Do you love being out on the open road in your RV? Do you find yourself driving on the highway to a new destination where adventure, new scenery, and new friends await?
As invigorating as these adventures can be, the last few days always tend to be the worst part – when the reality sets in that you are going back to your full-time stationary job. If you’re wondering how to stay out on the road for longer stretches of time, there is a way. No, you don't have to give up your house and sell all your belongings. All you need to do is find a mobile job that you can do while traveling in your RV.
Transitioning from an office job or other conventional occupation to one that you do on the road might take a while to get used to, but it’s a small price to pay to be able to stay on the road for longer periods of time. In fact, the technology revolution has changed everything, enabling RV enthusiasts to travel and work at the same time. If you’re not quite sure how to take this leap, here are some great ideas to get your started.
First, Find Your Passion.
Before you start looking for mobile jobs you can do while traveling, start by asking yourself, "What am I passionate about?" Much like finding a stick and brick job, you’ll be much happier doing something you enjoy. Start by taking a piece of paper and brainstorming. Put every crazy idea you could imagine on this list. Don't worry; you are the only one that is going to see it!
When your list is complete, cross out anything impractical or unlikely. With your list narrowed down, look at the possibilities that you could see yourself doing. Is there a way you could do any of these things on the go? Do you really have to be in one location or could your passion fuse with your travel dream?
Here are a few mobile job favorites among RVers. Can you visualize yourself doing any of these travel-friendly jobs?
RV travel means exploring different locations. Digital jobs work well in your downtime. They tend to be flexible in when and how long you work. Since they all require a computer, you’ll want to make sure you have a steady Wi-Fi signal. You will want to get a hotspot device from your internet or cell phone provider for the times you won’t have access to a signal at a campground or business.
If you are lucky enough to already be in the web design field, transitioning to a mobile lifestyle is a cinch. If you’ve never worked these jobs before, a knowledge of programming languages and how the web works is a must. This work is steady and pays well, making it perfect for the RV traveler. Freelance web developers interact with clients all over the globe and never have to meet anyone face to face, which means you can live in Canada, be traveling through Texas and do work for someone in Turkey all from your RV.
Freelance work is everywhere; you just have to know how to find it. Writing for magazines and creating content for blogs is creatively satisfying no matter where you roam; the catch is finding reliable work. While gigs pay fairly well, it takes time to develop a reliable income. If you plan to write while traveling, design a personal website or blog with recent samples of your work. This online business card will help you snag quality clients again and again.
If you have a knack for sniffing out a deal or finding that valuable needle in the haystack, this is the perfect job for you. Not only can you travel from city to city, but you also get to explore - and it's all for work! Find your treasures at garage sales, thrift stores like Goodwill or anywhere else you can think of; then, post pictures online, wait for buyers to bid on them, and finally, send the items to their destination. Keep in mind that Ebay isn't the only online sales site these days, either. You might consider including Etsy and Amazon in your business plan, as well. The key is to collect very small articles that are easy to store and inexpensive to ship. RV living is all about small spaces. Be sure to have a clear idea what you are looking for BEFORE you buy it and end up having nowhere to store it.
If you decide to stay in one place for an extended period and work in your new temporary home, these are some jobs you might want to consider. These jobs rely less on working from a computer and more on getting out into the world and interacting with your new neighbors.
This is when you work at a campground or other location in exchange for a space for your RV. You can usually trade a campsite, full hook-up and other perks for part-time jobs, and some places will gladly pay you for any extra time you put in. These jobs include working the front office, groundskeeping, maintenance, or whatever other odd jobs they may need.
Bookkeeping is a gift. If you have experience as an accountant or bookkeeper, tax season is a perfect time to find work in a new town. Simply post your services either on a bulletin board or Craigslist and meet with people who need their taxes done or need other accounting advice.
If you crave the structure of the office world, but want to balance it with the open road RVing lifestyle, try signing up with a temp agency. These services specialize in finding office jobs for you, such as data entry, customer service, sales and many others that you can do in your home on wheels. Complete your obligation, usually in a few weeks; then you are free to move the next city and job.
Use Your Hands.
If you have experience in manual labor or building things, you can typically find short-term employment opportunities opportunities in new cities. These jobs can last a few days or a few months, depending on what you’re doing; just be sure your employer knows you are planning to move on after the project is complete. You never know, you may be able to come back next season!
In the Fall, during harvest season, there is plenty of work to be found all over the country. From sugar beets to fisheries, there are all kinds of different things you can do, but bear in mind that you’ll work long, hard hours. You can usually camp onsite or close by, though, and some employers even provide food and other amenities. In Arizona, many foods are harvested in the winter, making this the perfect way to enjoy the warmth of the sun.
If you’re good with your hands, it won’t be hard to find work in a new temporary home. Bring your own tools, insurance and state licensing. If you're not sure what you need, call a few nearby companies to find out what they require. Need work now? Manual labor and simple construction jobs are readily available through the temp agency, Labor Ready.
Odd jobs pay big money. The key is self-promotion. If you can sell yourself, you can find odd jobs that need to be done. From mowing lawns to painting a fence, work abounds when you know where to look. Talk to locals and ask about one time projects that need someone to take them on.
If you’re a master of this relaxing art form, you can surely find work out on the road. Massage also offers a significant second income between other tasks. Let your fellow RVers know about your skills and eventually, some weary campers will come knocking on your door. Be sure to check licensing issues in the state you are staying, though, as every state is different. You will also want to check with the RV park to make sure you are not violating any rules or regulations.
Put Your Artistic Talents to Work.
If you’re artistic and love to create beautiful things, what better place to sell them than on the road? Sure, there may be competition, but an ability to sell yourself will go a long way!
If you have a keen eye for photography, the road can be a perfect place for you. Why not take photos and sell them in the area where you're visiting? Consider connecting with the local Chamber of Commerce and promote yourself as a traveling artist eager to place local art in the heart of the business district. You never know what opportunities lie ahead!
No matter where you roam, there is always a need for quality food. Cooking is something that you can do anywhere, any time. If you’d rather not stay in one place for too long, find other venues to sell your delicious wares, such as concerts, campgrounds, and sporting events. Many RVers travel the states pulling a mobile kitchen or coffee. If this idea seems like a good fit, be sure to do the research on the health requirements for each state where you plan to work.
Entertainers were born to travel. Find an area that needs music and take your show on the road. While most players think of Nashville or Vegas as music capitals, working artists look for lesser known regions like Yuma, Arizona. Yuma, home to 250,000 winter snowbirds features 65+ RV parks, and many of them hire weekend entertainment. Got a show? Now you know where to go!
The breadth of mobile job opportunities for the avid RVer is staggering. Now that so many jobs are done online, it’s easier than ever just to pick up, hit the road and support yourself while you’re out there. Those who might be a little scared to take the plunge are quickly running out of excuses to live out their nomadic dreams. So do a little soul searching, fill up the gas tank and head out on the road to live your dream.