Whether you’re new to RVing or if you have owned one for a long time, you have most likely come across people at an RV park or online who are full-time RVers. This means they have sold their home and they live in their RV full time. Some of them park the RV in one spot and stay there, and some of them travel from one place to another. While this lifestyle sounds adventurous, I naturally wonder how someone could make a living while doing this. So I did a little research on how to make a living while RVing full time, and this is what I found!
Starting your own business will allow you the flexibility you need for whatever may come at you. When you are your own boss, you don’t have to worry about a pre-set schedule or mandatory places to work. The self-employment realm is endless. You just need to figure out how your skills and abilities would be best used as a service or product to others. Make a list of your skills and experience. This doesn’t have to be something that you have officially done as a job either. If you are a great baker but have never worked at a bakery, you can still call that a skill. Or if you can take great pictures, you don’t have to have past experience as a photographer to consider it a skill. If you are full timing with a spouse or another person that you want to collaborate with on your entrepreneurship endeavors, make a list of your combined skills. Use this list to brainstorm ideas of possible work opportunities.
What do you do if entrepreneurship isn’t for you? That’s ok! Not everyone can or wants to run their own business. There are still opportunities out there for you to earn a living while on the road.
There are many seasonal jobs out there that are perfect for full-time RVers. During the holidays, retail companies are always looking for additional help. Typically they start hiring for these positions in the fall so they can get people trained before the rush starts. Check out small retailers in the area you are in, or check the websites of major retailers for multiple areas. Think of places like Target, Best Buy, JCPenney, etc.
During the summer there are job opportunities everywhere! Think about amusement parks, resorts, campgrounds, ice cream shops, golf courses, childcare, marinas, etc. If you plan to stay put for the summer, look for one of these jobs.
The winter season, after the holidays have come and gone, seems like it would offer less work opportunities for full-time RVers. But since many people are into winter sports, places like ski resorts are in need of seasonal workers. A ski resort can have a variety of jobs to offer, including food service, retail, housekeeping, and ski instructor positions. Winter sports complexes that have ice skating, luging, and cross-country skiing need employees as well. Here in Utah there is an abundance of seasonal positions during the winter months.
Tax season can be a huge opportunity for short-term jobs! While many places are looking for accountants who can actually do taxes, they need people to perform other tasks as well, such as receptionists to do scheduling, data entry positions, and assistants. If you have prior clerical skills and are highly organized, this may be a good fit for you!
Find a temporary staffing company in the area where you are RVing. There are many employers looking for short-term workers. If temp agencies make you think only of manufacturing jobs, think again! There are many different types of staffing agencies and some specialize in medical or clerical positions.
Temp jobs can last anywhere from a few days to a temp-to-hire position. If you find a temp agency that works with employers all over the country, they can possibly set you up with a position at your next destination.
When working with a temp agency, be up-front about your living arrangement and the duration of employment you’re looking for. If you’re only wanting to work for a few weeks or a month, make sure they know this ahead of time so they don’t place you in a lengthier position.
Some large corporations that have multiple locations may be willing to rotate you between sites. Places like The Home Depot or WalMart have pretty consistent practices at each location so if you’re trained to run the register on one location, you can do this at different locations with little to no training needed in between.
This can also work for anyone in the medical field, especially nurses. Hospitals are typically under staffed and are willing to rotate you between hospitals and different medical facilities.
If you’re artistic and like making things to sell, a craft show may be a perfect employment option for you! At craft shows you can sell jewelry, sewing projects, knitted or crocheted items, canned foods, home decor, and much more. If you are successful selling your crafts at craft shows, you could potentially create a website and sell them online as well! Your earning potential here is really limited only by how much time and energy you want to invest in it!
Traditional Full-Time Jobs From Home
There are many types of jobs where working remotely is an option. These include writers, consultants, photographers, computer coders, software developers, virtual assistants, and much more. These are perfect for full-time RVing!
There are a ton of ads out there for “work-from-home” jobs. Many use hooks like “get paid to take surveys!” or “single mom earns thousands from home!” Most of those are scams, but there are some legitimate work-from-home opportunities out there. Here are some ways you can make sure you’re not falling for a scam:
Research the company
- Google the company and see if there are any reports of them running a scam. Generally when people are scammed they will tell the world. Check the Rip Off Report website for information on whether a company is trying to rip you off!
- Google some of the wording in the offer. Some fraudulent companies will change their name often after scams are reported about them but the wording they use in their ads typically remains the same.
Things to watch out for in the initial offer:
- Unsolicited emails and pop ups. If the job found you without you even looking for it, it’s probably not legit.
- Large amounts of money offered for small amounts of work.
- Pyramid schemes: If you have to talk your friends into doing it too, and the main focus is on that rather than the actual product or service, it’s most likely a scam.
- They want you to pay money. They’ll tell you it’s for a credit check, or rental fees for equipment, or something that sounds legit, but a real employer should never ask you to pay to have a job. If they want you to have something specific that they aren’t willing to provide, get it yourself. Don’t rent anything from them.
There are so many opportunities for a full-time RVer to make money while living their dream. If you’re unsure of the best way to go about it, try out a temp service or a seasonal position while you explore the other options. Just have an open mind about it and realize that flexibility is key to making full-time RVing a reality!