Zach and I have spent the past four years preparing for our RV journey. That four years has been focusing on the financial aspect of mobile living. Even though we won’t have a mortgage or the costs that are associated with stationary living, we will have expenses like RV parking and utilities, internet, cell phone, food and pet supplies.
We have set our full time RV budget and plan to stick to it. I have a full time business that I started four years ago. We do need other sources of income so that we can fully enjoy our time on the road. We have compiled a list of extra sources of income that full time RVers have found to work.
If you want to join us on the road, maybe these ideas could for you to make income on the road.
Sources of Mobile Income
There are surprisingly a ton of ways the full time RVers make a mobile income. I have compiled a list of ideas that Zach and I could realistically do. I really don’t see us working in the fields harvesting sugar beets. If you are interested in joining us on the road, take a look at what you could do for mobile income.
We love Amazon and especially the opportunities they give to everyday Jack and Jills to join them as they conquer the retail world. In Arizona, Tennessee and Kentucky, you can actually work in their fulfillment centers short term and they pay for your RV camp spot and utilities.
This program is called Amazon Campforce. They also give you a small stipend for the amount of time you put in and offer access to health care, prescription and even a 401K. This is actually an option for us as we will be spending a lot of time in Tennessee.
I like that it is temporary work because we don’t know how long we will stay in one spot. The spots fill up pretty fast, so be on the ball if you are interested in this opportunity. Check it out here.
Again, we love Amazon. What most people don’t realize, is that Amazon is a hub for independent retailers. So they aren’t taking away all of the opportunities for small business to sell their products, they are actually giving them an opportunity to sell their products on the biggest eCommerce platform there is.
Amazon FBA stands for fulfillment by Amazon. This means that you can ship your products directly to the Amazon warehouse and they will fill your orders. You can sell your products without even having to touch them. Anyone can become a seller on Amazon. You can even do this from home, you don’t have to live in an RV full time.
Monetizing our Blog
We started our blog for three main reasons 1) to keep track of our journey and share our experiences with our friends and family and 2) to keep ourselves organized 3) to inspire other folks to chase their dreams. We have really enjoyed putting our thoughts and experiences down on paper. It helps to make everything feel like it is coming full circle and we aren’t just winging it.
Since starting the blog and researching how other full time RVers make a mobile income, we decided that we would take a shot at monetizing our blog. This means that as content creators we can gain a small stipend from companies that want to advertise on our website and joining affiliate programs to receive a small commission when our readers purchase the products we talk about. A month in we have made $00.56. Yes, you read that correctly, fifty six cents.
If you are interested in starting a blog. I wrote a post that walks you through how to start a blog from scratch to finish. It is exactly the steps I took to set this blog up.
Virtual Assistant & Freelancing
I have worked in an office setting my entire adult career. I currently run my own business offering non-profits and state agencies with subscription based services to an online data portal. So I know how to get shit done. If we are needing to increase our budget, I am going to look into becoming a virtual assistant. I have a background in website development, social media marketing and really anything marketing and business related. Upwork is an example of a place to find these jobs. The pay will be minimal to begin with, but as you build your clientele and have experience under your belt you can charge more.
While we are full time RVers, we do plan to check out some areas like Tennessee and Texas for extended periods of time. We may register at some temp agencies and work temp jobs for a month here and there. This will help to build up the bank account and pay for the extras that we know we will need. NBA tickets, concert tickets, eating out, massages and so on.
Zach will look into temp jobs at boating facilities or manufacturers. No body knows boats better than Zach. I will look into office positions. Every major town has a temp agency, I have hired from them many times.
Other Mobile Income Ideas Not for Us
There are a lot of other ideas out there for folks to earn an income while travelling the U.S. I don’t realistically see us doing any of these, but they may be a good fit for others and something we may have to fall back on if our plans don’t work out.
- Seasonal field workers
- Teach English online
- Sell Roadside Assistance
We really should find a way for Zach to offer his knowledge of boats to people. Stay tuned for that one.
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