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To work or not to work on the Road…That is the question!

We get questions all the time about working on the road.  What types of jobs can I do from the road?  Should I start a blog?  Can I make enough money while I Travel?

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If you’re considering working while on the road to make some extra money you need to first ask yourself:

Is this trip a vacation, or a lifestyle?

From our experience we’ve found the 2 don’t always go well together (How can you spend the day fishing when you have to put in 8 hours on the clock?).  That said if the choice is to travel & work or don’t travel at all; then I say ‘Hit the Road Workin’!  We love our location independent lives and can’t imagine going back to a sedentary life.  If you are thinking you might be the same, read on!

UPDATE! After receiving hundreds of questions via email regarding working on the road we decided to start a new segment on our website called Make Money and Travel

There are lots of opportunities to work while traveling.   To get your “wheels spinnin” I’ve outlined the most common location independent and workamping opportunities below.  We have  not found anything that will make you rich, but it’s enough to cover most expenses.

Campground Service – The most common type of temporary work you’ll find on the road.  You work misc. jobs for the campground (i.e. janitorial, customer service, landscape, check-in, etc).  Typically you receive free stay plus a small hourly rate.

Parkie – Services at many larger national parks are run by private companies.  Jobs can range from cooking, wait staff, hotel staff, maintenance, filling station attendant, and so on.  With this type of arrangement you receive a fair wage, health benefits, and discounted camping in a separate employee area inside the park.  Employment is done by the season, so you might be working the same job for 3-4 months.

Magazine contribution – If you have a knack for writing and/or photography you can sell stories to magazine publications.  It can be difficult to get your first article published, but once you do opportunities will continue to come your way.  If you have valuable content that’s written in the same style as the magazine, don’t hesitate to contact the editor.

Create a website or blog – Anyone can start a blog, and if you’re speaking to a niche market you’ll be surprised at how many items you can get for free during your travel.  Understand that a successful blog is a full time job, and can take years to begin making decent pay if you ever make money at all!

Fulfillment Centers – During busy seasons major online retailers (i.e. Amazon.com, Office Max, and Best Buy) hire part-time help.  Some companies cater to the RV crowd by offering free hook-ups for workers.  Do your research before you apply!  Some of these jobs are cutthroat; meaning the work is hard, breaks are limited, and many have no-bull “3 strikes and you’re out” type policies!  I’ve heard mixed reviews from both sides on this type of work.

Seasonal – Several workamping opportunities surround seasonal activities such as Christmas tree sales, pumpkin patch lots & farmer’s markets.  Decent wages and hook-ups are typically provided.

Perform a trade

  • Photography – Capture images along the way and upload to stock websites, or create a book and sell it.
  • Embroidery – Plenty of small and large businesses offer embroidery services, and we’ve met people who make a living while traveling.
  • Design Services – Graphic design, photographic retouching, video editing services, etc.  Most services that can be done on a computer can be taken along on the road.  If you have existing clientele you’ll find the transition pretty easy.
  • Sales – Small and large companies need a traveling sales force, before you go full-time explore sales opportunities in your region.  If you’re a great sales person you’ll be surprised how easy it is to take those sales on the road.

Convince your boss to let you work remotely – we have met several people who were able to convince their boss that they could increase productivity and/or sales on the road.  Some travel around visiting clients, providing education or attending trade shows.  This is where thinking outside the box is good.

Travel may not seem accessible to everyone but, it can be if you are willing to work along the way.  There are loads of resources available online; simply type ‘workamping’ into your search engine and you can read for days.  Whether you decide to work on the road or not, it’s great to know there are plenty of job opportunities waiting for you to apply.

We’ve Run across some interesting people on the road who have great ideas of how to make money while living on the road. Here are a few ideas to get your brainstorm ignited! (we will update along the way with people we meet, and their business)

UPDATE – We now have an entire segment on our website dedicated to Making Money and Traveling: gonewiththewynns.com/travel-money-wynns

Buy and Sell Motorcycles

Our Neighbor in Lake Havasu City lives the Summers in Utah, and the Winters in Arizona. His job is a new one on us, and we found it extremely interesting. They scan the classifieds, and monitor craigslist for quality used motorcycles for sale by owner. Once they locate a bike they go look at it and test drive it. They place an offer on the motorcycle in hopes of getting a steal of a deal! If the seller is willing to give them what they feel is a fair price, they purchase the Motorcycle and take it back to their RV. He works on the bike to clean it up and make sure it runs well. Once the bikes in working order they list it for sale on Ebay. If all goes well, they sell the bike with minimal hassle and walk away a little bit richer! Brilliant!

Famous for my "how-not-to" videos, and typically the man behind the camera, sometimes I’m forced to be here in the “spotlight”. When you see my face you’re probably reading something more technical than adventurous, but either way I do my best to tell it like it is and infuse my opinions into the commentary…after all this is a blog and not MSN.

Comments (34)

  • Boya

    One of your awesome Youtube video lead us here. My boyfriend and I instantly fall in love with you, your videos and your cats (we have two cats as well, shout out to bloo and mitten 🙂 Our jobs can be done all online and we were looking to travel and work at the same time. You two really inspired us. We just wanna tell you THANK YOU!!!

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  • My friend Steve Weaver makes a living brokering aircraft from his 5th wheeler as he travels the country, been doing it for years. He’s been in West Virginia all summer, but will be heading to Morro Bay, California in a couple of weeks where he stays at a nice RV park 2 blocks from the ocean. The kind of business that doesn’t matter where you are, as long as you have a cell phone and internet signal. I do Steve’s website for him at http://www.steveweaver.com , check it out, and the link on the homepage to the photos of his great 5th wheeler with the custom paint. He’s livin’ the dream. He’d be a good one to feature on your website.

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  • Eric Moody

    When I follow link: https://www.gonewiththewynns.com/www.gonewiththewynns.com/travel-money-wynns I get a “Whoops – 404” error. Could it be the double URL in the link?

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  • Mark Schuttler

    The web page you have for Your

    UPDATE – We now have an entire segment on our website dedicated to Making Money and Traveling: gonewiththewynns.com/travel-money-wynns.

    We get an Error page.

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  • I’m really curious about how to run a business while you’re traveling. I started one recently and need to register the business, however, I don’t REALLY have a home base…Based on laws and regulations, etc. I’d like to use Portland, OR as my “home base” since I’ve been living here for a year and a half, but intend to hit the road very soon. But what address can I use that won’t get me in trouble?!?
    Thanks for any input you guys have!
    Tina

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  • Bobby

    Awesome stuff. Me and my wife are in the beginning stages of going full time. As I type this comment she is browsing rvtrader.com to find our new home. Of course we have to sell our current house and everything in it first. I am wanting to make the leap from IT support done in a cubicle to my dream job of full time video editing. I currently do it as a hobby for disc golf and as the sport grows I hope to have more projects to work on. Thanks for the inspiring videos.

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  • Great post guys.. and a question we get quite often ourselves. We’ve now been on the road 7 years, and have worked remotely the entire time.

    One option that I don’t see listed in the article is entrepreuneurship – which a very common route many of us have taken.

    We’re software developers doing a combination of custom development & support for our contract based clients, and create some of our own mobile travel apps.

    Along the way, we also enjoy short term fun gigs which have ranged anywhere from working at Amazon, orchestrating cool product launches for start-ups and organizing a political campaign. We’ve also done some tech consulting and writing articles.

    We have a post on our blog with about 60 mobile friendly income source ideas:

    http://www.technomadia.com/jobs

    We also have a video interview series with our fellow RVing friends where folks discuss their income sources:

    http://www.technomadia.com/ramblings

    We believe you are limited to only you creativity, passions and dedication to making a thrivable income source while being nomadic. Whether you apply for jobs, or create your own … if you have the will, you can make it happen!

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  • Nice write-up! I followed your link from the Faceborg and thought I’d share our story here… My wife and I have been traveling debt free for six years now, working from home, wherever we park it. We maintain various websites and e-stores, the wife is a writer and makes jewelry, I’m a designer and web guru.

    We’re now helping others learn how to do the same with free consulting and an e-book covering proven methods we’ve discovered for earning an income from home. If you feel like publishing a review, contact me and I’ll get you a promo code for free download. Otherwise, you can find details, our free sample chapter and a download coupon at http://bit.ly/incomeanywhere

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    • Thanks Jim for sharing, sounds like you have the income fairly spread out in several areas. I will check out the ebook!

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      • Thanks Nicki, if there’s one thing we’ve learned about supporting this lifestyle, it’s the importance of diversified revenue streams. We also have a favorite workamping job at a Colorado ranch we head back to every summer.

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  • Some great hints and tips here on how to make money while travelling on the road.
    Hubby is able to get work wherever we end up because he is so handy with the tools!
    And I have done cleaning work in the Caravan park we are staying at.
    Actually we have found it easy to get work while travelling!
    Now to find work that means we can move more often…that would be our ideal world 🙂

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  • OK! Met this lady the other day in NY who sells cupcakes 1 time per week at her campground. She sells a few hundred in a half day at a cost of $2.50 each. Now add that up and multiply by 4. Yep, she’s making some good money. Might be the yummiest workamping I’ve ever seen!

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  • I’ll def check out xanterra, thanks for the tip. Yellowstone seems like it would be an amazing place to workamp! As for amazon, I’ve heard good and bad reviews from fellow workampers so I figure I might as well see for myself. The beauty of workamping is that even if it is horrible, at least it will only be for a few months 😀 I’ll let you know how it goes.

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  • Elyse

    Right now we are working at a resort in Wisconsin. We are planning on working for amazon in kansas this winter. Then we are heading to quartzite for a few months where I’m hoping to sell some of my knitting projects. Workamping is a great way for young people to see the country and make a little money while doing it.

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  • Elyse

    My boyfriend and I just started full-time rving!! I’m 25 and he is 29 so we are nowhere near retiring, therefore we have been workamping to sustain our lifestyle. So far we both LOVE it 😀 Great blog!!!

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  • Norbey

    About how much does it cost monthly approx to live the rv lifestyle i really want to live that kind of lifestyle. I know it depends on how much you travel but how much do you guys spend? Thank you

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  • Cindy

    You guys are so creative! There are so many ways to make money, and you both have the creative juices flowing! Good information!

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  • me

    Hi. I saw your episode on HG TV or whatever it was and your adventure looks like a lot of fun. Regarding your blog post on whether or not to work or not to work on the road I’d like to suggest if you guys learn to trade currencies, stocks or options you can easily work on the road AND have fun during your adventure!

    Trading is a great lifestyle that can be done anywhere you have internet access and NEVER requires another person or boss telling you what to do!

    There are many free online resources to help learn or you can always of course purchase books (amazong) and have them wirelessly delivered to your computer or kindle *instantly*.

    Ok, I think I’ve poked your brains enough for you to investigate further.

    Good luck.

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  • Mark Dec

    Working on the road – many campgrounds, including state parks will trade a free stay for as little as 20 hours per week per couple. It’s perfect for long time, full timers and won’t get in the way of one’s “on-the-road” lifestyle. Most of these deals require a couple of months stay. I think you said you are committing to a two year plan so such work might not fit into your plans but I thought I’d share my experience with you. I hope that you don’t mind.
    Be well and travel safe,
    /Mark

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  • mary van

    It is a hard balance. You guys do it well!

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  • Great Post! In the area of ‘get your boss to let you work remote’, present it at first as a “work from home” idea. OR, if you already have a job where you work out of a house, it is quite likely you can transition that job to the road. Internet options are everywhere, even unlimited bandwidth plans. If you do want to start a website, you might help another traveler out by signing up through http://www.gtechwebsites.com. 🙂

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