23 Innovative Remote Jobs for Van Life or RVing

Do you want to travel in your campervan but have NO idea how to make money? Here are 25 legit jobs!

A lot of folks dreaming about van life often wonder, “How can I earn while traveling?” and “What jobs are out there for van lifers?” Well, there’s great news! The rise of remote work, especially after the 2020 pandemic, has opened up a plethora of opportunities that fit perfectly with the van life lifestyle, no matter your skill set.

With more companies embracing remote work, the door to living and working on the road has swung wide open. We’ve put together a list of some of the top jobs that let you work from wherever your travels take you.

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1. Freelance Writer

Kristin holding Good Housekeeping where she was published doing freelance writing, one of the best remote jobs for van life
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There are so many freelance writing opportunities; it’s mind-blogging. Many companies, especially start-ups, have a need for writers for blog posts, web copy, sales emails, etc. In fact, I have hired several freelance writers for my website, The Wayward Home.

Newspapers, magazines, and online publications often take pitches from freelance writers. I’ve done a lot of freelance writing remotely and have written for publications such as Good Housekeeping and Marie Claire.

I honestly think freelance writing is one of the best van life jobs out there, as you can do it anytime, anywhere, with the right internet connection.

2. Virtual Assistant

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Demand for virtual assistants is growing as more individuals and companies move their businesses online.

If you’re a virtual assistant, you can do work from anywhere for anyone. There are so many types of jobs you can do as a virtual assistant that you can basically make up your job description.

Here are a few examples of tasks a virtual assistant can do:

  1. social media scheduling/marketing
  2. writing (blog posts, website copy, marketing emails)
  3. bookkeeping
  4. proofreading and editing
  5. customer service
  6. email management
  7. website management
  8. blog management
  9. affiliate program management

3. Proofreader

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If you’re good at catching a misplaced comma, semi-colon, or spelling error, proofreading may be one of the best remote jobs for van life out there.

There’s a really high demand for proofreaders, mainly due to the rise in self-publishing. People who write fiction and non-fiction books need someone to review their copy and look for errors.

4. Transcriptionist

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When you think of a transcriptionist, you probably think of people who transcribe legal documents.

But there are tons of opportunities for people who like to type and have a keen attention to detail, making this an excellent remote job for van life.

With the explosion of online video, many companies are hiring transcriptionists to turn those videos into written documentation to be used for marketing, training, blogs, or website content.

5. Online Education Tutor

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If you’re an expert in your field, you can become an online tutor for high school and college students online. 

You can offer tutoring in fields such as accounting, biology, chemistry, psychology, U.S. History, or Calculus.

Course Hero is one platform to look at, which requires that you have a Bachelor’s Degree from a U.S. or Canadian university and that you currently reside in the U.S., UK, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand.

You don’t have to be a professor or teacher in your field, but you must be able to show expertise.

6. Data Analyst

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Another one of the best remote jobs is a Data Analyst. The world is becoming more data-driven daily; even small businesses want to understand the data they generate.

This could include researching website traffic statistics, social media engagement, email marketing campaign results, or sales trends.

Some companies will hire Junior Data Analysts right out of college and provide training to help them achieve long-term career goals.

Many Data Analyst projects are delivery-based, so as long as you complete the requested tasks by a specific date, everyone is happy. This means you can work your own hours as long as you attend the required meetings.

7. Dog Walker or Pet Sitter

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If you’re a dog lover, you could make some extra cash while living on the road by dog walking or pet sitting. It’s not necessarily one of the typical remote jobs out there since you have to show up at a specific location, but you can still make money doing it on the road!

You can sign up with an app like Rover or Wag!, and then set your schedule, availability, and location within the app.

This can be convenient if you know you will be in an area for a specific amount of time, allowing you to offer up pet-sitting options as well.

8. Pet (and item) Transportation

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There is a huge need for cross-country or cross-region pet and item delivery services. Surprised? Same here!

Not necessarily remote work, but this is an excellent opportunity to make money as you travel around. You could even think of it as getting paid to drive to your next destination! Companies like Secure Pet Transport hire drivers as full-time employees.

You can also find contracted pet transportation jobs on job boards like Indeed.com.

Pets aren’t the only thing needing to be transported across the country. Sometimes, someone doesn’t want to trust a normal shipping service and hires a particular company like Citizen Shipper to transport their beloved item.

9. House Sitter

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Along the same line as pet sitting, house sitting is another non-online job that allows travel. Apps like Mind My House offer global house-sitting opportunities, so you could even take a vacation and possibly get paid for it!

Trusted House Sitters is another good app for finding house-sitting gigs. Sometimes, living on the road just gets tiring, and you need a little break. House sitting is the perfect opportunity to reset and make money. However, remember that Trusted HouseSitters is not for pay; it’s a trade deal.

10. Local Handy Person

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If you’re interested in non-seasonal jobs but open to day work, a local handyperson is excellent for someone with specialized skills. They are in-person jobs, but you set your availability and only find jobs when and where you want them.

Temporary and seasonal work is usually more than a one-day job, but apps like TaskRabbit allow you to set your location and expertise to know what you’ll get. You can offer everything from putting together Ikea furniture to Christmas decorating, gift wrapping, party cleanup, and even delivery service.

If you’re an especially handy person and planning to be in an area for a while, Thumb Tack offers higher-end services like Task Rabbit does. You can help someone move or remodel a bathroom.

11. Oversized Load Vehicle Escort

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Here’s an option for those not looking for online jobs: an Oversized Load Vehicle Escort! Have you ever seen the vehicles in front and behind the huge semi trucks, with blinking lights and an “Oversized Load” sign? That could be you!

The best part is this job doesn’t require a Commercial Drivers’ License. Some companies, like Specialized Inc., even provide training.

Freedom Pilot Car Services hires contractors on a per-project basis.

The main caveat with this job is that depending on the state you want to pick up the gig in, you may have to get a state-issued certification to escort an oversized vehicle legally. Some vehicles are also prohibited from being escort vehicles due to limited visibility.

12. Amazon FBA Business Owner

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You can create a thriving online e-business if you go with something like Amazon FBA.

So, what exactly is Amazon FBA?

The FBA part in Amazon FBA means Fulfillment by Amazon, which means you send products to Amazon, and they ship them out to customers.

You can do two types of products: buy discounted products in a store to resell or create your own products. The former is called Retail Arbitrage, and the latter is called Private Labeling.

13. Fiverr Services Seller

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If you’re just getting into the world of online work in your campervan, you can start by selling your services cheaply on Fiverr.

You can offer anything from graphics and digital design to writing, video, and animation to digital marketing.

You set your own rates and get your own clients.

It’s one of the easiest ways to make extra money. I’ve hired freelancers from Fiverr to help me on my blog! Everything from signature creation to logo design to an animated splash page for my YouTube Channel.

14. Graphic Designer

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Graphic design is a great remote job, as many small businesses need someone to do their visuals! Even small businesses like mine need graphic designers to create logos and Pinterest pins.

Graphic designers can work in marketing, technology, and commercial industries.

They create posters, pamphlets, marketing materials, and billboards, edit photos, and choose fonts. 

If you don’t know anything about graphic design, that’s okay. There are tons of affordable online courses.

15. Digital Marketer

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A digital marketer can do a variety of jobs meant to help market a business. Some of the tasks include email marketing, social media marketing, and search engine optimization.

One idea is to create Facebook ads to drive traffic and interest to a small business’s website.

16. Social Media Manager

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Something like a virtual assistant but not the same as a digital marketer is a Social Media Manager. This is a great remote job as long as you have consistent access to the internet, and typically, all you will need is a phone!

Social media management takes time, and some businesses need someone to log into their social media accounts, respond to comments and messages, and engage with their audience. Something as little as 15 minutes daily can significantly impact social media engagement and growth.

Often, a small business has a graphic designer in-house who can design all social media posts, but they don’t have time for engagement.

If you invest in a social media scheduler like Buffer, you can schedule our posts and then take a few minutes a day to interact with your customer’s account(s).

17. Bookkeeper

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If you’re into crunching numbers, you may want to think about starting your own virtual bookkeeping business.

There is an incredibly high demand for bookkeepers, and the best part is that you don’t need to be in any specific location to do the job. You can work virtually from your computer from your campervan or RV.

As long as you have a reliable internet connection to work with, your bookkeeping business goes where you go! 

18. Etsy Seller

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Selling printables on Etsy is a great way to make money online. RVer Emily Burton has an Etsy shop where she’s a  top 1% seller with over 1,400 reviews.

Emily sells invitations, banners, wall art, and signs that people can buy, download and print. It’s the perfect mobile business as it involves no inventory.

This isn’t exactly a full-time job but it can help supplement your income.

19. Essential Oils Marketer

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Essential oils are all the rage right now, and you can easily get set up to start selling them online.

Joni Zander, who lives in a gorgeous camper van, makes a living selling essential oils with dōTERRA.

She loves her business because she doesn’t have to carry inventory in the van; she has a few of her favorite essential oils on hand.

“dōTERRA is the world’s largest essential oil company, so I educate people on how to use essential oils to support their health. I also help them purchase the oils with a wholesale customer account,” said Joni.

20. Web Designer

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A web designer designs websites for businesses and sole proprietors. They decide on styling, colors, fonts, and images that appear on the homepage and any other pages.

Usually, a web designer uses a combination of HTML, CSS, and existing themes to create a stylish and informative website.

Web designers are in high demand, and it’s a job you can do with simply a computer and an internet connection.

21. Nutritional Coach

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A job that quickly turned into a possible van life job during the pandemic is being a Nutritional Coach. Once virtual meetings became more acceptable, Nutritional Coaches started offering online services.

Many people struggle with nutrition and need some support with meal planning and someone to hold them accountable. Other people need help with their overall mindset to kick-start their nutritional goals.

Jennifer Ismar just started van life herself, bringing her Nutritional Coaching Business along with her on the road.

22. Fitness Coach

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Along the same lines is a general Fitness Coach. With online classes, apps, and virtual mentoring so widely accepted these days, a fitness coach can be a great option for a van life remote job.

Claire Thomas has been a very successful fitness coach for many years, two of which were while she was living in a van.

Her upbeat personality, paired with picturesque scenery as a background to her many workouts, can’t help but inspire you to get into shape. She’s made a successful online business by offering app subscriptions, merchandise, a fun cookbook, and is an affiliate partner to multiple nutrition supplements.

23. Life Coach

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Probably one of the harder remote jobs to get into is Life Coaching. Not that it’s hard to get into, but it requires a much more personal touch and lots and lots of networking to build rapport within a community to get clients.

With dedication and the right networking, you can make Life Coaching your full-time job while living in a van. This one will absolutely require a stable internet connection. You wouldn’t want to lose connectivity during a coaching session while clients share their struggles with you!

Life Coaching is a dream job for many and is absolutely a viable way to work remotely while living a life.

The 10 Rudest Things You Can Do On a Plane

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Getting ready for your next vacation? British etiquette consultant Jo Bryant and travel experts at SkyParkSecure shared some of the biggest plane travel turn-offs with The Wayward Home. 

Jo believes these 10 etiquette blunders would leave a seasoned globetrotter “cringing with embarrassment and scratching their head.” No one does courteousness quite as well as the Brits do. So take notes.

What Is The “Holy Grail” Of Jobs For Digital Nomads?

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There’s never been a better time to be a digital nomad! Digital nomad numbers continue to rise across the world, as do the opportunities to become one. If you’ve always dreamt of traveling the world as you work, now could be your chance.

However, first, you need to find the perfect job, and Reddit’s digital nomads are here to help. On Reddit, people recently discussed the “Holy Grail” of jobs for digital nomads. Today, we’ll look at 11 of the most popular suggestions. 

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