Once upon a time, a long time ago (the 1990’s), if you wanted to make a living from your RV, you had to write travel books. Today, the gig economy and the internet make it easy to make money while you travel the country.
This is a very brief guide, but we’ll introduce you to everything you need to start making a living while you travel. After a couple of years, you can make a reliable living and never have to be in the same place twice.
At our Ft Myers RV resort and two of our Texas RV resorts, we have people who come by all the time that work right from their RV. You can see them sitting at picnic tables typing or using a mouse to create digital art. One of them says that he makes over $100,000 a year and he only works about 4 hours a day.
Computer - The only thing you really need is a laptop computer. Since you might be on the road a lot, you should buy two batteries. Remember when one dies, to replace it in the computer. Then recharge the dead one by putting it back in overnight. One important note with this plan: Shut your laptop all the way down before you replace the battery or you can lose data. This all not nearly as important if you can plug into the RV any time. Then you can treat it just like you’re at home.
Smartphone - All of the sites we’re going to recommend to you, have mobile apps that let you communicate with clients via messages. A smartphone will make it easier to give great customer service without having to open a computer all the time.
Every Starbucks, Walmart, Target, most truck stops and more all have free Wi-Fi. All you have to do, usually, is buy a cup of coffee. Using public Wi-Fi can dangerous as far as viruses are concerned, but use the Windows Defender program or any really good antivirus program and you should be fine.
If you’re often in places with cell service, but not stores, you can use your phone as a Wi-Fi hotspot. You will turn on the phone as a hotspot and then simply use it. It’s slower, but it will let you work without a hassle.
What should you do?
You can do anything in the gig economy that doesn’t require physically being there. Bookkeeping, graphic design, web design, writing, virtual assistant, and much more are all available online.
If you’re not sure what you can offer, start by listing things that you can already do. Then make a list of things you’re interested in. Next, go to the sites below and see what other people are doing that you can do or would like to learn.
Think outside the box. For example, if you spent your life as a construction foreman, you might make a great personnel management consultant. You know how to handle large groups of employees than any college grad.
Where is the online work?
In the gig economy, it’s a lot easier to find jobs than ever before. You can do very well on freelancing sites that will do all the marketing for you; all you have to do is take good care of your customers.
It takes time to start really making a living at freelancing, but it’s really cheap to start and it will set you free from offices, suits, and more.
As we said, there are dozens of people in our Wilder RV Resorts every day who are making their living by the side of the pool or around the campfire. Give it a shot and come visit us with your empire on the table.