The thing about working with models is it is nearly always a waste of time with amateurs ... sometimes you might get some good shots but it is night and day difference when you work with someone who wants to be a model. Its like : learning to play guitar on an inexpensive or toy guitar - it can be done but your job is ten times harder.
Often an amateur is someone who already has a day job and they are just helping out or testing the waters so to speak. But when you get to shoot with a good model its like a dream come true – they will be on time or early, they will pose for hours on end ... even in discomfort, they will build a rapport with the photographer, they will often go out of their way to connect you with locations, network you with stylists, with wardrobe people ... and other models who are their friends. Mainly because this is what they do, its their lively hood.
Having said that I totally understand if you are in a rural area its impossible to book someone who is ... or wants to be a model. If you can't book a model work with whoever you can until you can step up. Keep an eye on model mayhems searches as travelling models may pass through your area.
Be warned here are sh*tty models out there too - you need to use your judgement, check out portfolios and get an agreement between you and the model before the shoot. Agree on the objective and the compensation for each side. Often there is no money involved and its TF (time for trade)
For the photographer its all about improving your book - the better it gets then the better quality and more experienced models will want to work with you, even for free. Vice versa for the model.
I always credit the model in the photo on model mayhem and within the site photographers and models often check with each other for references. That way both sides can weed out the creepy photogs and flakey/time waster models.
Here are some shots I've done with with TF (time for trade, no money involved). These were for my own personal art book and for the model's book
note: always always always get an image release signed. Never forget this or you are wasting your own time. you can download one from the internet, plenty around, google search is your friend