How Am I Going To Do This?
One of the most widely asked questions to full-time Rv’ers has got to be “How do you make money on the road to support this lifestyle?” I have put together a list of some of the things Rv’ers are doing to support themselves. This list is meant as a guide for you to get started on your research. I urge you to do your own research before you start anything. As I find more ideas I will update this page so make sure you check back every now and then.
Some of these jobs you could work for someone and collect a paycheck and some you could start your own business doing. Some people like to have the security of working for someone and collecting that paycheck once a week. Some people are a little adventurous and like to work for themselves. Some people do both. There is no right or wrong way. Go with whatever is comfortable for you. Remember just like if you were living in brick and sticks there are pros and cons to every job. There are pros and cons to owning your own business, also. I recommend you have a few different streams of income.
What Are Your Skills?
The types of jobs that will be available to you are going to vary on your travel style and your skills. You are going to have to consider how long you plan on being in the area. If your only going to be in an area for a week then it won’t be worth it to go to local business or workamping unless they are for a specific job that has advertised only needing someone that long. By the time you fill out the applications and get interviewed it will be time to move on.
Also, if you are not a plumber, do not apply for a plumbing job. Take a look at your skills and see if you can use them for some kind of business on the road. Think outside the box. Many people don’t believe their skills will help them on the road only to figure out a way that they can later on.
Are You Being Realistic?
Remember to be realistic when searching. If you hate food service then don’t seek out a job in places like McDonalds or Subway. Another thing to consider is that most work camping jobs whether it be in a campground or local area are not going to be high paying jobs. Having your own business could potentially give you a shot at making a lot more money then work camping. Just remember though if you are just starting your own business it will take time to start making any kind of decent money. Make sure you have a good savings reserve or a regular job lined up while you build your business. Some Rv’ers work locally outside the campground and pay for their site monthly. Campsites are usually cheaper if you reserve longer terms.
Remember, if you decide to work from your Rv for either yourself or someone else, it is going to take a good amount of discipline. There are numerous distractions that can take away from your work. It is so easy to look out your Rv window and see what a beautiful day it is and want to go for a ride or a hike. Hey, there’s so and so from 3 sites down. Looks like their having a bbq. Let’s head over and say hello. There’s a fishing tournament down at the campground dock. I need to be in that. These are just a few. There are many. You need to set aside hours and stick to them. When you work for someone else, they are going to assign you your working hours. If you work for yourself, you can make your own hours. Just make sure you set aside the time to work!!!
Do I Have To Pay Taxes?
If you are working in multiple states or not your domicile state, make sure you check in with a tax professional about your tax responsibilities. If you are making money, you will need to pay taxes.
Some types of jobs require special licenses so make sure you check that out too. If you are thinking about starting your own business, always consult legal and tax professionals before jumping into it.
Before I get into my list of potential jobs and business, I want to give you some popular websites for finding work camping jobs. Some of these sites you will create a resume and forward it to potential employers, some you can place situations ads, and some are freelance jobs you bid for. Not all jobs are in campgrounds. Some are on ranches, rest area Travel Centers, or just about anywhere else. Always remember to read the fine print and do your research before you accept any job.
Here is a list of jobs that some Rv’ers currently do. Remember to think outside the box. If you don’t see a job here that you currently do and recommend, leave me a comment below and I will add it.
Accountant– If you are (were) an accountant, you can easily take these skills on the road with you. You will need certain education and licensing requirements for this one. With today’s technology, it is easier than ever to work virtually.
Amusement Park Worker– Lot’s of amusement parks hire seasonal workers. Adventureland in Iowa is a huge employer of workampers. They even provide you with a site.
Architect: This is another one of those jobs that you will need certifications and training. If you have the credentials, a little creativity, and an urge to travel, this might be for you.
Barber or Hair Stylist: Anyone who travels full time or for extended periods of time knows how difficult it can be to find someone you can trust for hair cutting/stylist cuties. Do a few cuts, make a name for yourself and beefier you know it, word will get around and your in business.
Blogger– Blogging can be really fun. It can serve 2 purposes. The first is that it serves as a diary of sorts of everything you have done, your thoughts at different times, and pictures of your activities. This will be great years down the road if you want to stroll down memory lane. If you decide to monetize it, you can add affiliate links to it. If you want some information on how to get started on that, Wealthy Affiliate is a great community of like-minded people that are willing to help you every step of the way. They also provide training on how to build sites and will even host your site (s).
Bookkeeper– If you like crunching numbers this can be a good possibility for you. You do not need as much schooling as a CPA and there is no certification test to take. That does not mean you should enter this field haphazardly. There are a few good courses you can take online. With a lot of studying and hard work you this can be a viable way to support your travels.
Campground Activities Director– With this type of job, you will usually get your site and utilities. You will plan and run activities for everyone that is staying at that particular campground.
Campground Host– This type of job will have you doing a little of everything. You will handle things like reservations, cleaning, propane, maintenance, and problem-solving. You can expect to be compensated with a site, utilities and sometimes pay.
Computer Programmer– Anyone with computer programming knowledge should have no problem taking this skill on the road
Construction Worker– There are projects in almost every state. Some examples are road work and pipeline work.
Consultant– Any knowledge you have on any subject can potentially make you a consultant. If you do a little thinking outside the box you can turn this knowledge into training courses or live support.
Customer Service Rep– Unless you are working at the companies location, many companies might require a landline for this type of work. If you stay in one location for long periods of time, you might be able to get a local cable company to hook you up on a month to month basis.
Data Entry Clerk– These requirements will be similar to the customer service rep.
Day Trading – This is easily done on the road. All you need is a good internet connection and nerves of steel for this one!!!…lol
Desk Top Publisher– With all the software available today, this has become much easier to do on the road.
Detailer (Auto or Rv)– Very few people like to clean their RV’s, trucks, or autos. If you don’t mind a little manual labor, have lots of patience, and an attention to detail this might work for you. Your biggest challenge would be getting permission from the campground manager or owner. Some places do not allow any type of washing in their campground.
eBay, Etsy, of Amazon FBA (re-sellers)– We used to do eBay but found it to be a little difficult to find places to store merchandise while waiting for it to sell. Many people do this by drop shipping or sending everything they have into Amazon to sell and store for them. If you are crafty, Etsy might be a good bet for you.
Fast Food Worker– Fast food chains are almost always looking for help. With any luck, you may be able to transfer locations to wherever you go next.
Financial Advisor– If you did this before RV’ing, you can easily take this on the road.
Flea Market Vendor– Flea markets almost always have space you can rent. If you like to sell, you can rent space at most flea markets and/or fairs. I have seen people sell all sorts of things such as but not limited to direct marketing items ( like JR Watkins, Avon, essential oils…etc), photography, and crafts.
Freelance or travel writer– In addition to writing your own blog, there are companies and/or magazines that might hire you to write stories or blogs for them.
Give Informational Seminars– If you are knowledgeable about something, why not teach it to people. Many places hire speakers at their events. This would be a good way to support your travels. You can go from event to event by giving informational seminars.
Graphic Artist– Any kind of knowledge with computers can be turned into a viable way to make income as you travel. A graphic artist is no different.
Income Tax Preparer– Everyone has to file taxes. It’s the law. If you enjoy doing this there are either companies you can work for or work for yourself. You will need to stay up to date on all the current and new tax laws.
Inventory Control Specialist– Every company that has inventory will need someone to monitor it. This type of job might require you to be on your computer for set work times.
Janitorial Worker– On or off campgrounds every company needs some type of janitorial services.
Life Coach– A life coach is easily done from the road. You will be involved in the guiding and be helping other people in their business and personal lives.
Medical Transcriptionist– The medical field is ever changing. Dr’s are relying more and more on computerized notes. If you have previous training in this field and are motivated it is not impossible to find a job doing this on the road. You must be reliable.
Medical Coder– This field is similar to Medical transcriptionist in the way that you will have needed to be trained in this field. Again, under the right set of circumstances, you can possibly make this work while you travel.
MLM- Multi-Level Marketing-There is many MLM companies out there. While there are many good companies out there, you will also find a ton of scams companies too. The ones that charge you a million dollars to join, then you spend another million on their products that they require you to buy. It’s a little scary what’s out there. Some of the big names out there are Amway, Mary Kay, JR Watkins, doTerra, and Avon to name a few. See my page on “Is Multi-Level Marketing A Scam?”
Order Taker– As an order taker you would not be expected to make an actual sale. You might be a follow-up person for a salesman who has already spoken to someone and you just follow up to take the order. You may be able to hook up with a company who does its own advertising for a product and people call in to order. This might be one of those jobs you might be required to have a landline.
Oil Field Gate Workers– Popular in Texas you will be working at oil field gates checking in all trucks that enter the oil fields. This is a 24 hour a day job. Usually, the husband and wife or partners will split the day. One works while the other sleeps and runs whatever errands that need to be run. This is a paying job that will also supply you with a site.
Pet Sitter– Lots of people travel with pets. Sometimes these people want to go on a trip or have an emergency and must leave for a day or longer and can’t take pets. That’s where you come in. A reliable and trustworthy pet sitter is worth its weight in gold. After all, no one wants to leave their pets with just anybody.
Psychic– I predict you will love full-time RV’ing…lol. Seriously though, just as many psychics work from a bricks and sticks location, you can easily do readings and whatever else psychics do on the road.
Photographer– There are many ways to work as a photographer from the road. It is also a very competitive field. You might be able to take pictures, frame them, and sell them at flea markets. There are also websites that you can upload your photos and people may buy them. Again, it’s very competitive. Sites like 500PX, Shutterstock, Istockphoto, or even Etsy are a few places you may start with.
Property Caretaker– This is the type of job you might enjoy if you don’t like crowds. Usually, you will be at someone’s house or farm. The owners would typically go away for months at a time. That’s where you come in. For your site rent, you would take care of their property while they are away. Sometimes they might just not be physically able to or want to do the work themselves. You would either work by yourself or maybe another couple or two depending on the size of the property.
Receptionist– This job you would need to do off the campground. Sometimes you can find this type of job on Craigslist.
Recruiter– As a recruiter, you would work for either a person or company who is looking for employees. You would go out and find potential employees for these companies or person.
Retail Worker– Many retail stores are constantly looking for workers. The pay is generally low but sometimes if you get in with a company with multiple locations you can transfer from one location to the next.
Rv Repair Tutoring– If you have RV repair knowledge but either don’t want to or physically can’t work on RV’s anymore, you can become a teacher or tutor someone for a fee on the subject of RV repairs.
Rv Tech– The RV tech field is becoming more and more popular these days and good ones are in demand. Especially if you are mobile.
Salesman– A salesman can sell a multitude of items ranging from RV sitemap advertisements to RV’s and everything in between. You will get paid a commission for the items you sell.
Social Media Management– This is another field that is competitive but super RV friendly. Many company owners do not have time to run their day to day operations and manage there social media platforms which is almost a must in today’s world. You would be expected to monitor, respond to comments, and add content to whatever platform(s) they have.
Service Technician (non-Rv)– A service technician (Non-RV) would repair anything that is mechanical. It could range from pumps to copiers and just about anything else mechanical in between. You may even work for a company that sells items across the USA that need service and repair. When we were in Amarillo, we met a couple who worked for a company that sold pumps nationwide. They would travel across the country setting up these pumps at the client’s businesses’ and then train the employees on usage. Instead of hotels, they traveled in their RV.
Sports/Article Writer– If you love to write, this might work for you. There are not only sporting events but all kinds of events happening across the USA at any given time. You would travel to the events and submit an article on that event.
Stand Up Comic– There is only 1 prerequisite for this job. You would need to be funny…lol. You might even be able to perform at some campgrounds.
Telemarketer– For this, you will either have to go to a location or have a landline. You can usually find this type of job on Craigs List.
Traveling Nurse– A traveling nurse will usually take predetermined length assignments. For this type of job, you will need either a degree and/or nursing license. Hopefully, you will get warm locations…lol
Warehouse Worker– This is an off the campground job that can easily be found on Craigs List. While in Florida last year, Chris found a temporary warehouse job on Craigslist. She had to time various parts of jobs people were doing. The timing was perfect for us and it paid over minimum wage.
Web Site Developer– Anything web related can be done remotely. The biggest challenges you will find is competition and internet connectivity.
Web Site Designer– See above description
You-Tube Videos (Vlogger or instructional)– YouTube has become a popular way for people to make an income. You can do anything from Vlogs, where you video your day to day life, to instructional or “how to” videos explaining how to do just about anything. In order to make money, you will need a larger fairly large following and some thick skin. Most people I watch talk about “trolls” as their biggest negative to youtube. These are people who use fake screen names and comment to either put you down, make fun of you, make rude comments, or basically just start trouble.
With You-Tube there are a few ways to make money. You can monetize your videos with advertisements, charge for a video series you made, or the on gaining some traction lately is to join Patreon. Here is where you will offer different ‘rewards” for people who donate different amounts of money. It works on a tier type platform. The more people donate, the more you give them in return.
A Word About Craigs List
Don’t forget to use Craigs List and check in with the local temp agencies in the area. They can be a great resource for finding temporary work. Chris has had luck on Craigs List but not so much with temp agencies. Chris found her warehouse job through Craig’s list.
While CraigsList can be a great resource, it’s also riddled with scams. Be very careful if you use Craigslist. Before Chris went for her interview, we googled the company and checked them out thoroughly.
I hope this list has been able to jump-start your work camping thinking. There are probably many other jobs and business that people do from the road that I have not listed.
Feel free to ask me a question or leave a comment on a job idea that I did not mention or on any that I listed above.