Ryan Robinson takes you for a ride in the passenger seat of his RV, off the grid, deep among the dramatic rock formations of the Utah Desert. Robinson and friends chill by the fire, tell stories, and of course, rig a one of a kind highline over the Looking Glass Arch in Moab, UT.
More and more people are becoming interested in RVing, whether that be full-time or traditional traveling.. However, one of the factors that often holding people back is the ability to earn money to support their traveling dream.
While this may seem difficult to fathom at first, it is possible to earn a living and travel in an RV. You may have to put some sweat into it, but there are many RVers who work while traveling.
Plus, if you are able to make money while in your RV, you may not be as bound by having limited vacation days at your current job. This means more time to travel and explore new places in your RV!
My husband and I work full-time on the road and earn an income through our finance blog. This usually seems wild to many when I tell them what we do, because finance blogs are not a normal “job.” That is proof that there are many possibilities when it comes to making money while traveling.
Below are several ways to make money on the road.
Sell products or services
Surprisingly, there are many RVers who make a living by selling products or services either online or from their RV.
Products or services that you may be able to sell include becoming an Amazon FBA seller, crafts, photography, antiques, RV products, repairing RVs, writing, virtual assisting, and more.
The list is endless when it comes to what you can sell from your RV.
Work for Amazon CamperForce
Amazon has an interesting program where you can help them in their warehouses by picking, packing, and coordinating details for packages. You are given hourly pay, bonuses, and paid campsites when participating in their CamperForce program.
An increasing number of employers are allowing their employees to work remote jobs. This means instead of going into the office each day, you may be able to work from wherever, as long as you have a laptop and an internet connection.
Some jobs may be remote from the very beginning, whereas others may be able to be switched to location independent, by asking your employer if it is allowed. Some employers will say yes, so don’t think you have no hope!
Jobs and tasks that you may be able to telecommute to include:
Entering data and typing
Managing social media
I have met many, many RVers who telecommute to their jobs Monday through Friday from their RV. This allows them to travel full-time while earning a good living at the same time.
Travel slowly and work “normal” jobs
If you would rather take your time and stay longer at each location you can also find jobs in the places you are visiting.
Many RVers find temporary jobs in order to support their travel, and save money at each stop to fund future trips.
A website I recommend checking out is written by Heath Padgett. He traveled to all 50 states and worked 50 different hourly jobs while living in his RV. His story is great and very informative.
Possible jobs that you may be able to work while traveling slowly include: working at a restaurant, hotel, farm, school, retail store, construction sites, consultant positions, travel nursing, and so on.
Work at a campground or RV park
Many campgrounds and RV parks need help and are looking to hire workers. Usually, you work at an RV park in exchange for a free stay, but there are cases in which you may receive an hourly pay as well.
Hours and work can vary. You may only work 5 hours a week at some RV parks and campgrounds, whereas others may be full-time jobs where you put in 40-hour weeks. Some of the tasks you may be responsible for include handling reservations, cleaning RV sites and bathrooms, working in a shop, and more.
As you can see, there are many jobs and businesses that you may be able to work while traveling in an RV. Choices range from working online, telecommuting, working RV-related positions, finding jobs while you travel, and more.
Do you have any tips for how you’ve made money while traveling in an RV? Let me know in the comments!
Michelle Schroeder-Gardner and her husband (and their two dogs) are new RVers, but have quickly fallen in love with it. After traveling around the country in their car and tent camping, they soon realized that RVing was something they needed in their lives. When she isn¹t blogging for us about the open road, Michelle runs an online business and a personal finance blog, which you can find at MakingSenseofCents.com.