According to the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) and a 2011 study by the University of Michigan, the typical RV owner is 48 years old and has an annual income of $62,000 – $10,000 higher than the median U.S. household income. The age range most likely to own an RV is a prime-of-life, 35 to 54. Based on this data, it’s safe to say that many RVers are working from the road. And since it’s so easy to get phone and internet service in your rig – primary tools for almost any profession – why wouldn’t you consider keeping your cash-flow fluid during your travels?
Holding a job while RVing takes an enormous amount of discipline and willpower – as well as ingenuity – but those who do it can afford to take longer trips, maintain savings, and even continue to pay off debt. The only catch is that you may need to reinvent your professional self. So check out these 6 different ways to work from your RV. Without a doubt, there is something here you can do.
Top Ways to Work from Your RV
The easiest way to earn an income while RVing is by staying at your current job, but work off-site. It’s not as farfetched as you may think. In 2016, GlobalWorkplaceAnalytics.com revealed that 50% of the U.S. workforce holds a job that can be done remotely.
Here’s a partial list of the types of full and part-time professions you can do anywhere with just a laptop and cell phone:
- Web illustration and design
- Coding/programming/ software engineer
- Fiction and nonfiction writing
- Human resources recruiting and staffing
- Data entry
- Interview transcription
- Online teacher
- Telephone sales/telemarketing/customer service
- Telephone interpreter/translator
2. On the Road Gigs
These jobs may not cover your auto insurance, but they can keep you from draining your savings. Some professions require little experience, others, an undergraduate or advanced degree.
Do you have a flair for the creative?
– Art fair or flea market vendor: Creating art all day can be therapeutic, but you will have to travel with your wares.
– Travel writer, reporter, or photographer: You will have to research websites and print publications and constantly pitch ideas to editors. The more hands-on experience you have, the more money you can command.
– Stand-up comic: This is a profession built for travelers.
– Graphic designer: Some full-time graphic design jobs are already remote, but you can also find work on sites like fiverr.
Do you have hospitality experience?
– Interim innkeeper: This is a real thing! Check out Interiminnkeepers.net.
Do you have a degree or specialty?
– Archeologist: With the right credentials and contacts, the Americas – from Alaska to Argentina – have enough archeological sites to keep you busy.
– Virtual assistant: Jobs like these are often posted on bid-to-work sites, like Upwork. You will be responsible for tasks like bookkeeping, making phone calls, and responding to emails.
– College/Corporate recruiter: College athletic programs send recruiters all over the country to find up-and-coming talent from high schools and companies send reps to college career fairs year-round.
– Teach English in Central or South America: There are free and fee-based websites that can help you find a gig at a school or business. You can also teach English as a second language (ESoL) right here at home.
3. Start Your Own Business
This may resemble the “Telecommute” section, but the two are actually quite different. When you start a business, you’re your own boss. Here are just a few ideas that you can work on while on the road:
Public relations: Write press releases, contact and take calls from media outlets, and come up with ways to get publicity for your clients.
Social Media Specialist: Small businesses, like dry cleaners and mechanics, often need help in this area, but can’t afford a full-time professional.
Event Photographer: You can shoot anything from family reunions to company picnics. And tell your RV neighbors about your talent. You never know when someone may need a headshot on the go or will want professional pics of their Marfa, Texas vacation of 2016.
Buyer: Purchase handmade goods from independent producers and resell them at your own shop or online store, or distribute products to retailers.
4. Temporary Jobs
If you’re willing to stop in one spot for a couple of weeks, or an entire season, you can pick up work as a golf course bartender, a rancher in the mountains, line cook at a resort, and more. Websites like CoolWorks.com help nomads find seasonal work.
5. Unusual Ways to Make a Buck
There are all kinds of ways to make a few dollars, if you know where to look for these opportunities.
Focus groups and surveys: You may be asked to share your opinion about politics or watch movie trailers. There are websites that list focus group opportunities and those that pay you to fill out surveys, like Pinecone Research and MySurvey.com.
Donate plasma: Plasma centers pay around $10 to $40. You will be subject to a comprehensive medical exam, or may be required you to provide updated records. Technically, healthy individuals can donate plasma two times in a seven-day period.
6. Passive Income
One of the easiest ways to earn some extra cash is to charge a fee for something that you do not have to go out of your way for.
Rent your house: Hire a licensed management company that can find tenants, conduct a proper background check, collect rent and provide maintenance. You can also place your apartment on Airbnb.
Tow a car: Charge a fee to transport someone’s ride. You can find these opportunities, or advertise yourself, on Craigslist. Be sure to review your insurance policy for any damages you could be held responsible for.
Ferry goods: People need to ship items all the time and for one reason or another, they want a personal touch. For a few dollars, you can ferry anything from art to household items and pets. There’s even a website, UShip, that will link you with folks who have something to send.
Have you ever earned money while on the road? What did you do?