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How to Earn Money as a Full Time RVer or VanDweller

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There are a bunch of ways you can earn a living while you live and travel full time in your RV, van or camper. As a single woman, living alone in my RV, I have to support myself so I share with you some resources to help you make money to live your RV dreams to! I also share tips on how to build your blogging website, grow your audience and make money with affiliate advertising. For more ideas and resources to earn money on the road as a digital nomad visit my website: http://www.carolynsrvlife.com/working-on-the-road/
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Bonita Hatcher (6 days ago)
Any similar sites for canadians? No one uses craigslist here and the others dont work here
bamslerc (1 month ago)
Thank you for all the fabulous info!
gaby M (1 month ago)
any website like those for europe you know?
Gayle Garland (1 month ago)
I watched a video earlier and you said your 5th video went viral. I would like to see that video. How do I go about seeing it.
Marciano Antunez (3 months ago)
My name is Tony and I would like to get to know you I am on the up and up. Please text me . This is my first time texting. I hope it's not a mistake. Hope to hear from you.
Robert Bizzarro (3 months ago)
Buy Bitcoin it's at the bottom, should go over $20,000 this year.
Roger campbell (4 months ago)
I LOVE U !
Deborah Casey (4 months ago)
Carol, can you please tell me how I can call or write to you privately? I have a few questions about marketing I'd like to ask. Thank you.
Summer Knights (5 months ago)
How do you get internet?
Margaret deVries (5 months ago)
Bob is such a great guy, he is an inspiration, and just a nice man. Always ready to help anyone ...
Judy Carey (5 months ago)
Thank you for all the info. You are an amazing person.
Mallory McGuire (6 months ago)
The elance website is now upwork.com.
I find it harder to get paid from youtube then Amazon Affiliate. I long past 10,000 views (which is stupid) and youtube said they were processing monitization 2 months ago and it would take about a week and have yet to get monitized but Amazon approved me in like 2 days and youtube is my only site. My youtube channel that is. I applied well before I hit 10,000 views (and should had done it long before when I did my first gear video as I would have gotten way more money). I haven't gotten paid yet but they seem to pay every 3 months. But I am earning on there. And they go right into paypal and Im not sure but I dont think there is the limit like youtube has where youtube says you must make $100 a month to get paid anything (another stupid thing - *ANYTHING* would help). I am not an RVer but I am chasing ways to make *ANY* extra money as I am training a service dog which is *EXPENSIVE* I have 4 grand into it and looking at buying a puppy in a year as my next service dog prospect to take Chopper's place in about 3 yrs as he will be 8 yrs old and about the age to retire from service work. And that puppy will likely cost me $2500 unless I adopt but it takes a very special dog to make a service dog. Especially for mobility work. I am actually looking at maybe a Rottie. I need more muscle and weight then a Golden Retriver would have and be. Anyway, yeah, apply for Amazon Affliate even if your only site is your youtube channel!
Carolyn's RV Life (6 months ago)
service dog - yes, it does take a couple of months to get paid and your payouts will always be about two months behind. This month I will get paid for November.... Once it's set up - it's easy and smooth. good luck
Daniel Parker (6 months ago)
Carolyn I love your videos me and my wife plan to do what your doing soon as she retires God bless you and copone.
Regina M (6 months ago)
Hi Carolyn~I just came across your YouTube page and realized that I have seen you on some of Bob Wells' videos. I have been watching Bob for a while now. My grown daughter and I have a five-year plan (as soon as her youngest graduates from high school) to start living the van life together. We are each going to build out a van then travel the country together. She is tired of the rat race and I have a dream of visiting all the national parks and monuments before I die. I am learning a lot from you, as I have from Bob. My daughter and I share videos back and forth on YouTube and I just shared this one with her because she is not yet 40 and will still need to earn a living on the road. She is going to be putting her photography and journalistic skills to work in a blog to earn as we go. I'm on Social Security disability and earn extra money as a crafter & jewelry maker. I plan on trying to contine this on the road mainly because being a maker is part of my therapy, plus I would still like to supplement my income. Thank you for this video it was interesting and helpful. Maybe someday we'll run into you & Capone on the road. When we do I'll make sure to say "Hi". ☺
Rainbowsuz Sales (7 months ago)
I understand that sometimes people feel like they’ve been transitioning! That is me for the last several years! After loosing my job several years ago I started volunteering for non profits organizations! My life has changed both financially and spiritually! Thank you for the videos! I just bought my first TT
Psalms 23 (7 months ago)
My 3rd video. You are so interesting & entertaining & informative! Thank you!
Jane Pipkin (9 months ago)
helpful information, thank you! elance.com now comes up as upwork.com; I think upwork may have bought them. I've bid for a bunch of stuff on upwork.com (I do I.T. database programming and other stuff) with no luck so far, even with really low bids... but that is OK, just a FYI... (not a full-time rv'er just a freelancer)
Pam Willems (9 months ago)
This is what I needed to know. thanks Carolyn
Joan Mencl (10 months ago)
Why is no one asking this Question: What can an Atom Bomb exploded under ground three or four times stronger than the size of Okinawa's do to the core of the Earth????
Patricia Maxwell (10 months ago)
You're amazing, Carolyn! I am way late watching this but, still, am so impressed by your knowledge, advice and willingness to share both. Thank you. The backdrop is also pretty impressive....wow!
Crazy BulgarianAdventure (11 months ago)
Thank you Carolyn for this video I do blog but know little about adsense and marketing but this has given me food for thought it might also be worth checking out something called steemit, something I have recently discovered which might help earn some extra money.
vsav331 (11 months ago)
Thanks for the GREAT information. I'm about to live my dream in an RV very soon & need all the help & information I can get. Thanks again :) ~Peace
clifford yawn (11 months ago)
Carolyn have you written any books about RV life?
Malcolm Nicoll (1 year ago)
Most helpful. Thanks ever so much for posting these resources, Carolyn, most appreciated.
KittyF54 (1 year ago)
Carolyn your page seems to be down. http://www.carolynsrvlife.com/working-on-the-road/
raymond Pizzano (1 year ago)
you are doing what i wanted to do so i live it through you thanks ray
Kristi Kennedy (1 year ago)
This is great! You've given some really good ideas. I've actually used Cool Works before back in 1998. I got a job working on a Dude Ranch in Bayfield, Colorado and ever since then I've been longing to to go back "West". I'm currently residing in South Carolina, but my dreams of traveling again have not died. Thank you for sharing and the time it takes to make these videos! You're awesome! :-)
Diana Long (1 year ago)
💜😇💜
Carolyn Nunes (1 year ago)
Carolyn to Carolyn:😊👍🏾
Rhonda Weber (1 year ago)
That's tons of great info! Nice of you to share your knowledge.
Bread and Wine (1 year ago)
Hi....I am disabled and in a huge mobile home that I dearly hate. I spent my spare time which is alot just watching your videos and a couple other people that are my favorites. I think Bob is the bomb...Anyway I am kind of grounded because I walk with walker and cane and I live in the same town as my grandchildren. But I live vicariously through you brave men and women that have the courage to follow your dreams. I have owned 2 RVs the first one was a van 24 ft and it was dry rotted so I had to sell it for half what I paid for it. That was about 7 yrs ago when I could still walk ok. The last one was a littel bubble retro one that was just so cute but needed alot of work and at that time I was disabled. We ended up; selling it too. But maybe someday...ahhhhh keep up the videos I love watching you guys and the latest ones about treasure hunting is awesome....
LifeIsAwesome (1 year ago)
That was good advice. I will go from travel nurse to digital work.
Ellen L Johnson (1 year ago)
Hi, Carolyn! Thank you for this video. I would love to do what you are doing. First, however, I have to see if I can pass the DMV eye test with my doctor. I have some macular degeneration and distance lenses in both eyes put there when my cataracts were removed in October and December of 2015. My goal is to get an older RV or a van to live in with my rommate, a little female feline, to see the country and also to find a piece of property, preferably with a good well and septic system already installed, which is on the grid and gets good delivery from Amazon.com, Home Chef or Blue Apron and is somewhere that I can get either a milkman or one of the grocery/dairy service trucks that come by at least once a month. It would also have to be somewhere where I could get a home health nurse to do my blood draws every three months once I was no longer able to drive. I want this to be somewhere within 500 miles of either Chicago, IL or San Jose, CA because that is where my daughters live. At this point, I am leaning toward being closer to San Jose because that daughter won't try to get me into a darned apartment which is where my Chciagoland daughter thinks I should be. I want to be free, however ------ free to make a mess when I want, free to not cut my lawn in April and May until I have been able to enjoy the wildflowers that bloom there every year if I don't cut them down! I think that means I want an acre or two somewhere where it iszoned Agriculture. I like neighbors, but don't like those that want to tell me what I can put or save on my property, i.e. an old van in my drive is a safety measure, not an eyesore! Strangers don't know whether or not it runs and will automatically assume someone lives in the buildings on that property. I don't want to live in a city -----been there, done that and, somewhat like you, got driven out of my home by a divorce and the high costs of living in the Bay Area! (You are so much like a younger version of me it is really not funny!) I am now 75 and a half, however, so some of my health concerns mean I may have to find a place to park my rig and even find someone to drive it there, to my own land where I can park it and tie it into the septic system and the water and electric systems while I work to create whatever other buildings I need as I get the money or can create the jewelry, afghans or airbrushed items and paintings which I can use to barter for the services and talents I need to create my dream end-of-life property. I know it is a dream and I have a couple of websites and some affiliate codes too, including Amazon and a Google Adsense pub. code. I have looked at lots of Affiliate Clubs and tried one which I am in process of leaving. It is great but require full immersion and even mindset assignments plus doesn't pay much unless one invests $2500 or more plus has a $1K a month to invest in PPC or PPA or Solo Ad Advertising -----too rich for my blood plus the immersion required to succeed sounded like brainwashing and that, too, is not for me.
Eclipse stargate (1 year ago)
I've camped outside of Las Vegas
Tom Truman (1 year ago)
and Thank You for the info... God Bless... Tom But it dose heng on having internet... My biggest problem.... How??
Carolyn Campbell (1 year ago)
👍👏👏👏👏👏👏
tiggasmum (1 year ago)
Capone should be called Mr Grumpy, he has the grumpiest face I have ever seen on a dog, he is lush :)
Sissy Robinson (1 year ago)
very encouraging
Sissy Robinson (1 year ago)
I want to do this I live in the ne
Nancy Larose (1 year ago)
Happy trails to you in till we meet again!
Wen Pow (1 year ago)
Another option for folks with teaching degrees is to teach university courses online - I am doing it now as a second job and make between 5-10K a year on top of my regular job .... My big goal for now is to lower my expenses. That takes a chunk of my salary for the moment.
Ken Durham (1 year ago)
I'm playing online poker tonight - 3 hours in and up $175. Patience is the game here. Serious. There are so many ways to make money. Only excuses hold you back. Here's a link to an entrepeneuer.com article https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/245953 Selling items on Ebay or Etsy is also a way to go. When traveling you will run across unusual items. Folkart can sell very well. You can publish books on Amazon Kindle. Even a book on how to make bread can make you some bread. You can create websites and auction them off. (I've made many $1000s doing this, on the side... Often competitors will buy you out and dissolve the company) You can make birdhouses and sell them on Ebay. Also everything Carolyn said. The money doesn't have to be hard. It is our doubt that limits us. What is the harm in trying something? You might be surprised. Ken
Southern Vibezzz (1 year ago)
Ken Durham I have done eBay for 1.5 years and I LOvE it but my inventory is large and I wanna go to a travel trailer wanderlust lifestyle and no way would all that shit plus shipping supplies all fit , i sale anything from A-Z that catches my fancy and has a profit I love preserving things from yard sales and estate sales and bringing them to a new owner who will cherish it ! But maybe their is a way I could downsize .. or do a more niche' market store with items that are small, first class, & easy to store ! I'm gonna have to dive deeper
Willow Houben (1 year ago)
Hi I love your videos. Alot of info for us all. I plan on buying a camper and hitting the road. Thanks again for all the help you give everyone.
Packed full of wonderful ideas thank you for all your information I saved it all.
David Snider (1 year ago)
I like what you doing an I'm working on my camper hope to see you at the next rtr
Daniela Furlan (1 year ago)
Carolyn, love all your videos.....I will check those websites......staying on my travel trailer since Dec.2016, and I am taking a lot of your advise.......You are awesome.......keep on doing what you Love........YOU ROCK......THANK YOU!!!!!
Alexander (1 year ago)
Excellent. And what a faithful companion you have there at your side :-)
Alexander (1 year ago)
Carolyn's RV Life Was wondering how you happened upon Capone as a name as sometimes people call me Al :-) Greetings from Ireland. Love your vlogs and playing catch up.
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
yes, capone is a great traveling companion!
Margaret Wilson (1 year ago)
Another great video! So much great information. Thank you for all the time you put into educating us.
brian bork (1 year ago)
hi carolyn im 33 working as a land scaper im going to save money to get a b or c rig ill start out parttime but plan to go full time thank you for inspiring me keep up the good work
wendy graham (1 year ago)
I love all your videos for various reasons, but I have set this one aside with a flag on it for when I'm finally able to travel in my RV. SO MUCH INFORMATION. And the bonus is you are very thorough, almost to the point where you've left no potential questions unanswered. I will DEFINITELY be checking out the sources you mentioned. I can't WAIT for my adventure to begin!
Allen Heaps (1 year ago)
Hi Carolyn, thank you so much for your videos. I have been following several RVer's for the past several months and I really enjoy the professional approach you use in trying to teach us how to do what you do. Thanks for taking the time to help us. I hope one day I can apply the things I have learned from you and others.
George McVlog (1 year ago)
Had to Fav for future reference. Some great info here Carolyn! I am exploring this way of life but thinking of it as a semi-retirement lifestyle in about 3 years out into the future. The temporary work interests me... the craigslist ideas, campsites, etc, though it is possible I may find other forms of part-time work. The website issues I played with for awhile but I didn't like the high tech aspect. It's def important to know what one's skills and interests are.
Alex Tucker (1 year ago)
Lots of great resources, thanks for sharing!
Kurt M. (1 year ago)
The Penny Hoarder site is another good source for ways to make money by working or doing other things; www.thepennyhoarder.com
Luis Serrano (1 year ago)
New to the channel....My wife and I are enjoying the videos....we've been planning on going off grid....doing our research first....keep up the great videos.....
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
Luis - Enjoy the research.. for me that's half the fun!! Good luck and ty so much for being a part of my journey!! :-)
TexCyn RV Life (1 year ago)
You are doing so well with representing this lifestyle. Kudos! Plus I love Capone ☺
Keep Peace (1 year ago)
They have some fantastic new trailers on the market including w/ solar panels. You could bid on eBay for one of them. With that said, you're doing very well but don't understand why you prefer desolate locations where you shoot videos. You could go to beaches and the coastal areas. I'm concerned why you seek to be in these very desolate places alone. It's not normal and no matter what you say, you're not happy. I don't believe it. You seem to be in recovery of a middle age life crisis from your separation. I wouldn't recommend living like that the rest of your life either, 1-2 years. Otherwise you may not notice that your mental health will be affected living like that for too long. Don't forget, you're a woman with needs and you're aging. It's a fact. I'm 56 and the lifestyle you're living sounds very interesting, but very dangerous. I'd definitely read the Word of God if I were you and get a telescope to check out the planets and stars above. Develop a relationship with God, Jesus is alive available 24/7 through prayer for the saved.
Ana Fernandez (1 year ago)
Keep in mind that you have to have a work visa for or be a citizen of the country in which you are seeking work. Virtual / online work is not as strict. Thanks so much for these videos Carolyn! They are very helpful...
Cookie ABC (1 year ago)
Thanks for sharing, I am seriously thinking about RV living as a way of life for myself. Beautiful person, thanks again.
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
Thank you Cookie. Good luck on your RV living dreams!
wp4866 (1 year ago)
i prefer staying home and letting the government support me
Trend News (1 year ago)
is thumbtack only available in the USA or other countries too
Eric Greenwood (1 year ago)
Lilly is watching Capone... hahaha  what more can I say !! ? it must be a dog thing via internet ! :) we all think its a human thing ... but no... animals see too :) x
Alfred kabura (1 year ago)
so helpful im at building a website then im also at that Point i have to get a loan and slave to pay it back i don't know how things will work.
Mike Gurskiy (1 year ago)
What kind of microphone do you use to record these videos?
ramban321 (1 year ago)
I'm is Real Estate and I'm starting a Foundation that I think will be awesome i will need a person like you to get me going. I'll be in touch
Doni Britts (1 year ago)
Thank you. Another great video.
Bob Muller (1 year ago)
do you manage to have good cel access as you RV all over ? good vid... Happy Holidays !!
Camille Summons (1 year ago)
Thanks Carolyn! Good info!
Howard Fortyfive (1 year ago)
Happy Trails to You *until we meet again....*
dblock2626 (1 year ago)
lol just go to 888poker/casino.com lmfao u can be at mcdonalds getting blackjack hands
MISTERPRESIDENTELECT (1 year ago)
Yes part time carny is a good one, "Gazoonie", i looked it up in carny dictionary http://goodmagic.com/carny/car_j-p.htm Also, infomercial question asker if you have a pair of glasses lying around
gigicats6 (1 year ago)
I love your dog! He's so handsome and he knows it :)
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
LOL. yes he does!! WOOF!
Karl Miller (1 year ago)
My plan is to win a large lotto.   Until then I will live the RV life through you.
sure love your vids - didnt put that with my other comment - lol
oh - you said their were links to your instagram and twitter accounts?
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
They are in the header of my Youtube Channel home page ;_) thank you very much for watching!
donna flores (1 year ago)
Great vid as usual, super set of resources!
Nadine Cohen (1 year ago)
great thank you---how do you get the items that you buy on Amazon?
Adam White Sr. (1 year ago)
thanks for the info I'm trying to start working from home until we go off grid full time
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
Adam - Congratulations!!! I'm happy for you and wish you the best !!! Thank you for watching my videos! - C
Joan Desmond (1 year ago)
Awesome information!!!! Thank you for helping me take the first steps to living the life I wish for!
Michele Wallace (1 year ago)
Carolyn, I also recommend UpWork (formerly oDesk) for freelance work. I get several blogging and website content gigs per month there and I've made long-term working relationships through UpWork, too. I met my best client there about 5 years ago. *edited to add* I love Capone! He's another reason I subscribed to your channel after watching your very first video. I will be traveling with my shih tuz/poodle mix and German Shepherd when I hit the road. What are the most challenging things I should keep in mind while traveling with dogs? New video idea? ;)
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
Upwork is eLance... I guess they bought them out. the Elance url goes to upwork. I know a lot of people really like it! I will do a dog care vid soon. Lots of ??? about it!! ty for watching and leaving your thoughts Michele!! -Carolyn
Candle Delite (1 year ago)
Hi Carolyn, Great tips..thanks for sharing. not sure how I would make my candles on the road ..but I'm looking into it...Glad to see you and Capone are well and enjoying life.
Rachel K (1 year ago)
Two excellent sites are FlexJobs.com and VirtualVocations.com.
Rachel K (1 year ago)
Carolyn's RV Life :)
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
Great thank you for the resources!
freeurmind2 (1 year ago)
Thanks for posting invaluable advice!
Jennifer Oaks (1 year ago)
Carolyn, YOU, Are amazing! You are so inspiring. I'm no longer an RV'r.. but Watching your vid's are Positive Input. An for me at least Positive Input Gives me a Positive Outlook. So THANK YOU!
Jennifer Oaks (1 year ago)
: )
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
Jennifer - love the Positive Input = Positive Output. Great way to view the world.. Love it! Thank you very much for watching and for your kind comment! - Carolyn
Retired and Inspired (1 year ago)
use linkshare.com
Retired and Inspired (1 year ago)
If you like to program try Freelance.com. It is free.
ready net (1 year ago)
Have a great weekend love the scenery
Károly Kiegel (1 year ago)
You should be careful sitting in the dust in nevada. A lot of blasts happened there. Who knows what material got left there.
Fionaclark1092 Clark (1 year ago)
we have a camper,and away in it a lot especially in summer,I feel youv got it right,really in touch with life,you should write a book on your travels,stay safe,love Capone.xx
Jimdandy1958 (1 year ago)
Hey Carolyn, Was just wondering what you camera/mic setup is for this shoot? A Phone or a video camera?
Jimdandy1958 (1 year ago)
Ok Thanks, I was thinking of you the other day and your "shower" episode.. and saw a commercial about these doorbells you can put on your homes that has a camera and mic that you can answer your doorbell with your cellphone.. thought it might be a good idea for you. Even if someone rang your bell while you were out backpacking you could see them and answer them as long as you had cell service.. just something that ran across my mind.. be safe..
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
I use a Panasonic HC-770 vidoe camera and external mic
Mathew Alves (1 year ago)
what is your average living cost per month in fuel food etc
Summer Knights (5 months ago)
She said around 2k in another video. But she only eats vegan and that cost a lot. Prob around 1,000 for most people. Depends on how much you move around. Gas and repairs are expensive.
d pier (1 year ago)
Do you ever come in contact with snakes or scorpions
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
Not yet!
JD LaMonte (1 year ago)
Thanks for the info.. I look into it. I've been living on the road for about 5 years now. me and my dogs. so thanks.. stay Safe and Be Positive and Merry Christmas
JD LaMonte (1 year ago)
thumbtack was more a scam. never got any work from it
Valerie Foster (21 days ago)
JD LaMonte oh no, that’s a bummer. We get all of our “home service” work via thumb tack. A/C repair, our landscaper that we’ve had almost two years (not gardener lol, we ain’t rich ha ha but we have a poorly laid out yard, and my illness made it too difficult to manage by myself, and my husband is handicapped) But in my landscapers case, he only had to use ThumbTack for a short period of time, then clients like myself recommended his service on another social media site, Nextdoor .com. By then end of the summer last year (his first season) he had enough clients in my small Dallas superb to be able to dedicate an entire day in this area. Keep your chin up, and check out Nextdoor if you’re not familiar with it. My nephew is having similar success with his business as well.
Umpqua Tim (1 year ago)
Fiverr.com can be a great resource too. I've been a top rated seller for some time and it's something I'll likely continue with while traveling.
desilocs 53 (1 year ago)
I'm going to sell earrings and dread beads , it's good to hear that people realize they still have to maintain an income , of course you're not as stressed about money but you still want to have enough to make it a pleasant experience , thanks for info
melissa diegan (1 year ago)
You are amazing!!!!! Thank you for all of your amazing videos. I want to fo full time so bad. I am a professional artist so I am thinking of going to some art co-op Galleries and putting my art out there!!!!
MsBeachboxer (1 year ago)
GREAT Video!! So much info that I will use. You are looking so much happier and healthier the longer you are out there. Awesome inspiration for Solo Ladies. Thx for your vids!
Chad Life coach (1 year ago)
Look at the ever expansive beautiful view..that will make it all worth it camping there

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