Making Money On The Road
How a family of four makes a living while traveling full-time in an RV.
We often get asked how we make money on the road. It seems that there are thousands of people that want to have the freedom and lifestyle that traveling full time in an RV brings, but they are tied down by their work situation. In this short article, we hope to bring some hope to your dream of traveling full-time (and maybe even a few practical ideas!)
We both can work remotely, which allows us to live in an RV and travel around the US!
Aaron started his own company, AG Marketing Collective, in April of 2018.
He builds websites and helps small businesses with their marketing. Everything from social media marketing (Facebook & Instagram ads), design (logos, presentations, social posts), email marketing and SEO. (Feel free to reach out if you could use his services! He loves to chat and brainstorm about ideas.)
Where he works: Our RV master bedroom doubles as his office. He has a fold down desk in the corner where his second monitor is stationed. He doesn’t always work from there though. On nice days he sometimes works outside, sitting on a camping chair, or inside the truck (it’s quieter than the RV sometimes). Sometimes he likes to get away and spend time in local coffee shops working there. He can really set up shop wherever he wants as long as he has wifi!
His clients are all over the US, and he communicates with them through phone calls, email, and video chats. Basically, he just needs an internet connection and he’s good to go. We have a Verizon Mifi 8800L jetpack with unlimited high speed data (no throttling!). The plan is $65/month when you pay with auto pay. We have been EXTREMELY happy with this device and plan! (It is a prepaid plan, completely separate from our Verizon phone plans, which would only give us a limited amount of GBs).
I had a photography business back in GA before we left to travel.
I did portrait, lifestyle and event photography. Since I was leaving my local clients behind, I wasn’t sure what “working” for me would look like on the road. We had started up a blog shortly before we took off, and I knew I’d be writing and creating content for that, as well as homeschool and planning our travel route and booking campground stays, so I figured that would keep me plenty busy.
I worked on taking quality photos for our blog and Instagram, and we started building quite a following right away. We had several brands reach out wanting to partner with us, which was really cool and we enjoyed the perks that came along with that! We are now charging a fee if a brand wants to send us their item to try and post on our social media. A video production company paid us to send in some videos of our adventures, which was cool. I also ended up getting a job creating content for RV Repair Club. We’re also talking with the producers of a TV show about an opportunity with them!
I write 2 articles a month and make 3 videos a month for RV Repair Club, which has been really fun and a great way for me to replace the income I lost from leaving behind my photography company! You can read my first article they published with RV kitchen storage solutions HERE. I also sell images to an RV website, and have been hired to do some guest writing for several blogs.
One additional avenue I’ve explored is secret shopping. This doesn’t pay a lot in the beginning, but you can build up to making more once you prove yourself to be reliable. I’m currently signed up as a secret shopper for Market Force. I haven’t even gone on my first secret trip yet, but want to do that soon! It’s a great way to get a free meal!
There are actually a LOT of ways to make money on the road, and I compiled a list for anyone interested!
Tutor/online teacher (My sister teaches English to Chinese kids online. Click the link for more info if interested!)
Remote office assistant
Reservation sales rep