“How do you make money while RVing?” It’s a common question posed to full-time RVers, and the answer will be different for each person.
The truth is there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to making money while RVing. Everyone has unique skills and talents. But there are opportunities for each type of person and skill level, both online and offline.
If you want to explore a few options for making money while on the road, check out our suggestions below.
Make Money While RVing Online
When most people think of making money while RVing, they generally want to learn how to work remotely. This section features 10 ways to make money while RVing with the help of the internet.
A popular way to make money while RVing is blogging–just like the blog you’re reading right now!
A blog can make money in various ways. They can make money through advertising, affiliate marketing, product sales, sponsorships, and more.
Blogging isn’t an easy route. It requires significant learning, time, and patience, but it can pay off big time! Plus, it can be fun to chronicle your adventures and look back later.
2. YouTube Channel
Another way to make money while RVing is to start a YouTube Channel! Chances are, you’ve seen RV YouTube videos. Whether the videos are about travel, RVs, or DIY and how-to’s, many of these channels are making money!
YouTube channels make money through advertising revenue as well as sponsorships. They can direct more readers to a blog, so YouTube channels and blogs work well together.
Like blogging, a YouTube channel takes time, dedication, and learning. But if you can stick with it, it can really pay off.
Freelancing is a popular way to make money while RVing. A freelancer works as an independent contractor performing specific skills remotely.
There are freelance writers, freelance video editors, freelance virtual assistants, and so much more.
Freelancing can be a more flexible work option than being a remote employee. You’re usually in charge of your hours and rates, so you can choose how often and how much you work. But, as a freelancer, you’ll be responsible for your taxes, health insurance, and other benefits.
4. Remote Work
Many RVers making a living from the road are working traditional jobs but not in a conventional office. Remote work can be considered online freelancing, but it can also involve research trips or other distance jobs.
There are remote work opportunities in nearly every industry. And jobs range from entry-level to advanced, so there’s an opportunity to find remote work for various skill levels.
You can look for remote work on websites like FlexJobs or LinkedIn.
5. Start Your Own Business
Have you ever dreamed of starting your own business? If you seek ways to make money while RVing, this is a great idea!
Online businesses can be anything from digital product sales, service-based businesses, physical product businesses, and more.
Starting your own business could just consist of content, too! A blog, YouTube channel, or podcast is a business. As long as you have a plan for monetizing it, you’re golden!
6. Virtual Teaching
Virtual Teaching is a popular way to make money while RVing. Websites like VIPKID hire individuals to teach English as a second language. Requirements include a bachelor’s degree (in anything), and tutoring or teaching experience is preferred.
If you have a higher level education, you could also seek adjunct teaching jobs at colleges and universities. Typically, a community college will require you to have at least a bachelor’s degree. A university will require you to have a master’s degree or higher or a bachelor’s degree and at least five years of experience in the field.
Virtual teaching can pay well, and you can set your hours.
7. Sell Goods on Etsy
If you’re a maker, take that show on the road! You can sell goods on websites like Etsy, and they don’t even have to be handmade.
Etsy is also an excellent platform for digital products and downloads like planners, checklists, printable quotes, and more. Many people make a living with this lifestyle.
Our friends Kyle and Olivia over at Drivin’ and Vibin’ started their RV life by reselling vintage prints on Etsy. Now, they’ve branched out into creating prints along with vintage goods! Check out their store: HWY Vintage here.
8. Amazon FBA
FBA stands for fulfillment by Amazon. RVers can make money with Amazon FBA by doing something called “retail arbitrage.”
Retail arbitrage is buying items, typically on clearance at local stores, and sending them to Amazon warehouses to be sold at a higher price.
RVers travel to new towns all the time, and they could snatch up clearance deals at local stores that may be selling for higher prices on Amazon.
When you’re a seller for Amazon FBA, you have a handy app that scans items and tells you how much they’re currently selling for. All you have to do is purchase the item and send it to Amazon. They’ll handle the fulfillment for you and send you a portion of the profits.
If you want to learn more, here’s an article about full-time RVers running an FBA business.
9. Web or Graphic Design
Are you a computer programmer or graphic designer? Each of these skills lends well to working remotely, making them perfect for doing while RVing.
You can advertise your skills online or do so during your travels. Many RVers doing a blog, YouTube channel, or another online platform will need web and graphic design services, and they might want a talented RVer like yourself to handle the work!
10. Resale Items
Like retail arbitrage, you can purchase and flip items on the road on websites like Etsy, eBay, Facebook Marketplace, and more.
Many people visit thrift stores, flea markets, or garage sales to find unique or underpriced items to sell online for a profit.
How to Make Money While RVing Offline
Computers and internet, not your thing? No worries. You don’t have to be a tech wizard or even connected to the internet to make money while RVing. Here are a few ways real people make money while RVing without Wi-Fi.
Workamping is a popular term in the RV world describing working for a free campsite and, in some cases, a paycheck.
You can find workamping opportunities at RV parks and campgrounds performing work like reception, maintenance, cleaning, and campground hosting.
Some campgrounds ask for 15-20 hours per week in exchange for free camping and amenities. Others may provide free camping plus hourly pay… it just depends on where you go.
12. Work in a National Park
Have you ever wanted to spend a season in a national park? You can! National park concessioners hire tens of thousands of employees every year.
The concessioners operate amenities in the park-like lodging, retail stores, restaurants, and more. Most national park jobs come with lodging opportunities, and some include full-hookup RV sites.
Visit the CoolWorks website to find national park job opportunities. Use their filter options to search for jobs that provide RV sites, and start applying!
13. Sell Handmade Goods at Festivals and Farmer’s Markets
If you sell handmade goods but don’t want to rely solely on Etsy, you can make money while RVing by setting up booths at local festivals and farmer’s markets.
A bonus to selling at festivals and farmer’s markets is that you’ll be following fair weather wherever you go!
14. Work as a Mobile Tradesperson
Working as a mobile tradesperson may require the internet to find work, but it’s not required.
Mobile tradespersons like RV techs are in demand everywhere…You’ll likely find work in every RV park you stay in!
You can post in local Facebook groups when you’re in a particular area, advertise on Craigslist, or use apps like TaskRabbit to find work while traveling.
15. Find Temporary Jobs in Tourist Destinations
Popular tourist destinations and towns are always looking for workers. If you have serving, bartending, or housekeeping experience, you should have no trouble finding work while traveling!
You can also use the CoolWorks website to find these kinds of jobs and filter by RV sites to find jobs that provide parking and hookups.
There are abundant opportunities to make money while RVing if you know where to look. Whether it’s being a remote employee, starting your own business, or workamping across the USA, you can find your money-making sweet spot.
It doesn’t matter if you don’t have experience or aren’t internet-savvy. You can learn as you go! Many RVers rely on a combination of some of the ideas listed above to make money while RVing.
Which ones appeal the most to you?