How To Make Money While Living The RV Lifestyle

Have you ever wondered how people can travel all over North America and still afford to pay their bills? You are not alone. Many readers want to know how can you make money living on the road if you aren’t retired? Is there a secret I just don’t know?

In this article, I will pull back the curtain on mobile income and share several ways you can make money WHILE you RV. Some of these methods are traditional and others are unique, but each requires trial and error. It takes time to find the right fit for you and your lifestyle.

Getting Started

There are five types of mobile sources of income common among RVers. Each method has its own set of pros and cons.

1.) Traditional Work Camping

What is work camping?

Work camping is the process of finding a job while RVing. Most times this job is connected with a campground or provides an RV spot as part of the position. There are many types of work camping positions across the U.S. But your best selection is in the spring and summer season. Fall/Winter jobs are scarce.

Where can I find help wanted ads?

Sites like Workamper.com, Coolworks and Facebook work camping forums are active locations for help wanted ads. Workamper offers a fee-based subscription service that sends out job emails Monday - Friday for the hottest leads.

What can I expect to earn?

Work camping pays between minimum wage and $12 an hour. Typically, you won’t earn over $9 an hour. If you work at an RV resort, you may find a higher wage, but don’t be surprised if a large portion of your hours goes toward trade for your RV spot and utilities. While work camping won’t earn you big bucks, it will help you pad your wallet while providing a resting place for your home. Former work campers have both good and bad stories to share about their experience so don’t give up after just one job.

What are the requirements?

To be a work camper you must own your own RV and in some cases you must have an RV that is less than 10 years old or smaller than 32 feet. Most work camping jobs are for couples and it can be challenging (but not impossible) to find a job as a single. If you are working at a campground, a typical position requires the female to have prior office experience with an emphasis on reservation software such as Campground Master, Campground Manager or a similar program. The male will often work outside doing ground work, parking rigs and sometimes cleaning bathrooms. Hours can be long when the park is busy, so it’s important to make sure you are paid for all hours worked.

How can I learn more?

If you are new to Work Camping, you may want to take a class from Workamper.com. This website offers a seminar on the topic that helps you find the right position.

2.) Contract Jobs

What are Contract Jobs?

Contract jobs are positions that require a certain level of expertise and the ability to live a mobile lifestyle. These can include traveling nurses, electrical and pipeline workers, airline workers, military contractors and more. Contract jobs provide an opportunity to travel while enjoying a stable job. Most RVing contractors arrange to stay in an RV park for a set amount of time and enjoy the benefit of a reduced rent due to their monthly agreement. Contractors generally pay their own rent and utilities, though some are given a housing stipend.

Where can I find help wanted ads?

Want ads can be found on Workamper.com, WorkingCouples.com and traditional job sites like Monster or Indeed.

What are the requirements?

Most positions request previous experience or training. In some cases, you must be able to be certified in a particular state or region. Jobs range from three months to two years in length. Occasionally, a job will require moving from one location to the next on a weekly basis.

What can I expect to earn?

The pay is all over the board in this category. Each position pays according to the skill. Be sure to find out what the base pay is in any position you are interested in and ask if there are any stipends for living or travel expenses.

How can I learn more?

The best way to find contract work is by googling terms such as “contract jobs,” “contract work, or “mobile contract positions.” One company that hires RVers is Southern Cross Inc.com. This company often hires contract RVers for gas line leak detection.

3.) Seasonal Work

What is seasonal work?

Seasonal work is employment that is only available for a limited time once or twice a year. Every area offers some form of seasonal work from temporary retail to phone orders and berry pickers. Two of the most popular seasonal positions for RVers are the Sugar Beets Harvest and Amazon’s Workcamper Force. Both of these positions require short term work for higher than average pay. They may also include a bonus at the end of your season.

Where can I find help wanted ads?

Workamper.com, Indeed.com and Coolworks.com You might also call the Chamber of Commerce in the areas that you are interested in visiting. Most areas have a season or a form of employment that needs temporary help for a few weeks at a time. These may include before and after Christmas, harvest season and summer fairs and camps.

What are the requirements?

Seasonal work is usually physical in nature. This means that you must be able to bend, lift, stretch and work long hours. If the job is retail, then you must love people and be able to offer excellent customer service. Computer experience is always a benefit.

What can I expect to earn?

Seasonal workers can make a lot of money in a short period of time depending on the job. Sugar Beet workers can expect to make $2,000 or more in a two week time period. As an RVing couple, you might be able to earn a quick $4,000 and then hit the road!

How can I learn more?

Sugar Beets and Amazon jobs are always talking about on the Workamper.com site. They also share information on amusement park jobs, which are also quite seasonal.

4.) Internet Work

What is internet work?

Most internet work is made up of freelance positions. A freelancer is a person who completes a task for another business without actually being on their staff. For example, a freelance writer might write articles for a blog while a freelance bookkeeper might help a small business get ready for tax season. Internet work is great for RVers because you can travel anywhere there is a web connection and still make money. The challenge is finding consistent employers and making sure you get paid on time.

Where can find help wanted ads?

There are several sites that offer freelance jobs. Here are just a few: Fiverr.com, Upwork.com , Guru.com and ifreelance.com. You can also find opportunities on Craigslist and Monster.com

What are the requirements?

To be a successful freelancer, you must have a skill that’s in demand. This can be anything from writing content , editing, graphic design, programming or bookkeeping. Many people enjoy successful internet careers working as Virtual Assistants who help clients run their business more effectively.

What can I expect to earn?

In the beginning, you will have to work for a low wage. As you build client contacts and positive feedback, you can increase your rate. Freelance workers can easily earn a very solid part time or full time income that rivals any corporate employee. You must, however, be good at managing your time and energy, not to mention your business taxes.

How can I learn more?

Udemy.com offers some great starter classes about freelance opportunities. I recommend signing up on their email list and waiting for one of their $10 per course sales. You will be amazed at what you can learn for a very low price. Another great way to gain program knowledge is by purchasing a membership to Lynda.com. This website offers training in every kind of software application you can imagine. Once you are familiar with a few essential software programs, you can raise your income dramatically.

5.) Home Based Jobs

What is a home based job?

A home based job can be internet freelance work, working for a corporation via phone or creating things to sell on sites like Etsy. Believe it or not, there are tons of companies who outsource customer service, transcription and order taking to people just like you.

Where can I find help wanted ads?

My favorite source for great home based job leads is the website: RealWaysToEarnMoneyOnline.com. The author of this blog lists new positions each and every week. You can work for Pizza Hut or 1 -800 flowers without ever leaving your RV or changing out of your pajamas!

What are the requirements?

You must have regular weekly hours to devote to your job. You must own a newer computer and in some cases, have a landline phone. (These can be arranged for in some RV parks.) You must go through an application process and in some cases, train online or in person.

What can I expect to earn?

A good average pay appears to be $9-12 an hour.

How can I learn more?

There are several good Kindle books on this topic. My favorites are: Ultimate Work From Home Jobs by KT Bell and Make Money Online: 97 Real Companies by Connie Brentford.

There are several other methods for finding work that weren’t discussed in this article.

They include:

Representing a product line - everything from direct sales to booth sales at expo’s, as well as selling items on Amazon, Ebay or Etsy.

Offering RV type services (like cleaning RV’s) and staying near popular RV destinations.

Becoming A Gate Guard - you can find more information at https://ourrvadventures.wordpress.com/gate-guard-info/.

Regardless of what you decide to do, be assured that there are as many job opportunities on the road as off. If you long to travel North America, take some time to explore my five suggestions. One of them is sure to pay off!

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