Getting Started as a Full-Time RVer: What Work Is Available and How To Get Started

Getting Started as a Full-Time RVer: What Work Is Available and How To Get Started

With desire and determination you can be a full-time RVer, and financially support yourself and your family in the process.

There are far too many types of jobs available for working RVers to list them all, but here’s a small sampling:

  • bus driver
  • actor
  • musician
  • tour guide
  • computer programmer
  • clown
  • grain harvester
  • baker
  • crafter
  • mechanic
  • construction worker
  • pizza delivery
  • bathroom cleaner
  • tree planter
  • bookkeeper
  • teacher
  • masseuse
  • apple picker
  • carpenter
  • speaker
  • fair vendor…. and many. many more!

What Are Your Skills?

Let’s have a look at some practical suggestions to help you get a better idea of what work might be suitable for you.

Make a list of the things you are able to do; your skills and abilities; things you have been trained for; tasks that you do in your present job; work that you do around the home and yard; things that you do for fun or in your volunteer work.

Next, make a list of things that you enjoy doing or think you would enjoy if you had the time.

Compare the lists to see what overlaps or how things on one list can be combined with something on the other. How might you use some of those combinations to make money? What do you like to do, that you know how to do or could learn to do, that people would pay you to do?

For example, my husband is a fixer. I have some sales background. We enjoy bargain hunting and going to auctions and flea markets. Our first few years out on the road, we bought used merchandise at auctions, much of it hand and power tools that needed to be cleaned and repaired, and we sold them at flea markets.

Here are some additional questions to help you determine what travel and work style you would prefer:

How often do you want to move — every few days, once a month, seasonally? Where do you want to stay — fancy RV resorts, family campgrounds, boon docking spots? What do you want to travel in — small conversion van, motor home and cargo trailer, mid-duty truck and fifth-wheel? What is your travel purpose – visit every state, learn about subcultures, trace Route 66?

Do you want to work for someone else or be self-employed or both? Do you want to work all year long, traveling along the way, or do you want to work long and hard for a time and then have months to play without working at all? Do you want to do one thing or be involved with several different things at once? Do you want to have a career or do a variety of jobs? Do you want a position that challenges your abilities or one that may be less stressful? Do you want a desk job or to work with your hands?

Why do you want to work? How much do you want or need to earn? What other things besides money would be valuable to you — parking site, store discounts, use of gulf course or other facility, the satisfaction of helping others, social contact, chance to learn a new skill? What are the best things about your current work and what are the worst? Do you want to do something similar or something very different?

It is very common for full-timer’s to change their work and travel styles after being out on the road for a spell. And, that flexibility to be able to make those changes is one of the best things about the lifestyle. Because much of the work is temporary or seasonal by nature, or is a business that is self-created, the transition to other travel and work styles can be done smoothly and as part of the RVing adventure.

You might consider some job in the tourist industry or a tourist town, which includes a vast number of things — working in a restaurant, cleaning motel rooms, designing advertising brochures, leading walking tours, mowing grounds and doing landscape work, acting in plays, repairing equipment, taking photographs, fishing, handing out information pamphlets, operating carnival rides, caring for children, presenting seminars…and much more.

You might consider registering with temporary staffing agencies, either those specializing in a particular employment field (day labor, medical professionals, technology specialists, etc.) or general temp. placement firms. Once registered, it is oftentimes possible to have the registration transferred to another office within that company so you do not need to do all the paperwork in each city.

In summary, use the questions and suggestions in this article to help you discover what suits your preferences, and begin your adventure with all the excitement of an RV lifestyle!

Coleen Sykora and her husband Bob live, travel, and work full-time from their RV, a lifestyle that focuses on the journey. Visit Workers On Wheels for free information on earning an income while living your dream.

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