Finding Work On The Road

by Kate

Q. Hi, I just landed on your website and I LOVE it!

We are about the same age, losing our home in Georgia and have been looking for an RV and work. The only thing is we know we need a roof over our head, thus the RV. He is scared to go out and I am excited, especially after reading your stories and outlines. What a plethora of information.

However, we have depleted our savings and have no retirement. We know we want to go out west. The question, do you feel in your experience, that there would be work in and around, in other words, do the locals of the areas you visit welcome you and would they employ you even if it was for a short period or what would you suggest or what have you seen in your travels?

Obviously, free camping is good, but we will need to do something to put gas in our vehicle to keep moving on. I am curious to hear what you may suggest. What about flea markets, have you run into campers doing that or what about a soup kitchen from your RV or a mom & pop store or restaurant? What are your ideas of keeping the gas tank full?

I await your reply as I pack. Also, being in your extended van, how did you decide what to bring, instead of the whole closet and kitchen? As a girl, I need to know. Thanks so much!!!!!!

Marianne's Reply: Hello Kate.
The last question first... I bring along one pretty blouse and a scarf that I can wear with my best pair of jeans if I need to be "dressed up" a bit. Otherwise, I find that these things just take up far too much closet space for the amount of times I need them. Besides, there will always be a thrift store to purchase an outfit if you need it, for instance, for a job you may land.

As for work, there is not a better source of ideas on how to find work than this book, written by Jaimie Hall Bruzenak, an RVer who has personally been successfully finding work on the road for many years. It's called Support Your RV Lifestyle. It will inspire you to look in unthought of places. Which, in this economy, is what you'll need to do.

Yes, there are plenty of people buying and selling flea market stuff from their RVs. To experience that (at it's most extreme) go to Quartzsite, Arizona in January! Personally, I don't know how they manage it - collecting and reselling all that "stuff" means having to find a place to put it all and extra weight as you drag it all around the country. But, I guess, if you like the whole garage sale and flea market experience anyway, there must be some money to be made at it, because many RVers seem to be doing it.

We've also met RVers who buy and sell on E-bay while traveling. I think they may buy and then sell again without taking delivery themselves because you'd need to have an address to actually receive goods and if you're constantly on the move, this may not work out so well. I'm not sure how they do it.

To set up and sell prepared food items from your RV, I'm sure would entail regulations and permits and you might need to re-apply in each new location but it may be worth checking into. I doubt the regulations for selling "things" such as crafts would be as tough as for food items. I would target small town fairs and festivals, since larger scale events usually mean a larger vendor's fee. We occasionally see RVers selling crafts from their campsite but my guess is it provides more of a hobby than an income.

As for people welcoming "out-of towners" to come and take part time jobs. That will probably vary from one area to another. Picking fruit or other seasonal farm work are often hard-to-fill jobs. They won't pay that well, but the job is usually fairly easy to get.

If you're traveling with a laptop, you might also consider an on-line business or even just writing a blog that you can monitize. Nomadic Matt offers an e-book with suggestions to help increase your blog's traffic and attract advertisers.

Hope that is a bit helpful. And you should definitely check out Jaimie's book. Good luck.

~Marianne




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Feb 16, 2013
Working out of your RV
by: Lindsey

I have a cell phone business that is perfect for anyone who wants to have their own business and work on the road. The company is new and is called Solavei. They partnered with T-Mobile and use their towers. Any T-Mobile or AT&T phone will work. IPhones work as well. I pay only $49/mo for UNLIMITED 4G, data, text, web...pretty much everything. There are no contracts or credit checks. The plan is nationwide. When people enroll because I shared it with them, the company pays me a monthly residual income. I have a paycard and it gets loaded once a month. I love it!

My husband and I wanted to travel in an RV but we didn't know how to make money to pay for gas and food. Now that we found Solavei, we are getting a residaul income so we can get on the road. Most people pay more than $49/mo for their cell phone service so we save people money right away. I even have a free hotspot. You can do this too! Go to my website at Nomophobiacs.com. Or you can call me at 210-818-0099. -Lindsey Nix

Apr 11, 2011
Cool jobs
by: Anonymous

Check out www.coolworks.com. Great resource for seasonal jobs all over the country and most have rv sites for employees.

Megan

Jan 02, 2011
You Can If YouWant
by: Bud Corwin

Hi Kate,
Although it is a bit scary at first, once you get on the road you will probably love it.

There are lots of jobs out there that you and your man can latch onto if you want them.

Probably one of the best ways to find these are through Workamper.com. I've seen jobs on ranchs in Arizona, motels in New Mexico, campgrounds everywhere and these are just a few. Many provide room and board for hours worked. Many provide a full hookup site plus wages.

I hope this helps in some small way on your wish to be on the road. Hope to see you soon.
Bud

Jan 02, 2011
Work?
by: Jay

My wife & I are also doing the same thing come next fall. However it is a choice we are making, not because we have to. We, too, have little money saved up & most of that went to buy a small RV. The only good thing we have is our Social Security & Disability checks. However we are excited about the move.

We have found friends here on this web page & another web site called workcampers. Workampers not only teach you how to live this life style but make a living while doing it.

As I stated, we are excited about it, we feel we can make a go of it. We can use what we learn here on Frugal-RV-Travel.com to save a lot of money & what we learn from Workampers when the funds run short.

We plan to go full time for 2 reasons. First & foremost is our money - we simply cannot afford both a home & RV. Second - we have done nothing but work all our lives & have very little to show for it. It's time for a little enjoyment.

I'm nearly 60 & have been getting a man's paycheck since I was 12 - enough's enough. Good luck in your adventures. Maybe our paths will cross someday. Then we can compare horror stories! All in all though, I think we'll do OK. It can't do more than get better.

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