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How To Make Money Whilst Living In a Motorhome
Working while on the move isn’t quite as impossible as it might seem, there are plenty of opportunities to make money even if you’re living in a motorhome full-time.
How to earn a living while travelling
Whether you’ve already made the move to permanent motorhome living or are thinking about taking the plunge, here’s how to make money on the road travelling, so you can keep your income rolling in.
Living in your motorhome doesn’t always mean you need to quit your office job. Thanks to improved wi-fi reliability and mobile phone reception, you can work almost anywhere you choose, especially if your employer lets you work remotely.
If that’s not an option, then there are all sorts of other remote-based jobs you can do depending on your skills and experience. If you’re wondering how to get a remote job, here are some of the options you could consider:
- Web designer – good web design skills are always in demand and work can be done from anywhere as long as you pitch up somewhere with decent internet speeds and have the right equipment.
- Consultant – consultancy can be lucrative depending on your experience and qualifications. It’s also worth remembering that consulting isn’t just about business. There are all sorts of ways your experiences can help others – such as life coaching and career mentoring. Being on the move can even be beneficial as you won’t be limited to a particular area and can offer your services far and wide.
- Writer – income from writing fluctuates depending on your skills and the type of work you do, but if you’re looking for something to supplement your income, it’s a great option. Established magazines and websites usually pay fair rates but unless you have a regular source of work, income can be irregular. There are several freelancer websites where you can pitch your skills or bid for work but it can be very competitive and the pay can be prohibitively low.
- Proofreader – like writing, the income from proofreading often depends on the type of work you do and how consistent it is. You don’t need any formal qualifications to proofread although you’ll probably be expected to have a better than average command of the language you’re editing in. You can take proofreading courses and diplomas which can also boost your credibility and potential earnings.
- Telemarketing – you’ll need a good mobile signal for any phone-based role, but telemarketing can be lucrative if it’s commission-based and you’re good at it.
- Marketing and web surveys – marketing agencies often pay for you to take part in online surveys. You’ll probably need to do a lot in order make significant sums but if you’re just looking to make a little extra on the side, this could be a worthwhile option.
- CV writing – if you’re not overly confident about your creative writing ability, try CV writing instead. These roles are usually offered by specialist CV or job recruitment agencies, so you’ll always have someone to call on for help if needed.
- Transcription services – if you’re a quick and accurate typist, transcribing could be the perfect remote job for you. You can find online transcribing businesses that recruit freelance workers, or you could advertise your services and work directly with clients.
Become a tutor
You don’t necessarily need a teaching qualification to tutor subjects outside of school. If you’re a native-level speaker of a particular language, you could teach adults in conversational French, Spanish or German (for example).
There are also web platforms that run online English language classes to students all over the world. While you don’t usually need a teaching background, you may be expected to hold a good GCSE or A-level in English.
Set up your own mobile business
If you’re already trained in a particular skill or are willing to learn, there’s nothing stopping you from setting up your own business. Dog walking, pet sitting, hairdressing or cleaning are all fantastic ways to make a reliable living.
Online advertising on social media platforms like Facebook also means you can plan ahead and target particular areas that you know you’ll be visiting before you get there.
Whatever you do, make sure you’ve got the right liability insurance, especially if you’re looking after animals or if you offer house sitting as part of your pet services.
Become an online entrepreneur
If you’d prefer to sell products rather than services, then think about setting up your very own online retail site.
There are several online tools and guides that can help you set up a transactional website. Or, you can use an existing online marketplace platform. If you sell smaller items like scarves, cufflinks or earrings, lack of space doesn’t have to be a problem.
If you don’t want stock taking up room, consider using a drop shipping business model. This means there’s no need for you buy or hold stock – customers will buy from your website but the order will be shipped directly from the manufacturer or wholesaler.
Not only does drop shipping help you save on valuable space, but you also won’t need to buy any products upfront or package them yourself which will save you time and money.
Be a virtual assistant
A virtual assistant is a role that’s on the rise, especially as many larger organisations cut down on full-time PAs.
You can either set yourself up and advertise online or join a virtual assistant job forum. Tasks can be varied depending on the business or individual you work for but could include responsibilities like:
- Managing email accounts.
- Organising someone’s online diary.
- Preparing invoices or sending out receipts.
- Sorting out travel arrangements.
Become a waiter or work in a bar
Busy restaurants, pubs and bars often look for extra staff during peak times, especially if you’re in a tourist hotspot.
If you’ve got lots of experience already, it’s a good idea to keep your CV updated with each new position so you can hit the ground running as soon as you pitch up somewhere.
If you’re not keen on setting up your own business, look out for seasonal work. If you plan your journey, you could motor from job to job enjoying different parts of the country on your travels.
It’s easy to dismiss farm work as too hard and poorly paid but find the right employer and it could be well worth the effort. That’s not to say fruit picking or turkey plucking isn’t tough – it often does mean long hours but if you’re willing to give it a go, you could earn a lot in a short space of time.
Farm work can also give you some unexpected perks. Not only will you be enjoying the outdoors and staying fit, but some farms will also provide food.
Of course, a seasonal job doesn’t have to mean farm work. Shops often need extra staff either in-store or in warehouses picking and packing stock for shipment.
Rent out your bricks and mortar home
If you’re lucky enough to have the best of both worlds, why not rent out your bricks and mortar home while you enjoy living on the road?
You can rent your home with short term tenancies – typically for six or 12 months. If you employ a letting agency, they can manage the let and the maintenance for you. The only downside is that agency fees can be expensive.
Alternatively, you can rent your home as a holiday let via web platforms like Airbnb. You’ll need to manage the letting process but if you’ve got friends and family nearby who are willing to help out with cleaning, it can be an effective way of making money from an asset you don’t use.
Become a jack of all trades
If you’re not sure what path to go down, sign up to one of the many jobsites and set an alert for any temporary roles. There are also sites that specialise in short-term placements like housekeeping or catering jobs in holiday camps. Factory work is also an option.
Be flexible and enjoy your new-found freedom
Leaving a regular 9 to 5 with a monthly salary is daunting. But as well as making money from your actual motorhome, finding a role that doesn’t tie you down can inspire a whole new sense of freedom and purpose.
Plus, don’t overestimate your motorhome living costs which are likely to be considerably lower than a traditional brick-built, four-walled property. Needing less cash overall isn’t simply financially liberating, it’ll hopefully leave you with more free time to enjoy leisure activities.
Whatever you decide to do and wherever you choose to go, make sure you’re adequately covered with Comfort Insurance. As experts in motorhome insurance we’ve got the knowledge and experience to help guide you through your options.
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