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How to Make Money While Traveling in an RV

Looking for jobs while living in an RV? Thanks to a continued increase in temporary, seasonal, and remote employment opportunities in the U.S., full-time RVers and digital nomads can now make a living without being stuck in one location. Check out the job ideas below to learn how to make money on the road!

Telecommuting & Remote Jobs for RV Travelers

Work Station with Desk and Laptop Set Up Inside an RV. Photo by Instagram user @tinyflip

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Remote employment while living in an RV offers you more flexibility, a steady paycheck with possible benefits, no commute time, and no office distractions. Telecommuting and remote jobs are especially ideal for digital nomads—all you need is access to WiFi, a laptop, and some office space to get your work done. If you take advantage of RV design and organization hacks, you could even create a home office in your RV—whether it’s at your kitchen table or behind closed doors in your bedroom. Learn more about the variety of remote jobs for RV travelers below!

Freelancer

Woman with Backpack and Photography Equipment Hiking Through Green Hills. Photo by Instagram user @yumika0121

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Become a freelancer and work as much as you’d like from your RV! Freelancing jobs like a writer, graphic designer, developer, videographer, and photographer are perfect for making money on the road. Keep in mind, there are a few challenges with bringing in steady income as a freelancer—like making sure companies know you’re available for hire and building out a portfolio to attract new potential clients. Often considered an assignment-by-assignment basis, freelancers often use pricing strategies and rates to charge their clients, and need to set aside money for the self-employment tax.

Digital Translator

Do you know a second language? Make extra money on the side as a digital translator! Translators can work for a variety of companies like travel agencies, hotels, and even theme parks. Working as a translator helps businesses foster a deeper connection with other cultures on local and international levels.

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Online Tutor

With access to apps like Skype or FaceTime, you can be an online tutor! Sites like TutorMe and Outschool are great tools for connecting with students straight from your RV. You can also be an ESL tutor, which allows you to informally teach subjects you’re an expert in, to secondary English speakers without a teaching degree—though you still need your ESL certification and must meet the rest of the state’s requirements. RVers working as online tutors benefit from the job’s flexibility and can use their travels to further support their teachings. Though, your schedule may be inconsistent depending on the time zones your students are living in—both domestic and abroad.

Online Retailer

Homemade Hats, Welcome Signs, Wooden Hangers, and More to Be Sold on Etsy. Photo by Instagram user @aquasoletsy

Photo via @aquasoletsy

Whether you’re an artist, craftsperson, or antique hunter, there are plenty of ways to sell your work on the road—especially on e-commerce sites like Facebook Marketplace, eBay, Etsy, or Shopify. Sites like these are user-friendly and can connect you to customers near your current location and across the world. What makes an online retailer a great job for RVers is the ability to ship packages whenever you make stops in cities. Keep in mind, e-commerce sites may take a percentage of your profits since you’re listing and selling items using their services.

Sponsored Traveler

You may be able to turn your RV road trip into a sponsorship opportunity! If you write interesting travel blog posts or share quality photos and videos of your adventures on social media, you can land contracts from hotel chains, health food companies, tourism businesses, fitness organizations, or camping stores. Some brands may want to utilize your photos and videos to showcase you living a remote and RV lifestyle. Plus, sponsored travelers usually have part, if not all, of their travel expenses paid for by their employers. But don’t wait for them to come to you—reach out to potential sponsors and clients to start making money while traveling in an RV!

Blogger

Did you know you can turn a blog into a source of revenue? If your blog gets consistent traffic every month, you can earn a decent living from the ad revenue, sponsored posts, or affiliate partnerships. Plus, being a blogger offers freedom and flexibility when it comes to subject matter, so you can choose to write about whatever you want. Common blog topics include beauty, fitness, parenting, travel, popular culture, food, and more! Get inspired by your surroundings and write about your passions while gazing at the sunset or enjoying the breeze as you work from your RV.

Social Media Specialist

A mini office in the corner of an RV. Photo by Instagram user @shiannerose

Photo via @shiannerose

Another remote job you can do while living in your RV is managing social media accounts for businesses. A social media specialist can help write and publish content on social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to help boost the online presence of businesses. Social media management can be done remotely by monitoring social media profiles and feeds, or uploading Tweets, blog posts, and photos to a company’s account to share business updates or timely announcements.

Web Designer

A man working remotely on his computer in an RV. Photo by Instagram user @rootlessliving

Photo via @rootlessliving

The ability to work from anywhere, as long as you have reliable access to WiFi, makes website design an ideal career for RVers. Designing websites requires some knowledge in coding and the ability to build websites on WordPress and Squarespace. A web designer will typically have experience in website accessibility, HTML, JavaScript, A/B testing, and webpage architecture.

Virtual Assistant

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Full-time RVers who want to work remotely while still experiencing variety in their jobs might enjoy being virtual assistants. The tasks in the typical day-to-day of a virtual assistant can include transcribing phone calls, conducting research for projects, managing the company calendar, and data entry work. Jobs like an administrative assistant or virtual assistant can allow you to move to a new location after the assignment has been completed, or can lead to a permanent hire!

Customer Service Representative

RV travelers looking for a remote job that utilizes their people skills might find a customer service representative position is right up their alley! This job requires excellent social skills in order to help assist the customers of a company by phone, email, chat, or social media. Customer service reps can help customers resolve issues in banking, credit cards, retail, and many more industries.

Entrepreneur

Wanting to start your own business? Becoming an entrepreneur is a great RV job idea that can be done remotely with internet access! Online businesses can take the form of merchant sales, service-based companies, podcasting, and more. Some of the best industries for entrepreneurship can be in the fitness, wellness, home improvement, and entertainment industries.

More Remote Job Ideas

  • Accountant
  • App developer
  • Bookkeeper
  • Computer programmer
  • Consultant
  • Editor
  • Job recruiter
  • Marketing specialist
  • Software engineer
  • Teacher
  • Travel agent

Seasonal & Temporary Jobs for RV Travelers

RVers who plan to camp for a few weeks or months in one area may find seasonal and temporary jobs helpful. These jobs typically come with good pay, and still allow you to pick up and move on to your next adventure when the work is complete. Seasonal employment can give RV travelers a temporary residence in beautiful spots, jobs with excellent benefits and perks, and the ability to work on a variety of projects. Check out these temporary employment opportunities below!

Workamper

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Photo via @parkit.us

Trying to maintain a budget while traveling? Workamper helps travelers find jobs in RV parks where workers are compensated with free or discounted camping, hourly wages, or both. Many RV travelers take workamping jobs to supplement their income, work in a retail store, run a campsite office, landscape, or manage campground staff. Temporary RV campground jobs are a great way to save money on your stops and give you the chance to meet new people!

Resort, Camp, or Park Employee

Woman Working Through CoolWorks to Serve as a Tour Guide at the Grand Canyon. Photo by Instagram user @awhitneyl

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Whether you choose to work at a vacation resort, local campground, or national park, being a seasonal employee is a solid option. Seasonal jobs for RVers can be anything from park rangers and lifeguards, to housekeepers, front desk staff, and groundskeepers. CoolWorks is an expansive site listing tons of jobs with perks like discounted housing and meals. Workers on Wheels can also help you find seasonal opportunities in a variety of fields.

Farmhand

Trade a few hours of work on a farm for room and board or a free place to park your RV. You can sign up to work on an organic farm through WWOOF, or you can spend two weeks helping sugar beet farmers and other organic farmers during harvest season. You can also help farmers feed their livestock all season long. These jobs are labor-intensive and require hard work, but the rewards for seasonal agriculture work include good pay, camping perks, and having your “office” be the great outdoors!

Traveling Massage Therapist

If you can fit a massage table in your RV, then you can become the most popular masseuse on the road. Travel massage therapy can involve making house calls during stops or having clients stop by your RV whenever you visit town. Keep in mind this temporary job will require you to be a certified massage therapist.

Travel Nurse

For nurses with a desire to see the rest of the country, becoming a travel nurse allows you to use your skills in a new setting for various lengths of time. Travel nurses are in high demand across many specialties like intensive care, mental health, radiology and therapy, cardiac, and several more. Most contracts are about 13 weeks long, which is the perfect amount of time to explore a new area. The benefits of becoming a travel nurse include flexible schedules, pay increase, and exposure to different cultures throughout the country. Plus, you can live in your RV and save on housing costs!

Amazon CamperForce Worker

If you want to make sure you’re using your RV for all it’s worth, consider working with Amazon CamperForce. You commit to three to four months of service (typically during the holiday season) to help pack items and transport boxes shipped from Amazon warehouses to different destinations. Workers receive discounts on camping, hourly wages, and even medical and prescription drug coverage. Plus, you get a bonus for finishing your contract!

Mobile Tradesperson

A mobile tradesperson working on an RV. Photo by Instagram user @wenrv_com

Photo via @wenrv_com

RV technicians and automotive mechanics are great examples of mobile tradespersons, which are in high demand at a variety of RV parks! You can use apps like TaskRabbit, post in local Facebook groups, or advertise your services on local trade websites like Craigslist to help you find work while traveling in your RV.

Tax Preparer

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Photo via @relak.co

Do you have a background in accounting? Becoming a tax preparer is great for RV travelers with an accounting background and want a temporary job. Tax preparers assist clients mainly during tax season each year, and ensure they comply with state and federal tax codes. The basic IRS requirements for tax preparers are passing the suitability check and getting issued a PTIN.

Tour Guide

For a seasonal job that’s perfect during local tourist season, become a tour guide! Historical sites, national parks, museums, and theme parks are typical tourist attractions that will hire tour guides. Duties with this seasonal job include entertaining guests, answering questions, and sharing relevant information with the groups or individuals they’re guiding.

Camp Counselor

If you enjoy attending outdoor summer camps, consider becoming a camp counselor! This temporary job can be done during the summer months and will typically involve you being in charge of designing and leading activities. Camp counselors work at a residential or day camp that focuses on special interests like sports or performing arts. Plus, if you have kiddos of your own, you could enroll them in the camp for something to do or to learn a new skill themselves!

More Seasonal & Temporary Job Ideas

  • Construction worker
  • Gift wrapper
  • Inventory stocker
  • Store greeter
  • Substitute teacher

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