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/
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!
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.
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". ☺
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
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)
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.
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! :-)
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....
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.
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.
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 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
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!!!!!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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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? ;)
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
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..
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.
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
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!!!!