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One of the first questions that I get when I tell people about our plans is almost always how we plan to earn money while traveling full-time. It isn’t that folks are nosey (okay in some cases they are), but more that it is the fear of the unknown and the fear of not being able to take care of their family that stops them from doing the same thing that we’re planning to do. Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to earn a full-time income while traveling full-time. For us, the ways that we earn our income won’t change much from what it currently is.
Like I said above, I really feel like more people would travel full-time if they could get past the fear of not being able to support themselves. The thing is though that earning money while full-time rv living isn’t hard to do. You only need to know where to look. If you plan for how you’re going to make your living before you launch, you’ll be perfectly fine. If you don’t plan, well, things might not work out quite so well for you in that case.
Full-Time RV Living – How We Plan to Earn a Living While Traveling Full-Time
As I said, our income won’t really change much. I am extremely lucky that I can work anywhere that I can connect to the internet from. This means that even if I can’t get a good net connection in the RV, it only takes me finding a Starbucks or McDonald’s and luckily for me, they’re both on almost every street corner in the US. I know you didn’t come here to hear me ramble on about Starbucks though so let’s get down to some specifics.
Blog – Unsettled Hearts isn’t my only blog. It is only my newest and probably my most personal. My main blog is Six Dollar Family and it is our main income. As long as I have an internet connection and can put two sentences together long enough to continue to build both blogs, I can earn. My income from the blog is completely unstable though so I like to have back ups to help pad things just in case I would experience an income drop. If you’re on the road and you’re thinking of starting a blog, I have a post on Six Dollar Family that walks you through how to start a blog in under 10 minutes as well as a post on the 12 must-have blogging tools that I consider essential to my blogging career. The two posts won’t teach you everything you need to know about blogging, but they will absolutely get you started.
Book – Not only am I the lead blogger of the Six Dollar Family blog, but I am also the author of the book called Six Dollar Family. The book is what prompted a name change on the blog and is full of things that I just haven’t gotten around to putting on the blog yet. It is a great place to start for people who are looking to save money but filled with enough info that it can help even experienced savers. As for income, the book brings in a part of our income each month and will continue to whether I have a net connection or not.
Printables & E-books – I love creating new things and printables or e-books is only one part of that. Six Dollar Family has a blog store that brings in a bit of our income each month too. I’m still working on creating all of the printables and writing all of the e-books that will eventually fill the store, but the ones that are currently for sale help pad my budget a bit each month too.
Pinterest Management – One of the side jobs that I currently do for other bloggers is that I manage their Pinterest accounts. Again, I can do this as long as I have an internet connection. The income on this is totally variable since it depends on which management package a blogger orders, but it does help and once we get on the road, it will be about 25% of our monthly income.
Blog consulting and mentoring – They say to earn the best that you possibly can you should do what you know. If there is one thing I know, it is how to build a successful blog. Six Dollar Family currently receives just shy of 1 million visitors per month and being totally honest earned over $100,000 in 2016 before any business expenses. As a consultant and mentor, I offer 3 different packages so again, like Pinterest management, this income is variable.
My $225/mo system – I know. I just told you that my main blog earned over $100k this year, but when you have a past like mine, you understand that every single penny is important. Because of this, I still work a system that I put together several years ago and earns me at least an extra $225/mo every single month. It involves surveys and apps that I can do from my phone if needed. I cash those earnings out for cash (Paypal) or gift cards that I then use to supplement things in my budget.
Amazon FBA – I love to shop and for me, there’s nothing better than getting paid to do it. With Amazon FBA, I get to do just that. We buy low, send into Amazon and sell for a higher price than we paid. While we are no longer doing this full-time and have no intentions to go full-time once we’re on the road, even part time, it can net a pretty nice return.
Workamping – In the world of full-time RV living, workamping can be a God send. The short explanation is that when a campground, farm or other company needs employees, they will often offer an hourly wage, free (or heavily discounted) camp site and more. Most of the time, these positions are short term or seasonal. A good example is Amazon. They will hire workampers during the holiday season when they need to increase their manpower. While I don’t personally plan to go out and get a workamping job, the hubby does. The money that he earns will be totally banked so that we can rely on it later if we need.
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