Traveling by RV is a great way to relax and explore the world at your own pace. One of the biggest questions people have when considering RVing full-time, for an extended road trip or holiday away, or even heading south for part of the year is, how will I make money?
Thankfully, in this day and age there are many options for making a living while on the road. That way you can extend your travel and live life on the wild side. Here are some directions you can go that might work as a jumping off point when looking to answer the question, how can I make money on the road?
1. Keep Your Job by Working Remotely
For those people whose current job is computer-based, it is possible that you could do the same job outside of the office. If you can see the potential, maybe your employer would consider allowing you to work remotely.
The number of employers that see the benefits of remote employees is increasing as work/life balance is of greater importance to most people. Employees that are able to make money on the road tend to increase productivity, have greater flexibility, and can even reduce expenses such as office space.
If you can, work together with your employer to create a plan that is beneficial to you both. If your boss is reluctant, see if they would accept a trial period, then show them how well it can work. It could be a great way to see if working remotely works for you without letting go of your current position, which is a great way to start to working while you travel while still maintaining the security you have.
2. Try Workamping
Workamping, or work camping, is becoming more and more popular among certain businesses as more people embrace the full-time RV lifestyle. Essentially, workamping is when a person works for an employer in exchange for an RV spot, a wage, or both. Sometimes other perks are included, such as Wi-Fi, cable, full hookups for the RV, etc. Arrangements can vary quite a bit depending on the employer and what they have to offer.
Often, the positions are seasonal, which is ideal for workampers. Many jobs are specifically for couples, but there are plenty of other jobs for singles if that is your situation. When considering a workamping job, make sure you ask a lot of questions and try to get your agreement in writing. This should include details on compensation, what the job entails, and the time commitment involved. This ensures everything is understood before traveling to the destination, and should minimize the risk of arriving to find that the position won’t work for you after all.
The best part about workamping is how easy it is to tailor to your interests and dream destinations. For the beach lovers, a waterfront campground caretaker may sound like a dream job. For others, a marketing position at a high-end resort with access to all the amenities might be even more tempting.
Other options vary depending on the location and many people have made money on the road by picking up all sorts of interesting workamping opportunities; everything from selling Christmas trees to educational tours of historic sites. The key is to find a position that matches some of your favorite things to do.
3. Go for an Online Business
Many people who travel frequently will tell you that it is best to have multiple sources of income and that opportunities abound, especially online. In the digital age, almost every single traditional job can be done online, often remotely. So now that it doesn’t matter if you are working from a downtown offer or the middle of the forest, all you have to decide is what business you want to build.
There are many avenues for having a business online. You can offer your own product or service on your own, or you can use other established platforms to your benefit. Reselling can be a viable business if you know about items that are sought after or you are willing to learn.
Would you rather not go through the hassle of searching for and storing your inventory? Look into drop shipping or companies that will create a product for you that you design and choose. The possibilities online are endless. You just need to find the right fit for your interests and ensure it is compatible with a mobile lifestyle.
4. Use Your Skills to Freelance
Do you have a skill you can advertise online? Many companies and individuals are looking for help with graphic design, website building, writing, editing, and so much more. There are many platforms to use where freelancers can connect with those who need their services.
Once you have built a reputation for your skill, you can bypass these platforms and create your own website to connect directly with potential clients. Online tutoring is another direction to go, and you don’t necessarily need to know a lot about any given subject. Teaching English to students in other countries while online is gaining in demand and popularity.
5. Deliver For Companies
Having groceries and restaurant orders delivered is a growing demand. There are several companies that are looking for dependable people to be shoppers and drivers. Some companies cater to those who need someone to shop for their groceries for them and to bring them to their door. Other companies need someone to pick up food orders from restaurants that do not have their own delivery service, and bring them to the customer’s home or work.
Because these companies are newer and still growing, they are not hiring everywhere. They tend to hire people in larger cities, so if you can plan your travels around where you can work, one of these companies might be a great choice for you. Before choosing a company, check to see if you can switch cities as you move. For this type of opportunity, you just need your own vehicle and to make yourself available for when orders come through.
This is only scratching the surface into the options available. Whatever you choose, make sure it fits with your lifestyle and is sustainable for what you hope to achieve. That way, you will be able to enjoy work and relaxation.
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