Are you looking for ways to make money while traveling?
We’ve met many amazing people while RVing. Some are retired, but others are like us and also trying different things in order to make their traveling dreams a reality by making money while traveling on the road.
So, yes, it is possible to make money while traveling full-time! In fact, there are many ways for anyone to make money on the road.
This factor is something that holds many potential full-time travelers back, but it shouldn't! Don’t let making money on the road hold you back from living your dream, because even though it may seem big, it's something that can usually be worked around.
One of the first questions I am asked as a full-time RVer is what I do for money. Some assume I'm a bum, others have asked if we are trust-fund babies, but most are blown away by the fact that working while traveling is such a possibility in today's world.
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Here are some of the many options for how to make money while traveling.
Start a website to make money while traveling
This is what I do to make money while RVing, so I had to include this one first. Like I always say, I never realized I would be earning as much income online as I do now. Don’t feel like making money on the road is unattainable, because everyone has to start somewhere.
No, blogging is not a way to get rich quickly, but it can be a way to make side money or even a full-time income if you put enough hard work and time towards it.
You can make money through advertising, affiliate marketing, sponsorships, reviews, partnerships, e-courses, ebooks, and more. You can read all about how I earn a living online in my monthly online business income reports, where I describe how I make over $50,000 online each month.
You can create your own blog here with my easy-to-use tutorial. You can start your blog for as low as $3.49 per month, plus you get a free domain name when signing up through my tutorial.
Also, many of you ask what I’m using for internet. I’m using a Verizon MiFi Jetpack. It's not perfect, but it's the best option out there for most RVers, especially those who are trying to make money while traveling.
- The Ultimate Guide To Making Money Blogging
- How I Earned Over $300,000 Through My Blog in 2015
- How To Start A Blog On Bluehost
Telecommute to make money while traveling
In this day and age, some people are able to work for others straight out of their RV. At the campground I am currently at there are four RVers who telecommute to their jobs Monday through Friday.
Sometimes your employer may allow you to take your current position and make it a remote one. Other times, you may have to search for telecommute positions. These jobs do exist and are growing in numbers.
I recommend reading Forbes' article Work From Home: The Top 100 Companies Offering Telecommuting Jobs for more information on telecommuting jobs.
Check job boards at campgrounds
There are often jobs listed on campground bulletin boards. Someone may need help in the local area, a business may be hiring for temporary work, and so on.
This leads to the next possible option for making money while RVing.
Work at a campground
Work camping (or workamping) is when you work at an RV park or campground.
Many, many campgrounds (including ones on the beach, at national parks, national forests, and more) are looking for workampers, and this can be a good way to get your stay for free.
I've met many very happy workampers. They stay for free in some of the most beautiful places. What's not to like about that?!
As a workamper, you may:
- Work in their office
- Help clean up RV sites and the RV park
- Clean bathrooms
- Guide RVers to their sites
- Make food
Workampers can be paid by a provided RV site during their stay, an hourly rate, or a mixture of the two.
Find jobs in the places you are visiting
There are many instances in which you may decide to stay in a city for longer than just a vacation, and there are many things you could do in order to earn a living.
If you want to make money while RVing, you could try one of the options below:
- Bartend or work at a restaurant
- Work at a hotel, motel, campground, or hostel
- Help out on a farm
- Get a temporary job at a store
Freelance write or become a virtual assistant
Freelance writing and virtual assisting are some of the very first things I did to make money online.
Freelance writing can be a fun way to make money while traveling, plus you can usually freelance write from anywhere in the world (some positions ask you to be in-house, but the majority I’ve seen allow you to be location independent).
Another online job, somewhat similar to freelance writing, is virtual assisting. I know many freelance writers who provide this service as well. A virtual assistant helps a business run more smoothly. You can be contracted for one project (such as collecting specific data for research), or it can be a continuing job such as replying to e-mails.
- Interview With A Successful Freelance Writer and Virtual Assistant
- So You Want to Be a Freelance Writer?
- How To Become a Virtual Assistant
- What Does a Virtual Assistant Do?
Take surveys to make money while traveling
The great thing about survey sites is that they allow you to make extra money from the comfort of your home (or RV). They won't make you rich, but they may allow you to make money on the road with minimal work.
Some survey sites I recommend include:
- American Consumer Opinion
- Opinion Outpost
- Survey Junkie
- VIP Voice
- Clear Voice Surveys
- Product Report Card
- Survey Club
- Survey Spot
- Pro Opinion
- Pinecone Research
- Panel Bucks
- Paid Surveys
- Prize Rebel
- Harris Poll Online
It’s best to sign up for as many as you can to receive the most surveys and make the most money. These are all legitimate survey sites, and occasionally you may receive free items to test out too.
We recently had out-of-town visitors. One of them works for Amazon's HR department, and she was telling me a story about RVers who work for Amazon. I was completely confused and had her explain it further to me.
With Amazon's CamperForce program, they are looking for RVers who can work at their company “picking, packing, stowing, and receiving” packages. They offer hourly pay, a completion bonus, referral bonuses, and paid campsites for those that join their CamperForce program.
Technomadia has a great blog post on this – Workamping at Amazon.com – Was it Worth it? They talk about their first-hand experience of the good, bad, hours, and pay while working for Amazon under this program.
Proofread to make money while traveling
You can proofread for many different people and make money while traveling. Court reporters, bloggers, book authors, and more may need help with proofreading. Pay can vary, but most earn around $500-$1,000 in their first two months. Plus, it can all be done from wherever you are!
I recently interviewed a successful proofreader and she stated, “Those whose eyes are drawn immediately to errors in text, love punctuation and spelling, and overall enjoy reading would be a much better fit for this type of work.”
Selling products both online and offline is another possibility to making money on the road.
I’ve heard of some who sell items they collect while traveling, those who create crafts to sell at local craft fairs, and so on. Etsy, eBay, Craigslist, and countless others are great places if you decide to sell items online.
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