you know any think how to find place like that let me know

  19. julie's Gravatar julie
    March 7, 2013 - 19:06 | Permalink

    I just wanted to add my two cents…
    I grew up in the Toronto area and had to get out of there as soon as I was done school. I moved out to BC. If you move to a small town where there is a ski hill like I did; you’ll likely get work. It’s usually seasonal and you must save for the low seasons (spring/fall) but they always hire season after season. Look for anywhere where tourism is big and you’ll find work.
    Good luck in you quest!

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