Hi, Andy Prince,
Welcome aboard CF.
We knew one cruiser who did hair for yachties. You won't make much money
serving yachties, and it's actually not legal
for you to work in many foreign countries without a work permit
. So, you'd be sneaking around to do it, and it would depend on whether or not someone cared enough to bust you.
There's another problem. There are a certain number of men
who have just learned to cut their spouses' hair. When they are seen at the dinghy
landing in the Marquesas
, all the other guys who want haircuts, ask. And that novice
, although her haircuts may not be very good, her haircuts are free, because what goes around, comes around. Now, if you happen to be very good at it, there will be some who will love to have you cut their hair (for instance, in Fiji
, the ethnic Fijians really know how to cut tightly kinky hair, but not so much totally straight hair--don't ask!), and to repair haircuts they didn't like.
Take a look at Steady Hand's thread about making money
when cruising. Folks we know earn money writing articles (with pix) for sailing magazines, and in some instances, these articles have been re-sold to different mags. One guy we knew did cabinetry under the table. One couple who were keen birdwatchers got a paying job in a foreign country teaching birdwatching--they learned to speak Portuguese to do it. Some people with computer skills were sponsored and hired for contract
work. It is possible to find jobs, or invent them, but it's really small. Basically, everywhere you go, those who have jobs want to keep them, and competitors for those scarce "freedom chips" are unwelcome. People who work in IT that plan on keeping jobs from their country of origin have to solve problems related to being able to transmit and receive enough data, and wind
up spending a lot of time in marinas
for the internet
connections, at least in the South Pacific
; that may be better elsewhere.
This is not to say that you couldn't earn something, just that it would be a great deal less than what you would normally make in a day, and that the days would be pretty spread out.
Among full time elder cruising women
, it is common for them to not colour their hair, too, whereas they might have done so ashore. Cruising tends to attract independent women, and they are less susceptible to advertising that tells them bright red hair looks good on 70 yr. olds, if you get my drift.