Finding a way to support yourself for full-time travel can seem like a full-time job! Often, it can be hard to tell what’s real and what’s a scam.
What we do know is this: there are more and more jobs out there for digital nomads.
This is great news for those of us wanting to break free from the 9-5 and start working remotely, either for a company or for ourselves.
Want to start learning right now with a FREE book? Work-at-home expert Caitlin Pyle has a great book that teaches you how to avoid scams and start working remotely. (you do need to pay for shipping, but it’s a small price to pay for such a wealth of knowledge)
1. Freelance Writer
There are so many opportunities for freelance writing out there it’s mind-blogging. Many companies, especially start-ups, have a need for writers for blog posts, web copy, sales emails, etc.
Newspapers, magazines and online publications often take pitches from freelance writers. I’ve done a lot of freelance writing from my sailboat and from my van, and have written for publications such as Good Housekeeping and Marie Claire.
And guess what? Some of these publications cover RVing, sailing and van life.
Here are some websites you can start browsing for freelance writing opportunities:
Demand for virtual assistants is growing as more individuals and companies move their businesses online.
I have someone helping me manage my blog, The Wayward Home. She proofreads blog posts and adds images, schedules notifications and helps manage my Facebook group. Even small businesses like me need virtual assistants!
If you’re a
Here are a few examples of tasks a
- social media scheduling/marketing
- writing (blog posts, website copy, marketing emails)
- proofreading and editing
- customer service
- email management
- website management
- blog management
- affiliate program management
Want to see what being a VA is all about?
If you’re good at catching a misplaced comma, semi-colon or spelling errors, proofreading may be the work-at-home career for you.
There’s a really high demand for proofreaders, especially due to the rise in self-publishing. People who write those fiction and non-fiction books need someone to go through their copy and look for errors.
If you’re interested in proofreading but not quite sure yet if its right for you, there’s a free webinar offered regularly by former freelance proofreader turned proofreading instructor Caitlin Pyle.
She’s taught a lot of people how to make a career for themselves proofreading! In fact, she left a dead-beat career to make tons of money proofreading.
To check out the free webinar, go here: Webinar: Learn the Skills you need for a career in proofreading.
When you think of a transcriptionist, you probably think of people who transcribe legal documents.
But there are tons of opportunities out there for people who like to type and who also have a keen attention to detail.
With the explosion of video online, many companies are hiring transcriptionists to turn those videos into written documentation to be used for marketing, training, blogs or website content.
Curious? Check out this free ebook: The Truth about Transcription
Or take a free minicourse:
5. Full-time Blogger
Blogging takes tons of time and effort, but it is possible to make good money blogging. I’ve heard of bloggers making anywhere from $10,000-$200,000 PER MONTH.
This is not a get-rich-quick scheme, but a new career that takes a lot of learning and persistence.
It took me two years to make a full-time income on my blog, The Wayward Home, but I’m very glad I stuck with it. Blogging gives me passive income and flexibility. I make money from advertising even on days I’m not working!
It is my favorite career. You can blog about anything you’re interested in and that inspires you.
Interested in learning more?
Check out Tracie Fobes awesome blogging courses. This is who I learned from and she really knows her stuff.
6. English Tutor
If you’ve always loved teaching, or the idea of tutoring in a far-off land strikes your fancy, you can now do all this in the comfort of your own home, or van or RV, or wherever you have a good internet signal.
There are several companies that pay up to $22 per hour to people wanting to teach English online to kids in China.
To learn more about what it takes to teach English online and how you can get involved, check out the below articles:
- 3 companies that pay you to teach English online
- How one RVer works 20 hours per week teaching English online with Vipkid
If you want to check out the companies right now, head to the below links:
7. Online Education Tutor
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 as diverse as accounting, biology, chemistry, psychology, US History or Calculus.
So how can you get a tutoring job?
Sign up with a company like Course Hero, which connects educators with students.
Course Hero requires that you have a Bachelor’s Degree from a U.S. or Canadian university and that you currently reside in the U.S., U.K, 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.
8. Amazon FBA Business Owner
You can create a thriving online e-business if you go with something like Amazon FBA. The RVing family The Roving Foleys make over six figures per year selling on Amazon.
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 Private Labeling.
There’s a lot that goes into starting an Amazon FBA business, so I’d suggest taking this free ecourse:
9. Fiverr Services Seller
If you’re just getting into the world of online work, you can start by selling your services cheaply on Fiverr.
You can offer anything from graphics and digital design, to writing, to video and animation, to digital marketing.
You set your own rates and get your own clients. This is how Maya Maceka first left her desk job to go lead a life of full-time travel, and it’s a great way to add work to your portfolio that you can show higher-paying clients in the future.
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.
10. Graphic Designer
Graphic design is a great remote job, as many small businesses need someone to do their visuals! Even small businesses like me 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:
- Graphic Design Bootcamp: Part One
- Graphic Design Masterclass: Learn Great Design
- The complete graphic design for beginners’ course
- Adobe CC Masterclass: Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign
11. Digital Marketer
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 businesses’ website.
To learn how to become a digital marketer, check out these cheap courses:
- The complete digital marketing course
- The ultimate Google ads and Adwords training
- Google analytics certification course
- Social media marketing mastery
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 are able to 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!
This business is obviously for a very specific type of person. In order to find out if you fit the criteria, I invite you to watch this FREE video webinar , presented by the Founder of Bookkeeper Launch, Ben Robinson.
During this FREE class about starting a virtual bookkeeping business, you will discover:
- Exactly what the business is (and is NOT),
- What you need to know (and have) before you start…are YOU a good fit, and
- The 3 step system to launch your own business.
13. Etsy Seller
Selling printables on Etsy is a great way to make money online. RVer Emily Burton has an Etsy shop, The Paper Giraffe, 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 can help supplement your income.
Interested in learning more about selling on Etsy?
Check out this FREE Etsy Printables ebook:
14. Essential Oils Marketer
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 just 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, and I also help them purchase the oils with a wholesale customer account,” said Joni.
15. Web Designer
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 its a job you can do with simply a computer and an internet connection.
Check out these resources for becoming a web designer:
- WordPress Theme Development with Bootstrap
- Web Design for Beginners: Coding in HTML and CSS
- Master Web Design in Photoshop
- Learn Photoshop, Web Design and Profitable Freelancing
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