Working for yourself may be the best bet, then.
You might want to pursue some niche work, such as specializing in instrument training packages, and secure your own simulator. Arrange lodging packages with local hotels to coincide with a specific period of time, and advertise and sell it that way. A private pilot package, instrument, etc. Have add-on packages that tell the prospective student two weeks to checkride, here's the cost including lodging, and checkride, and so on. Get that helicopter working; do local traffic reporting, for example, even if you have to start with a local radio station as your first customer, and begin adding others. Get four or five customers, offer a good rate and split the cost between them, and soon you've got an economical helicopter eye-in-the sky deal to supplement your other work, running twice a day.
I'm making some changes this winter, too, staying close to home; it certainly limits the field with regard to what you can or will accept, and consequently what's available. In the early years, It's more difficult, as finding work at your qualification level can be even more of a challenge. Never the less, do what you can, working within the framework of what you've got.
Participation in boards such as this may be a big help, too; it gives you interaction, participation, and helps keep your mind circulating, especially during those times when you may be limited in how active in the industry you can be. More important than anything, it keeps your motivation and enthusiasm up.