Living full-time in an RV has its challenges. One common problem people run into when living on the road is not being able to find steady work.
So, how can you work while spending your life on the road? There are plenty of ways to ensure that you will have some sort of cash flow. By doing creative and on-the-go jobs, you can live financially comfortable.
Here are the most common ways to find work while living on the road.
1) Freelance Remote Work
Being a freelancer is a great way to make income while living on the road. This is because most of this work can be done remotely which means that you are not chained to a desk.
The best part about freelance work is that there is almost something out there for everyone. This, of course, depends on your skills.
Here are some of the most common freelance work that can be easily done from the road:
Graphic design is one of the best gigs to have as a freelancer. This is because there are endless jobs that come along with working in the graphics field. All you would need to be a freelance designer from the road is an internet connection and a computer with design software.
Don’t have a computer? Being a freelancer comes with its perks. You can buy things that are vital to your business and get reimbursement. Buying equipment you need like a laptop and design software is tax deductible. Just make sure you are keeping a clean record of expenses as well as transactions! Just keep in mind that the more experience you have, the more pay you will get! Here are some common design jobs available:
- Logo design
- Webpage design
- Single-page design
- Brochure and pamphlet design
- Poster design
Another great way to make some cash while living on the road is working as a freelance writer. This allows you to work with multiple clients at a time. As the same with graphic design, you will also need a reliable computer and internet access.
One thing to remember is that RVs are not known to have reliable internet.
However, there are some things you can do to get internet while on the road. One way is to invest in a “hot spot”. This will allow you to get internet, but it will be very limited. Another option you have it to frequent coffee shops and other places that are “work-friendly”. Remember, that if you buy food or coffee at one of these places while working – keep the receipt!
This can be a tax write off for you as well.
Here are some of the most common freelance writing jobs available:
- Blog writing
- Press release
- Website content
- Event description
2) Social Media Marketing
If you are savvy when it comes to technology and social media, marketing could be the right move for you. Many companies are looking for full-time social media marketing directors. Does this mean you need a marketing degree?
It is important to remember that some companies will want a degree, but some just want experience. Not having a degree will greatly decrease your payments.
What Is Social Media Marketing?
Social media is one of the best ways companies can advertise without any additional overhead. Using social media has almost completely replaced traditional marketing like billboards and commercials. This is because almost everyone these days are connected to some form of social media.
Social media marketing is targeting a specific audience through engaging posts and advertisements to bring visibility to a business. As a social media manager, it would be your job to generate content for these websites in order to bring new clients in. This job usually can be done remotely.
Here are the most common social media platforms that you should be familiar with in order to be a social media director:
3) Consulting Via Skype And Phone
Consulting is one of those jobs that can be done from just about anywhere. However, the best part about being a consultant while living on the road is that you can plan your route according to your job. This is because while you can do consulting remotely, you can also travel to different locations.
This allows you the freedom of being able to go where you are needed without any strings attached.
However, consulting means something different to each person. So, what are the commons ways to make money consulting? Here is what we know:
Human resource is a great consulting job to have when living in an RV. This job allows you to travel all over the country and advice companies based on human resource issues. There is a lot of work that comes along with being a human resource consultant.
While some companies have their own internal human resource department, many are looking for an outsiders eye. But, what does that entail for you? Here are some of the main duties you can expect with this type of job:
- Harassment in the workplace training
- Customer service training
- Customer relations
- Workplace morale
- Position restructuring
Human resource consults are there to help get a company back on track. Many times you will see requests for these types of jobs after a company has faced challenges.
Tech companies are on the rise. With the rise of these types of companies has come the need for more help with IT. Even large companies are prone to technical errors now and then. This is why companies like to outsource their IT departments by using assistance from freelance IT consultants.
This job would allow you to travel around the country to help problem solve. As an IT consultant, you will be required to troubleshoot tech problems and offer solutions. In order to be an IT consultant, you will have to have a background with computers. The more experience you have, the higher a pay scale you can expect.
Another great way to work full-time as a consultant is by helping companies with their cash flow. Financial consulting is one of the most in-demand jobs for most companies.
This is because even thriving companies want to increase their bottom line.
Financial consultants are not only used to help bigger companies turn a higher profit. They also do a great job of pulling struggling companies out of the red. However, unlike other freelance consulting jobs, this one requires you to have a degree in finances.
4) Tourist Jobs
If you are looking for a more creative way to get work while living in an RV, tourist attractions are the way to go! This is especially true if you find ones that work on a season to season basis. This way you can still travel around the country, but do so by season.
What Exactly Are Tourist Attraction Jobs?
Working at tourist attractions means that you will be doing a number of odd-jobs that rotate depending on the weather. While these jobs don’t always come with the highest paycheck, it will allow you to live the lifestyle you want. Here are some of the most popular seasonal jobs you can find on the road:
Amusement parks are a great summer seasonal gig. You get to spend a bulk of your time outdoors doing jobs like running rides and working food stands. Best of all, these jobs don’t require any special degree or experience so they are fairly easy to pick up along your travels.
Need to pay for RV parking and also make a living? Why not kill two birds with one stone? Working seasonal jobs at campgrounds across the country is ideal for RV living. This way you will not only always have a place to park, but you can also have a steady paycheck as well.
Campground jobs mainly consist of hard labor work, so make sure you’re up for it before filling out an application. This includes groundskeeping work, repairs, campground intake, and other manual odd-jobs. While this might not come with a high salary, you will be saving some money from not having to pay for parking!
While most seasonal jobs may be geared towards the warmer months, there are some that are perfect for winter. One option you have when the weather starts to turn it to find employment at ski lodges and resorts. Jobs like these will be more available in places that already have a strong love for winter sports.
You can be expected to perform simple tasks like clean up, snow removal and customer service. However, there are also lots of openings in the service industry. This includes waitstaff, bartenders, kitchen staff and even cooks. Best of all, most of these positions have on-the-job training so experiance isn’t necessary!
5) Online Tutoring
Some of the best jobs you can get while living on the road are ones that can be done remotely. Along with the typical freelance jobs you can find, becoming an online teacher is a unique one that pays more!
One important thing to remember about teaching online is that it will require at least an associates degree in education.
The most common online teaching jobs you will find are those that work to teach languages to children across the world. The best part about this job is that you can make your own schedule. This way you can schedule when you want to work around when you will have a clear internet connection.
Don’t have a degree? No problem!
There are smaller teaching jobs available online that are suited for those without an education degree. Check job listing specifically targeting tutors.
These are often one-time jobs that allow you to connect with a single student to work on a specific subject. The more knowledgable you are in that subject, the more you can expect to earn!
6) Find Work Locally
Most jobs that you can find while living in an RV require a little bit of preparation. This means that you will have to know where you are going from month to month and have a plan for a job once you get there. But, what about the people who like to live in the moment? Is it possible to find a job without having to plan for it? Yes!
One thing that lots of people who travel in RVs do for work is to check the local listings of wherever they are.
Using user-to-user platforms like Facebook and Craigslist, you can easily find posting for odd-jobs that are a quick way to make money. Jobs like house painting or short-term movers are a great option for RV travelers.
However, along with these types of jobs comes risk. You want to make sure that you are always keeping your safety in mind when searching for user-based jobs. There are a lot of people out there looking for a quick scam. So make sure that you are comfortable with whatever job you are taking. Also, since there isn’t a contract in place, it is important that all talks of payment happen up-front and are very clear!
Everyone needs to make money to survive. However, living in an RV full-time means that you will have to adjust what it means to work. The best part about this type of lifestyle is that it never gets boring. Imagine working at a fair one week and then spending your time working at a wildlife reserve the next.
This is one of the things that make living on the road such a special and unique experience. Plus, you can’t ignore all of the amazing things you will learn along the way. So, is it possible to live full-time in an RV and still make a living? Absolutely, yes! As long as you plan ahead and are smart about your next career move, you can live comfortably on the road. Good luck.
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Maria is the founder of GoDownsize. While studying architecture in Denmark she became fascinated with designing living spaces for boats, tiny houses, RVs, and other small spaces.
She mainly writes about space optimization, interior design, and downsizing. She’s also in charge of our YouTube channel. Read more about Maria here.