Since RVing began, travelers have found inventive ways of earning a dollar without having to clock in at an office; workamping, teaching, bar work, and manual labor are examples of the types of casual work RVers have typically done to pay their way.
However, technology has opened up new opportunities to both long-time RVers and newbies, making it possible to transfer traditionally office-based roles to the road; with a laptop, mobile phone, and reliable internet connection almost anyone can work from anywhere.
Back in January, we shared a handful of ways in which RVers can make money while living on the road. In this blog post, we take another look at the wide variety of professions and jobs that exist in the modern-day RV community, both in the online and offline world.
Some 20 years have passed since online shopping came into our lives. At first, the thought of trusting a website with your credit card details seemed outrageous. However, we quickly became at ease with buying books, music, and even flights, and in 2021 our total online spend is set to reach $470 billion.
That said, until recently, it still seemed a stretch to imagine procuring certain services online; healthcare services, arts and crafts classes, administrative tasks, were all thought of as exclusively in-person services.
Today, more and more businesses are discovering ways to leverage online technology and applications to be able to reach customers online, opening up a whole new world of possibilities for professionals who want to combine their careers with their love of travel.
If sitting in front of a screen all day is not your thing, there are still plenty of hands-on jobs that you can pick up on your travels either by offering your skills to fellow RVers or to the local community.
We’ve compiled below 31 jobs you can do from your RV. Some of the roles may surprise you or even inspire you. Check them out:
With the recent arrival of telemedicine which has no doubt been accelerated by the pandemic, healthcare providers are turning more and more to online solutions to reach patients and customers.
Some of the online healthcare-related roles RVers are undertaking include:
- Mental Health Therapist
- Anxiety, Stress and Trauma Therapist
- Medical Biller
- Medicare Insurance Adviser
Offline roles include:
- Massage Therapist
The professional services sector has a long track record of working with contractors and external providers on an as-needed basis. If you have a corporate background, there are plenty of roles that could suit your RV lifestyle including:
- Online Business Coach and Consultant
- Compliance Specialist
- Transcription Services
- Reporting Writer
Cosmetic companies have traditionally relied on one-to-one sales and network marketing to be successful. However many are now leveraging online channels as a way to reach new clients. Moreover, online teaching platforms such as Skillshare offer anyone the chance to showcase their skill and earn money – perfect for the RVer with a passion for hair and makeup. Potential jobs in this field include:
- Online Beauty Consultant
- Freelance Makeup / Nail Artist
- Beauty Product Sales for companies such as Mary Kay and Avon
- MakeUp / Hair / Nail Tutorials
An industry that has emerged from the information age is that of online and social media marketing. RVers commonly say they work in this field as it is one of the most popular set up for remote-work.
- Social Media Marketer
- Search Engine Optimization / Marketing Specialist
- Graphic Designers
- Video Animators
- Web Developer
Teaching is another professional field that has taken to the internet, especially during the pandemic in places where schools have closed. While regular high school teacher is probably a difficult role to fulfill from the road, there are still other types of teaching that can be done comfortable done from your RV such as:
- Online University Teacher
- Arts and Crafts (e.g. Sewing and Knitting) Teacher
- Music Teacher
- Specialized Tutors
There are a myriad of other, often surprising roles that RVers do to keep the funds topped up. Others we have come across include:
- Independent Travel Advisor
- RV Driving School
- RV Technician / Mechanic
- Part-time Extreme Trucking
- Flight Attendant
- Tattoo Artist (guest spots)
Whatever your skill, there has never been a better time to make money while you travel.