“How do you make money?” is the question most often asked to full-time RVers. The full-time RVer’s demographic is rapidly changing. More and more people not yet eligible for retirement are gravitating toward this unique lifestyle and even those that are retired, are often looking for ways to be socially active and bring in some extra income.
Below are eight opportunities to bring in a paycheck that you are able to do online (for those digital nomad folks!) and seven on-site employment opportunities for full-time RVers. There is also one bonus option to consider at the end of this article.
As you read through this list, keep in mind the most successful full-time RVers that work, will often do a combination of these.
This is the one many people think of right away. It can be done, but there are a few things to know before jumping in and planning on this being your main source of revenue:
- Before you can start earning, you need to have at least 1,000 subscribers and more than 4,000 hours of watch-time within a 12-month period
- Earnings come from Google AdSense through advertisements, superchats, channel memberships and YouTube Premium revenue shares.
Direct your audience to products or places through an affiliate program! This often involves consumers clicking a link you provide or entering a special code when they purchase an item and in return, you receive a small portion of the proceeds. Below are some resources to help you find the right affiliate program for you:
In addition, don’t be afraid to reach out to businesses and ask them if they have an affiliate program!
Check out these other great blogs for more affiliate programs information:
- Bengu: 17 Little-Known Affiliate Programs…
- Authority Hacker: The 72 Best Affiliate Programs and Networks…
- Millenial Money: 101 Awesome Affiliate Programs to Make Money….
- Buildapreneur: How to Get Started with Affiliate Marketing-A Beginner’s Guide
Do you have experience that is of value to certain businesses? Contact businesses in your field to let them know of your availability. Don’t let all of that knowledge go to waste!
Do you have a special skill? What if you don’t feel comfortable cold-contacting companies for contract work? Check out these sites, where employers are looking for everything from simple admin tasks, translations, web design, graphics, etc. and all work is done online.
5. PRODUCT SALES
Do you make things that you want to sell? Want to take your passion for acquiring antiques and your ability to travel to the next level? Take your creativity and turn it into cash by working selling on these sites:
- Sell your crafts on Etsy
- Make money selling on eBay
- Earn money off of your photos on sites Pond5, Shutterstock, Adobe Stock
For more on where to sell your photography, read this article from PC Magazine
A blog is a great way to work in multiple revenue streams. Use the power of your blog to push your affiliate marketing, sell items, and make money through advertising space!
To get started on your blog, you have to decide which blogging platform to use. For the Top 10 Best Blogging Sites Comparison Guide, check out this article from makeawebsitehub.com
Do you love to write? Be a freelance writer for magazines! Check out the articles below for magazines that actively seek out freelancers for their publications.
- Get Paid to Write Articles: 10 Magazines That Pay $500 or More
- The Ultimate List of Magazines that Pay Writers
- 51 Popular Magazines That Need Freelance Writers
8. TAKING SURVEYS
Yes, you can make money taking surveys online! Check out this article from The Penny Hoarder to find out the best online survey sites.
Being a digital nomad not your thing? Consider some of these options!
9. AMAZON CAMPERFORCE
Amazon offers workers at least $15/hr, overtime and end-of-assignment completion bonuses. In addition, workers can receive up to $550 per month toward to help cover their campsite expenses while on assignment.
For more information on positions, availability and locations visit Amazon Camperforce
10. SUGAR BEET HARVEST
One of the more well-known workamping jobs out in the RVing community. Why? The potential to earn up to $2400 in just 2-3 weeks of work! Each year, American Crystal Sugar and Sidney Sugars hire more than 1300 workers across locations in Montana, North Dakota and Minnesota during the late September, early October processing times.
To learn more about this opportunity and apply visit The Unbeetable Experience.
Read about the experience from Becky Schade, aka Interstellar Orchard, about her time working the sugar beet harvest.
11. SEASONAL WORK OPPORTUNITIES
The types of workamping jobs are endless and there are more opportunities available than people to fill them every year. Jobs like this are attractive to RVers as they often provide free or subsidized camping in addition to a paycheck. These are seasonal jobs, and positions vary from waitstaff, store clerks, security, administrative, maintenance, janitorial, etc. In addition to tourist towns and campgrounds, many of these positions are in national parks.
You can look for jobs going through the multitude of “help wanted” signs in the windows, but here are several websites that help to easily find the right position:
- Sign up for the weekly Workamper News email
- Check out Your RV Lifestyle‘s Job Board for great opportunities and info!
- Looking for work as a couple? Check out Working Couples.
- Their tag-line says it all “Jobs in Great Places”! Check out Coolworks.
- Join Escapees, one of the biggest RV clubs out there and get access to their RVer Job Exchange.
- Check out two of the biggest employers for seasonal work at National Parks, Xanterra and Delaware North.
12. CAMP HOSTING
Combine your love of RVing and get a free campsite and (usually) make money at the same time by being a camp host! Camp hosts are needed at national parks, national forests, state parks, private campgrounds, etc. Hosts are typically responsible for answering campers questions, checking in guests, general clean up, and security for the area.
A fantastic resource for more information on how to become a camp host and connections to available openings can be found at Camphost.org.
Don’t forget to check out local state park employment opportunity listings as well!
13. SECRET SHOPPER
Take every day things you do and make a bit of extra income doing them! Companies will pay you to shop and then provide feedback on the experience. There are a lot of scams out there, but The Penny Hoarder comes through again (we love this blog, can you tell?!) and has vetted the best ones for you in her post, The Best Mystery Shopping Companies to Work For.
14. BE AN ENTREPRENEUR
Can’t find a job that fits your needs? Think outside of the box and make one! A perfect example is of a young woman who we recently met at an RV rally. She attends rallies and events and offers a dog walking service. Contact the event/rally organizers in advance and you might even get free admission and a site as well.
15. UBER/LYFT DRIVER
As mentioned in the video, this would take a little extra time to set up in each location as drivers can only operate and pick up passengers in areas for which they have been assigned and approved. This has to do with how each local areas have different laws and regulations. But, if you plan on being in an area for an extended period of time, it might be worth your while.
BONUS: CSA FARMING (community supported agriculture)
Now, this last one won’t earn you money but it will save you money! Spend some time volunteering on a farm in exchange for fresh produce. Some farms will also provide you a space to park your RV on site, saving you additional money.
Check out the CSA Coalition for more information.
Your full-time RV life awaits…what are you waiting for?