10 Ways to Make Money While Traveling Full-Time

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One thing we get asked all the time about transitioning to full-time RV living is “how do I make money from the road?”

You won’t hear us thanking COVID for much, but we CAN thank the unrelenting pandemic for the most opportunity we’ve ever had for remote work.

Now more than ever, employers are open to the idea that work doesn’t have to be completed in a central office. Many companies, in fact, never returned to their pre-pandemic office expectations after they found out that my oh my computer work can be done from anywhere.

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Sarcasm aside from our progressive Millennial selves, now is the time to either ask to work remotely, or find a new job that allows you to do so.

Remote work will look different for everyone. Some people don’t mind talking to others on the phone; some people hate sitting in front of a computer all day; some people don’t care what they do as long as their doggo gets to be by their side. Bottom line, there are lots of options out there so find what fits for you.

Here are a couple idea starters👇

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1. Keep your current job, just ask to go remote

This is how my wife ended up getting permission to work remotely so we could make this lifestyle happen. She identified she’d already been working from home for months, and doing her job extremely well. Additionally, she pointed out why and how remote work would also benefit the company. The worst they can do is say no, right? The best they can do is say yes and you can start building your life of adventure and freedom!

For the more entrepreneurial at heart, you may be thinking, “I’m not starting a life of freedom by working for someone else” – and to that we say, brava.

But also – don’t be fooled. Starting a business is no easy feat, and while it’ll give you freedom in some ways, it may feel overwhelming and stressful in other ways.

That said, if this is your time to rise to the challenge and start your own business so you can live on the road, carry on! (Note: make sure you have a good accountant on your side because taxes get wonky if you’re providing services or selling goods in multiple states)

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2. Photography/ Videography

We’ve met some friends on the road that take full advantage of their photography/videography skills by making videos and taking pics for the campground, and or other businesses and families in the local area. One guy told me he takes drone footage of RVers rigs for them as he travels! Another family would post in local Facebook groups and offer family pictures. If you’ve got fun talents like this, get creative with how to turn a profit!

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3. Consulting/Coaching

Kickstart your own consulting/coaching biz with an area of expertise you have. This might sound totally scary and overwhelming but the truth is you most likely have an area of knowledge other people would pay you to help them with. Set a timer for 10 mins and write down all the topics you have enough knowledge in that you’d feel confident teaching others to do it. Pick the one you’re passionate about and could start a coaching biz around. Then go for it, rockstar!

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4. Freelancing

For companies, it’s less expensive to hire freelancers to tackle projects rather than pay someone an annual salary and benefits. Sometimes companies, or other entrepreneurs, need a one-time project or even a 3-4 month stint helping them set up their business, complete a finite project, etc. Start a profile on sites like Freelancer.com or Upwork.com, start taking side projects and start building your portfolio as a freelancer. Click here to read this awesome article on best freelance options for beginners as well as which services are most requested.

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5. Virtual Assisting

Virtual assistants (VAs) are people who perform administrative tasks online for a fee. VA’s tend to work remotely and provide administrative support for small to medium business owners and online entrepreneurs. This can be anything from scheduling meetings, answering emails, answering calls as reception, or anything in between. It’s an Admin Assistant…but virtual!

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6. Data Entry

It’s not the most enthralling job in the world, but if you want a job that pays money, requires minimal interaction with other humans, and leaves your afternoons free once your work is done – data entry might be the job for you 🤷🏻‍♀️

While all of the above have some element of “working for others”, you’re still the one in control of running your own operation; you decide how many hours you work, you decide your rates, you make the business decisions, and you carry the weight of being profitable.

If you’re looking to clock in, clock out, and let someone else take the stress of running a business – here are some other ideas:

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7. Project Management

This is what I (Beth) do! Project Managers are used in a number of different industries and are often in-house positions. Some require you to be on-site, like a construction Project Manager, but most PM roles can easily be fulfilled from the road. If you have a strong internet connection and a gift for details, Project Management could be a great way to earn income on the road.

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8. Amazon Camperforce Program

Amazon has a program set up just for people like you – who want to earn money on the road, but also want to live and work from the road. The program is called Camperforce and participating employees work 10- to 12-hour shifts inside fulfillment centers packing, shipping, and receiving packages. If you want to know more – check out this video from Amazon.

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9. Work Camping

This is a term that refers to offering your labor at a campground in exchange for living on-site for the season free of charge. Positions can vary from groundskeeper to customer service to social media manager and sometimes comes with a minimum hourly wage – between $10-$13/hour, typically. Be prepared though, some campgrounds don’t offer any outside wage – simply a site for the season.

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10. Service Trade

Similar to work camping but instead of offering your services at the campground, you offer YOUR services in exchange for a discounted rate at the campground. Examples might include managing their social media, taking professional pictures of the campground for promotion, promoting the campground on your social channels as a content creator, etc. Write a proposal of what you’ll offer in exchange for the discount you’re hoping for – be specific about what the services do and don’t include, as well as the date range of the project. This is where you can get creative!

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Full-time RV couple in our 30's teaching other couples how to sell everything they own and join the full-time RV lifestyle! You can expect RV beginner resources from us in blog form, as well as "edutainment" Youtube Vlogs capturing our journey!

Palm Springs, CA
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