Full-time RVing is not as cheap as some people make it out to be and you do need to have some type of income to get by in this lifestyle. One question we see over and over again on Facebook and other platforms is, How to make money while traveling in an RV? We had the same questions. While we do have my military retirement income and passive income from our rental property, we could always use more money, but who couldn’t?
Are you looking for ways to make money while traveling in an RV? Today there are many ways you can do just that. You may be able to find one item below and make enough to live on or if you’re like us you may try multiple ways of making money.
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Ways To Make Money While Traveling In An RV
If you are living and traveling, which usually means in an RV and you are doing any kind of part-time or full-time work – you are a Workamper!
Workamping is one of our preferred ways to make money while on the road, especially in higher-cost areas.
There are countless other ways to make money Workamping. If you are interested in staying in one place for some time (think an entire camping season), Workamping might be right for you.
Find out about Workamping here.
Some other Workamping jobs we’ve seen posted:
- Harvest Work – Many farms hire short-term harvest workers to help with the quick turnaround from field to truck. The Sugar Beet Harvest is wildly popular, with some people banking thousands of dollars in just a few weeks.
- Theme Parks – Many theme parks hire seasonal workers, and some even offer RV parks for you to stay in while you work the concessions, rides, and attractions. Also look at ski resorts, museums, and other types of attractions in an area you’d like to visit.
- Amazon CamperForce – Our guess is that it is similar to our experience working at JCPenney Logistics doing warehouse work. Stocking, picking, and packing items for delivery to customers.
- Energy Work and Gate Guarding – At the remote oil fields of the country, particularly in Texas, energy companies hire RVers to work their gates, checking that people coming in are supposed to be there. These are usually 12-hour shifts split between you and your spouse/significant other. It’s remote, windy, and lonely, but it pays well.
COVID-19 dramatically changed the workplace landscape and more companies are realizing the value of remote workers. Today with pandemic life/post-pandemic life more and more companies are comfortable with employees working remotely. Virtually any computer or phone-based job can now be done from anywhere in the world with a solid internet connection.
Start a Blog or Website
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.
Do you have a passion for words? Why not tell people stories about your travel experiences, make recommendations, and make money?
Blogging is one of the best-paying part-time opportunities you may not have discovered yet. The reason I prefer blogging is that you can write about anything you feel like and do it in your own free time.
You cannot get rich overnight because you wrote a post, it doesn’t work like that.
We started this blog in 2019. The first year we didn’t do a whole lot with it and didn’t make any money. Since then I’ve been learning about how affiliate marketing works, SEO (Search Engine Optimization), and actively writing more. It’s beginning to pay off.
Learn to set up your site and advertise your content. For you to get consistent traffic to your blog, you need to write consistently about some compelling stuff.
There are various ways to monetize your blog. You can make money through affiliate marketing, selling advertising space (for example Google AdSense), sponsorships, reviews, partnerships, selling courses or eBooks online, and more. When the fruits of your labor start to manifest, you can be sure to make a good income from your blog.
If you can make the first dollar you can make $10, if you can make $10 you can make $100. If you can make $100 you can make $1000…. and so on. I can’t wait till we’re making $1000/month off of our little blog.
Ever dreamed of having your own blog, website, or YouTube channel earn real revenue and become a real business you can call your own?
There are short-term seasonal jobs available to make a quick buck at if you’re game. Selling pumpkins around Halloween or Christmas Trees at Christmas are two that you can make some good money in a short amount of time.
Another one we came across that looked interesting was working at the Stock Shows and Rodeos around Texas. We could have had jobs at San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, and Fort Worth Livestock Show and Rodeo but passed them up this year. This is something we may do in the future as we enjoy attending the shows. It would be fun to travel around going to and working at each one.
Sell Products Online or Offline
Selling products both online and offline is another possibility for making money on the road.
We’ve heard of people that sell items they collect while traveling. Do you have a craft that you enjoy making?
Many people like to create crafts to sell at local craft fairs, or online. They sell items on eBay, Craigslist, or Etsy as well as countless others places if you decide to sell your items online.
Become an RV Technician
Machines break down, and RVs are no exception, in fact, RVs always seem to have some type of issue going on. If you have an issue with your RV that you can not fix for lack of knowledge you will have to take it to a shop or have a mobile RV Technician come to you to repair the RV.
This will cost you time and money. It can also be very difficult to actually get your RV into a shop for repair. We’ve seen wait times of over a month to get an RV into a shop for repair. Repair costs will run upwards of $175/hour + Trip Fees a Mobile Tech may charge.
Why not become a Mobile RV Technician yourself? If for nothing else be able to save yourself money by not needing someone to repair your RV. But if you get certified as an RV Technician then you can turn it into a job, making that $175/hour and charging a trip fee to go to someone that needs work on their RV.
I plan on getting certified as an RV Technician by taking classes at the National RV Training Academy in Athens, Texas sometime in the future.
Find regular 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 to earn a living. Find a job in the area you want to stay in for a while.
This is one we’ve thought about in places that are not in higher-cost areas. What we’ve found when looking for Workamping jobs in a lower cost of living area is that many places want you to work for a campsite only.
They don’t pay much or want you to work more hours than their site is actually worth. An example we’ve seen with some campsites you can rent for $500-$600/month.
The campground wants people to work 20 hours per week for the site. Our minimum expected salary is $10/hour. So these places want us to work $800 worth of work for their $500-$600 campsite. Just not happening for us. Do the math on what they are offering, and make sure you are being paid an honest wage for your hard work.
If you want to make money while RVing, you might be better off finding a regular job and paying for your own campsite.
Here are some jobs you could try in an area you want to visit longer:
- Being a barista at a coffee shop
- Work as a host, waiter, or waitress at a restaurant
- Front desk clerk at a hotel, motel, campground, or hostel
- Help out on a farm
- Get a temporary job at a store
- Check want ads for something you like in the area
These are just a few ways to get out there and make money while traveling in an RV. There are plenty of other opportunities as well depending on your skill sets.
What jobs have you done while RVing or plan to look into during your travels? Thank you for taking the time to read our article. If you have any questions or comments we’d love to hear from you below.
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