Then you need to look at things in another light Ken.
Apply your independance to your work and you might find that you are probably
your best employer.
Find an angle and start your own business up. You might find that there are
grants available for start up.
If not, and as you are saying you are considering washing dishes for someone,
why not wash windows for yourself? Why not get a van and do a delivery service,
advertising in the classified adds to begin with and oiffering to pick up
larger items for delivery. Could prove far more lucrative than waiting for
someone to pay you a meagre wage?
Try photography, freelance writer, freelance journalist. Its an endless list
when you change your direction.
Don't know if this is much help but makes a lot of sense to me at least?